Nuremberg Engagement shoot | Rachel & Kyle 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.



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July 13, 2018

Great John Street Hotel, Manchester City Centre Wedding | Lorraine & Pete

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.



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July 5, 2018

Cold and windy Whitby pre-wedding shoot | Adrian & Davina

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.


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June 30, 2018

Burnsall Village Hall, & Ikley | Daisy & Alex

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.”


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May 18, 2018

Craven Arms & Cruck Barn, Appletreewick Wedding | Daisy & Lawrence

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.


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April 14, 2018

Danby Castle Wedding | Jack & Bazeley

Jack and Bazeley got married at Danby Castle a little drive from Whitby. It’s always a challenge deciding the best date for your wedding, but sometimes the best day jumps out at you. Jack and Bazeley decided to go for the date of they got engaged. Perfect!
Danby Castle is a lovely hidden spot, nestled into the hillside with stunning views of the Esk Valley. Made up of the castle, the court room for the wedding ceremony and the barn for food and celebrating, as well as plenty of space to enjoy the grounds. Deciding on an autumnal wedding it was a beautiful cold and clear day giving us the most wonderful light.
With Danby not having accommodation on site it made a perfect excuse for a pre-wedding evening in Whitby. The guys stayed in separate airbnb’s in the centre of Whitby, both filled with plenty of character, and backed up by the Bridesmaids for support. It’s always nice to be able to capture both parts of the preparation so being a couple of streets away from each other when Jack jumped in the car I headed straight over to Bazeley for more preparation shots, which adds nicely to the story of the day. When the wedding car returned it was time to head off. What a car, a lovely white stretch VW beetle. I’ve always been a beetle fan since having my ’66 Cali style back in the day. What about the outfits, Jack went for his family tartan 3 piece kilt, and Bazeley went for a bespoke suit.
I made it over to Danby Castle in plenty of time for a slightly nervous Bazeley, nothing a whiskey couldn’t help with! The ceremony was lovely with plenty of laughter and the odd tear or two. Wedding tears of joy are not such a bad thing! Post ceremony it was time for drinks and a few portraits in the fading light before we headed into the barn for speeches. Opting for Swedish style speeches, this meant everyone got chance to share a story of the couple.
Not wanting any tummys rumbling the speeches were split between each course. It’s a great way of doing the speeches and allowed for some wonderful moments, along with so much hilarity.   Following on from the speeches we dug into a quiz about the couple. By the time this had finished it was totally dark outside, so we popped to get a few moody portraits. Then it was party time, pulling together a great first dance. As soon as it finished the dance floor went bonkers with everyone throwing some shapes!
If you’re looking at having a wedding at Danby Castle, in Whitby or even Sweden get in touch using my contact form above.


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April 6, 2018

Rudby Hall Wedding | Rachel & Ian

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.


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March 23, 2018

Northern Monk Refectory Wedding Fair Roundup

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!

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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.

March 11, 2018