Such a FUN wedding at Ponden Mill!

Such a FUN wedding at Ponden Mill!

Ell and Jack are such a chilled out, down-to-earth couple and I just love them! They love the outdoors. They love dogs. The gave me a chocolate cupcake when I first met them. So yeah, they’re pretty much just awesome humans.

Ell was getting ready on the morning of the wedding with her close family and bridesmaids. With their garden backing onto Baildon Moor, it was certainly the perfect backdrop for photos! Ell was ready nice and early which meant a) we had loads of time to get some cracking photos, b) no stress when it came to leaving the house, and c) I even had time to head to the church to see Jack and all the guests arriving!

Sadly Ell and Jack’s gorgeous spaniels weren’t invited to the wedding (I was gutted), but all the humans looked wonderful! Everyone gathered into Baildon church to watch Ell walk down the aisle with her dad by her side. After some brilliant readings, some banging hymns and the all-important vows, the pair were finally hitched!

Ell and Jack walked out of church with the biggest smiles on their faces. Jack’s cousin Sam was even playing the bagpipes for them which was incredible! Everyone chucked a whole load of confetti over them before climbing onto the big green bus taking everyone to Ponden Mill!

Ell and Jack weren’t going to be travelling with the rest of their guests though.. no way! They had their own Land Rover courtesy of the fantastic Yorkshire Vehicle Hire! I’ve worked with these guys on a few weddings now and they really are brilliant – can’t recommend them enough.

I love it when my couples are up for a bit of adventure, so when Ell suggested a trip up Baildon Moor for some photos I was absolutely buzzing! They popped their wellies on, hopped out of the land rover, and after a quick shot from Jack’s hip flask, we headed across the moor! Ell and Jack looked amaaaaaazing, and hey, the backdrop wasn’t half bad either!

After a quick sip of prosecco in the back of the land rover, we headed off to Ponden Mill.

This venue really is such a hidden gem! They haven’t been open very long, but set within the rolling hills of Haworth, it really is a stunning setting.

All the guests were gathered outside to welcome the newlyweds. The fizz and canapes were flowing, and there were some epic lawn games to keep everyone entertained! Ell’s dad had even built a giant connect4!

We all headed inside for the speeches, and thankfully the rain held off until everyone was safely indoors! The speeches were ace, and the food was SPECTACULAR! The Outside Kitchen oversaw catering, and they are just outstanding!

The evening was filled with dancing, beer pong, Jägerbombs, shots, and more Jägerbombs! Everyone was so ready for a party, so the first dance was never going to be a slow number for this wedding! When the Courteeners came on, the room erupted and it was such an EPIC first dance! The dancefloor went wild and I really was sad to leave!

This was such a FUN wedding, and in my opinion exactly how a wedding day should be! Thank you so much for having me guys – it was an absolute blast 🙂

Huge shoutout to all the incredible suppliers from Ell & Jack’s amazing wedding day!

 

Venue – Ponden Mill, Haworth

Make-up – Sarah Schofield 

Hair – Hair by Ria

Bridesmaids dresses – Maya Deluxe

Catering – The Outside Kitchen

Transport – Yorkshire Vehicle Hire (car), Yesteryear (bus)


A very special wedding at Mitton Hall

A very special wedding at Mitton Hall..

 

 

This is the final wedding I wanted to share before the end of the year, and it’s one that’s very close to my heart.

Beth and I have friends for almost 6 years. When she asked me to photograph her wedding it really was the biggest honour. Beth is an amazing photographer and so the pressure of getting some awesome pictures was definitely on!

I arrived at Mitton Hall on the morning of the wedding, and seeing Beth for the first time was really emotional. Seeing her so happy and excited for her wedding day was just amazing. It was such a pleasure to capture her getting ready for the day ahead.

Beth was getting ready with her mum and all of her bridesmaids who all looked beautiful. The girls were wearing stunning sage green dresses, and they had the most gorgeous bouquets courtesy of the amazing Felicity Farm Flowers. Everything about this wedding was just stunning!

Despite it being a mad morning at times (let’s not discuss being locked out of the bridal suite!), everyone was in such high spirits, and we had such a laugh. Beth looked unbelievable in her Orchid Designs dress. Truly breathtaking. After the big reveal to her bridesmaids, it was time to head downstairs to see Dave.

