Let's start a love train

“Hi Lily, we’re getting married this summer on a train and we were wondering if y….”

 

Yes. I’ll be there.

 

How often do you get the chance to photograph a wedding on a train?! That’s just incredible! Martin & Amy’s wedding took place at the East Lancashire Railway, which was not only the most amazing location, but also the most beautiful drive from Harrogate!

 

Martin and Amy are such children at heart and it was so special to see such a personal touch throughout every part of their wedding day. Not only did they get married on a train platform, but they wrote each other poems instead of vows, Amy had a wonder woman garter, they made each other a picture book to open on the morning of the wedding, AND even had a Lego inspired wedding cake!

 

You can’t get much more retro than that.

 

The whole day was full of laughs from start to finish. It was also such a surprise to be treated to dinner on the train whilst we travelled through the countryside!

 

The day was concluded by the first dance to ‘Love Train’… what could be more fitting?!


The night time engagement shoot

Fran & Lewis’ engagement shoot was a very last minute booking, but I’m so pleased we could all squeeze in the time to do it! These guys were hard as nails to brave the weather on such a freezing cold evening. The snow and rain was no match for us!

I tend to do most of my engagement shoots in the countryside in the morning light. To do a shoot in town AND at night time was certainly a little different to what I’m used to! It was really fun to make use of the city lights and to do some work with flash rather than making use of natural light. I’m loving using flash more and more nowadays and it’s great to experiment with new ideas.

It’s safe to say that these guys were super nervous about the shoot having never had photos taken together before! They did such an awesome job, and I absolutely can’t wait to photograph their wedding in Harrogate this weekend.

These guys are such a lovely couple who will soon be welcoming a little bundle of joy into the world! Keep your eyes peeled for Fran and Lewis’ wedding photos… and perhaps some newborn ones too!


Happy anniversary Kelly & Matt!

I can’t believe it’s the anniversary of this beautiful day! Today’s also one year since I first worked with the dream that is Charlotte White Weddings. Second shooting for Charlotte has been an absolute pleasure and she has taught me so many amazing things over the past 12 months!

 

From start to finish, Kelly and Matt’s wedding in Harrogate was beautiful. It was one of those days where everything just fall into place. This day was pretty special for me because it was one of the early weddings that convinced me I wanted to be a wedding photographer!

 

Kelly has been one of the most naturally photogenic brides I’ve had the pleasure of working with. After Kelly got into her dress, we had a little time to do portraits. I think it’s fair to say the photos speak from themselves. What a beauty!

 

The reception was at the General Tarleton in Knaresborough. I’d never been before but it was such a quaint and unspoilt little place for a wedding! And I must highlight that their roast dinner may be one of the best I’ve ever had…

 

Anyway! Enough about the food! Kelly and Matt were the most fantastic couple from start to finish – so welcoming, not afraid to let their hair down, and of course very beautiful people indeed!

 

Happy anniversary to you both, and here’s to many more happy years to come!


Snow way!

After waking up to heavy snow across the UK, luckily all the guests made it safely to the wedding!

Chris and Catherine got married in a beautiful little church at the top of a very steep… slippy… snowy hill. I must admit it was rather entertaining to watch 70 guests attempt to climb up to the top in time for the wedding ceremony. It was entertaining until I almost fell over myself which was not so much fun.

The vicar, Silvia, was the most laid back, lovely vicar I have had the pleasure to work with. Despite forgetting to announce the first kiss, she kept us all entertained throughout the service!

After a snowy drive to the reception, we all arrived at Wentbridge House in one piece. Chris & Catherine had put such a personal touch into all the little details of the wedding. It was also such a pleasure as always to second shoot for the incredible Charlotte White Weddings – we always have such a laugh and she’s an absolute dream to work with.

Just before sunset, Chris and Catherine braved the snow for some portraits. I was so pleased they did because the light, the snow and the gardens were all just perfect!


It's hard to beat a Christmas wedding

After their engagement shoot before Christmas, I was so excited to photograph Emma & Allan’s wedding in Durham!

Once I arrived at Seaham Hall, Emma was still finishing off her wedding playlist! We all spent most of the morning suggesting some top tunes for the night ahead. This kept us all entertained, and also kept the nerves at bay!

Emma really was the most stunning bride and was an absolute dream to photograph. We had a little time to spare before heading down to the ceremony, which meant we got chance to get some gorgeous portraits.

The ceremony itself took place in the atrium of the hotel. The room was beautifully lit and looked especially festive with the Christmas tree taking centre stage. During the service, the page boy took a bauble off the tree that had the wedding rings inside! Emma & Allan had also decided to write their own wedding vows, and afterwards there was not a dry eye in the building.

Even though it was freezing cold, Emma & Allan were so kind and willing to go outside for their portraits. I’m so thrilled that they did as they are some of my favourite portraits of 2017. Good work guys!

The evening reception was a lot of fun, and there were a lot of laughs surrounding the snooker table when the kids won against the adults!

The whole drive back to Harrogate I couldn’t help thinking what a magical day it had been from start to finish. Also a massive shout out to my amazing second shooter Fern who did an incredible job!

Emma & Allan it was an absolute pleasure to be part of such a special day – thank you!


