Oakwell Hall wedding venue is a location I’ve photographed a few times now and each is very different. Having the Hall for ceremonies allows good use of the traditional hall, while across the way, the wedding reception barn means each couple can tailor and style the day to suit what works for them.
The morning of the wedding Sophie and Donal both got ready at a hotel just down the road, which meant that I could pop and see them both getting ready. The guys headed over to Oakwell Hall Barn to put the finishing touches together before the service. Meanwhile, Sophie and the bridesmaids were picked up by Sophies cousin in his awesome split screen VW Camper. Plenty of rustic details, stickers, and character to arrive in.
The light in the Oakwell Hall is always lovely, flooding in from the big windows on the right-hand side. Being friends with a local Orchestra, Sophie was welcomed down the aisle as they performed from the balcony above. Following the service we headed out to the walled gardens for confetti and bubbles, then while the guests walked over to the Barn we popped back inside the Hall for some photos.
Over in the Barn, it was time for some tasty Mexican. Sophie and Donal added loads of personal details to the space making. There were little baby succulents for favours/name settings, custom wine bottle labels featuring their friendly Greyhound Harvey. Sophies brother works over at Black sheep brewery so the bar had to be filled with their tasty beers on cask and keg. Following on from some emotional and funny speeches, including a surprise congratulations card from Harvey! As the evening progressed they took to the dance floor for the first dance before everyone else joined in and partied the night away.
Meghan and Chris’s Wedding was held in Ilkley at the Sacred Heart Church. There is plenty of wonderful character in the building and it was a lovely service. Waiting outside was a red E-type Jaguar for Meghan and Chris to drive over to the Mansion at Roundhay park in. What a perfect way to spend some time together and enjoy the trip over to the wedding reception in Leeds. Top choice having sunnies and a mini bottle of bubbles for Meghan to enjoy as well.
Over at the Mansion, it’s a great place for a Roundhay park wedding, they had plenty of details set up including some ace little gold dinosaurs, and a wedding cake made by a previous contestant of the Great British Bake-off. Food as always was on top form from the team at Dine. Following the wedding breakfast, we were treated to the speeches with Meghan making the most of the celebrations and along with Chris, sharing plenty of great stories. The evening party kicked off with a great dance routine before everyone invaded the dance floor for the rest of the evening.
I met Liz and Wasim while photographing Amy & Dane’s Nostell Priory Wedding, being a Bridesmaid and groomsmen. So when they got in touch to ask me to capture their Filey wedding at the Downcliffe house I was already up for it.
Filey is a place that meant a lot to Liz and Wasim, so being able to get married on the front, across from the beach was a great choice. They both stayed at the Downcliffe house the night before, so it might I was able to visit Liz and Wasim while they made the morning preparations. When I first arrived it was grey and windy, but by the time the ceremony came around, we have a beautiful warm day.
Being across from the beach we were able to use the Filey promenade for the group photos they wanted. It’s not often people are able to visit the spot of the proposal on the wedding day, but this was one of those lucky times. So just after the wedding breakfast, we drove over to Filey Brigg to shoot some wide and epic coastal portraits. On our return parking next to the colour beach huts, we had to quickly make the most of that as well. Being a really relaxed day some of the guests heading onto the beach, while others took it easy outside with a beer or two. Once the evening guests had started to arrive it was time for the first dance and party times. Featuring plenty of great moves, and neon sunglasses. As dusk approached we all headed outside to watch a firework display set against the lovely orange skies.
The Tetley is a venue I’ve been to plenty of exhibitions and visited but hadn’t photographed a wedding there. So when I heard from Emma and Joe I was excited to capture their city centre wedding at the Tetley. They decided to host the ceremony across town at the Leeds Civic Hall. It’s a beautiful building with plenty of character and large windows with loads of lovely light. I’m surprised it’s not used as often as the Leeds Town Hall!
The morning of the wedding Emma and Joe both got ready in separate apartments in town just down the corridor from each other. It’s also great to be able to pop in and document both sides to the preparations. The guys were busy getting ready, while the ladies were putting finishing touches to the flowers and relaxing.
