First of the season

Chris & Raphael’s wedding was my first of 2019. I couldn’t have wished for a lovelier start to the season!

Wharfedale Grange is one of the most BEAUTIFUL wedding venues in Yorkshire. I would say *in my opinion*, but let’s be honest, it’s pretty damn cool.

When you arrive on the morning of a wedding, you never know if you’ll be met with calm or chaos. Luckily enough this was the most chilled out bridal prep ever! Raphael was getting ready with her sister Scarlett, and Eva the flower girl kept us all entertained. Raph was ready to go nice and early, which meant we had chance to do some photos before the ceremony. Bridal portraits are some of my favourite photos to capture. I am always so happy when we have time to do them!

Chris was ready and waiting with his best man, and even though Raph absolutely RACED down the aisle with her dad by her side, it was a very happy reunion with her hubby-to-be.

We were well and truly blessed with the weather, and the sun shone for the entire day. You never really know what you’re going to get with a wedding in April, but to get all the guests outside for the drinks reception is always a treat.

Once the meal was out of the way, we headed outside for some golden hour photos. The lighting was just beautiful and they are for sure some of my favourite shots of the day.

All the guests gathered under the enormous disco ball (which I believe is the largest rose-gold disco ball in Europe.. bit of trivia for you there..) to watch Chris & Raph cut their wedding cake. Oh, and their pork pie. Yes, they had a wedding pork pie.

The first dance was a total dream. Not only was it to one of my favourite songs, but there was confetti everywhere and Raph’s sister Scarlett even joined them on the dancefloor for a cheeky cuddle.

What a brilliant start to the 2019 wedding season. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year has in store!

Sunset on Ilkley moor

Yesterday I met up with these two beautiful humans for their engagement shoot on Ilkley Moor. It was one of those shoots that when I left, I just felt SO giddy and excited. I couldn’t wait to take a look through all the photos!

We decided to reschedule the shoot to the evening as the weather forecast was a bit crap in the morning. I am sooooo pleased that we did! Once we’d hiked to the top of Ilkley Moor the sun was still peeking over the tops. It just looked beautiful.

We had a big chat about all the plans for the wedding day. Zoe & Harry also told me a lot about their history together and why Ilkley was so special to them. Not only had they both gone to school there, but it was up on the moor one day that they’d decided to make things work long distance whilst Zoe went travelling in Australia. With Harry now living and working in Germany, I have so much respect for these two. How they are able to have such a wonderful relationship whilst living so many hundreds of miles apart is just awesome.

Towards the end of the shoot, I made a point of asking Zoe & Harry if they’d found it strange having their photos taken. Much to my amusement, Zoe replied saying that the scariest part was having to think of what to talk about when I told them to look at each other! That just totally tickled me!

These two were such a lovely couple to photograph as well as wonderful company. We had such a laugh doing the shoot, discussing our favourite dinners and how spicy curries are actually hugely overrated. To top it all off we were treated to the most glorious sunset. The Great British weather doesn’t always behave, but when it does it’s a real treat.

Zoe & Harry are getting married at the Tithe Barn this July, and I can’t wait to capture what I know will be an amazing wedding!

Only 600 wedding guests!

When you turn up to photograph a wedding with 600 guests, it can certainly feel a little overwhelming!

Recently I had the pleasure of second shooting for the incredible Hamish Irvine. Hamish is such a lovely guy, and was kind enough to invite me along to this amazing wedding. Having never photographed an Islamic wedding before, every moment of the day was pretty much a surprise!

The big day was so different to anything I had ever seen. It was such a pleasure to see a wedding conducted in such a different way to what I’m used to. I’ve always loved vibrant colours in my photography too, so you can imagine what a treat this was! I was in heaven!

The wedding was at the Regency Hall; a venue grand enough to hold all 600 guests!

After a day full of lots of dancing and a LOT of photos, one of the traditions of an Islamic is for the bride’s family to say goodbye to her before she leaves home. It’s safe to say I was an emotional wreck! A lot of the guests had been telling me throughout the wedding that it would be a sad moment, but I had certainly underestimated it.