A photograph of Carrie & Amanda's wedding rings next to Tilly's paw

Winter walks

Whenever I see a new message from Carrie or Amanda, I light up. I absolutely love these two to bits!

This winter, Amanda contacted me on Facebook asking if I would consider coming up from Harrogate to do a family shoot. At first I was a little confused as to who she meant by ‘family’. When she informed me that it would her, Carrie and Tilly… the dog… I was both amused and excited.

Since photographing their crazy festival wedding in September, we’ve got on like a house on fire. Perhaps a ‘barn on fire’ would be more appropriate, following a certain smoke bomb incident.

It was so lovely to catch up with the two of them after the wedding. Carrie and Amanda live on the most beautiful farm just north of Durham, so we took Tilly for an evening walk across the fields for the shoot. We even set off smoke bombs that we had left over from the wedding!

Carrie and Amanda are two of the most colourful people I’ve had the pleasure to photograph (especially Carrie with her pink hair!). It’s always a guaranteed fun time whenever I see them them.


Did someone say cake?

I was recently contacted by the lovely Chaplin Events to ask if would photograph a wedding consultation morning. I was told there would be lots of free cake.

It’s safe to say I didn’t take much convincing.

The taster morning was hosted by Liz, owner of The Bun Bunny, in her rather swanky new kitchen. The event was an opportunity for engaged couples to come along and chat to different wedding suppliers. They could ask any questions regarding planning for their big day, AND sample a whole load of incredible cake. And trust me, it was incredible.

As well as Liz (who I will now refer to as the queen of cakes), and me running the photography side of things, we were also joined by the wonderful Sian from Chaplin Events, and lovely Michelle from Michelle Hunter Flowers. Liz is all about keeping it local, so it was lovely to get to know other Harrogate wedding businesses.

Overall I was so impressed with the whole premise of the taster morning. It was essentially like being a part of your own mini wedding fair! It was also such a pleasure to photograph the event itself. Liz’s brand new kitchen was absolutely gorgeous, and the perfect venue for an intimate little event such as this one.

If you’re currently in the process of planning your big day and would love the opportunity to come and speak to different wedding suppliers, why not pop along to Liz’s next event on Saturday 10th Feb 2018. To book yourself a place, just visit Liz’s website.

We’ll see you there!


The North of England Wedding Awards

The North of England Wedding Awards are hosted every year at York Racecourse by Liz at The Wedding Guide UK. When I found out that I had been announced as a finalist in the Best New Business category, it’s safe to say I was pretty excited!

I had totally underestimated the scale of the event! With almost 500 guests all dressed in black tie, it really was quite amazing. From wedding cars to venue decorators, it was great to see so many new and familiar faces.

Our table was crazy. We all got on like a house on fire, and we were certainly the noisiest in the room! Each time someone on our table was nominated for an award, you knew about it!

When it came to my category, I was in total disbelief when they announced that Lily North Photography had won! What an honour it was to collect my award on stage in a room of so many amazing people. It was certainly a moment I’ll never forget.

I want to say a massive thank you to Liz and all the event organisers for such an amazing evening, but most importantly to the brides and grooms who voted for me to win this award. I’ve loved being a part of every single wedding I have done this year, and to hear such positive feedback has been incredible. Thank you.

Here’s to another great year!


A wander through the village

Despite a widespread frost and nearly skidding off the road, I made it to the village in one piece. Just about.

Even thought it’s a little drive from Harrogate, the village was just beautiful and was so worth the treacherous conditions! It felt very personal to do their engagement shoot here. It was the first time I had met Emma & Allan, and the three of us got on so well from the word ‘go’.

We took a wander through the village and then onto the fields. My fab models did an amazing job! As a couple, they’ve never had photos taken together before, and it really is so lovely to see people really start to relax in front of the camera by the end of the shoot.

I absolutely can’t wait to photograph their wedding up in Durham this weekend. Keep your eye out for wedding pictures, it’s going to be a good one!


Festival madness

Well, where do I start?!

Carrie and Amanda’s festival wedding was probably one of my favourites from this year.

When I first met the girls earlier this year, I knew the wedding was going to be a lot of fun. The thing I loved immediately about these two was how UNCONVENTIONAL they were. The whole wedding was going to be about what they wanted it to be: no tradition, no messing about. I loved everything about it.

I travelled up from Harrogate to Durham the day before the wedding for the pre shoot. Unlike any wedding I’ve done before, the girls were getting married at home. The transformation was just unbelievable! The wedding was festival themed, and everything was covered in hay bales, fairy lights, wheelbarrows, flowers and vegetables! There was a giant tipi in the garden looking out on the incredible views across the fields, and more lawn games and bunting than you could shake a stick at!

The wedding day.

Once Carrie & Amanda were both ready, we all went into the conservatory for the first look. This was the first time I had ever done a first look! There were a lot of tears and a lot of laughs, but overall a lovely moment to be a part of.

The ceremony was absolutely hilarious. Everyone had a drink in their hand, and Kate, the celebrant, did a fantastic job of keeping everyone entertained. Donna & her incredible team from NEWP had done a fantastic job of planning the entire day. I’d also like to thank the catering geniuses at Pimp my Pig for one of the best wedding meals I’ve had to date!

The whole day from start to finish was just a laugh a minute. Particularly when a certain smoke bomb nearly set the whole house on fire, but let’s not mention any more about that!