A rather wonderful Harrogate wedding

Andy & Amy had their wedding at the Sun Pavilion in Harrogate at the end of last year, and my goodness.. what a wedding it was.

I first met Amy at the start of last year and, to be honest, totally fell in love with her! Amy is one of those people you meet and feel like you’ve known your whole life. We met for a coffee in Harrogate, and I got to meet her and Andy’s GORGEOUS little boy Tom! He is the most beautiful, well behaved, happy child I have ever met!!

Before we knew it, it was autumn, and only a few weeks to go before the wedding day. I met Amy, Andy and little Tom at the Valley Gardens in Harrogate for their pre wedding photoshoot. It was the most gorgeous sunny morning, and we got so many lovely photos of the happy couple (and Tom!). We had such a laugh, they cringed at everything I asked them to do, and I’m so glad they did because the silly ones are absolutely my favourite photos. No question.

A few weeks later, and it was the wedding day at last. I met Amy and her beautiful bridesmaids at her parents’ flat in Harrogate. Everyone was so excited for the wedding, and it was such a fun, chilled out morning.

Bit by bit, it became clear that this was going to be one of my favourite weddings of 2019. The flowers were delivered by the incredible Helen James in Harrogate. The bridesmaids dresses were such beautiful colours. Amy’s wedding dress was a STUNNING 1920’s style and suited her perfectly. And of course, Amy was just the most beautiful bride. I mean SO beautiful. When she got into her dress, put her veil on, she looked like a Hollywood movie star. I felt like one very lucky photographer.

Once the girls were all ready, it was time to rock and roll. We all headed to the Sun Pavillions where Andy and his best man were waiting patiently. All the guests were seated, and when Amy walked down the aisle she looked a million dollars. I also had my amazing sister second shooting for me for the first time, and oh my goodness she absolutely smashed it!!!

After the ceremony, everyone headed out onto the terrace to begin the celebrations. There was a lot of fizz, and despite the rain, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.

Some of my favourite photos from the wedding were during the speeches, as the guest reactions were just hilarious. Three awesome speeches in total from Amy’s dad, Andy and his best man.

To round off the day, Andy & Amy cut their cake. Well, they cut their pork pie tower. And then the party really began once the dancing started.

This really was one of my favourite weddings of last year. I know I was working but my goodness it was just SO much fun! Thank you Andy & Amy for just being the most welcoming, fun, kind and laid back couples I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. You guys are such a wonderful couple and I’m so thrilled to have met you both.


Back in the summer..

With all this cold weather lately, it’s hard to remember those long summer days only a few months ago!

These two lovely people are having their wedding this weekend at Wood Hall near Harrogate. I’m so excited to photograph them tying the knot!

I was looking back through the photos from back in August, and I had totally forgotten what a gorgeous shoot it was! I met up with Harriet & Josh in Linton (not far from Wood Hall), and we spent some time having a wander round the village and finding some nice spots for the photographs. Harriet looked so lovely in her bright yellow dress. You know me… I love a splash of colour!!

On our way to explore the wedding venue Wood Hall, we stopped off to get some photos in a wheat field. (Theresa May would be proud..). These were without question some of my favourite shots of the day.

Once we arrived at Wood Hall, we had a wander round to find some good spots for photographs on the wedding day. It’s safe to say we were absolutely spoilt for choice! This gorgeous wedding venue near Harrogate has everything you could want. Beautiful ivy walls. Stunning gardens. Breathtaking views. There’s even a swing!!

I can’t wait for Harriet & Josh’s wedding this Saturday. It’ll be my first wedding of 2020, and I’m excited to get back into the swing of things before the summer madness begins!


The Italy wedding

“How was your trip to Italy?” “It was Venice thank you..”

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

At the end of last year, my good friend Jamie asked if I would photograph a wedding with him in Venice. Safe to say it was a bit of a no brainer!

When we arrived in Italy, we met the happy couple John and Theresa at the beautiful wedding venue. We had drinks on the terrace, went to the beach, had dinner with all the wedding guests. How is this my job?!

