How to plan your wedding in.. three days!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


My first visit to Saltburn!

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

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

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

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

Anyway, back to the engagement shoot!

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

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

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

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


WE MADE IT!

WE MADE IT!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


Autumn loveliness at Kirkstall Abbey

Autumn loveliness at Kirkstall Abbey..

 

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

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

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

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

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


A beautiful evening at Roundhay Park

A beautiful evening at Roundhay Park..

 

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

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

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

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

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

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


My kind of wedding

The Barden Tower wedding..

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

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

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

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

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


Family shoot up in Edinburgh

Family shoot up in Edinburgh..

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding and family photographer


In the lavender fields

In the lavender fields..

 

You guys know I’m crazy about colour, so you can imagine how excited I was for this shoot! When Chloe suggested a few months back that we did their engagement shoot in a lavender field I was like oh HELL YES! To be totally honest, I didn’t even really know there were any lavender fields in Yorkshire! So this was super exciting.

Ellis managed to find out about Wolds Way Lavender farm just outside of Malton. Although these guys live over towards Hull, they’ll be celebrating their wedding in Harrogate next year at Rudding Park. Malton worked as a nice spot more or less half way between the two.

When we got there, it was just SO lovely! It was so much bigger than I thought it would be, and the lavender was just BEAUTIFUL. There was so much of the stuff, and as you can probably imagine, the smell was amazing!

Chloe and Ellis were absolute naturals in front of the camera. They were such a pleasure to photograph and it was so nice to chat to them and find out all about their plans for the wedding day! Chloe had on the most beautiful summer dress, and Ellis looked very dapper in his blue shirt. Even though the shoot was on the hottest day ever, they absolutely smashed it and didn’t even break a sweat! I’m not sure I can say the same for myself however!!

I’m so excited to photograph these two again in March when they celebrate their wedding at Rudding Park in Harrogate. I have a sneaky suspicion that lavender is going to be a bit of a feature in the wedding as well… Well, not so much a suspicion, more that Chloe told me herself!!

Thank you guys for such an awesome shoot! Same time next year?

Lily North Photography | Harrogate wedding photographer


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 🙂