A secret wedding at the Crab & Lobster

A secret wedding at the Crab & Lobster..

 

What sneaky little devils these guys are! They only went and got married and kept it a surprise to their friends and family! This really was the most beautiful wedding, and I’m SO glad I was able to be part of such an exclusive event!

So yeah, this is Rebecca & Mark and I bloody love these guys. I totally fell in love with them at their engagement shoot back in August, and I knew their wedding was going to be just as wonderful.

These guys tied the knot at the Crab and Lobster near Thirsk, and what a venue it is! Despite the most almighty downpour when we arrived, it was the most glorious weather for the rest of the day.

Rebecca was getting ready with her mum and bridesmaids, and it was super chilled out morning. Lots of fizz, and just such a buzz of excitement for the wedding! I couldn’t believe how quickly the day went, and before we knew it, it was time for Rebecca to get into her dress..

She just looked like a movie star. What an absolute beauty this girl is! It was so emotional when she walked down the aisle with her dad. Rebecca and Mark were joined by 15 of their nearest and dearest for the ceremony, but it was nice to see some of the guests FaceTiming loved ones who sadly couldn’t be there on the day itself.

After the ceremony we headed outside for some photos, and thankfully we were blessed with the weather! The rain had finally stopped and the light was just BEAUTIFUL! After the downpour earlier in the day, I just couldn’t believe our luck.

These guys are just AMAZING in front of the camera – I am such a lucky photographer! The combination of natural chemistry, beautiful evening light, gorgeous surroundings of the Crab and Lobster, the most stunning wedding dress and just the fact that they are absolute HOTTIES, was just perfection!

After some fizz and lots of laughs, it was time for me to head back to Harrogate and leave these guys to their wedding meal.

I have an awful lot of love for these two. Thank you Rebecca and Mark for proving that weddings can be just as beautiful EVEN in a pandemic!

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


2020 highlights

Hasn’t this year just been lovely? I just feel like I’ve done so many things and achieved so much! Remember that time when..

Oh hang on. Just wait a second. I think I’m getting a little mixed up with one of those other years. Yeah. No yeah that’s right. 2020 was absolutely [insert expletive here].

I wasn’t sure I was going to bother with a ‘highlights’ post like I usually would do at the end of the year because, ya know, that pandemic happened. But ACTUALLY, I’m so glad I did! I almost forgot that weddings were actually a proper thing before March! And the weddings that were able to go ahead in the second half of the year were bloody beautiful!

So here we are. A little selection of my absolute favourite photos of 2020. I thought I’d end up with about 4 photos in this post, but narrowing down my favourites was actually really tough!!

There were a lot of really, really beautiful moments this year. Particularly in the second half. After countless postponements, cancellations, last minute rearranging, the relief after saying the vows was just BURSTING out of my couples! I’m so grateful I got to witness moments like that.

I just have to finish by saying the most enormous thank you to all my couples! You guys have kept me going more than I’ll ever be able to explain. Your determination  has honestly BLOWN ME AWAY. You guys are incredible.

For all my 2020 couples who sadly had to postpone, I just can’t tell you how excited I am for you guys. 2021 is your year and it’s going to be bloody amazing! Let’s do this!

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


The Woodman Inn wedding

The Woodman Inn wedding..

 

I have to say, even though this year has been UNBELIEVABLY tough, I am absolutely loving these smaller weddings.

I hate that we don’t have the choice, and that a lot of my couples have had to cut short their list of loved ones that they want to celebrate with. But, oh my goodness me. Every 2020 wedding so far has been bloody beautiful. Amy and Jamie’s wedding day was no exception.

This lovely pair of humans, like so many others, had to postpone their 2020 wedding due to ‘you know what’. They had their new date booked in for April next year, and then a few weeks ago I received a text from Amy and it just totally made my day. Her and Jamie decided that they just didn’t want to wait any longer to get married. They’d rebooked their wedding for the end of October, and to just have a small celebration with their closest family. This was at a point when a LOT of postponements and cancellations were happening, so these guys were an absolute ray of sunshine in all the madness.

I met the lovely Amy at her house on the morning of the wedding. She was getting ready with her mum, and it was just a lovely, chilled out morning. Once her hair and make-up were done, Amy went to get her dress on. And WHAT A DRESS! It was so gorgeous. I certainly had a ball photographing Amy in her beautiful gown!

