Rachel and Kyle picked a cracking day to get married near the North Yorkshire coast of Scarborough. The couple hired Minniehaha Events, Scalby Lodge Farmhouse, which is a great versatile space with loads of opportunities to put your own personal stamp on.
Getting ready in separate barns the couple set off early doors, with a small selection of close family and friends to tie the knot officially in Scarborough registry office. Rachel wearing a lovely blue dress that complimented the men’s accessories and ran throughout the decor during the rest of the day’s festivities. Heading back to the farmhouse the couple separated and spent the rest of the morning relaxing and drinking with their friends before the wedding part 2 kicked off!
Rachel changed into her second dress of the day, with a small hair change, and she was ready to go and do it all again, this time with a much bigger crowd. Kyle was patiently waiting at the bottom of the aisle as Rachel descended the barn steps whilst their friends and family looked on from the mezzanine balcony and the lower barn floor. The couple decided on a humanist ceremony which worked perfectly in the space and was a lovely upbeat start to the festivities.
Leaving the barn their guests threw a confetti tunnel which made for some great shots. E1verybody wandered around the ace Minniehaha events Barn & Tipi, Caravan and Bar, helping themselves to some Pimms and Punk IPA along the way.
After capturing some relaxed documentary style photos of the guests enjoying themselves, everybody sat down ready for their dinner of sharing platters and eagerly awaited the speeches. Whilst everyone was tucking into their food I managed to get a proper look at the incredible cake table. All made by Rachel it consisted of, Chocolate brownies, Carrot cake, Vanilla and Guinness cake and some Lemon cupcakes, finished with some decoration that Mary Berry would be proud of.
Heading back outside to enjoy the early September sun, what better way to wash your dinner down than a few shots?! After playing some outdoor games and enjoying the photobooth we decided to jump in my car and head for some portraits by the coast, the light was beautiful and having the sea in the distance was just the perfect backdrop on such a clear day.
Getting back in time for more shots, the band welcomed everybody onto the dancefloor and kicked off the fun for the evening, lots more dancing and drinks were consumed before I left the busy dancefloor, and the happy couple, to enjoy the remainder of their night.
Minniehaha Events – https://minnehahaevents.com/our-venue/
Rachel’s Cake – https://rachel-bakes.com
Beers – https://www.brewdog.com
I had the pleasure of shooting Adrain and Davina’s wedding on a beautiful August day at Easby Hall. Nestled just below Richmond and surrounded by beautiful countryside, the location was the perfect backdrop for their day. Davina chose to get ready at her parent’s home with her closest friends and family. The church was very close to the house so made for a short journey around the corner for the ceremony. Adrian and their guests were patiently waiting as Davina made her way down the aisle, the beautiful service followed.
After the fanfare exiting the ceremony with a confetti tunnel, we went to make the most of the light and took some portraits in the shaded church gardens. Meanwhile, the guests made their way over to Easby Hall. We joined them shortly after for some fun in the sunshine on the lawn before dinner.
The Hall itself is beautiful and overlooks the ancient monument Easby Abbey which made for a great backdrop in the images. Making the most of the long summer day Adrain and Davina decided to cut the cake outside which was a really nice touch. It also gave the little ones an excuse to run around a little longer! As the sun was dropping the guests headed back inside to kick off the evening festivities and I took the opportunity to get some party action.
Ellen and Dan got married in Saltburn-by-the-sea on a lovely July summers day. The day kicked off with some laid back morning prep, the couple getting ready separately with their family and closest friends. Ellen’s dress was a beautiful Jenny Packham number finished with a simple headdress and bouquet from Ruby Lilly’s florist, whilst Dan’s, Walker Slater suit and Joseph Cheaney shoes completed his outfit and complimented Ellen perfectly. Dan’s screen printing skills came in handy with some amazing artwork making subtle appearances throughout the day on some marble printed stock. Their attention to detail throughout the wedding was spot on.
Rolling up to the wedding in a Rolls Royce the celebrations kicked off at Emmanuel Church with some readings and lots of love. Ellen had the great idea of stopping off at her Grandads garden for some portraits of them nestled in the greenery. We then carried onto Saltburn Valleys Gardens for a few more shots whilst the guests made their way over to the reception. A highlight being the couple sheltered by the pavillion.
Onto the reception at Rushpool Hall where all of their guests were gathered, relaxing and enjoying the outdoor space. The couple got to chat and chill for a bit before the speeches and dinner commenced. Ellens mum organised some friends to perform a folk song before they cut into the cake in the most epic way taking a good old chunk out. The Ceilidh kicked off the evening celebrations.
The day was filled with so much laughter, love and amazing attention to detail they were a pleasure to shoot.
Rushpool Hall – http://www.rushpoolhallhotel.co.uk
Jenny Packham – http://www.jennypackham.com/index.php/bridal.html
Walker Slater – https://www.walkerslater.com
Joseph Cheaney – https://www.cheaney.co.uk
Ruby Lilly Florist – https://www.facebook.com/RubyLillysFloristMarske/
Dan Mather Screenprint – http://danmatherscreenprint.co.uk
Victoria Bath’s is a unique wedding venue in Manchester. Set down on the edge of Rusholme, minutes from Whitworth Art Gallery and park it’s a little hidden gem. Although Katie and Jemma live down in London, they knew it was the right wedding venue as soon as they found the Swimming Baths.
In keeping with the look and feel of Victoria Baths, they went for nice and minimal styling. An old internal door came down to be used as a table plan. The baths have plenty of mix and match chairs in the different rooms so by making use of those and a few wooden benches for the main room. On the setup day before the wedding they had a tropical archway for the bottom of the aisle, with a custom-made stained glass heart. A little nod to those monster Victoria Baths windows that are being restored. They even had a custom diver neon light which was beautiful!
Jemma & Katie both got ready at the Gotham hotel in Manchester city centre, only a short trip away, but this meant I could join them both in the morning. Running between the floors it was great to be able to capture the reactions of opening presents from each other and the dress reveal with the parents.
When it came to walking down the aisle, with neither of them wanting to wait at the end, they decided to have a first look together. Following this, they joined both of their Dad’s at the shallow end of the pool to walk down as a four. During the service, we were joined by the rarest of treats in Manchester, plenty of lovely sunlight. Falling through the glass roof it casts such a perfect light on the service. Having a ceremony early in the day meant there was plenty of time for guests to enjoy the surroundings, while they hosted a drinks reception in the Turkish baths. Just before the guests went to sit down for the wedding breakfast the three of us went to explore and capture some portraits.
Post wedding breakfast, served family style with plenty of wine, with the lovely surroundings what other way would there be! Speeches followed with Katie and Jemma doing one together, finished off with some prizes. There was still plenty of time to relax and catch up before the evening celebrations began. Starting with a massive custom banner that dropped mid-song to David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, it got the dance floor going the for Ceilidh.
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.