Once the big day finally arrived, everything was so relaxed. Jamie and I headed to meet the girls in the morning who were having their make-up done at the Mac store nearby. Once we were back at the hotel, it was time for hairstyling, as well as the chance to get some photos of the dress.

I then headed off to meet the boys (once they’d finished on their gondola ride!). John and the boys were super chilled as I knew they would be, and we all just had a really fun morning. I must say I didn’t envy them having to wear 3 piece suits in almost 30 degree temperatures!

Once the boys were ready, we walked through the beautiful streets of Venice to the town hall. The rest of the wedding guests were starting to gather, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bride and groom!

It was SO interesting to see how a wedding is conducted in Italy. It’s so different to weddings in the UK! For starters the bride and groom go into a separate room to sign all the documents first. As the photographers, we were also allowed to move around freely which doesn’t happen very often!

After the “I do’s”, we all headed to the sweetest little prosecco bar on a tiny little street near the town hall. After some confetti, some fizz and a few selfies, all the wedding guests wandered through the streets of Venice to the hotel. This was the PERFECT opportunity for some photos. We made a stop in St Mark’s Square when the sun was going down, and it was just absolutely breathtaking.

The reception was so beautiful, and looked like a scene in Cinderella! It was magical. After an incredible meal and some emotional speeches, it was time to get the party started. Everyone was in such high spirits, and it was the perfect way to end such an incredible wedding.


The year in highlights

It’s that time of year when I look back on all the best bits of 2019.

This year has been super special for me. Since starting my business almost 4 years ago, 2019 is actually the first time I’ve been fully booked up with weddings which is such a big achievement for me. It’s crazy to think that in my first year I only photographed TWO weddings! This year I’ve photographed more than ten times as many!

January and February are usually pretty quiet months for weddings. It’s also my birthday in January so it’s really nice to have a bit of time to properly recuperate after the madness of Christmas!

Wedding season began in April for me this year, so March was the perfect time to do some engagement shoots with my bride and grooms to be! I was actually super nervous about starting my weddings again after such a long break! Chris & Raphael’s wedding at Wharfedale Grange was my first of the season. Honestly within 2 minutes of arriving at the venue it was like no time had passed!

April and May turned out to be my busiest months of the year, so it was straight in at the deep end for me! I was lucky enough to have weddings at some of the most beautiful venues across North Yorkshire, including The Tithe Barn, Rudding Park and The Normans.

August was a huge highlight for me this year as it saw me photograph my 100th wedding! This was such a big milestone for my business and Pete & Bekki’s wedding in the Lake District is certainly one I’ll never forget!

In September my sister’s best friend Charlotte got married, which was such a personal highlight for both me and my family. It really was one of my favourite weddings ever. It was such an honour to even be asked to photograph it, but to be part of Charlotte & Richard’s special day was the biggest pleasure.

At the end of September, I was lucky enough to be jetting off to Venice with my good pal Jamie! He was so kind to give me such an amazing opportunity to help him photograph a wedding in one my favourite cities in the world. It also gave me a chance to practise my A Level Italian which is just the cherry on the cake!

And so it was time for the autumn and winter weddings! It just so happened that just about all of my autumn weddings were venues I’ve never been to before. It was SO nice to discover some new places.

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to all my couples from this year! Thank you for allowing me to capture your special days – it really does mean the world to me. I’m so excited to see what 2020 has to offer!


Last of the season

Lynsday & Darren’s big day was my last wedding of this year.

It’s to be expected that if you book a winter wedding, it’s likely that it’ll be chucking it down. Or snowing. Or some other nonsense that the great British weather has to offer. But how lucky were these guys! We had the most glorious sunshine and a beautiful frost on the ground. After weeks and weeks of rain this was just such a treat!

Lyndsay & Darren tied the knot at Harrogate Registry Office with their closest family members. With plans to organise a big party for all their friends and family in 2020, this was a lovely intimate ceremony.