Watching Beth walk down the aisle was genuinely one of the most emotional moments I’ve witnessed as a wedding photographer. As Beth’s dad wasn’t able to walk her down the aisle, watching her brother pass her hand to her dad, then to Dave, was just so moving. It’s moments like this that make me really treasure my job.

You could tell that Dave was totally blown away seeing his beautiful bride for the first time. The ceremony was beautiful, and after the vows and a big old smooch, the new Mr & Mrs Robinson walked back down the aisle. Woohoo!

All of the guests gathered outside Mitton Hall to greet the newlyweds. Beth & Dave walked outside to a whole load of confetti. I have to say, these are genuinely some of my favourite confetti pictures EVER!

After lots of hugs and kisses, a few group photos and Beth showing us the sausage she buried the day before (don’t ask…), we headed inside for the speeches which were absolutely brilliant. All the guests were treated to some delicious food, and slowly the evening guests started arriving which is always a really exciting part of the wedding.

Once it was dark, we all headed outside for sparklers. It was the perfect introduction to the evening reception. Everyone partied the night away and it really was the most incredible day. I also must admit that I am absolutely obsessed with this wedding venue! Can’t wait for the next time I’m back at Mitton Hall!

Beth & Dave.. Mr & Mrs Robinson. What can I say? This will always be a very, very special wedding for me. It’s certainly one I’ll remember for a very long time. Can’t thank you enough for asking me to photograph your special day. Love you guys.

Huge shoutout to all the incredible suppliers who made this wedding so special..

 

Venue – Mitton Hall

Dress – Orchid Designs

Flowers – Felicity Farm Flowers

Videography – Charlotte White Weddings

Hair & Make-up – Nala & Knot

Bridesmaids dresses – Bridesmaid by JB

Cake – Patacake Celebration Cakes

Venue dressing – Creative Venue Styling

DJ – Exceed Events

 

 

 

 

 


A corker of a wedding at Beamish Hall

Let me just start by saying… I BLOODY LOVED THIS WEDDING AT BEAMISH HALL! It was one of those weddings where the stars align, and everything comes together perfectly. The weather, the beautiful venue, the flowers, and of course the COLOURS of those bridesmaids’ dresses. This was one of those weddings that, if it were a dance on strictly, it would score a solid 40!

I met Emma and Scott over in Saltburn earlier in the week for their engagement shoot. You guys probably know by now that I LOVE a shoot at the beach, and this was no exception. Fast forward just a few days and it was finally the wedding day!

Me and my awesome second shooter Fern arrived at Beamish Hall and what a glorious day it was. We went up to see Emma and her awesome bridesmaids, and they were all absolutely loving life. We had the best morning with so much laughter, and I even filmed my first TikTok which was epic! I felt very down with the kids!

Everyone was ready nice and early which is just any wedding photographer’s dream. It meant we had chance to get some beautiful photos before we headed downstairs to the ceremony.

Scott was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his beautiful bride, with his brother by his side. Safe to say it was an emotional reunion at the end of the aisle, and there were tears from both the bride and groom. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. Scott and Emma had two readings from two of their close friends, and there were more tears and more laughter. After the vows, a big old smooch and some photos, Emma and Scott walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. Fist pumping and smiling all the way!

We all headed outside for some confetti, and yep, the weather was still awesome. Everyone was having the best time out in the sunshine, and we got some really beautiful photos of all the guests enjoying themselves. To make things even better, Emma and Scott had treated their friends and family to a magician for the afternoon! Luke was absolutely incredible and super talented at his craft – he had everyone in stitches for the whole wedding reception! Emma and Scott were given a special show just for them, and it was just sensational.

All the guests were seated in the garden room for the speeches, and greeted the newlyweds with an almighty applause when they entered the room. The father of the bride, groom and best man all made some cracking speeches, which were of course followed by some delicious food.

After dinner we were blessed with a truly stunning golden hour over the grounds of Beamish Hall. We made the most of it with some portraits of Emma and Scott, as well as one more group photo of that gorgeous bridal party!

The band kicked off the evening reception with their first set and everyone was raring to go. The dancefloor was RAMMED and all the guests really went for it! Emma snuck off for an EPIC dress change, and returned to the dancefloor to a beaming Scott!

