Last week I headed over to the Northern Monk Refectory wedding fair so thought it’d be nice to do a recap of the suppliers and share a few photos for those that couldn’t make it. After loads of snow luckily it melted away and left us with a lovely day to meet and chat to brides and grooms.
Northern Monk Refectory is located just around the corner from the Leeds train station in a gorgeous Old Flax Mill. Being home to the original Northern Monk Brewery and taproom (now small batch brewing is done here with the full brewery having moved down the road). The refectory features the chapter hall on the top floor of the building. with it’s own bar, those stunning windows as well as plenty of exposed brick detailing. It’s made even better by the fact on a nice sunny day, (when we get those), the light streams into the space. There’s plenty of options for using the space and ways of styling the location. You’re guaranteed to get plenty of great beer on tap as well. For me it’s a location I love to photograph as it brings together both sides of my photography work. (For those that don’t know I also shoot editorial and commercial photography focussed around the food and drink scene).
The wedding fair was a good outing for a couple of new wedding albums I’ve recently had made, as well a perfect opportunity to chat to loads of lovely couples and wedding suppliers.
For the fair there was a good mix of suppliers to cover most areas of the day. I’ll list here who headed over, and a link to find out more about what they do.
The Suppliers –
The Chapter Hall at Northern Monk Refectory – The wedding fair hosts.
All things Borrowed – venue styling. Using a mix of vintage & bespoke furniture, as well as hand crafted pieces to help really put your style into the day.
Bears Pantry – No wedding is complete with a good feast. Whether it’s a sit down meal, family sharing or street food style. Bears Pantry will work with you to create a menu to remember.
Tara Floristry – Northern Monk’s in house florist can not only create some stunning bouquets, button holes but also those table displays you’ve always dreamed about.
Luna Bride – Based in Harrogate Luna Bride is focussed on creating beautiful ethical wedding dresses for the modern bride.
New York Brass Band – Bring the party to the wedding the New York Brass Band are a New Orleans inspired band playing lively and fun versions of all kinds of music.
Viva la Booth – Taking the classic photobooth into the modern age with this wonderful looking camera setup.
Add Vintage – Fancy some ace vintage accessories to style your venue? Plates, signs, neon lights, chairs, if you need it, I’m pretty sure they will have it to hire.
Porter House Cake Co – Making your dream wedding cake styled to perfection and tasting the part as well. I was lucky enough to get a few samples from Liz to enjoy in the evening, so good. You might have already tried some of their ace creations at Laynes Espresso and Tall Boys in Leeds..
Midnight Alchemy Designs – Handmade jewellery and wedding rings inspired by nature and folklore
My Shuna Lettering – Want custom hand drawn invites, signs, converse or even leather jackets? Sonia does it all.
Humanist Ceremonies – Not fancy getting married in a church or licensed building, or just want to really customise the ceremony to how you want it, you need to speak Val.
Brew town Tours – Last but by no means least, Brew Town tours offer trips to visit yorkshire based breweries. Perfect for a stag and hen do, or just because!
Like the idea of getting married at Northern Monk and what to chat about photography? Just get in touch at the form above or give me a call.
What a year it’s been. It really seems to have flown by so quickly! It’s always great to take a moment and look back at what I’ve captured over the past 12months and share plenty of images. So for today’s blog post I’ve pulled together just over 100 of my favourite photos from this year. I’ve certainly done a few miles, shooting plenty of weddings in Leeds, and since then I’ve been lucky enough to visit Saltburn, Scarborough, the Cotswolds, Surrey and even a couples shoot in Nuremberg and a destination wedding over in Lake Como. Every wedding has been totally different, and reflected the couples getting married which is just how it should be.
Since getting married at Victoria Baths in Manchester I’ve been wanting to get back to photograph a wedding and happily I did just that twice, for two totally different and ace weddings. I’ve loved capturing so many different celebrations, and it’s always a privilege to play a part in weddings to create some images that will bring those memories back forever. There has been plenty of tears, laughing, new and old traditions and I’m really looking forward to what 2018 brings. For now check out the images and let me know you’re favourites.