I met Darren & his family on the morning of the wedding and we all waited patiently for the arrival of the bride. When at last Lyndsay pulled up outside the venue, she absolutely took my breath away! Wearing a stunning Vera Wang wedding dress and with the most beautiful flowers from Four Seasons, she was a vision.

After the ‘I do’s’ and a whole load of confetti, we wandered out onto Harrogate’s beautiful Stray to get some photos of the happy couple. All the guests then headed onto the wedding reception which was at the West Park hotel in Harrogate. It’s one of those venues that I’ve heard so many wonderful things about but have never actually been before! At last I could appreciate it in all its glory!

The room was set up beautifully, and after a few drinks the guests were seated for dinner. Darren made a short speech about what an amazing day it had been, and spoke so beautifully about his now wife!

Such a pleasure to photograph such a lovely wedding, and now I get to look forward to the big party in 2020!


A trip to the Asylum

I must say that the Asylum Chapel has to be the COOLEST place I’ve ever been in my life. Not to mention one of the most incredible wedding venues. London is a city full of hidden gems but I think it’s safe to say that this is one of its best. Tucked away in the streets of Peckham, it was so amazing to be finally introduced to this wedding venue.

Since starting my business 3 years ago, every year I get involved in a styled shoot or workshop to keep the old creative juices flowing! It’s a chance to photograph something different and try new things. I absolutely love London, so when I heard about this workshop it was too good an opportunity to miss!

The shoot was organised by Agnes Black, and the suppliers on board were just amazing. As if the venue itself wasn’t striking enough, every single detail inside had been done so beautifully and with such care. From the quirkiest wedding cake to some pretty awesome neon signs, everything was magical.

Colour was a big theme of the shoot and I LOVED it. The bright red and pink flowers against the distressed blue walls of the chapel looked absolutely incredible. Colour has always been and will continue to be a huge part of my editing style. My photos have always been quite vibrant and it’s something I’ve stuck with since the start. So this really was the perfect setup for me!

As well as all the amazing suppliers, we had the most amazing couple – Rhiannon and Tom. They were so patient with all us crazy photographers! We all have our own styles and ideas but they were so good in letting us try different poses.

A HUGE thank you to Agnes and all the amazing suppliers for putting together such an amazing shoot. It was a task just narrowing down my favourite photos, but I got there in the end!

Photography & Workshop Leader: Agnes Black
Styling: The Stars Inside
Venue: Asylum Chapel
Bridalwear: Kindling Bridal
Veil: Sash & Veil
Floral Design: Bloaum
Stationery: EYI Love
Hair & Make-up: Knot Your Average Bride
Cake: Avantgarde Cake Studio
Lighting Rentals: Doris Loves
Furniture & Props: Rose and Dandy
Jewellery: Dose of Rose
Favours: Tinkture Rose Gin
Napkins: Extra Special Touch
Rings: Katie Lees Jewellery
Drink Labels: Team Hen
Silk Ribbon: CFleurs Design and Little Acorn Silks
Couple: Rhiannon & Tom


An awesome autumn wedding

I just love autumn weddings! The colours are incredible, and the wedding itself was just as beautiful.

Sarah & Matt got married at the beautiful Byland Abbey in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. I had never been before, but what a place to tie the knot! It was stunning!

I met Sarah at a beautiful little cottage in Crayke where her and the girls were getting ready. On the way there I had a cheeky look in the Durham Ox where the reception was going to be. Everything looked amazing! The wedding cake was particularly special as it’d been made by Matt’s mum! Everything had such a personal touch and the overall effect was wonderful.

Once Sarah was ready to go, she and her dad hopped into a rather impressive soft top land rover, courtesy of Land Rover Wedding Hires! Otherwise known as Babs!

Matt was ready and waiting for his beautiful bride at Byland. Once all the guests were seated, it was time for Sarah to make her way down the aisle with her dad by her side.

After some beautiful readings from some of the wedding guests, it was official that these two were husband and wife! I have never seen a couple skip back down the aisle before, but I’d expect nothing less from these guys!

We headed across the road to the Abbey grounds for a confetti. I think Sarah & Matt got more than they bargained for when the best man tipped the entire bucket of petals over their heads!