From all this action and all the beauty of this wedding, it comes as no surprise that this was the most photos I’ve ever delivered to a couple! Too many lovely moments to narrow down, and what a wedding this was. Emma and Scott – thank you for trusting me to capture such a special and magical day. You are such a n amazing couple and it’s a wedding I’ll be sharing for a long time to come!


Get in that tarn and look happy!

Get in that tarn and look happy!

 

I first met the beautiful Lydia about 3 years ago when I did a photoshoot for her gorgeous family! Fast forward to her brother’s wedding a few weeks ago and not only was it amazing seeing Lydia again, but also a total pleasure meeting Joe for the first time! I’ve totally fallen in love with them both. I know from Lydia’s Instagram that they do a lot of hiking and wild swimming. This was a shoot waiting to happen…

I somehow managed to convince these guys to meet me one very quiet morning in the Lake District, swimwear at the ready. We met at the beautiful Blea Tarn at 8am. Even though there wasn’t the beautiful sunrise we’d hoped for, it did mean there was no one around! Bliss!

We started off with a few pictures on the road nearby, with breathtaking views over the Lake District hills. We started off running up and down the road to get us all warmed up – literally! It was such a chilly morning! They even offered to run in bare feet which just made the photos even more wild.

We headed over towards the tarn and got as many photos as we could before chucking them in the water! I knew how cold it was in there. Swimming HAD to be the final item on the list.

I can’t tell you how incredibly natural Lydia and Joe are – both with each other and in front of the camera. They were an absolute dream. I hardly even had to pose them! They literally did not need any guidance whatsoever. I’m just glad I got to photograph them before they realise they should be models, and start charging me hundreds of pounds for a shoot!!!!

Once we’d got all the photos we needed on land, they had no hesitation in getting in the tarn. THE WATER WAS SO COLD, and yet they still managed to look so happy in the photos. The absolute pros they are!

We smashed through the pictures in the water before they got chilly. After a quick swim, and a quick wee from Lydia (yup, there is a photo of this iconic moment), we piled all the layers on them to warm them up. We even plonked a straw hat on Lydia which definitely, definitely helped! It was a great look..

The shoot was just incredible. To top it all off, Lydia and Joe treated me to a gorgeous breakfast in Grasmere which was just divine.

Lydia and Joe – you guys went above and beyond for me on this shoot and I cannot thank you enough for humouring me with my crazy ideas! I’m sure plenty of people would tell me to bugger off if I asked them to jump in a tarn (myself included!). Thank you for allowing me to produce photos that I am SO proud of.

Same time next year?


Simply the best

Simply the best…

 

Ahhhhhhhh where do I start? Okay, I know. July 2019 when I first received a wedding enquiry from Mia and William. I honestly remember looking at my diary and PRAYING that I was free because everything about this wedding sounded incredible.

The plan – to have a very, very relaxed wedding at William’s family home, avoiding the formalities of a traditional wedding. The boys would be in military uniform. Travelling in a baby pink VW camper van which doubles up as a photobooth. An afternoon tea reception. Oh and they would be driving into their reception on the back of a tractor. Sound good? Yep. Thought so.

I was so, so excited to meet these two for their engagement shoot earlier this year. I met them at the farm, along with their crazy vizsla Ava. We had an absolute blast, plus they are pretty decent to look at which is always a bonus.

On the lead up to the wedding, it’s safe to say I had pretty high expectations. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I’m happy to say this was my favourite wedding to date. Simply the best. The main reason for that being how much FUN I had! From the moment I walked into bridal prep until the moment I drove away from the farm, I have never laughed so much at a wedding!

Mia was getting ready with her mum and two sisters, who were all just as nuts as each other! I LOVE these guys so much. If they are on the lookout for a fourth sister, I would be more than happy to apply. What an amazing family.

It was a morning of bras being chucked across the room and lost fake eyelashes. Not the most conventional of wedding mornings but equally one of the best. Once Mia was ready, we did a big reveal to her dad and it was sooooooo emotional! Easily one of my favourite moments from the entire wedding.

The girls hopped in Birdie (the campervan!), and headed off in style to the church.

Once we arrived, we realised that William’s brother and best man Sammy had surprised everyone by turning up. Being in the army, he wasn’t able to get the time off for the wedding, BUT he moved heaven and earth to be there which was just unbelievably special. It was so lovely to witness his sisters walking up the aisle seeing their brother at the end of it!

