Whitby, you legend

This engagement shoot was an absolute dream come true! I have wanted to do a shoot at the seaside for god knows how long! The biggest thank you to Zoe & Ben for making it a reality!

We had originally planned to do the shoot back in March but, you know, pandemic and all that jazz. I was so gutted at the time, but my goodness it was worth the wait!

I met Zoe & Ben in Whitby, and we were so lucky with the weather! We decided to meet later in the day, and so luckily by then, most of the crowds had gone home.

Whitby wasn’t short of beautiful little spots where we could take photos. So many cute little doorways, narrow streets and beach huts. We spent an hour or so exploring the town, and even on busier streets, Zoe & Ben were just absolute naturals in front of the camera! It was like they were the only people in Whitby in their own little moment! They have so much chemistry it’s insane. And SO beautiful to photograph.

We decided it would be best to leave the beach photos until the very end, so that the sun was nice and low in the sky. I am SO glad we did! We were treated to the most beautiful golden hour, and the most glorious sunset.

Big shoutout to these guys for humouring me because the stuff I had them doing was just hilarious. They must have run up and down the beach about 15 times so I could get ‘the shot’. We then got in the sea to paddle, and got SOAKED by an enormous wave! Thank you Zoe & Ben for putting up with my nonsense because I bloody love the photos!

Just as we were heading for home, I looked at my watch and realised we’d been shooting for almost 2 hours! I couldn’t BELIEVE how quickly it had gone! We said our goodbyes and I headed back to Harrogate.

Zoe & Ben are celebrating their wedding at the end of September and I for one can’t wait. I hope Boris is kind to us so they can have the wedding of their dreams. Can’t wait to celebrate with these guys 🙂


Forehead kisses in Harewood

Forehead kisses in Harewood..

 

It’s currently quarter to midnight as I’m writing this. You can probably tell I’m a little bit excited as I’ve just finished editing Rebecca & Mark’s engagement shoot!

I just wanted to start by saying the biggest thank you to Rebecca and Mark. It’s been such a weird time not photographing actual humans for the past 4 months. You guys were just the best. I really could’ve spent the whole evening with you guys. You are such an amazing couple, and you’ve reminded me why I love doing what I do. So thank you.

Today should’ve been Rebecca and Mark’s wedding day. I’m just absolutely gutted for them that they can’t celebrate with their nearest and dearest today. I for one will be counting down the days until the new wedding date in April. I know it’s going to be the most amazing wedding day, and I can’t wait to be part of the celebrations at the Crab and Lobster!

Anyway!

Back to this beautiful engagement shoot, and what a perfect way to commemorate their ‘would be wedding day’. I met these guys in the beautiful village of Harewood, just on the outskirts of Harrogate. Rebecca had suggested this walk and, even though it’s somewhere I’ve driven past about a million times, it was my first time here!

From the second we got onto the path, the views over Harewood were absolutely incredible. And Rebecca and Mark weren’t too bad on the eyes either. Hehe!

Even though they won’t admit it, they were absolute naturals to photograph. I even asked Mark what was the cringiest thing I could make them do, and apparently it was forehead kisses!! (Top tip – don’t tell your wedding photographer what you find cringey because she’ll just make you do it anyway – haha!)

So after lots of forehead kisses, piggy backs, running around and cute cuddles, we made our way home.

If their engagement shoot is anything to go by, I absolutely can’t wait for the wedding day.

Rebecca and Mark – I hope you both have the loveliest ‘would be wedding day’. You totally deserve it. I’m sure the lovely staff at the Crab & Lobster will treat you as royalty for the day. Make sure you storm in and say ‘do you know who we are’?! Enormous love to you both 🙂


Freezing our bums off in Durham

Freezing our bums off in Durham..

 

Throwing it back to this gorgeous engagement shoot! Back when one could go to Durham without anyone batting an eyelid, and I could give my beautiful couples big hugs. But hey. That’s life!

Back in February, I met Sophie & Sam up in Durham for their pre wedding photoshoot. These guys both grew up in the area, so it really was the perfect spot to do the shoot. I absolutely LOVE Durham. I was vaguely familiar with the city as my best pal went to uni there. When I say vaguely familiar, I mean I knew where the river was. And I could tell you where the worst nightclub in Europe is! All the essentials eh?!

I met these guys at the cathedral, and oh my GOODNESS it was so cold. I remember struggling to even hold my camera! During the shoot there was glorious sunshine, rain and I’m pretty sure we had some snow as well. Nonetheless, Sophie & Sam were amazing and looked totally effortless in front of the camera. Despite the crappy British weather.

