Freezing our bums off in Durham

Freezing our bums off in Durham..

 

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

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

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

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

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


A beautiful wedding at Bunny Hill

A beautiful wedding at Bunny Hill..

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Remembering happier times

Remembering happier times..

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The most 'Majestic' of weddings

The most ‘Majestic’ of weddings..

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bringing the joy to Denton Hall

Bringing the joy to Denton Hall…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A trip to Malham

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

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

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

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

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

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


A total Pinterest dream!

These guys are just the ultimate Pinterest dream!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rudding Park.. here we come!


A glorious January wedding at Wood Hall

Back in January, Harriet & Josh had their wedding at the beautiful Wood Hall near Harrogate. Looking back through the photos, I’m not sure I can even believe this wedding was in January! These guys were so lucky to have such sunny and warm weather. Everyone was in such high spirits, having drinks and canapés outside in the sunshine. Not to mention it meant we were able to create some killer portraits with the happy couple!

I arrived on the morning of the wedding to my most organised bride EVER! Harriet already had her hair and make-up done and was looking absolutely stunning. This was about 3 hours before the start of the ceremony, so I knew for sure there wasn’t going to be a mad rush before we had to leave!

I always knew this was going to be a really personal wedding for me. I’ve known Harriet’s brother Jonny since primary school, so have known her and her family for a good few years. I even went to school with Josh’s younger brother, but didn’t realise he was the best man until a few days before the wedding! Harrogate is definitely a small town!!

Harriet got ready into her dress with the help of one of her bridesmaids and her lovely mum. She was as cool as a cucumber all day, but I remember this was the moment that Harriet got a little emotional. It’s one of those times on your wedding day when you think ‘this is really happening’. All the months of planning have come down to this moment. It was really beautiful to be able to capture such genuine emotion.

The emotion definitely continued throughout the wedding day. When Harriet’s dad saw her for the first time, it was just so incredibly moving. He burst into tears, as did everyone else in the room. This moment is without a doubt one of my favourites from the wedding and one I’ll remember for a really long time.

Once we headed downstairs to the ceremony room at Wood Hall, Josh was waiting with his groomsmen for his beautiful bride. And when Harriet walked down the aisle.. more tears! I DO LOVE AN EMOTIONAL GROOM!

Once Harriet & Josh were pronounced as husband and wife, their faces just said it all. They were both just absolutely buzzing, and grinning from ear to ear.

After the ceremony, we all headed outside into the beautiful sunshine to lob some flower petals at the newlyweds. What an odd tradition eh?

As it was January, we didn’t have long left before sunset, so we cracked on with some family photos. We took Harriet & Josh down across the fields and were treated to a stunning sunset.

All the guests gathered in the reception room for some food and some cracking speeches. It wasn’t long before the eveneing guests had arrived, and it was time to PARTAAAYYYY.

Harriet & Josh’s first dance was to the song ‘Forever’. When they first told me I was like.. as in, the Chris Brown song!? It was a cover done by Boyce Avenue and I LOVED it! It was so nice to hear something different for a first dance!

To finish the day, we headed outside for some final portraits on the Wood Hall terrace. Then before I knew it, it was home time.

What a wedding! I knew this was going to be a special one and I’m so glad I got to be part of the day. Thank you Harriet & Josh for being such an ace couple!


A rainy morning on Ilkley Moor

My first engagement shoot of the year, and where better to have it than the beautiful Ilkley Moor.

I first met this GORGEOUS couple in Saltaire last year, and I’ve been absolutely buzzing for their wedding ever since. Hannah & Phil will be tying the knot at the beautiful Tithe Barn in April later this year.

We met up up at the Cow & Calf and the weather was looking a bit drizzly. I was SO HAPPY when they got out of the car with COLOUR COORDINATED OUTFITS! You guys have made this photographer very happy!! Both in yellow and adding a little bit of colour and happiness to my day 🙂

We headed up to the top of Ilkley moor, stopping along the way to get photos of these two gorgeous faces with that beautiful view in the background.

These guys were a little nervous about having their photos taken but they were SO wonderful to photograph! It’s just made me even more excited for the wedding day! Hannah truly has the most beautiful smile. And Phil you’re not bad either!! We chatted about all their plans for the big day, and it’s only a couple of months to go until they say “I do”.

Watch this space for some glorious wedding photos coming soon!


How to BOSS your wedding social media

How to BOSS social media for your wedding..

 

Well hello gorgeous people!

