Looking back over the years of some of my favourite weddings…..
Christmas weddings are so lovely, so I was very excited to get the booking from Rachel and Adrian for their wedding on Christmas Eve. The day came and although it was cold, it was lovely and bright – the perfect winter day. I met Adrian at the register office in York, and noted the amazing tailored suit straight away. Rachel arrived a little later and she looked gorgeous! The dress was beautiful and the flowers perfect for the time of year.
York register office is such a fab venue, with beautiful natural light coming in through the large windows. After the ceremony everyone went outside for photos in the garden. Once the group shots were done, the guests made their way to the reception venue – a particular favourite of mine, the hidden gem that is Bedern Hall. I really don’t think Rachel and Adrian could have picked a more perfect venue for a Christmas Eve wedding!
Rachel, Adrian and I took a less direct route to Bedern, and stopped off at some favourite York locations en route. As much as I love doing the candid, informal images at each wedding, I think the thing I enjoy the most is spending time with the bride and groom, getting beautiful, natural images of the two of them, using the landscape and scenery around us. I am very passionate about York and feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful city, so the walk to Bedern Hall, stopping off for photos as we went was just amazing! Rachel and Adrian are such a lovely down to earth couple that we had real fun. It was strange seeing all the people bustling around us doing last minute shopping or going to the pub, while we were there in bridal finery and with camera….
Once at Bedern, the fact that it was Christmas Eve really hit home. The décor of the place was just beautiful and so festive. I stayed throughout the meal, which is always nice as I feel I capture the whole of the day. And I wouldn’t have missed listening to Rachel and Adrian playing with their brass band – certainly a first for me to watch a bride playing in a band on her wedding day! It was the perfect end to the perfect day. I went away from this wedding with such a lovely warm feeling inside and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it.
Matt and Tom's wedding was amazing! Such a fab couple and it was a really emotional day. At a venue close to my heart, Fairfield Manor in York.
I was there for the preperations, so unusually I was working between 2 rooms as the boys were getting ready at the same time but didn't want to see each other. They both looked fab in matching suits and they saw each other for the first time as they met and walked down the isle together.
After the (emotional!) ceremony, we did the group shots outside the hotel, then I took Matt and Tom down to the bridge, which is a lovely area at Fairfield. I have done same sex ceremonies before, but this was my first big wedding for 2 guys, and I loved it! A great couple, and so easy to work with. And the best table plan I have ever seen, all hand sewn by Tom!
I am gald that Matt and Tom booked me to stay until the first dance, as it meant I was a part of the whole day, and got to see all the best bits!
I have always wanted to do wedding photography at Allerton Castle in Yorkshire. I was so pleased when Angela and Sean booked me - they are a great couple, at one of my dream venues!
Ceremony and reception was at the castle, so on arrival I went up to the stunning room where Angela was getting ready. Her dress was awesome - so beautiful and different, she looked amazing! Sean too looked great, with top hats and canes for the men!
The amount of detail in this wedding was second to none. Angela had thought of everything.... From the colour scheme, to the owl carrying the rings, to the dress(es!), and everything in between.
Weddings at Allerton Castle are magical and I hope I get lots more wedding photography at Allerton Castle!
Kirsty and Ryan's wedding was fab! The Marriott Hotel makes a beautiful backdrop for photos, with the Racecourse in the background. I was also chuffed to bits when Kirsty and Ryan suggested going to The Millenium Bridge for photos!
Luckily the weather was fine and after the ceremony Kirsty and Ryan got a lift in their wedding car to the Millenium Bridge, which is only 5 mins away from the hotel. It is a stunning structure and makes some fab pics. People walking across usually keep out of the shot, but if not, I can always edit them out afterwards!
Caroline and Andy's wedding was a little different.... they were already married! They had had a smaller wedding out of York a few weeks before and were having a larger party to celebrate.
This actually worked really well for the photos, as it meant I could meet Caroline and Andy (and their gorgeous dog!) before the guests arrived to do the shots of the 3 of them. This then didn't take them away from their party later. We went to the gardens by The Minster, which I love, and then to my favourite street in York - the cobbled one by The Treasurer's House. Love the red pillar box!
Fairfield Manor Hotel is just down the road from me and I work there a lot. I love the venue as I know it so well and the staff are lovely! Plus it makes some fab shots! So I was chuffed when Katie and Chris boked me!
I do enjoy doing a church wedding, but equally good is when everything is at the same venue (easier for photos!) Bridal preps were at the hotel in one of their stunning rooms. Katie and Chris are a fab couple with gorgeous kids, and the whole day was a pleasure from start to finish.
I loved Heidi and John's wedding! It was at my Mum's church in Haxby, where I used to go as a child, and I knew Heidi and John from years ago, so it was lovely to be their photographer!
I started off with bridal preps in Haxby. Heidi looked amazing, as I knew she would! Just gorgeous, with a stunning dress! Then it was on to the church to get pics of the lads, some of who I knew from school!
Claire and Steve got married at York Register Office, and guess what, we went to The Museum Gardens for photos afterwards! Love it there!
Claire wanted me to start with bridal preps, which I think is the perfect way to start the wedding photography. These were at the Grange Hotel, so nice and handy for the walk to the ceremony. The Grange has some gorgeous rooms, so always a pleasure to work there.
Sarah and David's wedding was amazing! A beautiful church in Malton, and on to a marquee in the grounds of the lovely Old Lodge Hotel.
I was really pleased that Sarah wanted bridal preps doing at The Old Lodge - the room is so beautiful it made some fab shots! Although Sarah had to be careful standing by the window as David was in the grounds below!
Jen and Dean's wedding was gorgeous! Such a lovely couple and two amazing venues.
I started off doing bridal preps at The Crab and Lobster near Thirsk. I love this venue! It is so quirky with so many possibilities for photos. We got some fab shots of Jen getting ready, and the dress and flowers looked beautiful in the gorgeous rooms and on the staircase.
Ellie and Olly's wedding was fab! They got married at the very beautiful Selby Abbey, then on to Ellie's mum's house where they had a secret garden theme with a marquee.
I went along to the house beforehand to do bridal preparations. I love doing the preps! It is a lovely part of the day. I never get in the way, and just snap around what is going on, as well as getting beautiful detail shots of the dress, shoes and flowers.
Photography at Aldwark Manor is amazing! I love this venue! Sarah and Ross's day was perfect.
I started up in the room getting bridal preparations. The Dales Suites are just amazing! While bridal prep shots are very candid, when I am working at Aldwark Manor I always like to pose a few up of the bride in the room as I love the windows and the staircase so much!
Emma and Dan's wedding was amazing! The Pavilion Hotel in York is one of the venues I work at the most, and I love it. It is perfect for larger weddings, like Emma and Dan's, as well as smaller weddings.
Emma and Dan had their ceremony and reception at The Pavilion, so I went along early to cover bridal preps up in the room. Emma's dress was gorgeous and she looked beautiful. She had 2 flowers girls and 2 pageboys who were so cute and very well behaved!
As much as I love wedding photography I also do a lot of interior photography for b and b's, pubs, restaurants and hotels. This type of work is fab, and very rewarding!
I realised there was a need for this type of work a while ago, when I researched various websites in the area. Many sites looked great and the photography was spot on, however, some sites I looked at were let down by poor images. I think many businesses perhaps try and save the cost of a professional photographer and do the photos themselves. However, this is not a good idea! With businesses such as guest houses, b and b's pubs etc, professional images to showcase the establishment are imperative. Great pics will make a huge difference to any website.