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 Northern Quarter 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 Murphy’s 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 some of the customers popping in for lunch 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.However, 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. Emma and Joe are being designers they had a great eye for detail. Spotting a few a few areas throughout the day that they liked. 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.
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.