So. I was photographing a wedding recently, and one of the bridesmaids said to me ‘you’ve done so many weddings now, you must really know what you’re doing!’. Well, I’ll leave that to you guys to decide if I know what I’m doing (hehe). But to be fair, I have seen an awful lot of weddings. 116 to be exact!

As it’s a new year, going forward I wanted to create a few handy guides for you guys – my awesome couples!

First up, I thought I’d do a little ‘how to’ when it comes to sharing your wedding photos on social media. Sure, you might want to just keep all your wedding photos to yourself. But chances are you’re going to want to share a few pics on ‘the gram‘!

I follow a lot of my couples on social media. I get to see what works well when it comes to sharing wedding photos. Here’s a roundup of the lot!

Give your guests some social media ground rules before the wedding..

Everyone has a smartphone at their fingertips these days. It’s inevitable that your guests will take their own photos at your wedding. Whether or not you mind them taking photos in the ceremony, it’s best to let your guests know your preferences ahead of the big day.

There is however one thing you ABSOLUTELY MUST do, and that is to ask your guests to refrain from posting anything until you guys have done so first.

Let’s face it, you’ve put blood, sweat and tears into making your wedding day perfect. You don’t want the first thing that people see of your big day to be an out of focus, unflattering photo uploaded by your auntie Barbara!

I always aim to send out preview pictures within a couple of days of the wedding, and trust me, this is what people want to see first!

One really good way of doing this is to post a photo the day before the wedding from your engagement shoot. The photo should get people attention – just outline your preferences in the caption.

Space out your posts..

Not to be too dramatic, but you should leave your followers wanting more when it comes to social media. It’s SO exciting when you get your wedding photos through, but no one has time to scroll through 30 Instagram posts at once!

Sure, post a few of your favourite photos to start with, then leave it a few days. Hold some back for a post on your other half’s birthday, or your anniversary perhaps.

It’s also good to vary what you’re posting. One week you could post some beautiful portraits of the two of you. But the next time why not post some cute little details? Some hilariously embarrassing photos of your groomsmen? Your favourite dancefloor snaps? Spice things up a bit!

Remember to download your photos, not screenshot them..

Whenever I send out a gallery, there is always a code to be used for downloading your photos. PLEASE USE IT! I’ve seen couples in the past uploading screenshots to their social media and guys.. it looks scruffy!

I don’t want you guys having blurry photos clogging up your Instagram feed. I’d also hate to think your friends and family thought I’d been sending you rubbish pictures!!

So please please please just take a few minutes to download your photos. It might just take a little while longer, but trust me it is SO worth it!

Timing is everything..

We all want to get a good reaction when we post something on social media. If people say they don’t, they’re definitely telling you porkies.

Try to wait for a good time to post your photos i.e. when most people will be on their phones. You want to catch people when they’re mindlessly scrolling through their Instagram feed and then BOOM. There’s one of your wedding photos. *Double tap*

  1. Evenings tend to work best; after dinner when people are slobbing on the sofa and looking at their phones in the Love Island ad breaks.
  2. Try to avoid Friday and Saturday nights as a lot of people will be out and about.
  3. Sundays are prime time. Sunday mornings and evenings when people are chilling means that lots of people will see your post.

Be careful when adding filters..

Some photographers probably won’t bat an eyelid at this, but with others it can be a big slap in the chops.

I’ll explain what I mean…

Your wedding photographer will have spent hours upon hours making sure your photos are perfect before sending them to you. On every single photo, they will have adjusted the lighting, the temperature, got rid of anything that shouldn’t be there, cropped it if needed, applied their own preset, and anything else they think it might need in order for it to be ready to send. You might not think much of it, but if you decide to stick a garish instagram filter on it, it can feel a little bit sad for us wedding photographers.

This can also be a little bit confusing for anyone looking at your photo. If you’ve tagged your photographer (and please do!), then applied a filter of your own, it might seem to other couples that this is the style of your photographer, when in fact it might be the total opposite.

And finally.. show me your favourites!

After I’ve photographed a wedding, I absolutely love to see which photos you guys choose to share. I am ALWAYS surprised at which ones people pick! I usually have favourite photos for one reason or another, but for you guys a photo can have such a personal meaning and you might choose a totally different one!

Either way, it makes me really happy to see my couples sharing and loving their photos.

I hope you’ve found this guide useful, and if you have any suggestions for anything you’d like to know about weddings then please let me know!

 

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