Victoria Baths is where me and the lovely Rebecca got married last month. I won’t go into the day itself, you can read all about our DIY vintage wedding day here. This post is all about the stunning & unique venue. Victoria Baths is a grade II* listed building just a few miles from Manchester city centre, originally built in 1906 it cost a massive £59,144 which equates to a couple of million pounds in todays money. It includes 3 swimming pools, as well as a turkish baths and a vast amount of stained glass windows. Unfortunately in 1993 the baths were shut down, and left to fall into disrepair, luckily after winning the BBC restoration series in 2003 the hard work of repairing the building began helped with £3.4million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over the last 10 years plenty of work has been undertaken to ensure the future of the building such as repairing the roof and lovely stained glass windows. Each time I visit there’s something else that’s been updated, all of this without losing what makes it such a beautiful location. Often bits of work are done by visiting film crews, most recently the BBC for Peaky Blinders season 2 which had just finished filming a couple of days before our big day, and had transformed a few different areas around the venue, no spoilers on what I saw right now though!
As part of a wedding gift to Rebecca I wanted to create a photographic book that captures the baths right now, as there’s constant work being done to restore it. So I visited one afternoon earlier in the year to take a range of images, picking up all the details around as well as the overall beauty of the space, exploring a bit more. The book makes a nice companion piece to the final wedding album we’ll have. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
If your planning on getting married at Victoria Baths I’d get in quick as it’s booking up well in advance now, but it’s certainly worth the wait. If you want to talk to me about being your Victoria Baths Wedding Photographer please drop me a line as I would love to get back and share your special day here.