Thank you to everyone I’ve worked with this year, for giving me the best job. To those getting married in 2018 and beyond, lets bring on the celebrations.
When Sarah and Jon first told me about the plans for the wedding day at Hargate Hall, I knew straight away it was going to be loads of fun to shoot. Hiring Hargate for a long weekend meant that they got to decorate and style the venue as they wanted. However more importantly it provided plenty of time before and after the wedding for all the guests to get to know each other and celebrate.
Hargate Hall is made up of a number of individual apartments along with some great communal spaces so somewhere for everyone to hang out. There’s even a bar area, which meant they were able to put on a few great cask ales, (Siren Soundwave on cask is always a winner), as well as filling the fridges with more craft beer, wine and plenty of mixers. Dotted around the venue were some great little details, favourite beer bottles and cans made for flower pots and gold zoo animal sticks! There were plenty of pictures of Sarah and Jon’s time together, including a load from our East London portrait shoot. There was a number of great large format prints showing the map of the venue and timings for the day. All matching up to the invites as designed by one of the best men, Matt, featuring custom Sarah & Jon illustrations. The marquee, where the reception was held, was decorated beautifully with plenty of vintage bunting, some massive love balloons & hanging baskets along with gin bottle flower vases and other ace vintage details.
What can I say about the day? It was just as planned super chilled, everyone hung out and had plenty of fun, there were games out on the lawn And an ace fujifilm photo guest book. Whilst everyone was finding their seats we headed for some quick portraits that showcased the venue’s wonderful position near Buxton in the rolling hills and countryside. The speeches had everyone laughing and crying in equal measure, although the stand out moment was Jon’s book of style made by the Best Men featuring an ace selection of Jon’s most choice outfits from the years! The evening celebrations kicked off with Sarah and Jon having their first dance in the hall, the dance floor filling and plenty of party action, there was an interlude for cheese and meat. Featuring a tower cheese cake which had the best Studio Ghibli cake toppers.
When I chat to my couple about where might be the best place for a pre-wedding shoot, my first suggestion is always, is there anywhere that has special importance, or places that mean something to you? With Daisy and Alex they had a couple of suggestions so even better. Having fairly recently got a new family member in the form of cute little labrador pup Nala, they found themselves spending alot of time around a local weir. Our first stop had to be a wander down to the Burley in Wharfedale Weir, taking in the stepping stones, and plenty of doggies treats. Nala was well behaved apart from running off with the treat box, although did get Alex a tad wet! After swapping into a dry shirt we headed on down to Herber’s Ghyll just the other side of Ikley. Made up of a selection of little bridges crossing the stream it’s a lovely walk and had plenty of great spots to capture some imagery on the way up.
Emma and Andy got married at The Priory Cottages. Set in the grounds of a farm out near Wetherby it features a great converted barn as well as plenty of cottages set in a courtyard. With nothing but open fields around there are endless possibilities for photos within a moments walk.
I started the day capturing the bridal preparation, the ladies were taking it easy getting hair and make up done, along with plenty of prosecco. Andy was getting ready at one of the cottages across the courtyard and taking it easy relaxing with family and welcoming guests. The ceremony room in the barn had been styled beautifully featuring loads of pastel pinks, along with a big flower archway for the service. Waiting at the back of the room were a large vocal choir ready for Emma’s entrance, and a great rendition of Pharrel Willams Happy that had everyone on their feet.
We lucked out on the weather, so the afternoon was spent drinking prosecco in the courtyard and nibbling on the canapés from Taste Cuisine. Before the wedding breakfast Andy, The Best man and Emma’s dad gave some great speeches. The evening celebrations kicked off with Emma and Andy taking a few moments for a mellow first dance before the party stepped up with a live band, plenty of dance floor action and a few Jagerbombs all round!
If you’re thinking of getting married at Priory Cottages or a Barn venue I’d love to document your wedding day. Drop me a line to have a chat about your plans.
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.