Northern Monk Chapter Hall Wedding, Leeds | Russell & Tara Part 2

It’s the annual wedding fair at the Northern Monk Chapter Hall this weekend, and unfortunately, I can’t make it along. In previous years I’ve met plenty of ace couples as well. So I thought I’d share a wedding from the ace Brewery wedding venue today. Its a location that covers all everything that I do, the brewery and beer side to my photography as well as natural and relaxed wedding photography. The first part of the celebrations covering the more formal side of the celebrations where they had a garden wedding is live here.

All of that was just day 1. The second part of the celebrations was over at the Northern Monk Chapter hall, on the top floor of the Refectory. A great private space, with it’s own bar, and plenty of space for whatever you want to do. Which for these two was a massive party. Guests were welcomed with a can of specially brewed beer called Flourish, and plenty of Northern Monk creations on tap, they had food served from My Thai, (The Beef Massaman was cracking as always ). There was a monster cake table from the Noisettte BakehouseLucie Ketchin produced some custom hand dyed table runners. All finished off with more of Tara’s flowers around the space.

Following drinks and food, the party kicked off with Northern Monk week quiz masters A tribe called Quiz. Not just any normal quiz, all the best wedding moments in quiz form. There’s was the “best man’s speech”, throwing of the bouquet long-distance toss outside, drunken uncle dancing, mother of the bride hat making and plenty more. It’ll be a challenge to beat that for entertainment. However what else will top that, the dance floor kicked off with the Hyde Park Brass band breaking into a monster set that had the whole venue dancing where-ever they were. It’s safe to say they put on a cracking party.

Find out more about Northern Monk Brewery and the Chapter Hall at northernmonk.com/refectories/

March 2, 2019

Bradford Garden Wedding Photographer | Russell and Tara Part 1

A bit of a two-part wedding today for Russell and Tara’s wedding. Split between getting married in Bradford, as well as a massive party at Northern Monk Brewery Chapter Hall in Leeds.

Russell and Tara decided to hold their celebrations over two days. The first was an intimate wedding covering the official part of the wedding. Getting married at the Bradford registry office with close family and friends. There was a lovely service with a slightly too early kiss! I’m surprised more people don’t do that with all the excitement/stress during the service. Making the most of the features in the Bradford Town Hall we took a few minutes for some portraits before jumping in the cars to head on over for the reception. The wedding reception was held in the back garden overlooking the Yorkshire countryside. A wonderfully relaxed afternoon with friends and family catching up, eating and drinking. Following the speeches, Russell’s dad performed a short acoustic set, and the evening kicked off with a Ceilidh.

What about the food and drink I hear you say. Well, when you run an award-winning brewery there’s going to be good beer. Brewing up a small batch beer for the day as favours for the guests, (and some spares for drinking). Flourish a celebration ale with Raspberries, Cherries, Blackberries and Citra and Mosaic hops, featuring custom artwork from James Butler. There’s was also plenty of other Northern Monk Brewery beers, some of the small batch gin they have made. To match all of that, and fill those stomachs to the brim was tasty food from the Bears Pantry.

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February 28, 2019

Lake Como Wedding Photography | Villa Cipressi

It’s funny out things work out sometimes. I was chatting via email to Vicky and Paul about their Lake Como wedding, and we decided to meet up. Turns out as Paul walked through the door we both recognised each other from our university course in Leeds. It’s a small world sometimes.
What plans did they have? Well the aim was for a relaxed wedding in Lake Como. They had found the beautiful Hotel Villa Cipressi in the lakeside town of Varenna. The town is a lovely little fishing village, with stunning views across the lake to Bellagio, as well as ferries and a train station to Milan. Perfect for an Italian destination wedding.
It turned out to be interesting day weather wise, the ceremony held overlooking the lake, in the wonderful Italian sun. The service held in Italian and English, was the perfect intimate service, finished with a flower petal confetti tunnel. However, straight after the heavens opened and oh boy did it rain. That wasn’t going to stop the fun, running instead for bottomless prosecco and massive antipasti and cake feast. The rain disappeared as soon as it arrived.
Just as the guests took their seats I had a walk with Vicky and Paul around the gardens, and down to a spot where we could capture some portraits on the edge of Lake Como. The wedding breakfast was a full multi-course feast finished off with speeches. Including Paul doing his in Italian (translated by the best man for those non-Italian speakers).
As the evening processed there was more cake served inside Villa Cipressi, well for those who still had room. Making the most of the little side streets I went for a short walk with Vicky and Paul to shoot a few evening portraits in Varenna.
Varenna was the perfect spot for a Lake Como Wedding, although with so many beautiful locations Italy is an amazing location for a destination wedding.
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February 22, 2019

Joe & Rosanna | Denbies Estate Vineyard Wedding

I had the pleasure of shooting Joe and Rosanna’s vineyard wedding at the end of summer, at the beautiful Denbies Estate in Dorking. I had met the couple before at Hannah and Dave’s wedding that I shot a couple of years ago, which always makes it super easy when you meet back up to shoot the day.

