The Grange Hotel in York is such a beautiful venue, and I especially love it at Christmas time.
Martha and Dan's big day was really unusual, and a real pleasure to be a part of it. I met them at The Grange Hotel for drinks with their guests before the ceremony. I have never known a couple do this before, but actually it worked so well! Yes, it took the element of surprise away for Dan, when Martha walked down the isle later, but they both said it helped them relax before the ceremony, and it was lovely for guests to mingle before heading to the Register Office.
Another great thing about planning the day like this meant we were able to get the majority of the bride and groom shots done before the ceremony, which was far better for light at this time of year, and it meant the formal shots were out of the way early.
Martha looked absolutely stunning, with a gorgeous backless dress with beautiful detail in the sleeves. Dan too looked great in his suit, and the button holes and bouquet by Fleuadamo completed the outfits perfectly.
The Grange is just beautiful for bride and groom shots, and my favourite spots are on the amazing staircase inside, and on the stunning steps outside. At Christmas there is always a huge beautifully decorated tree in reception, so that works perfectly for the group shots.
Just before heading to the Register Office, we got all the guests outside for a full group shot on the steps. Luckily there is a pedestrian crossing right outside, so if I make the traffic lights turn to red, I get a few seconds to stand in the middle of the road to get the best shot, without getting run over!
Guests walked down to the Register Office and the ceremony was just lovely. And emotional! Luckily we just had enough light left to get a few group shots in the gardens afterwards.
The reception was held at the stunning De Grey Rooms, opposite York Art Gallery. This is another beautiful York venue. Martha and Dan had told me they didn't want any more formal photos once the ceremony was over - they just wanted to party! This is why the format of their day worked so well for what they wanted. However, it does mean I only have candid images from the reception, hence this blog is mainly about The Grange Hotel and not so much about the equally beautiful De Grey Rooms!
I am so passionate about my job, and I love Christmas, so a winter wedding at two gorgeous York venues (3 including the Register Office) was just amazing to be a part of.
The Marriott Hotel is one of my favourite York venues. With stunning views across York racecourse it is amazing.
Kim and Danny were a pleasure to work with. So chilled out and relaxed! It was great the weather was nice enough to have the ceremony outside, such a lovely place to have it!
Group shots were done in the gardens, then I took Kim and Danny off for some shots of them. Perfect settings include the racecourse in the background, the little seat hidden away, and the staircase inside. Fab couple and venue!
I love working at Aldwark Manor so I knew Kelly and Rich's wedding was going to be amazing.
The interior of the hotel is beautiful, and I just love the staircase. I was so pleased Kelly wanted bridal preps covering. Rich and the lads looks very smart, and Kelly was just beautiful!
After the ceremony we did the group shots in the small garden area, then took Kelly and Rich on to the bridge and the staircase for some gorgeous shots of them. I was covering evening photography, which I love doing, and especially at this one as I got to enjoy the fireworks!
Jen and John's Wold Top Brewery wedding was gorgeous! From bridal preps at Jen's parents house, to the church, to the Brewery, I loved every minute!
Jen looked stunning and luckily the weather was fine. The church had a lovely country feel to it, all old beams and wooden gates. I had never worked at Wold Top Brewery before and it is such a fab place! In the middle of the countryside, beautiful views and a real quirky feel to it. Another amazing day....
Emma and Dan's wedding at The Pavilion Hotel York was amazing! I love this hotel in Fulford, York, and as Emma was getting ready there it meant extra time at the hotel. Lovely rooms! Emma looked stunning, and with the ceremony being all under one roof I was able to capture bridal preps, then the lads downstairs, then go back up to the room for some sots of Emma ready.
It's a really intimate feel for ceremonies at The Pavilion, and afterwards all the guests went out for a full group shot. Once the rest of the groups were done, I took Emma and Dan to the courtyard, which is my fave place there for photos, then on to the stunning staircase. I had been booked to cover the first dance, which is always nice as I am there for the full day, and it is the perfect end to the photos.
I loved being a part of Alex and Dan's gorgeous wedding at Pavilions of Harrogate. A fab couple and a beautiful venue! So many quirky photos to be had, from the band stand, to the racecourse, to the stables, and perhaps my favourite, the view looking towards the viaduct. I loved the natural feel of this wedding. Alex looked beautiful and her flowers were stunning. The weather was great and it was lovely to stay on for the evening and watch the sun go down over Pavilions of Harrogate.
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!