We did a big loop of the city, stopping at cute little doorways and views of the cathedral along the way.

Sophie & Sam were due to get married at the beautiful Hornington Manor this month, and sadly due to this bloody virus they’ve had to postpone. I’m absolutely gutted for them. I’m so glad we were able to do their pre wedding photos before things got crazy though! It’s been so lovely to go back through the pictures and choose my favourites from what was such an awesome day 🙂


A beautiful wedding at Bunny Hill

A beautiful wedding at Bunny Hill..

 

We were unbelievably lucky that these guys were able to celebrate their wedding day just before lockdown.

I first met Rob & Sue last year, and when they told me they were getting married at Bunny Hill Weddings I was so excited! It’s a venue I’ve been so keen to shoot at for such a long time. Even though it’s quite a journey from Harrogate, it was SO worth the wait!

Fern (my wonderful second photographer) and I set off from Harrogate on the morning of the wedding, and met Rob & the boys at their cricket ground near Beverley. Everyone was in such high spirits, and so grateful that we were still able to celebrate the wedding.

Rob looked so dapper, as did his groomsmen. We got some awesome photos of them all strutting their stuff on the cricket ground, then headed off to meet the beautiful bride.

Sue was getting ready with her bridesmaids and her 3 gorgeous boys at their family home. She really looked beautiful. It was such a touching moment to photographer Sue getting her boys ready on the morning of the wedding. You could tell it was a really special moment for her to see her boys all grown up. They all had matching tuxedos – the same as all the groomsmen. They looked amazing!

After a quick toast to the wedding ahead of them, it was time to head off to Bunny Hill. Despite forgetting the flowers (oops!), Sue & her bridesmaids all arrived in plenty of time. All the guests were ready and waiting, and everyone was so excited for the wedding day ahead.

The ceremony at Bunny Hill was a really emotional one. Rob & Sue shed a few tears as they exchanged their vows, along with most of their guests.

Rob & Sue headed back down the aisle as husband and wife, and then it was time to party! After a whole load of fizz, we all headed outside for confetti which were definitely some of my favourite photos from the wedding. We headed to the woods nearby for some portraits of the bride and groom. On our return, the groomsmen had created a cricket bat guard of honour for the newlyweds! This was a total surprise for Rob and he had absolutely no idea what was going on!

Speaking of surprises, they didn’t end there. Just as the guests were finishing off their meals, all of a sudden the room erupted into song. They had singing waiters! If you’ve never had the pleasure of being at a wedding where there are singing waiters, then I can only apologise. They are SO MUCH FUN. They get everyone up singing, swinging napkins round their heads, dancing on the tables. It really was brilliant. The perfect addition to any wedding day.

That was just the start of the party though, and shortly afterwards everyone got up onto the dancefloor.

I was so thrilled that these guys were able to celebrate their wedding back in March. Particularly at such a beautiful venue, surrounded by their nearest and dearest.


Remembering happier times

Remembering happier times..

 

Today should’ve been Hattie & Mike’s wedding day.

I thought now would be the perfect time to share some photos from their engagement shoot last summer. And to look back at happier times 🙂

For such a long time, I’ve wanted to do a photoshoot on the boats at Knaresborough. Hattie & I were chatting about where to do their engagement shoot about this time last year. We initially discussed doing it in London where these guys live. But when Hattie said that they were coming back to Yorkshire for a family party, it was the perfect opportunity to go on the boats!

Knaresborough is just a short drive away from where Hattie & I went to school in Harrogate. This was always going to be such a personal wedding for me as I’ve known Hattie for probably 12 years?! It’s been so lovely to get back in touch since we left school. And it’s been so nice getting to know Mike as well!

I met these guys at one of my favourite cafes along the river in Knaresborough. We had a really good catch up (and some biscuits of course). When I finally remembered that I was meant to be working and not just catching up with an old friend, we had a little wander around the tiny streets. Knaresborough is full of so many little nooks and crannies. It really is one of my favourite places in Yorkshire for engagement shoots.

We then hired out one of the rowing boats and hopped in (camera equipment and all!). Hattie & Mike were in charge of rowing, and despite ending up in a few tree branches, overall they did a pretty decent job!

We went up and down the river a little, then I hopped out and got some shots of the two of them with that stunning view of the Knaresborough viaduct in the background.

I absolutely loved this shoot, and it was so nice hanging out with these guys for a couple of hours.