The ceremony was beautiful, and it was hugely entertaining when William’s nephew decided to take centre stage and crawl down the aisle! After the vows, with everyone just managing to hold it together, Mia and William walked down the aisle as husband and wife! Wooooohooo!

The newlyweds exited the church to a guard of honour courtesy of the army lads, then ran like the wind through a whole load of confetti (clearly very excited to finally be husband and wife!!!!). All of Mia & William’s guests slowly made their way back to the farm for the reception, but we hung back, ready for the entrance of all entrances..

Yes that’s right. They were driving in on a red tractor!!!!

It looked bloody amazing, and it was an absolute workout running behind it taking photos of the crazy couple! But soooo worth it. All the guests were waiting and cheering on the newlyweds as they came over the hill and down onto the farm.

After some drinks, lots of cuddles and some family photos, it was time for the afternoon tea! All the guests tucked into the beautiful food, and were treated to some epic speeches courtesy of Mia’s proud dad, William and his brother Sammy.

There were so many lawn games which kept the guests thoroughly entertained, particularly the tug of war which saw a bride vs groom showdown!!!

Everyone was READY for a party, so by the time the first dance came around, everyone was in such high spirits. It was so amazing seeing such a full and happy dancefloor, and no one held back. Mia & William were even lifted into the air at one point which was bloody amazing!

Thank you to the most amazing couple for the BEST wedding. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this day. Both photographing and editing it was an absolute dream, and it’s certainly one I’ll never forget.

Shoutout to all the wonderful suppliers for Mia & William’s wedding day!

 

Photography – Me!

Florist – Ivy & Bloom

Hair – Hair by Charlotte Riley

Dress – Amelia’s Bridal Boutique, Clitheroe

Suits – The Bespoke Tailor

Bridesmaids dresses – Chi Chi London

Catering – Tea time Yorkshire, Dough boy Pizza Company

Venue dressing – The Swanky Marquee Company

Band – Drive

Garden games – Smithy’s Events

Bar – Fusion Bar Events


Freedom day wedding at the Tithe Barn!

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


Three words.. golden retriever puppy

Three words.. golden retriever puppy…

 

So here’s the thing. I really like engagement shoots. I like having the time to really get to know my couples, as well as getting to visit lots of new places. But what makes an engagement shoot better than any other? A golden retriever puppy. That’s all. Job done. The end. Finito.

As you can probably tell, I am absolutely obsessed with golden retrievers. I have been BEGGING Harry to let me get one for a very long time. Let’s just say it’s still very much a work in progress…

You can imagine my excitement when Catherine and Matthew told me they were getting a golden retriever puppy! Not only that, but they only picked him up the day before the shoot! He was so tiny!

It was soooo lovely meeting Catherine and Matthew. These guys are getting married at the Sun Pavillion in Harrogate next year – one of my very favourite wedding venues! Unfortunately Freddie the retriever won’t be making an appearance on the wedding day, so I took the opportunity to get as many photos as I could whilst I had the chance!

We did the shoot in the beautiful little village of Harome, not far from Helmsley. It was such a gorgeous place, with so many lovely backdrops for photos. We started the shoot with some photos in the garden, with Freddie happily jumping all over myself, Catherine and Matthew! I’m not sure how I actually managed to get any work done – all I wanted to do was play with the dog!

Since Freddie can’t go outside yet, after some photos in the garden we headed off down the lane, just us humans. Catherine and Matthew are very natural with each other and were just so lovely to photograph! We got some snaps down by the pond, in front of the telephone box (my favourite!), and down the lane by a very pretty thatched cottage. We chatted about all the plans for the wedding day, and I for one can’t wait to see them tie the knot!

After some cuddles with Freddie, it was time for me to head back to Harrogate. But not before I treated myself to a quick coffee in Helmsley!

I will keep you guys posted on my mission to get my own golden retriever, but for now you can enjoy these photos!


A glorious wedding at the Chilli Barn

A glorious wedding at the Chilli Barn…

 

What a beautiful wedding day this was! Not only are these guys just amazing, not only was it one of my absolute favourite wedding venues, but we were so blessed with the weather too. Sunshine from start to finish, and the most gorgeous golden hour to finish off the day.