This wedding really was full of surprises, and one of the main events of the day was an incredible bird show that the bride and groom had organised for their guests. Once we’d been shown a few tricks, and the guests had been suitably chased by some birds of prey, everyone got the chance to get up close and personal with the owls which made for some great photos!

As one by one the guests headed off to the reception, we were able to get some really beautiful photos of Sarah & Matt at various points along the journey. I followed behind them in their Land Rover (Babs!), and we stopped off at some really gorgeous viewpoints looking across Yorkshire. I’m so happy that we did because they really are some of my favourite photos from the wedding!

After some delicious food, it was time for the dancing.. and I was SO excited! Sarah & Matt decided to have a ceilidh to get everyone on the dancefloor and it was just BRILLIANT! I have never seen one at a wedding before and I wish every wedding had one! Everyone really got involved and it was the perfect end to the night.

Such a brilliant wedding, and I feel very blessed to have been a part of it. Thank you to Sarah & Matt for allowing me to capture your special day!


A very special Yorkshire wedding

A very special Yorkshire wedding..

 

Photographing a wedding for a close family friend is so scary, but my goodness it’s also the most rewarding feeling in the world!

When Charlotte & Richard first asked me to photograph their wedding it was truly the biggest honour. Charlotte’s been my sister’s best friend for so many years and has been part of our family for about as long as I can remember. Her and Richard are made for each other, and I still keep pinching myself that I got to photograph this amazing wedding!

I arrived on the morning of the wedding at Tupgill Park. The most beautiful wedding venue right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. I had a little explore of the grounds, and the views were just out of this world. It felt quite surreal arriving at bridal prep to my sister answering the door!

Charlotte was busy getting ready with all her beautiful bridesmaids when I arrived. Everyone was so excited for the day ahead. Dougal (the labradoodle!) was keeping everyone entertained and keeping the nerves at bay. He stole the show with his white bow tie, and was ready to go once Louise had cleaned those pearly white teeth of his!

Once Charlotte was in her dress, it was time for the big reveal and just about everyone was in tears. When Iain, Charlotte’s dad, saw her for the first time, it was so emotional. Such a special moment to capture and one I’ll certainly remember for a very long time.

Richard was ready with all his groomsmen in the ceremony room, eagerly waiting to see his beautiful bride. When Charlotte walked down the aisle with her dad, she lit up the room. She looked absolutely breathtaking.

The ceremony was beautiful. The room looked absolutely gorgeous, completely decked out with the most amazing flowers. My awesome sister read out a poem she had written especially for the wedding. Charlotte & Richard exchanged vows and rings, and before we knew it, the new Mr & Mrs Stevenson were walking back down the aisle!

All the guests headed out onto the front lawn, with the most amazing views over the Yorkshire Dales. The confetti photos were some of my favourites from the whole wedding. We were so lucky to have the most incredible backdrop and blessed with glorious weather too.

Everyone was in such high spirits, enjoying the sunshine and the champagne! After some canapés and drinks, we all headed inside to enjoy the speeches. Iain kicked things off, followed by Richard and his best man, Matt.

The meal was absolutely divine. Charlotte hadn’t spilled any food on her dress, so after dinner we headed up to the moors for some portraits! And I am so happy that we did!

Once the evening guests had arrived, the bride and groom cut their very lovely wedding cake, and headed onto the dancefloor. Charlotte & Richard had organised for Frankie’s Guys to perform their first dance as a surprise to everyone! They were absolutely amazing. They got everyone on their feet dancing, plus they even invited Richard onto the stage as a fifth member of the band!

I totally and utterly did not want this wedding to end. I kept thinking to myself throughout the wedding just what an amazing day it had been. It has been the biggest pleasure from start to finish to be Charlotte & Richard’s wedding photographer. From first meeting up with them in Harrogate to chat about the plans, to the engagement shoot in Hampsthwaite, to the wedding days itself, it’s all just been awesome. I now get to look forward to designing the wedding album so at least it’s not over yet!