It really was such an honour to be part of such an incredible day. Thank you to Hamish for having me along!

The perfect January day

You wouldn’t believe these photos were taken in the middle of January! When the lovely Lydia first got in touch to book a family shoot for her mum’s birthday, she was a little worried about what the weather might do on the day. I don’t think either of us expected the most glorious sunshine for the shoot! It was amazing.

Lydia’s family travelled to Harrogate from all ends of the country, so it was really important to get some special family photos of everyone together. There were 11 people in total, which is for sure the biggest family shoot I’ve done to date! We even had chance to recreate some old baby photos which was just hilarious. It wasn’t as easy as we initially thought to get everyone in the right places!

Despite the sunny weather, the wind was a little bit wild. You can PROBABLY tell from the windswept look in most of the photos! Everyone was so brilliant though, and battled through with smiles on their faces.

We even got Dolly the dog involved for some super cute shots! Lydia really made me laugh when she said that her siblings were all with their partners for the shoot, but Dolly was her date instead!

I absolutely loved this shoot. Lydia and her family made me feel so welcome, and even the January weather surprised us all! I’ve been posting a lot of wedding stuff recently but family shoots are still such a special part of my job!

Not long to go!

It wasn’t long ago that these two decided to book their wedding. Less than a month until the big day in fact!

After being engaged for 3 years, Georgia & Charlie decided to invite all their friends and family to celebrate their wedding with them at the end of December.

These two really felt like a breath of fresh air to me towards the end of last year. It’s so unexpected to have somebody book when the wedding is just a few weeks away. It meant that we squeezed in the engagement shoot straight away, and before we knew it was the wedding day!

Georgia got ready at her house in York with her 3 lovely bridesmaids by her side. The morning was super chilled, and when we arrived at Sandburn Hall all the guests were seated and ready to go.

Charlie was eagerly waiting to see his bride. When Georgia walked down the aisle, poor Charlie burst into tears! It honestly melted my heart to see such a beautiful reaction. Romance is still very much alive, people!!

After some chilly group photos and some lovely photos of Georgia & Charlie, we headed back inside to get warm. Sandburn Hall really was beautiful. It’s the first time I’ve visited the venue and on such a cold day it was the perfect venue for keeping the guests cosy. The fairy lights covered every beam and the effect was stunning.

The evening was one of my favourite parts of Georgia & Charlie’s big day. Not long after the first dance, everyone was properly going for it on the dancefloor! Some of my favourite photos at weddings are guests going crazy for the tuuuuuneeessss!

A hugggeeee thank you to Georgia & Charlie for letting me be a part of such an amazing day. You guys are the best.

Out of 'Principal'

It has to be said that The Principal in York is now one of my favourite wedding venues!

I knew from when I first met these two that their wedding was going to be gorgeous. Bridal prep was super chilled out and lovely. It was so special to see Natalie getting ready and becoming a bride! And with her bestie Millie by her side the whole time for moral support.

We were all spying on the boys arriving from the bridal suite, and very soon it was time for the big moment! Natalie was ready in her dress, the room was set out beautifully, and the guests were all seated and ready to go.

After the all-important ‘I do’s and a mountain of confetti, all the guests gathered on the stairs for photographs. Now, I have to just take a second the talk about these stairs at The Principal. I know I sound ridiculous, but this staircase was just the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! Just look at the photos.. honestly I’m in love! With a staircase!!

Once the group photos were finished, there was another little surprise for the bride and groom. Natalie’s mum had booked a wedding car in secret to take them to York Minster, which was where Natalie & Alex met for their first date! We hopped in the car, and whilst there were SOOOOO many tourists at the minster, we managed to get some lovely photos of the happy couple.

After some amusing speeches from Alex, his best man and new father-in-law, everyone got their dancing shoes on. Natalie & Alex had prepared the most GORGEOUS first dance – it really was beautiful.

These two really are such a wonderful couple, and it’s been a pleasure to capture such a lovely story. And now I get to relive it all again when maid of honour Millie becomes a bride herself in 2020!

Save it for a rainy day

What do you do when it’s too rainy on the day of your photoshoot?

