Totally & utterly festive

I couldn’t have imagined how this festive shoot could have been any more perfect!

It’s such a total and utter delight when a couple as special as these two come into my life. Katie-Marie & Matt are truly the most gorgeous human beings both inside and out.

We met for the engagement shoot in York on the most beautiful Sunday morning, thinking it would be nice and quiet before the shops opened. Oh how wrong we were! I couldn’t believe how busy it was.. damn Christmas shoppers!

I must just say how INRCREDIBLE these two were with having their photos taken. Katie-Marie was super nervous beforehand bless her. Despite how many hundreds of people there were walking past doing their Christmas shopping, it really did feel like it was just us three in the whole of York.

For me what makes these two even more special is that they are both profoundly deaf, and the way we were able to communicate in such a busy environment just totally blew me away. These two really are just amazing people, and the kindest souls I’ve met in a really long time.

I know I will bore my friends and family by going on and on about how crazy I am for these two!

This shoot was everything I could have hoped it would be, and the perfect way to get us all feeling festive! Now I just can’t wait for the wedding at Middleton Lodge next year..

Yorkshire at heart

When this beautiful couple popped into my life I just knew their ‘Yorkshire themed’ shoot was going to be amazing.

Even from our first email when Rachel told me she wanted to bring along a picnic and champagne. How could I not be excited?!

It’s SO rare when so many things come together in one shoot. Incredible couple with such beautiful chemistry. Gorgeous weather. Funniest dog I’ve ever met in my life. Best location ever (YORKSHIRE!).

Rachel & Brandon are originally from the States and got in touch to book a shoot before they move back there in the new year. They wanted some photos that represented them as a couple in the place they’ve called home for the past few years.

As well as trotting around the Yorkshire Dales for an hour, our shoot featured macaroons, rope swings, telephone boxes and the most beautiful views around.

Rachel & Brandon’s couples shoot was EASILY one of my favourite shoots from the whole of 2018. It’s so special to have met such an extraordinary couple. The only downside from meeting these two is that they’re already married.. so I don’t get to photograph their wedding!

Born to be wild

I knew from the first time I met these two that their wedding was going to be wild.

The wedding day was actually the third time I’ve photographed Becky, and I feel like we know each other inside out! She absolutely bossed any portraits we did. She knows my style and together we are the dream team!

One of my favourite moments of this wedding happened during bridal prep. I was taking some photos of Becky outside once she was ready in her dress. She was being really careful where she stood because Kyle was getting ready just next door. All of a sudden we thought ‘sod it’, and we went to get Kyle. Becky stayed on one side of the wall, with her groom on the other. Being able to see them both without them seeing each other was AMAZING!

Kyle was adamant that he wasn’t going to cry when Becky walked down the aisle, but I could tell there was a little tear there. After the hitch, these two went on a little trip in a horse and carriage!

There were so many surprises throughout the day I don’t even know where to start. Horse and carriage. Donut wall. Chocolate fountain. Casino. Rodeo bull. Bouncy castle… the list goes on!

The day was wild from start to finish, and I just love how much was going on for the entire day. There really was not a dull moment. To finish off a brilliant wedding, we were treated to the most amazing sunset over the fields at Thief Hall. 

Massive shout out to my amazing second shooter Janet, who was an absolute pleasure to have along on the day!

Did someone say chihuahuas?

Doing a shoot with two chihuahuas called Darcy & Bentley was always going to be fun. It’s also been a great opportunity for me to learn how to spell chihuahuas..

I met Natalie & Alex last year when they invited me to their parents’ house in Harrogate for a cuppa! Normally when I first meet my couples it’s for a quiet coffee somewhere, but what fun it was to meet the whole family AND the dogs first hand!

Natalie & Alex decided to have their pre wedding shoot at Castle Howard. It’s a very special place to them both personally so it was only right to document such an exciting time in their lives at this stunning venue!

Having never been before, these guys showed me around the grounds. It really was beautiful. It was so lovely to really get to know Natalie & Alex too – I absolutely love it at pre wedding shoots when we get to chat about all the exciting things planned for the big day!

After we’d had a wander, we met Natalie’s lovely mum who had been looking after the chihuahuas! They were certainly very camera shy at first but we managed to get some SUPER cute photos of them being cuddled by their mum and dad!

So excited that I get to photograph Natalie & Alex’s wedding at The Principal in York next week. It’s just a huge shame that the doggies can’t be there with us!

The Wharfedale wedding

About a year ago was the first time I saw Wharfedale Grange being built. Ever since then I knew I had to shoot a wedding there!

Then in walk Nancy and Harry and they just casually mention they’re getting married at my dream venue! It’s safe to say I was pretty excited.

After their engagement shoot near Harrogate, I knew their wedding was going to be amazing. To date, this was the biggest wedding I’ve ever photographed! They had guests at the wedding who’d travelled up from all over the world just to be there.

Nancy got ready at her parents’ house on the day of the wedding. It was certainly an emotional morning so we had to be careful not to ruin all Amy’s amazing work on the make up! On that note, if you’re still looking for a make-up artist for your wedding then give Amy George a call. She’s one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. She also just happens to be probably the best make-up artist I’ve ever worked with. I mean, just look at Nancy’s gorgeous face for the proof!

The amazing suppliers working on this wedding were a photographer’s dream. I must just mention the gorgeous flowers supplied by Leafy Couture. Having seen the flowers they did for Claire & Antony, I knew whatever they created was going to be pretty special.

