Nostell Priory is a wedding venue I’ve spent plenty of time at, either for wedding fairs, or walking our Boston Terrier around the grounds. It just always seemed the people I’d met there had already booked another venue before finding out about it. So when Aimee & Dane got in touch about documenting their wedding I was excited from the start. Making the most of the beautiful 18th century building the ceremony was held in the Top Hall. Following the service what better spot to grab a few photos than walking down the grand steps!
While the guests wandered over to the Orangery we jumped in the wedding car and drove just around the corner to get a few photos taking in the wakefield countryside and letting Aimee & Dane have a few minutes together. Plus it was a perfect excuse to dig into a bottle of prosecco between the two of them. We arrived back in time for the planned arrival to canapes and drinks, it was time to let the celebrations begin before the wedding breakast!
The Nostell Priory Orangery is a beautiful space, plenty of room to style it in the way you want, and best of all it has a glass ceiling (as you would expect,) so loads of stunning daylight pouring in for the meal and speeches which is always a pleasure to capture. Complementing this they went for a light wall behind the top table, wooden centre pieces with bottles filled with Gypsophila, candles and roses, all working perfectly with the palms that call the space home. Putting their own twist on tradition after Aimee’s dad’s speech, both Mum’s said a few words before Dane, and his best man had everyone fillled with tears, laugther and a little embarrassment!
Whilst the room was being turned around we popped into the gardens for a quick 10 minute wander to capture some relaxed portraits, making sure to use the variety of cool locations available. Then it was back for a few more drinks before the evening party officially kicked off with Amiee and Dane kick starting the dancing with Queens of Stone Age, make it wit chu, which certainly gets my vote. From there with plenty of ace rock classics, the dance floor filled and some shapes certainly got thrown!
Jess and Rob told me the plan for their wedding at the Great John Street Hotel was to be a fun and relaxed day, and that’s totally what we got. With both Jess and Rob being big Leicester City fans, we had a tense start to the morning. Once the game was over we started getting ready with the wedding nerves kicking in. The wedding ceremony was held out on the top floor of the Great John Street Hotel, so after documenting the guys I headed over for some preparation images with Jess and her family. It’s always good to have a room with plenty of space for the morning photos and this was even better as it had a prime position for a sneaky look of the guests arriving outside.
During the ceremony they decided to go for a reading of the John Cooper Clarke poem I wanna be yours, (Also recently covered by Sheffield boys the Arctic Monkeys) certainly a good reading to get everyone laughing. Instead of having confetti they decided to get loads of wool balls that everyone could throw as they exited the service which was certainly fun and different. They had plenty of ace details including a wonderful cake from Little Button Bakery featuring the quote “I wanna be yours” and custom Peg cake toppers featuring not just Jess and Rob, but also their 3 cats.
Luckily the Manchester weather was on our side so after some time with friends and family (and a couple of drinks) we headed out to the street below to capture some fun urban portraits. Taking in the old and modern surrounds that Manchester had on offer. Following the wedding breakfast it was time to get the party started, so after the cake cutting the band kicked in for the first dance with everyone hitting the dance floor for the night.
I had chatted with Jess and Rob about shooting something a little different for a night time portrait, so just after the wedding breakfast I popped out to have a look and spotted an ace selection of lights on a new build office block. Once the light had gone down I grabbed Jess and Rob for a quick 5 minute wander round the corner to capture a great moody night time portrait.
Venue – Great John Street Hotel
Cake – Little Button Bakery
Cake Toppers – My Peg Weddings
Jess’ Dress – Frock
Rob’s Suit – Simon Carter
Musician – Jay Dunn
Band – The Riviera Band
Wedding Bouquet – Daphne Rose
Venue Styling & Pom Pom Confetti – Sid & Olive
A pre-wedding shoot is always a good chance to get to know a bit more about couples and find out what’s important on their wedding day. Picking a location is important, sometimes it’s about an area that means a lot to the couple, other times it’s something totally unexpected and different. For Ellen & James it was exploring a place that meant something to them both.
Having already discussed visiting Almscliffe Crag on the wedding day, they decided on Stainburn Forest for their engagement shoot, being somewhere they visit often, it had a lot of fun locations to capture some great images. Our shoot took place in the Woodlands, and finished on Little Almscliffe with its beautiful clear blue skies it provided a great contrast to the forest. Not far from Leeds and Harrogate Stainburn Forest is a great place to explore and capture some lovely portrait photos.
Hazelwood Castle was one of those places that I’ve driven past on the way to York for years, so when Charlotte & Andrew suggested we meet up there before their wedding menu tasting I thought it’d be great to finally visit. Exploring the grounds we made use of the time to chat about the wedding plans, and what was important for their day. Hazelwood Castle is a great location for photography having a range of garden, woodlands, as well as the actual castle itself.