A) Brave the rain and do the photos outside
B) Go inside and take photos in your apartment
C) All of the above

Well, the correct answer is C of course!

Last year I took part in this gorgeous styled shoot organised by the amazing Burtons Photography. We started off the shoot in the Valley Gardens in Harrogate, and poor Liam & Sarah were soaked through after the first few photos!

Despite the rain, they still managed to look all kinds of beautiful! We got lots of gorgeous photos all around the park, and even found some shelter under some giant leaves which made Sarah & Liam look like the borrowers! (Forgive my lack of plant knowledge, I’m sure the giant leaves have an official Latin name. Sorry Mum.)

Once the rain had officially become ridiculous, we headed for dry land! The second half of the shoot was in the most beautiful apartment in Harrogate. After everyone had dried off, it was time for a cuppa and chance for some more photos.

This was the first time I had done a couples shoot inside, and I LOVED it. A really great chance to try out some new ideas.

It was only a matter of time before we started throwing food around the place, and for sure throwing popcorn at Liam & Sarah made some of my favourite images from the whole shoot! It honestly was hilarious. Their expressions are just priceless.

Something a little different from my usual shoots, but if any couples are thinking they might like to try something similar then I would LOVE to hear from you!

The France wedding

I knew France was going to be incredible. It did not disappoint!

When Charlotte asked if I would shoot a wedding with her in France, it was kind of a no brainer.

Despite a lot of travelling and the earliest of starts, we finally arrived at Le Moulin de Chazotte the day before the wedding. We met Fi and Sam for the first time. They were SO welcoming and the loveliest of couples. We did a bit of a pre wedding shoot with them and it was gorgeous. We not only got to know them both better, but it was also a chance to explore the beautiful surroundings.

After a sneak peek at the wedding rehearsal, we headed back to our hotel in the beautiful French countryside, until finally it was the big day!

When we arrived on the wedding day, Fi and all her bridesmaids were making a start on preparations. One thing I didn’t expect is for the bridesmaids to be making their own bouquets! After gathering wild flowers from the surrounding fields, the girls sat outside in the sun and made the most beautiful, rustic bouquets I’ve ever seen! Such a lovely and personal touch to add to the wedding.

Once Fi and her bride tribe were ready, we all headed to the ceremony. Now, this was NOT your standard ceremony room. Oh no. I can’t even begin to describe how stunning it was! I think I’ll leave that for the photos to show.

After a little prank from the page boy who presented the couple with Haribo rings, the vows were exchanged and Fi and Sam were husband and wife!

The rest of the wedding was quite simply a dream come true.

I’d always wanted to photograph a wedding abroad, and to spend it with such lovely people was just amazing.

The day was concluded with sparklers and dancing, before everyone headed their separate ways.

The perfect couple

Sometimes you can just tell when a couple are meant for each other. And with Helen & Matt, it couldn’t be more true.

These two are SO natural with each other which makes them just a total pleasure to photograph. From our first meeting, to the engagement shoot and finally to the wedding, they have been a photographer’s dream!

The wedding day itself was super emotional, and some of my favourite photos were the moments that Helen shared with her sister. Even after the first dance, Helen’s whole family gathered onto the dancefloor in a huge embrace and all had a little cry together.

The Old Swan in Harrogate was the perfect venue for this colourful autumn wedding. Every detail was meticulously planned. Even down to the personalised packets of Love Hearts scattered on the tables! There was the most incredible wedding cake made my Betty’s,  and gorgeous flowers from Regal Florists in Harrogate.  What more could you want?!

Mr & Mrs Turner – you guys really are the most wonderful couple. I’m so thrilled that I got to be part of such a special wedding.

What a year!

And what a year it’s been! 2018 has been an absolute corker, and choosing 50 of my favourite photos from the last 365 days hasn’t been the easiest task!

2018 has been full of the loveliest weddings, engagement shoots and family sessions. I want to say an ENORMOUS thank you to all my amazing brides and grooms, as well as all the gorgeous families I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this year. You guys are the reason I can continue to do what I love.

Being a photographer really is the most rewarding job. I cannot wait to see what next year has in store!