The couple chose to get ready in a hotel at the bottom of the steep Box Hill national trust site, before heading down the road to the St Barnabus church that sits on the North Downs National Trail. From the church you get a great view of the Denbies estate, the location for their vineyard wedding.

The ceremony kicked off and was a lovely service, the bride and groom leaving shortly after to head down to the Estate and meet their guests. Joe and Rosanna had the great idea of cutting the cake during the drinks reception which made for some happy guests, all of whom were taking full advantage of the photobooth and the plentiful English Sparkling Wine from the estate.

The guests were offered a tour of the vineyard, this was a great opportunity to sweep the couple away for some portraits in the vineyard greenery before the rain started. Soon after the guests returned and the couple joined everybody for the wedding breakfast. Filled with love, laughter and a pinch of humiliation for Joe the speeches went down a storm and everybody relaxed into the afternoon.

As the sun set and the party moved next door ready for the live band, more photobooth shots ensued and I got some great dance floor shots before I left them boozing the night away.

 

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February 1, 2019

Nick & Sam | Outdoor wedding in the Cotswolds

Nick and Sam had a lovely outdoor wedding in the summer against the Idyllic backdrop of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. The couple were incredibly lucky with the weather and chose to get married outside on her parents property.

The day started with pre-drinks and preparation overlooking the outdoor wedding set up, with Nick and Sam both choosing to get ready in the house. It was really lovely that they could get ready in familiar surroundings and family and friends could potter around the house, the lovely Newfoundland dogs wandered around saying hello to everybody. 

The outside looked spectacular and with the legal part over and done with in London a few days before, the couple could really personalise their outdoor wedding ceremony and opted to get a friend to conduct the ceremony which added a really personal touch to the day. 

As Sam approached Nick under the flower arch, Nick looked super happy to see her, soon after the proceedings started including a belting speech from Sam’s brother that had everybody in tears and fits of laughter. Heading down the aisle after some confetti shots the couple relaxed into the afternoon on the lawn with loadsa buckets of beer and fizz, spending the time talking to their guests and enjoying the band. 

With the weather behaving itself the guests spent the afternoon taking some polaroids that were scattered around, and enjoying the atmosphere on the hay bales that were scattered amongst the lawn.

Soon it was dinner where the guests moved into the Tipi that had also been set up on the lawn of the property, decorated with touches of gold throughout, including sprayed table settings, balloons and contrasted by some greenery it complimented the lovely menus that were on the tables. Dinner soon followed along with more cracking speeches, the afternoon was filled with lots of love and laughter, and thankfully the British weather behaved itself.  The sun slowly set on what can only be described as an idyllic wedding setting, the local church framing the backdrop, the band kicked in and the drinks were flowing as the happy couple and guests set into enjoying the evening party.

 

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January 27, 2019

Lauren & Sam at Victoria Baths | Swimming Baths Wedding Venue Manchester

I first met Lauren and Sam at the Victoria Baths vintage wedding fair. They were in the process of deciding on a location to get married and the swimming baths wedding venue was top of the list. After chatting about their plans, it was clear that the celebrations would be ace with a cool and minimal feel. Before the wedding day we got together for a pre-wedding shoot in Manchester, apart from exploring the Northern Quarter and Ancoats they suggested we pop into a chippy to get some images. The inspiration came from Roisin Murphy’s Overpowered album cover and was a great laugh to capture. It gave me a great idea of what they wanted from the wedding day as well. (Head on over to the post here to see the full shoot… see you in a moment).

Victoria Baths is a unique swimming bath wedding venue that allows everyone to really work with the space to suit the style of the day. For Lauren and Sam the ceremony centrepiece was the stunning backdrop from Frog Flowers in the Northern Quarter. David is a genius with flowers, and created a massive botanical piece including some massive monstera’s mixed together with neon lighting. The look changing throughout the day as it got darker. Lauren and the Bridesmaids bouquets played with colour and included vibrant red and orange flowers to work with the shoes and skirts.  

There were loads of great personal touches to the day. Sam’s Mum made a custom wedding dress for Lauren. Having free reign to design together the dress was satin, and had a lace sleeveless overlay for the daytime. In the evening the lace came off to reveal the dress for the dancing. Sam’s mum also made custom bridesmaid’s skirts. These matched with a white top each bridesmaid could pick the style to suit them.

The main ceremony room was split in two with a wall of disco balls, food served family style with plenty of wine, and the favours an ace custom die pin badge. The speeches had everyone in stitches, and wincing from the boozy shot during the best man’ s.

With Sam proposing at the Green Man Festival during Father John Misty’s set, they had to choose Chateau Lobby #4 as the first dance. We also did a little homage to Father John Misty with a couple of portraits in the evening styled around his series of images where he’s ignoring the camera on his phone. Music was a big part of the day with the evening celebrations being played out by friends and family doing individual sets. When you’ve got friends who are DJ’s, have radio shows and great taste in music why not. 

 

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January 20, 2019

Rachel & Kyle | Minniehaha Events Barn and Tipi wedding Scarborough

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.

 

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Minniehaha Events – https://minnehahaevents.com/our-venue/

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January 12, 2019

Davina & Adrian | Easby Hall, Richmond Wedding Photographer

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.

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January 9, 2019