Over the rainbow

I am absolutely over the moon that this amazing wedding was such a personal milestone. Pete & Bekki’s wedding over in the Lake District was my 100th wedding, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better day! Well, perhaps with slightly less crazy weather..

Arriving at Londlands in Cartmel on the morning of the wedding, it was typical Lake District rain. Everyone was still in such high spirits which was amazing, and there was such a buzz about the day ahead. The lovely Bekki was getting ready with her bridesmaids, and there was fizz popping left, right and centre!

I took a bit of time to have a look round the grounds on the morning of the wedding. I was totally blown away with what they’d done with the place! Having visited the venue a few months before with Pete & Bekki, it was a bit of a blank canvas. But the effort they had gone to to transform the place was just incredible. There were fairy lights everywhere, the most gorgeous flowers, and so many little personal details scattered around the room.

Once Bekki & the girls were all ready, we headed across to the ceremony where Pete was patiently waiting for his beautiful bride. Luckily the clouds parted just in time for Bekki to walk in with her bridesmaids.

Once the “I do’s” were done and dusted, it was time to pop open the prosecco! All the guests headed outside to welcome the newlyweds with a whole load of confetti. It had been forecast to rain for the entire day, but it held off long enough for everyone to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Lakes.

After some amazing speeches, Pete, Bekki & their guests all settled down for some food. As the room was being transformed for the evening, everyone had a little surprise when the power suddenly went down! We had the most almighty thunder storm, but even without any electricity, it was the most amazing atmosphere. Everybody lit some candles, used torches on their phones, it really was so cosy.

An hour or so later and the lights were back on, and we were treated to the most incredible rainbow over the hills.

Pete & Bekki started the evening celebrations with their lovely first dance, and everyone else soon followed suit and hopped onto the dancefloor.

This really was such a brilliant wedding. Pete, Bekki & all their family and friendly are just the loveliest set of people. What an honour to be part of such a fab day.


All you need is love

When I first met these guys just a couple of months ago, I totally fell in love with them. It totally blew me away that they were able to organise their wedding in just over 6 weeks. SIX WEEKS! We met up for their pre wedding shoot in beautiful Haworth in West Yorkshire. It was such a lovely morning because not only did I get to know Alethea & Milan, but also got to meet their two beautiful children!

We got on so well from the second we met. I just loved their whole attitude towards the wedding. They just weren’t fussed about all the frilly bits. With everything we talked about, it all came back to just how much they wanted to marry each other. Nothing else was important and I just thought that was so special.

Before we knew it, the wedding day was upon us. It’s always such a pleasure to be back at Wharfedale Grange in Harrogate. It’s always been a venue that I’ve loved ever since my first wedding there last year. Alethea was SO nervous on the lead up to the ceremony. One of my favourite photos of the whole wedding is Alethea looking out of the window to see Milan arriving.

The ceremony was absolutely hilarious. I think once Alethea had walked down the aisle, there was so much going on that she just forgot she was nervous!! During the vows, Alethea & Milan’s little girl kept putting her hands in Alethea’s mouth which just had everyone in stitches. The music didn’t come on. The kids started playing with the fairy lights. It was wedding madness but it was honestly hilarious.

A whole load of confetti later, and it was of course time for.. burgers and hot dogs! The guests were all treated to some epic canapés, so we took the bride and groom off for some portraits. Before the wedding Alethea & Milan kept telling me how much they didn’t like having their picture taken. Well OH MY GOD! YOU WOULD HAVE NO IDEA! They are both just SO beautiful. Alethea’s smile just lights up the room. And the way Milan looks at her is totally heart-warming.

After some lovely speeches, it was time to PARRTTTAAAYYYYYY. Alethea & Milan kicked things off with a beautiful first dance (featuring the amazing confetti canons!). The guests all got their dancing shoes on, there were lots of sambuca shots, and I ended up staying way later than I was meant to because I was having such a fab time!

I’d also like to say a HUGE thank you to my amazing second shooter Fern. It’s been a PLEASURE to have her by my side at so many weddings recently. Wouldn’t have been the same without you darling so THANK YOU!