I arrived on the morning of the wedding to a rather gorgeous house near Otley where Sophie and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Everyone was so excited for the wedding day ahead! We all had a super chilled out morning which was fab. We were joined by the lovely hair and make up artists Laura, Jess and Rhiann who did an amazing job.

It was pretty emotional when Sophie’s parents arrived at the house! She was a little tearful bless her! I just love little moments like this on a wedding day.

Before we knew it, it was time for Sophie to get into her dress! Maid of honour Maria was in charge of dress duties. After trying numerous different tools to do the buttons up, it wasn’t long before the beautiful Sophie was ready! After an awesome reveal to her parents and bridesmaids, we hopped in the car and headed for the Chilli Barn.

I JUST LOVE THIS WEDDING VENUE! It’s so great for an intimate wedding. As this was one of my last weddings with a 30 person limit it was absolutely perfect.

Chris was ready and waiting for his lovely bride. Chris really made me laugh by always looking straight at my camera when I was trying to take candid photos of him! But the photos are cute so I can’t complain haha! Bless him.

Sophie walked down the aisle with the biggest smile on her face which was so lovely to see! She was just absolutely buzzing and it was such a nice moment to photograph!

After the ceremony we all headed outside the Chilli Barn for some confetti, some fizz and lots of canapes. The weather was just beautiful, and it’s safe to say a few of the guests caught the sun throughout the day (including me!!).

Sophie & Chris decided to do their speeches outside which was just FAB! I absolutely love speeches outside, it looks absolutely amazing on the photos! We did a few photos of Sophie & Chris, but decided to wait until the light was a little less harsh to do the rest.

All the guests headed inside for a jolly good feed, and once the sun was a little lower we headed across the road to the Chevin for some portraits. That’s another thing that’s amazing about the Chilli Barn – not only are there so many nice spots for photos, but you’re just 30 seconds away from the woods and fab views over Otley!

The evening reception was such a lot of fun. Some of the guests started playing some drinking games, and the photos are some of my absolute favourites! I particularly enjoyed Sophie’s competitive side, and when it was a face-off between her and her brother, her face when she won was absolutely priceless.

Sophie & Chris rounded off the wedding with their first dance outside which, again, I absolutely LOVED! More outdoor first dances please!!! And of course, we couldn’t ignore that stunning sunset, so we did a few more cheeky portraits in the field next door. It would have been rude not to!

This was absolutely my kind of wedding, and I already can’t wait for the next time I’m back the Chilli Barn! Thank you to Chris, Sophie and all your friends and family for being awesome.

Venue – The Chilli Barn, Otley

Photography – Me!

Florist – Cocoa & Bloom 

Hair & Make up – FACES (Laura & Jess), & Rhiann

Cake – Heidi’s Cakery

Venue dressing – Oakleaf Weddings


Engagement shoot on the farm

Engagement shoot on the farm..

 

These beautiful humans get married this weekend and I am SO. BLOODY. EXCITED!

I think every wedding photographer gets a booking once in a while and that they just can’t stop thinking about. That was 10000% the case for Mia & William’s wedding.

I knew when Mia first emailed me back in 2019 that this would be the wedding for me. They’re getting married on the family farm. They’re having a PINK CAMPER VAN. They’re travelling from the church on the back of a TRACTOR. And more pizza (or so I’m told) than you can shake a stick at.

I met these guys for the first time a few weeks back for their engagement shoot on the farm. It was a laugh a minute from beginning to end! I have no doubt that the wedding day will be no different.

The farm is absolutely beautiful. What a dream to have your wedding at your family home where you can have everything exactly as you want it! The drive is absolutely stunning, and you’re surrounded by beautiful countryside in every direction.

We started the shoot with some photos of Mia & William up the main driveway, and we were also joined by the craziest doggo in the world – Ava. She’s an absolute legend! She had us all in stitches because she just would NOT play ball (pun definitely intended). 99% of the photos I took she has her mouth wide open, mid bark, because she was just like ‘what the hell is going on here? Who is this strange woman taking photos of me and my humans?!’

The best moment of my entire career came when I was taking photos of Mia & William sat on the grass, and Ava the dog stood right in front of my lens, and presented a lovely view of her bottom to my camera! It really is the funniest photo, not just of the dog bum of course, but Mia & William’s reactions are just hilarious.

