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.
Rachel and Tom decided to hold their wedding day at the Leeds Club in the centre of town. Going for an urban wedding is always great fun, especially when everything is held in one location. You might have seen them on the blog before for their legal ceremony at Leeds Town Hall, as unfortunately Leeds Club didn’t have a ceremony licence so they opted for a humanist ceremony. This allowed them to put their stamp on the service. Rachel even surprised Tom with her own vows that she had written.
Rachel picked a gorgeous bespoke bias-cut silk dress from Glory Days Vintage. With Tom opting for a 60’s style three piece suit. They wanted flowers that had the wow factor that matched the dress, Rachel picked amnesia roses with lilac calla lilies in a 1940’s style bouquet from Adrienne Florist in Farsley.
The beautiful cake, you’d have never guessed but was gluten free made by 2 Oxford Place, each of the three tiers a different flavour, finished off with the simple yet elegant styling.
What a way to end the wedding celebrations, they had Magic Al performing in the bar. While Tom Rocks and the Replicants played in the main room, with Tom jumping in on vocals on a tune as well.