Today should’ve been their wedding day at Wharfedale Grange near Harrogate. I feel so sad that they haven’t been able to celebrate with all their friends and family today, but let’s not dwell on the bad stuff. Hattie & Mike will be tying the knot in September instead, and I for one can’t wait 🙂


The most 'Majestic' of weddings

The most ‘Majestic’ of weddings..

 

 

It’s crazy to think this beautiful wedding was less than a month ago, yet it feels like another lifetime!

Olivia & Ed are genuinely just the COOLEST people. They are just so lovely, their entire families are too. They are the best parents to their gorgeous baby boy Jack. Just totally laid back, awesome people.

We headed up to Malham for their engagement shoot back in February, and you can check out some of the photos here 🙂

I headed over to Harrogate on the eve of the wedding, and was able to have a sneaky peek at the wedding rehearsal! Never been to one before! It was so lovely to be able to meet some of the close family ahead of the big day. Abbie, the vicar, is just so lovely and conducted the ceremony beautifully. We’d worked together before at Victoria and Daniel’s wedding at Denton Hall last summer! Always great to see a familiar face in the wedding industry!

Before we knew it, it was finally the wedding day.

I headed to their family home in Harrogate, where Olivia was getting ready with her parents, bridesmaids, and little baby Jack. I absolutely love that boy – he’s just the most chilled out child! He says the word ‘bear’ all day long and he’s an absolute ray on sunshine. Just like his parents!

The morning was really chilled out, and everyone was just super excited for the rest of the wedding day.

When Olivia got into her dress, she looked absolutely incredible! She was wearing a stunning gown from Bridal Rogue Gallery in Harrogate. The lovely Gill had done a wonderful job on her hair, as she had with all the bridesmaids. And to finish off, the most perfect bridal bouquet from Wild Flowers of Harrogate.

The wedding car arrived, and it was off to the church! Ed was patiently waiting for his beautiful bride, along with his NINE groomsmen! Nine!!!

Everyone was speechless when the beautiful Olivia walked down the aisle. She just looked amazing.

After the ceremony, all the guests headed outside into the (albeit very brief!) sunshine. We squeezed in a few couple portraits in the churchyard, before the newlyweds headed over to their guests to have confetti chucked in their faces!

The reception was held at the newly refurbished Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. Everyone was in such high spirits, and it was the perfect venue to host all 150 wedding guests!

It began to rain a little (typical English weather eh?), but luckily these guys are hardcore enough to not care. We still managed to get outside for some more portraits, and I’m so glad we did as these are some of my favourites from the wedding!

After the reception, everyone settled down at their tables for 3 brilliant speeches. Ed’s speech had me howling with laughter, particularly when he opened with the ‘Matthew Mcconaughey’ chant from Wolf of Wall Street! What a legend! His speech was the perfect balance of funny and very touching. Ed took a moment to remember his mother who had sadly passed away when he was younger, which certainly brought a tear to everyone in the room.

Before we knew it, it was time for the first dance. As I knew they would, Ed & Olivia absolutely TORE up that dancefloor! Their moves were just awesome, and all of the guests soon joined them for the party. The dancefloor photos are easily some of my favourites from the whole wedding!

A special thank you to my awesome second shooter Fern, as well as videographer Tom who was a great person to have around on the day. Hopefully we’ll all be able to work together again soon!

It really was such a brilliant day, and I’m truly blessed to have been able to photograph some very happy memories. Ed & Olivia, I wish you both so much happiness. Thank you for letting me be a part of such an awesome wedding. You are the BEST 🙂


Bringing the joy to Denton Hall

Bringing the joy to Denton Hall…

 

With all this madness that’s going on right now, I thought it was about bloody time we had some joy back on our screens! Don’t know about you guys but I’m sick of scrolling through Instagram and it being so glum.

I was looking back through some old weddings the other day, and I came across this absolute beauty from last summer.

I was second shooting for my dearest friend Charlotte, and I’m so glad she asked me along to this one. It was SUCH a fun wedding.

On the morning of the wedding, Daniel and the boys were getting ready at home near Otley. They were all dressed in tweet suits, and it was so nice to see something a bit different! Flat caps and everything! I certainly didn’t envy the boys in all those layers on one of the hottest days of the year though!

Once they were all suited and booted, we headed outside and got some cracking photos of the lads. The view from the house was an absolute corker. You could see right across Yorkshire!!

We all headed across to the beautiful Denton Hall once everyone was ready. One of the things I love most about my job is all the new places I get to discover. Denton Hall is absolutely one of those gems. It’s about a 20 minute drive from my house near Ilkley, and I just can’t believe I had never been before! Right in the heart of the countryside, surrounded by the most breathtaking views.