Before we knew it, it was time to head off to the venue. These guys were tying the knot at the Woodman Inn in Huddersfield. I had never been before but it was such a hidden little gem! Amy travelled in style to the venue in a mint green camper van booked as a surprise by her dad! Jamie was ready and waiting for his beautiful bride.

It was certainly an emotional moment when Amy walked down the aisle. There were tears from Jamie as well as all the mums in the room! The registrars were AMAZING. As a wedding photographer we meet a lot of different registrars, vicars and celebrants, and these guys were just ace!

After the ‘I do’s’ and a big old first kiss, we headed across to the reception venue. They had done such an incredible job of decorating the room. There was a huge ‘Mr & Mrs’ sign, beautiful foliage, personalised beer bottles, sweetie jars for the flower girl and page boy, and little wooden place names for every guest.

We managed to get lots of lovely photos of the happy couple despite the rain. The autumn colours were out in full force, and made the most beautiful backdrops for us! These guys were so natural and smiley with each other, which just makes my job such a dream!

After some confetti and a whole load of fizz, it was time for the speeches. Probably one of my favourite parts of these smaller weddings. Amy’s dad, Jamie and his brother all made a speech. They were all as brilliant as each other, and SO heartfelt.

Thank you to Amy & Jamie for proving that small weddings can be just as incredible. What a total pleasure to be your wedding photographer 🙂

Photography – Lily North

Wedding venue – The Woodman Inn

Flowers – The Flower Shop, Ossett

Make-up – Kirsty Wood, The Beauty Cottage

Hair – Jo Blake

Wedding dress – Madi Lane, Dotty Bridal 

Suits – The Grooms Rooms

Mr & Mrs sign – Wedding venue lighting

 

 

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


How to plan your wedding in.. three days!

Some people can spend three years planning a wedding. These guys showed you can pull it off in just THREE DAYS. And what absolute legends they are for doing it!

After Boris’ announcement a few weeks back that we could only have 15 people at weddings, these guys sprang into action. They decided they were going to have the wedding day that had dreamed of. Thankfully, there were a couple of days left whilst 30 people were still permitted. So these guys grabbed the bull by the horns and brought their entire wedding forward to that Saturday afternoon!

First of all, I have to give a huge shoutout to the wonder that is Freya Raby! Freya sadly had a clash of weddings on that date and so very kindly put me in touch with Sophie and Leo. And I am so grateful that she did because it was such a lovely wedding. And the biggest honour to have met such a lovely couple as well.

Sophie and Leo had managed to reschedule all of their suppliers, including florist, dress designer, vicar and make-up artist, with only a couple of days’ notice. And thankfully, all 30 of their nearest and dearest were still able to make it to the wedding! It was an absolute triumph.

I knew from the moment I spoke to Sophie that we would get on so well. She phoned me up a couple of days before the wedding, and you know when you just feel like you’ve known somebody for ages? Considering she had just rearranged her entire wedding, she was one of the most chilled out brides I’ve ever met! Such a legend!

The morning of the wedding was just as I’d expected. Super relaxed, super lovely, and just a quiet morning of Sophie getting ready at her family home. The very talented Charlotte did a wonderful job of Sophie’s wedding make up and kept us all giggling throughout the morning! The ladies from Sundew Florist did an incredible job of the flowers for both Sophie and her bridesmaids. And who can forget the star of the show; Sophie’s wedding dress. The dress was a bespoke gown courtesy of KMR bridal. It was absolutely stunning, and so lovely to think that no one else will have the same dress! It really was one of a kind.

Once Sophie was dressed and ready to go, we headed down to the church which was just a short drive away. Leo was waiting patiently along with the rest of their family and friends.

It was really special to watch Sophie walk down the aisle. You could really feel the emotion in the room, and there was such a happy sigh of relief when the happy couple said ‘I do’!

The newlyweds were covered in confetti, and after a few group shots and photos of the happy couple, it was time for home. It felt strange just covering a few hours of a wedding day, but equally so special.

I’m so lucky to have witnessed how lovely a 2020 wedding can still be. After such a mad year, it’s so wonderful to see a couple still be able to tie the knot in front of their loved ones. At the end of the day, your love for each other is still the most important thing 🙂

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


My first visit to Saltburn!

Saltburn by the sea. What an absolute gem! Who knew?! (Probably lots of people haha!) But this was my first time visiting Saltburn and I just absolutely fell in love with it.

