Wedding photography – Thicket Priory
I think I can safely say that in over 20 years of being in business I have never had a year with so few weddings! A total of one, since the first lockdown began! Until the other day, when I did my second one in a year! I absolutely love working at weddings – big or small, long or short, I love every single one! I am so lucky that during the pandemic I have been very busy with property photography and have managed to keep going. However, I have really missed weddings, so Michelle and Martin’s special day was a real pleasure.
Michelle and Martin had originally booked me for another date, but, like so many others, had to rearrange. Their new date the other day was perfect weather wise, bright but not too sunny. Michelle looked gorgeous, and the venue was amazing. Thicket Priory, near Wheldrake, is a fairly new wedding venue, and I have to say that it is absolutely stunning. So many opportunities for photos, I could have spent all day just getting pics of the bride and groom! From the building itself, to the lake, the bridges, the woodland, the driveway. Not to mention the amazing huge staircase inside, with mirrors, gorgeous windows, stunning bedrooms, and even it’s own chapel. It is a photographer’s dream!
Michelle and Martin were fab to work with – so easy going and lovely, and my natural style of working fitted perfectly as part of their day. It was so nice come back to wedding photography after such a long time. I have a few more weddings to look forward to this year and I cannot wait! I think 2022 might be a very busy year, when hopefully all restrictions will have eased. It is however, at the moment, perfectly possible to have a gorgeous day in Covid times, and with such a beautiful venue it couldn’t have been better.
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Christina and Simon
Aldwark Manor, Aldwark, York
Nikki was fantastic! She worked with us from the very first informal meeting to discuss our budget and what we wanted to achieve. She gave us guidance and ideas about the best photographic places in our wedding venue and what options we had. Nikki was not only very professional but friendly too and had the perfect tone for gathering everyone together for the photographs so there was no waiting around. I have since recommended Nikki to a few brides to be with no hesitation.
Josie and Alan
The Alma Inn, Laneshawbridge
Nikki was brilliant on our wedding day: Professional, but personal at the same time. She made everyone feel so comfortable and, consequently, captured some really beautiful moments. As a "stressed out" bride, I really cannot compliment Nikki enough... in both the run up to our wedding, and afterwards, her communication was excellent - so proactive. She was incredibly organised and efficient. It really made this part of organising the wedding effortless. We would highly recommend her.
Rowan and Ian
Fairfield Manor, York
I am so glad Nikki did our wedding photography, she went way beyond our expectations of our photograph's! We had a wonderful happy day with our family and friends, and she captured the atmosphere perfectly. She more than delivered the outline I had given her, and we have beautiful artistic memento's of our very special day. I love how she seized the moments of different parts of our day, both the formal and informal. We will treasure these photographs, and I could not recommend her highly enough! The trouble will be now just deciding what to leave out of the album!
Nicola and Gareth
The Pavilion Hotel, York
The wonderful Nikki Bowling captured our day from bridal prep to the first dance (and beyond). We got the set pieces we requested and a plethora of candid, natural shots which capture our day perfectly. Nikki was very familiar with our venue and knew all the good nooks and crannies to get really wonderful pictures. A number of our guests commented on how great she was on the day. Getting her job done without imposing on the day and special time with family and friends. I would recommend her to anyone.