I popped in to see the beautiful bride Victoria who was getting ready with her bridesmaids at one of the nearby cottages. From the second we said hello, it was like I’d known her forever! I’m sure Charlotte would agree with me when I say that we were made to feel SO welcome for the entire wedding.

Victoria looked SO beautiful, and before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony. Luckily it was the most glorious weather, and it was just a short walk to the church from where the girls were getting ready.

Daniel was ready and waiting for his beautiful bride when we arrived at the church. The ceremony was conducted by the wonderful vicar Abbie, who is absolutely one of the loveliest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

After the ‘I do’s’, all the wedding guests headed outside for a whole load of confetti. And my goodness, there was SO much confetti. Top tip to all my future brides… you can never have too much of the stuff! The more the better, and it really does make for the most beautiful photographs.

The wedding guests all made their way back to Denton, and in the meantime we drove out with the newlyweds to get some killer portraits. They were absolute naturals in front of the camera, and anyone could see how in love they are.

The whole of the rest of the day was just an absolute blast. Everyone was enjoying their drinks and canapes out in the sunshine. The speeches were such a laugh, and Charlotte and I even received a bottle of prosecco from the bride and groom! We were completely overwhelmed. These guys were honestly an absolute dream.

After the glorious food, it was time to cut the cake. And I was SO excited for this bit. All of the wedding guests made their way up the spiral staircase, and as Victoria and Daniel cut their cake, everyone threw even MORE confetti over the happy couple! It really was incredible!

Everyone got on the dancefloor after that, and really made the most of what was left of the wedding day.

To Charlotte, Victoria & Daniel.. THANK YOU so much for having me along to this one. It was an absolute delight from start to finish, and I can’t wait to be back at Denton Hall again very soon!


A trip to Malham

A few weeks back, I met these lovely humans for their engagement shoot in the beautiful Yorkshire village of Malham. It really is one of my absolutely favourite places to take photos. It’s such a picturesque little village, not to mention the incredible views across the Yorkshire Dales.

I met Olivia & Ed (and their gorgeous baby boy Jack) outside my FAVOURITE pub in the whole world, The Lister Arms. They hopped out of their car, wellies at the ready, and we headed off to get some photos.

There is a really beautiful little stream that runs through Malham village. I asked if Olivia & Ed would cross the bridge and stand on the other side so I could get some photos of the gorgeous view. They replied with.. “Well, why don’t we just go in the river?”. An EXCELLENT response! So of course they waded through the stream like the absolute legends they are. Ed gave his fiancé a piggy back, and these are for sure some of my favourite photos from the day.

We decided to head up towards Malham cove for some more photos. Jack was sitting comfortably in his pram, which we realised might prove a bit of a problem if we wanted to walk up to the top! So – the plan of action. Ed put baby Jack on his shoulders, we ditched the pram along with any unnecessary layers, then headed for the top of the cove!

I’m so glad we did because the views from the top are without a doubt some of the best in the whole of North Yorkshire.

Olivia & Ed are having their wedding this weekend at the Majestic in Harrogate. I absolutely can’t wait to be part of their big day!


A total Pinterest dream!

These guys are just the ultimate Pinterest dream!

I first met these beautiful humans at a wedding I photographed at The Principal in York back in 2018. Milly’s brother Alex was marrying his gorgeous bride Natalie, and I’m so looking forward to reliving the day all over again when these two tie the knot!

Milly and Tom are getting married at the beautiful Rudding Park in Harrogate next month. I’ve been so looking forward to this wedding for what feels like an eternity, and I can’t believe it’s almost upon us!

Milly got in touch with me on Instagram recently to chat about the engagement shoot. I knew wherever we decided to go that it would be beautiful because of my awesome models! We talked about going to Harlow Carr in Harrogate for a few photos, but with this crazy British weather we decided to stay inside instead.

We ended up doing the engagement shoot at Milly & Tom’s beautiful home in Harrogate. And what a home they have! I had no doubt in my mind that they would have decorated it beautifully, and boy was I right. It was a Pinterest dream! Everything was so delicate, white, SUPER clean and with beautiful fresh flowers everywhere.

We all had a cup of tea together, and must have been chatting for about 20 minutes before we even started the shoot! Talking to these guys was like talking to old friends. They are just the loveliest people and it’s just the biggest pleasure that I can say I’m their wedding photographer.