I’ve been absolutely loving doing shoots at the beach this year, so when Dave and Megan suggested Saltburn I was totally on board!

I met these guys on the most BEAUTIFUL sunny evening a couple of weeks ago. They also brought along their crazy dog Piper who was just hilarious! Megan’s parents very kindly were on standby to keep an eye on her. This meant we were able to get a nice mix of photos of Dave and Megan both with and without the dog which was perfect!

It was so nice to catch up with these guys since I first met them in Harrogate last year. After such a crazy few months it’s always super lovely to see my couples again! We chatted about upcoming plans for the wedding day in Sawley next year. I totally can’t wait to photograph these guys get married!

Anyway, back to the engagement shoot!

We had a nice wander along the pier, got some photos by the beach huts, with a stroll along the beach to finish off with. Every part of Saltburn was just SO pretty. One thing I loved about this place was just how quiet it was! Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure a chilly evening in October doesn’t compare to the crowds of a hot summer’s day! But nonetheless, it was awesome.

Dave & Megan were amazing to photograph. They brought their wellies with them too so we could get loads of photos of them paddling in the water! It was such good fun to get some photos with Piper as well. Even though all she wanted was to run up and down in the sand, she was very well behaved in posing for the camera when we needed her to!

The countdown has officially begun, and it’s now only a matter of months until Dave & Megan’s wedding. I am SO excited for the big day and I know these guys can’t wait!

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


WE MADE IT!

WE MADE IT!

 

Where do I even begin with this wedding!? Oh my goodness me. What a day.

In case you didn’t already know, I absolutely love these guys. I met them for the first time back in the summer for their engagement shoot in Whitby. The rest was history! They are just the most wonderful couple. Sorry I’m gushing but I don’t care. They are just so kind hearted and so much fun to be around. Oh and did I mention they were bloody gorgeous too?!

As I’m sure you guys reading this will agree, 2020 has been a bit shit. Well, it’s been very shit. This was the first year I decided to go full time with my weddings. Great decision that was eh?!

The last wedding I photographed was back in March, so Zoe & Ben’s was my first in over six months. After that much of a gap I was sooooo nervous! I even stayed over in a hotel near the venue the night before so nothing could stop me getting there!

I remember receiving a text from Ben on the morning of the wedding saying ‘WE MADE IT!’. After countless changes to wedding arrangements, guest number being cut (thanks Boris), it was finally the big day and I for one couldn’t wait.

I arrived at Raven Hall on the morning of the wedding and headed over to see Zoe who was getting ready with her beautiful bridesmaids. It was such a lovely and chilled out morning. I was SO happy to be back!

Once hair and make-up was finished, Zoe got into her wedding dress and just looked an absolute vision. We were all getting ready to head across to the ceremony, and it’s safe to say the weather was.. not ideal. It was a howling gale, torrential rain, but honestly none of us cared. After everything that’s happened this year, everyone was just so buzzing that the big day had finally arrived. Nothing else mattered.

Ben was ready and waiting in the ceremony room for his beautiful bride, along with the rest of the wedding party. I have to just say what a truly beautiful venue this is. The views are insane, and Zoe’s mum had decorated the entire ceremony room so that it was a complete surprise to Zoe when she walked down the aisle. Totally covered in fairy lights and candles; it was absolutely magical.

When Zoe walked down the aisle with her brother, Ben was a little emotional and it was such a beautiful moment. There were lots of tears and lots of giggles throughout the ceremony, and the buzz in the room when Zoe & Ben said ‘I do’ was just amazing. I even shed a little happy tear behind my camera!

After a splash of prosecco, the newlyweds were welcomed into the reception, followed by some beautiful speeches, amazing food, a whole load of confetti canons, and a little dance to round off the day.

I think I’ve said this to everyone I’ve spoken to since I photographed this wedding, but I really felt like I had the biggest smile on my face for this entire day. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back photographing weddings again. You guys know I love my job, and it’s weddings like this that just make it all the more special.

This wedding will mean so much to me for so many amazing reasons, and it’s certainly one I will never ever forget. Zoe & Ben you are just incredible. You and your families made me feel so welcome throughout the entire day. I love you guys so much.

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


Autumn loveliness at Kirkstall Abbey

Autumn loveliness at Kirkstall Abbey..

 

Autumn is probably my favourite time of year for engagement shoots as you can probably tell! All the colours are just so pretty and you guys know I love colour!

