Freedom day wedding at the Tithe Barn!


After five postponements (yes, five!), Hannah & Phil decided on a Monday in July to finally have their wedding. Little did they realise at the time that the Monday they had chosen just happened to be freedom day! The first of MANY weddings with no restrictions, no masks, a dancefloor full of people, lots of hugging and kissing. All the things I’ve missed seeing and photographing for what feels like an eternity!

Hannah and Phil’s wedding was possibly my fifth or sixth time that I’ve photographed at the Tithe Barn. It’s probably my most popular venue, and yet this was the FIRST wedding I’ve photographed there where it hasn’t rained! In fact, it was glorious sunshine from start to finish! This venue is absolutely beautiful whatever the weather, but my goodness it’s stunning when the sun shines.

I met Hannah and Phil for their engagement shoot up on Ilkley Moor at the start of last year. Back then the wedding was only a few weeks away, and then Covid went and bloody happened! Hannah & Phil’s wedding was the first of mine to be postponed, so when the date finally came, I for one was READY!

This day really felt like a long time coming, and having waited for almost a year and a half, everyone was definitely ready for a big old party…

Hannah was getting ready at her family’s farm in Silsden on the morning of the wedding. We had a lovely chilled out morning, with Alix & Ness working their magic on hair and make up! Once the bridesmaids were in their dresses, and after a cheeky glass of fizz, Hannah headed up to get into her wedding dress. And what a dress! It was a Justin Alexander from the Harrogate Wedding Lounge, and it suited Hannah down to the ground. So elegant and simple with just a little sparkle. Stunning.

Hannah headed downstairs for the big reveal, and after an emotional reunion with her dad, it was time to head to the venue! Although not before a few photos of course..

Phil was waiting at the Tithe Barn along with all their family and friends. Everyone was in such high spirits – not just because of the wedding, but because of the FREEDOM! It was so lovely to see smiling faces again instead of a room full of masks!

Hannah arrived in style in a rather swanky red Porsche, and walked down the aisle with her dad by her side. Choosing photos to share from the ceremony was a tricky one because these two were just so smiley the whole way through! Absolutely beaming to see each other and it was a dream to photograph.

You might think that after a ceremony is the perfect time to throw some confetti. But not for these guys! Hannah & Phil took a slightly different approach and instead had… BUBBLES! It looked so pretty, and it was nice to see a little twist on a classic wedding tradition…

Everyone was enjoying some fizz in the sunshine, overlooking that famous view of Bolton Abbey. Once it was time for the speeches, everyone headed inside and the room EXPLODED with applause when the newlyweds walked in! Phil’s best man took a slightly different approach to your classic wedding speech, and treated the guests to a game of ‘Who wants to be a Philionnaire’! Everyone was loving it, and of course he made the most of the massive projector to share lots of embarrassing photos of the groom!

After some delicious food, we headed out across the fields to get some portraits of the bride and groom. We were treated to a rather glorious golden hour which is always a wedding photographer’s dream!

It was finally time for the party, and once Hannah & Phil had cut the wedding cake, everyone hopped on the dancefloor. It was AWESOME to see a dancefloor full of people again! Everyone was so ready for a party, and it was so much fun to photograph.

What a wedding. One of my favourite venues, glorious weather, an amazing couple, and of course the freedom we’ve all been missing.

Shoutout to all the wonderful suppliers for Hannah & Phil’s wedding day!


Venue – The Tithe Barn, Bolton Abbey

Photography – Me!

Florist – Beamsley Blooms

Hair – Alix, The Curve, Silsden

Make-up – Ness, KH Make Up Artistry

Dress – Justin Alexander, Harrogate Wedding Lounge