We started off with a few photos in the kitchen. Milly & Tom had some very cute Emma Bridgewater ‘Mr & Mrs’ mugs that made excellent props. I remembered taking some photos of them back at Natalie & Alex’s wedding at The Principal in York. They are just SO sweet together. It totally shines through in the photos. Their smiles just totally light up the room.

You can probably tell by how much I’m gushing over these two that I’m beyond excited for the wedding! I knew I was looking forward to it but catching up with these guys today has absolutely confirmed it.

Rudding Park.. here we come!


Making the most of your engagement shoot

Making the most of your engagement shoot..

 

I wanted to write a little something in case any of my lovely couples were feeling a little nervous about their engagement shoot. It’s perfectly okay to feel a little shy in front of the camera – trust me! Unless you’re Kate Moss, this really isn’t something we experience every day.

All my wedding packages include a pre wedding shoot, free of charge. I really do think they are super important. You never know, you might even enjoy being a model for the day!

 

  • We can get rid of any awkwardness you might feel in front of the camera ahead of the wedding day
  • We’ll be seeing a lot of each other at the wedding, so it’s a great chance for us to get to know each other a little better
  • You get a whole set of photos that you can use for your wedding invitations, your guest book, or even just to put on Instagram!
  • Think of it as the dress rehearsal. You can look through your engagement photos and see which angles you think suit you best, what you’d like to create more of at the wedding, or what you’d like to avoid. It’s your wedding day after all!

 

Here are some top tips I’ve put together to make sure you get the most out of your pre wedding photoshoot…

1 – Wear something you feel good in

I want you guys to wear something that makes you feel good. Sure, if you wear a floaty dress on the top of Malham Cove in December you’ll get some cracking photos. But if your expression suggests you were freezing your bottom off, it’s probably not the best idea.

Somewhere between a tracksuit and a ballgown is probably about right. Smart/ casual. Or smasual, if you will.

A bright colour will work wonders with your shoot. Wearing greens and browns can sometimes mean you blend in a bit with the landscape. A red hat, a yellow coat or even a tartan scarf can work really well. My work has always been very colourful, so if you turn up in a brightly coloured bobble hat you’ll probably be my favourite person. Just be careful not to clash with what your partner is wearing!

Branded clothing or logos can sometimes be a little distracting too, so try to keep those to a minimum if you can help it.

2 – Choose a location that means something to you

You’ll look back at these photos for years to come, so it’s best to choose somewhere that’s a little bit special. Whether that’s where you had your first date, or even just where you like to walk the dog on a weekend.

Places that offer some variation tend to work really well for engagement shoots. A walk in the woods could mean some great photos, but after 10 minutes it gets a bit samey. Let’s find some nice red brick walls covered in ivy. Or a big red door you can have a smooch in front of. Or an epic meadow you can run through like Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. I want you to go away with a FULL set of photos.

If you’re struggling for inspiration, why not try something totally different for your engagement shoot..

– A frolic at the seaside
– Making pizzas from scratch at home
A picnic by the river
– Consuming as much candyfloss as possible at the fair
– A bike ride in the country

3 – Practise looking at your partner

Sounds daft right? But trust me, I will love you forever if you spend 10 minutes doing this before your shoot.

A lot of the time, my favourite photos are those ones where you guys are just smiling at each other. Having a chat, laughing together! Sometimes people can feel awkward just staring at their partner. Don’t get me wrong, it does feel weird at first! But if you can master it ahead of your shoot, it means I can just snap away, getting different angles, capturing those big smiley faces.

4 – Timing is everything

A lot of my couples tend to find the idea of being in a crowded place a little overwhelming when having their photos taken. I totally understand that! So it tends to work well having the shoot either early in the morning, or later on in the afternoon.

This way it won’t be as busy, and the lighting will be so much more beautiful as well.

You can have your engagement shoot anytime between confirming your wedding booking until about a month before the wedding. That just means there’s plenty of time for me to get the photos back to you ahead of the big day.

Some of my couples quite like the idea of having their engagement in the opposite season to their wedding. For example, if you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, it might be quite nice to have a set of photos of you guys in your big winter coats braving the snow. Or more likely the rain. It is England after all.

5 – There’s no pressure

Your engagement shoot isn’t a test to see how proficient you are in front of the camera. It’s not an audition for Vogue magazine. It’s a chance to get some awesome photos of you and your other half at one of the most exciting times of your life.

If there is anything you want to ask me ahead of the shoot then you can just drop me a message anytime. I want you to get the most out of your shoot because it makes me a very happy photographer when you guys are happy!

Lots of love,

Lily xx