Wharfedale Grange looked absolutely stunning. All I kept hearing all day was guests saying how beautiful it was.

After some brilliant speeches from the best men and the bridesmaids, the day was rounded up by the most alive dancefloor I’ve ever seen. You can imagine the excitement when Nancy & Harry’s first dance was ‘Born to be wild’!

Fun at the fair

It’s ‘fair’ to say that these two are just an absolute dream to photograph.

After our shoot last year in the autumn leaves, it seems to be that our shoots are becoming an annual thing. And I’m totally cool with that.

We decided that for something a little bit different, we wanted to do a shoot at a fair ground. Fern & Ell made the trip over to Harrogate, and we had a lovely evening as the sun went down. I even force fed them candy floss which I’d feel bad about if the photos weren’t so cool.

Even though the room was spinning after going on the waltzers, it didn’t stop us! I was able to have some fun using my flash too which is always a bonus.

Same time next year guys?

Homemade and oh so lovely

Charlotte & George’s homemade wedding was just so gorgeous right down to the finest detail. And detail really was the word of the day!

From home grown succulents to give out as wedding favours, to little bags of sweets for the bus journey to the wedding reception – these guys had thought of everything and it was so special.

Bridal prep was a lot of fun, and the colour-coordinated dressing gowns made the best photos! It was lovely to work with amazing make up artist Kim, who I had also worked with at Dom & Kirsty’s wedding! The flowers from Frances and Rose were absolutely gorgeous. Having studied horticulture at university, the flowers were a huge part of the wedding day for Charlotte. And they did not disappoint! Even the flowers on the tables were left as a surprise until the day.

When we arrived at the church, George was waiting nervously at the end of the aisle. Once Charlotte had walked down the aisle, the vicar announced that it was the first time in 30 years that a bride had been early to a wedding! What a moment!

Luckily the sun came through the clouds just in time to throw all the homemade confetti that Charlotte had spent so many hours making. When we got to the reception, there were more lawn games than you could shake a stick at!

The rain was on and off for most of the day, but it didn’t stop everybody having an amazing time. Every single guest jumped onto the dancefloor, and after a rather delicious homemade pizza, it was back to Harrogate.

What a lovely wedding. Thank you to Charlotte & George for letting me be part of such a special day.

Down by the river

These two crazy kids just make me smile so much!

I knew as soon as I met these two that they’d be so much fun to photograph. Rebecca & Kyle are so unconventional, and just aren’t afraid to get their hands mucky!

I met these two at Studley Royal near Harrogate, and I swear they had me laughing the whole time we were there. We took a wander down to the seven bridges, and after all the dry weather, there was hardly even a river there!

Much as global warming is the absolute devil, the shallow river did mean we could get some pretty cool photos. All three of us kicked off our shoes and went for a paddle! I think Rebecca’s face when trying to cross the river by herself was an absolute treat.

At one point, these two decided to climb up to the top of, quite frankly, a bloody massive hill to get some cool photographs. The fact that this was their idea just shows you how outgoing these two are!

I’m SO excited to photograph their wedding this weekend at Thief Hall in Northallerton. Bring it on!

Inappropriate comments, dogs and cognac

I met these guys at their house ahead of the big wedding this weekend for some photos in the garden, some cognac and some fun with the dogs! I was met at the door with the biggest hugs, and also got to meet the family for the first time!

It’s safe to say that Harry was… ahem… a little apprehensive about having his photos taken? Nancy informed me that she’d spent the majority of the afternoon tanking him up on the cognac… Well, if that’s what it takes, it certainly did the trick!

I don’t think these two even know how gorgeous they are together. They are SO natural with each other – it really is lovely. I found it especially amusing when Harry decided to come out and say ‘let’s turn this PG into an 18’ half way through portraits. After nearly dying of laughter, Nancy composed herself and proceeded to look utterly horrified. It has to be said, this moment is my favourite from the shoot. If Harry’s inappropriate comments produce some great photos, then it’s a yes from me 😉

So excited for the big wedding at Wharfedale Grange this weekend!

The best ever!

When I first started out as a wedding photographer, it genuinely worried me that switching my all time favourite hobby into my job would make me become sick of it. Well, it’s weddings like this that remind me how much I love what I do!

Kirsty & Dom’s wedding was quite possibly the best ever.

In case you haven’t heard, I absolutely love these two. Meeting them for the first time was absolutely hilarious, and ever since we’ve all got on so well.

The wedding was at the Red Lion in Burnsall out in the Dales. I’ve been going there since I was about 3 years old, and never even knew they did weddings!

Photographing Kirsty getting ready was lovely. She was so nervous bless her. And when the moment came for her to walk down the aisle, Dom shed a little tear. It was the most precious moment.

One thing I have to say about this wedding is how much I loved the portraits! Kirsty & Dom are really into their photography, and it was such a pleasure to have them in front of the camera. They are both SO natural with each other, it really is beautiful to see.

Kirsty and Dom had been practicing their first dance for the past 6 weeks, and it was so emotional to watch! Everyone was on the dancefloor from the word go. Kirsty’s darling mother even taught me how to dance! What a treat!

And as if this wedding couldn’t have been any lovelier, I took one of my favourite photos of all time! Thank you Dom and Kirsty for just being the best!