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 which 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 was lovely. The champagne was flowing and everybody was having a great time catching up and celebrating around the table.
When Andy and Zoe got in touch to ask if I could shoot their 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 and 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 images. 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 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 Murphys 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 the staff 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.
Emma and Joe were getting married at the Tetley in Leeds, but as they lived in London they suggested we headed to the Barbican for their pre wedding shoot. One of my favourite locations in London, it is so large and varied that every time I go I find a new spot to shoot in. Even though it was March it was pretty chilly out but the changing sun made for some great light against the Brutalist background of the Barbican. With them both being designers they had a great eye for detail and pointed out some areas throughout the day to shoot in, it was a great chilled day and exciting to hear their plans for the wedding.
One of the great things about being a wedding photographer is being able to work with couples around the country, as well as other exciting destinations. So when Rachel & Kyle got in touch to say they were getting married in a tipi in Yorkshire that was right up my street. Their venue the Minnehaha barn and tipi was a lovely choice. I love shooting fun outdoors weddings. As we started discussing the plans they mentioned that they actually both work over in Nuremberg so would like to do the pre-wedding shoot there.
It’s only a short flight away from Leeds and I love exploring new cities, especially when there’s so much history, and great beer as well! What’s not to like. So off I popped, after meeting up with Rachel & Kyle to discuss the plans over a spot of breakfast. We spent a good few hours exploring the city, visiting the touristy sites and finding interesting ways of incorporating those. As well as taking in some of the less visited areas, which often make for interesting textures and composition. Unfortunately, it was bin day so the city was scattered with wheelie bins that didn’t stop us those. It was surprisingly quiet, the joy of midweek and out of season was on our side.
We’d covered pretty much all of the city inside the walls, heading through the old town across the river to the centre of town and back. After a good explore, plenty of photos, there was just enough time for a beer and some editing before I headed back home.
As a whole, the walled city reminded me of York with its mix of new and old blending together. Was perfectly calm when I visited but I can imagine when the Beer festival season kicked off over there it’s heaving. Nuremberg was a great destination to visit and do a pre-wedding shoot in, and totally different to the wedding day which is always the aim of the pre-wedding shoot.
If you’re thinking of having a wedding in Yorkshire, or beyond and want to chat about me documenting your day drop me a line at the link above.
It’s always good to get back to Manchester for a wedding. This time I was over at the Eclectic hotel’s Great John Street for Lorraine & Pete’s celebrations. Choosing a lovely intimate afternoon ceremony with the closest family the service was super relaxed and with everyone sat around the couple making the most of all the space on the floor. The service was followed by some drinks, before myself, Lorraine and Pete popped round the corner for a few minutes to capture some fun urban portraits making the most of Manchester’s city centre surroundings. Well, that and the shelter from the buildings to avoid the rain.
The wedding breakfast was a single table for all the guests really adding to the fun family feel. Perfect for chatting and catching up during the meal, and even more intimate for the speeches. Following the speeches everyone split into teams to dig into Lorraine and Pete’s wedding quiz, and win some sweet based prizes. By then it was time for the evening guests to start arriving and on went the tunes and dance floor party time.
If you’re having a Manchester Wedding or want to chat about another city centre wedding drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you.
For a couples portrait shoot there are so many options of where to visit to capture the photos. Often though I get to visit places that I know well or places I visit often. Whitby is certainly one of those, it’s one of the closest beach resorts near us in Wakefield and where Adrian & Davina decided to visit for their engagement shoot. We visited in early January and it was pretty much how you’d expect for that time of year, grey & cold. That didn’t stop us from having a good wander around town and capturing some photos in the harbour, and right up to the abbey.