I met the lovely Laura and James at Kirkstall Abbey just outside of Leeds. It’s one of those places I’ve driven past so many times but never actually visited! It’s such a pretty place with walks along the river, plus it’s free to explore the abbey!

The weather forecast wasn’t bad, but in true British style it decided to rain for the engagement shoot! Laura and James embraced the weather though and still managed to look amazing. We got some photos down by the river, in and around the abbey, and of course in front of some of the beautiful autumnal trees.

These guys are tying the knot next October at the BEAUTIFUL Fig House at Middleton Lodge. This is one of, if not my absolute favourite wedding venue! I’m so looking forward to it, and it was so lovely to get some photos of these guys ahead of the wedding next year. Let the countdown commence!

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


A beautiful evening at Roundhay Park

A beautiful evening at Roundhay Park..

 

To be asked to photograph somebody’s wedding day is genuinely the biggest honour. I will never take that for granted. But when one of your closest friends asks you to be their wedding photographer, it’s just that little bit more special! AND SHE’S A PHOTOGRAPHER TOO! No pressure then haha!

Beth & Dave got engaged up in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, and I was over the moon when I heard the news!! I had no doubt in my mind that Beth would get cracking with wedding planning immediately.. She did not let me down!

I can safely say I have never done an engagement shoot so soon after a proposal before! But it was such a lovely shoot. You could just see how buzzing they both were to be engaged. There was definitely something special about capturing that initial excitement in the build-up to the wedding!

I met Beth and Dave at Roundhay Park, and thankfully we were pretty blessed with the weather. It was such a beautiful evening, and we were treated to an epic sunset as well which is always a bonus. It was my first time doing a shoot at Roundhay, but I’m sure it won’t be the last!

Beth & Dave were the best models in front of the camera. They’re so natural with each other and it was really lovely to photograph. Now that we’ve done the engagement shoot, the countdown to the wedding feels very real! I’m beyond excited for them both, and I can’t wait to see what they pull out of the bag on the wedding day 🙂

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


My kind of wedding

The Barden Tower wedding..

Every wedding I photograph is so different from the last, and it’s a wonderful feeling that couples still amaze me with their ideas and styling for the day. Lindsey had done the most incredible job of organising the whole wedding. I don’t say this often, but I think if I were to get married, it wouldn’t be far off what Lindsey had created!

Barden Tower has to be one of my favourite venues I’ve photographed to date. This incredible venue along with the flowers, the dress, and all the beautiful little touches in between made the whole day so special from start to finish.

It was a good laugh to photograph the lads getting ready on the morning of the wedding. I expected nothing less from these cheeky chaps! The boys have all known each other for nearly 30 years and clearly knew each other so well. I don’t think anyone expected Mike to break down in tears when his beautiful bride walked down the aisle! There was certainly not a dry eye in the building.

The bride and groom portraits were a delight which came as no surprise. I mean, just look at these two! There were no shortages of stunning locations around either!

The day was rounded off by a rather amusing rendition of ‘Consider Yourself’, officially welcoming Mike into the family. An evening filled with lots of dancing, fizz (and brownies), was a fitting end to what had been an incredible wedding.


Family shoot up in Edinburgh

Family shoot up in Edinburgh..

 

It only seems two minutes since I got the train from Harrogate up to Edinburgh to photograph this BEAUTIFUL family!

Charlotte is one of my dearest friends and it was such an honour when she asked if I would do a family shoot for her. Athea was only a few months old at the time so it was just so lovely to spend some proper time with her when she was so little! She’s just turned one and she’s by far the best dressed baby in all of Edinburgh!!

The train up to Edinburgh was only a couple of hours from Harrogate and thankfully we were blessed with beautiful weather! You never know what you’re going to get in Scotland!

Charlotte & Aidan live near a beautiful nature reserve, which was just the perfect spot to get some family photos. The colours at this time of year are just incredible so we weren’t short of pretty backdrops!

We got some cute as hell photos of Athea, and she was so patient with having her photos taken! That was until she scratched herself on her face the poor thing! Still looked flawless though haha!

We were even joined by the two dogs Reggie and Lily (excellent name) who are just the sweetest doggos ever.

I hope it’s not too much longer before I can make the trip up to Edinburgh again soon! It’s hands down one of my favourite places, and hey, the company certainly isn’t too shabby either <3

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding and family photographer