After a lovely ceremony, we all hopped onto a vintage double-decker bus to the Tetley wedding reception. With both Emma & Joe being designers they had pulled together some great details including an ace ampersand focused table plan. At the end of the drinks reception that was held in the gallery space, we all popped outside to capture a few relaxed portraits while the guests made their way to the seats. There’s plenty of space around the Tetley to use for different photos without having to wander too far at all.
Before dinner was served we were treated to speeches. This included a special cover of Madness – It must be love from some friends of the couple which had everyone singing along. Post wedding breakfast everyone moved into the main bar area for cake cutting and the all-important party action.
Ellen and Dan got married up in Saltburn-by-the-Sea at Rushpool Hall. However, living down in London it made sense to meet up for a chat about the plans for the day and capture some portraits before the wedding day. I’m a big fan of Brutalist architecture, so when they suggested we get together at the South Bank I knew it would be good fun. I’ve shot at the Barbican a few times, but hadn’t done a portrait shoot along the South Bank, still, it was the perfect excuse to take in the obvious locations with a different angle, as well as seeking out a few interesting and lesser seen spots.
Sophie and Paul got married midweek on a mid spring day in Leeds. They were after a chilled small wedding which took place in The Town Hall and a lovely private room in the Tapas restaurant Iberica. The ceremony took place in the Leeds Town Hall. It is a great space outside for the portraits, then we all made the short walk down to Iberica via the back streets for some urban portraits. Sophie’s dress looked amazing against the brick backdrop and the walk gave the newly married couple a bit of time to chat about the ceremony. We joined the guests back at Iberica for some drinks and a nice chilled catch-up.
Whilst everybody was taking their seats ready for dinner we took the opportunity to grab a few shots of Sophie and Paul. The venue has some amazing windows and the spring light that flooded the space made capturing the portraits a dream. Gathered around the giant table the guests enjoyed Sangria, tapas along with the speeches. Sophie made the most of the occasion and spoke a few words which were lovely. The champagne was flowing and everybody was having a great time celebrating around the table.
When Andy and Zoe got in touch to ask if I could shoot their intimate Harrogate wedding I was gutted to realise I was booked that day. However, the wedding they had planned was a humanist ceremony and they were planning to officially tie the knot in Harrogate a few days before and luckily I was free and jumped at the chance. Zoe runs a blog and content marketing service based around food and I met Andy when I was shooting Beer Yorkshire in Tapped, he was whipping up some tasty Pizzas so I knew their wedding was going to be a good one. The day was really laid back and intimate with just close friends and family attending.
There were vintage flourishes everywhere and the transport they hired was an amazing old Albion bus. Zoe had a lovely 1950’s style dress as did her bridesmaids and the bright colours really added some fun into the day. This co-ordinated throughout including Andy’s Tie and the flowers. After the lovely intimate ceremony at Harrogate Registry Office. We headed to Major Tom’s Social for some drinks and grabbed some laid-back portraits and documentary photos. Major Toms is a great relaxed venue for a wedding, good music and of course cracking beer selection made for a lovely day and I felt super lucky that I got to be a part of it in the end.
I met Lauren and Sam at the Victoria Baths wedding fair, one of my all-time favourite venues. Not only because I got married there, but because of the light, the space and no matter how many times you visit you always find something new and interesting. I jumped at the chance to shoot their wedding at Victoria Baths and just knew these guys would be fun to shoot.
We met for their Northern Quarter pre-wedding shoot on a dreary rainy Manchester day, because when isn’t it raining in Manchester? Quickly grabbing a drink and escaping the rain at 57 Thomas Street. The weather didn’t stop us from getting some amazing shots in the always diverse Northern Quarter and surrounding Ancoats. There’s a reason Manchester is always used in films and TV series. (Peaky Blinders, Captain America) The architecture is ever changing and down every street, there is a perfect gritty backdrop which is perfect for urban wedding and engagement shoots.
They turned up looking ace and were luckily both naturals in front of the camera, after a few street shots we ducked into a cool looking chippie to get some shots. They had mentioned Roisin Murphy’s mental album cover of her in a cafe as their inspiration so we couldn’t let the opportunity pass. We managed to get some great shots even if some of the customers popping in for lunch were perplexed.
Wrapping up the day we talked about their plans for the wedding at Victoria Baths and I left super excited for the day to arrive.