I’m looking back to Daisy and Alex’s laidback wedding at Burnsall Village Hall. What a day it was! For me, the day started by heading over to capture some preparation images at Daisy and Alex’s home. It’s always good to arrive to a relaxed atmosphere, the girls were digging into a glass of bubbles and a brew, while Carys was putting the finishing touches to hair and make up for the day. It was also a perfect opportunity to get a shot of those stunning flowers from Pear Tree House Flowers. As time progressed Daisy’s parents arrived and it was time to get ready. Daisy’s Dad in a stylish suit and Pork Pie hat combo, and Mum with an ace gold and black print dress. Daisy opted for an Enzoani Harlem dress which she picked out over at the Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Suiting the beading on the dress was the eucalyptus flower crown. I love photographing the moment all friends and family see a bride for the first time and this was no exception; Daisy was welcomed into the lounge with tears, smiles and plenty of hugs.
The ceremony was held just down the road at the All Saints Church in the centre of Ilkley. A beautiful church and a lovely relaxed vicar. It’s always good to capture the arrival of the bride and see everyone’s reactions. Choosing to go with traditional vows and two readings it was a lovely service. After the ceremony, the couple were welcomed down the confetti tunnel, and it turns out we had just missed the rain. We captured a few quick photos before jumping into the VW Beetle and driving over to Burnsall Village hall. Along the way, we pulled in and captured a few portraits of the wonderful Yorkshire landscape just as the rain was coming in. Unfortunately not long after it started chucking it down, but when has that ever stopped wedding fun!
Daisy and Alex were welcomed to the Village Hall by their friends and family and the local ginger cat, which was certainly happy to see them both, and took it as an excuse to head into the Hall to explore. Burnsall Village Hall had been decorated the day before by Daisy, Alex and their friends and looked stunning, plenty of lovely details, eucalyptus table runners, paper pom poms, rustic and fresh flowers spread around, naked cake (made by Daisy’s Step-mum), and plenty of fairy lights. The food was a large family style buffet with plenty to soak up all the champagne, gin and beer they had put on the self-service bar.
As the evening progressed we popped outside for a few quick portraits, and to let them have a little bit of time together, and a few details especially Alex’s navy checked Reiss suit, Dr Martins with mustard sock combo which looked spot on. By then it was time for the party to get started. After the first dance all the guests took over the dance floor and some epic shapes got thrown, we even had the guest appearances of two Boston Terriers!
Thank you to Daisy and Alex for having me to document their wedding day and these kind works (which I borrowed from their Love my Dress feature a while back).
“Where do we start about Mark? He was awesome. From the moment we met up with him to speak about our feelings and ideas about how we wished our wedding photos to look he nailed it. He put us at ease instantly, putting any concerns we had about being in front of the camera to rest. On the day he not only took masterful photos that we will cherish forever, he also managed to put everyone at ease and even went as far as helping the day to run smoothly.”
Daisy & Lawrence got married over at the Craven Arms and Cruck Barn in Appletreewick. It is nestled up in the Yorkshire Dales overlooking the rolling hills. It’s been a venue I’ve wanted to get back to for a while having been in the running when we got married and were considering a barn wedding in Yorkshire.
Their wedding was always going to have a bit more pressure than normal as Daisy & Lawrence found me via Daisy’s dad Rick. Back when I was at University and shooting loads of film photography and hand printing in the darkroom. It was Rick who’s knowledge I called on to step up my skills. So yeah, no pressure. Having done a pre-wedding shoot with Daisy & Lawrence around Leeds city centre, and chatting about the plans I knew it’d be a good day.
With the couple both staying in different places in Appletreewick it allowed me to capture some nice natural imagery of them both getting ready in the morning. Starting with the ladies in their cottage, then running down the road to Lawrence, his groomsmen and a bottle of Hibiki whiskey. Still with plenty of time to get back up for Daisy’s finishing touches and the dress going on.
What a super lucky bride. Daisy won a competition ran by Love my Dress and Glory Days Vintage to win a wedding dress of her choosing. The options were one of the beautiful dresses from British bridal-wear label Rolling in Roses. Going for the Katie-Lou a bias cut silk dress with sleeves and flower, what a choice.
For the ceremony, we headed over to Bilton House registry office in Harrogate for the formal part of the day. Leaving Appletreewick in the rain, traveling through some pretty dodgy snow-covered roads into Harrogate where it was luckily clear(ish). Making the most of the weather there was time for a fun confetti walk and a few portraits outside before traveling back to the Craven Arms for the fun, food and some much-needed drinks. Plenty of takers for warming mulled wine from the fire.
Following a big feast, and speeches it was time for Tristan Mackay to play his second set. Having originally booked Tristan when they heard him busking in Leeds, he’s now released a great album. Channeling Ray Lamontagne, John Martyn, Damien Rice vibes, his sound fitting perfectly in the Cruck Barn. Before the evening celebrations kicked off there some plenty more drinking and a few moody cigar shots outside. Once the dancefloor started it was pretty full, which always makes for great shots.
When Rachel & Ian got in touch to talk wedding photography they mentioned that they were living in Philadephia. Amazing, I love to shoot destination weddings and have never been to Philadephia! Yet, the plan was to head back to the UK and get married closer to the family home in North Yorkshire. Still, getting married at Rudby Hall was a cracking idea. Rudby Hall is a grand building with tons of character, large grounds, plenty of space and room for the ceremony and reception. Rudby Hall has plenty of flexibility for Rachel and Ian to add their own stylish stamp to the day. Not an easy task from the the USA, but they got it spot on, with plenty of help and support from the family of course.
Rachel & Ian wanted the day to be about catching up and celebrating with friends and family. What better time to catch up than their wedding day? Rachel totally rocked her stunning lace champagne dress from Modeca. It contrasted perfectly with Ian’s blue three-piece Hugo Boss suit. It’s the details that make it personal, and it doesn’t have to mean seat covers! They exited the ceremony soundtracked by non other than the theme to Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
With trivial pursuit on the tables, it was a perfect ice breaker for those that didn’t know each other. While everyone was taking their seats, we made the most of the autumnal sun, taking some time in the gardens for some portraits.
The speeches were filled with great stories, jokes and a slight bit of heckling from Ian’s sisters. Post wedding breakfast and speeches everyone made the most of the space around Rudby hall to chat and catch up before the evening kicked off with the first dance. Rachel & Ian had pulled together a selection of props for a photobooth which pretty soon ended up on the dance floor.
If you’re getting married in Rudby Hall, North Yorkshire, or even Philadephia get in touch to chat about you’re plans.
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.