After some photos with Ava, we got some cute photos with the donkey! He’s an absolute sweetheart. I’m sure he’ll be melting some hearts on the wedding day flirting with the guests!

The farm was such a lovely place to do the engagement shoot, and I know we won’t be short of lovely backdrops on the wedding day either.

I am so excited for the wedding this Saturday! I keep checking the weather like a crazy person, but even if it’s raining I know it will still be an amazing day!

Watch this space for lots of wedding photos 🙂


Crazy little thing called Vogue

Crazy little thing called Vogue…

 

I’ve been keeping this shoot a little bit of a secret since way back in April! And as you can probably guess, it ended up being pretty bloody special!

Earlier this year, the wonderful Helen from Willow and Bear decided to put together this dream of a shoot. And to say we had the best team of suppliers would be a massive, massive understatement!

Helen and Emma had created the most beautiful florals – not one but FOUR bouquets, with dried and fresh flowers everywhere. Jasmine and Ed were our incredible models for the day. They were totally up for all of mine and Kieran’s suggestions! Jasmine’s dress had been made ESPECIALLY for the occasion by Nicole at Elise Designs which totally blew me away! And the lovely Sonia did the most incredible job on Jasmine’s hair and make-up. What an absolute vision she was.

The shoot was at Norton Conyers, just outside of Ripon. It’s a wedding venue I’d not been to before but what a hidden gem it is! Even though we were only half an hour from Harrogate, it felt like we were somewhere in France! We were mainly in the orangery (bloody love that word.. so fancy!), and had free roam of the gardens too. The weather was super sunny, so we decided to start the shoot inside until the sun was a little less harsh. That’s what I love about shoots like this – you get the luxury of ‘time to play with’ which isn’t always the case on a wedding day!

Everything was just beautiful. The setting, the dappled light, our gorgeous models. We were totally spoilt for choice for places to take photos too! We started with some portraits of the lovely Jasmine, who, I have to say, is just an absolute dream to work with. She is such a natural model in front of the camera, that Kieran and I could just snap away quite happily without having to give much direction whatsoever! She’s one of those people who is just as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.

We tried to make sure we had lots of lovely photos to show off each and every supplier who had put their all into this shoot. Lots of photos with the incredible flowers, some without to really show off the dress, and a few close ups of Sonia’s amazing job on hair and make-up. We were also lucky enough to have some beautiful jewellery from Kitty Joyas, hair crowns from Rachel Chaprunne, as well as shoes from the one and only Diane Hassall. What a team!

After some portraits of Jasmine, we certainly couldn’t forget about our lovely groom for the day – Ed! These guys are SO easy to photograph it’s insane! They have so much chemistry. I’m fairly sure they could look at each other and smile for hours and hours. Just an absolute dream.

After a spot of lunch we headed out into the gardens for some more portraits, where Helen had put together a little sweetheart table for Ed & Jasmine to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea! They tucked into some heavenly chocolates from York Cocoa Works, and macrons from Florian Poirot.

What better way to round off the day than for Jasmine to chuck the bouquet! Sure, there wasn’t the traditional crowd of single ladies there to catch it, but she did have me and Kieran taking some pretty epic photos. What more could I bride want at her wedding!?

Fast forward a few months, and I’m sat doing a bit of editing whilst watching the telly (classic multitasking I’d say!). I get a message from Helen telling me that the shoot is going to be featured in, yep, you guessed it, Vogue. Like actual British Vogue!! I could NOT believe it!

There was definitely a part of me that thought it was all just a bit too good to be true. I mean how many photographers actually get to say they’ve been published in Vogue?! So until I had the printed copy in my hand, I didn’t really tell anyone the big news. Not even my family! But now I guess we can say that the cat’s finally out of the bag. And I’m SO PROUD! It feels pretty bloody cool. I will be forever finishing my sentences with ‘oh by the way I have a photo published in Vogue’. (Don’t worry, I absolutely will not be doing that!!!)

I couldn’t be more grateful to every single person involved in this shoot! I have to say the biggest and most special thank you to Helen. She organised this whole thing, and the shoot wouldn’t have even happened in the first place if it wasn’t for her. Never mind being published!

I already can’t wait for the next time we can all work together. If it’s even half as good as last time I know we’re in for something special. Love you guys – you’re the BEST!