Monday, 2 October 2017

[Wedding] Mel & Richard, a perfect WedFest

On Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing the Wedding of Mel and Richard. 

I was so excited when Mel enquired about me photographing her Wedding it sounded fabulous. A farm, a tipi from Totally Tipi and a handfasting ritual to boot! Then throw in live music what more could you want!?

I started with Mel and her bridesmaids at Smallshaw Farm Cottages & Spa where hair and makeup and girly chatter were underway. The boys were still finishing setting the teepee up and making sure that everything was perfect.

The beautiful humanist ceremony was conducted outside and we had the weather totally on our side. Rings were exchanged and a handfasting ritual too - my first ever and it was totally beautiful!

Mel and Richard had decided to have an unplugged ceremony which meant no cameras other than mine during the ceremony. It meant that whenever they turned to their guests they got to see their faces rather than the back of their phones. It also meant that their hands were free to throw confetti when they walked back up their aisle as Mr & Mrs!

After the ceremony and with a dark cloud looming, we headed out of the tipi for some shots of them with their little girl Winter, as well as with parents before everyone took their seats inside the tipi for their BBQ dinner!

When the rain started it didn't dampen anyone's spirits inside. After dinner speeches were had, given by Mel's Dad, Richard, Mel, Maid Man and the Best Man! Lots of laughs, toasts and even a sing-song by our very own Groom and Best Man! 

When the rain stopped we scooted off back outside for some more photographs of the new Mr and Mrs and the groomsmen before heading back inside for the first band and first dance.

The first dance and band playing meant that everyone started the epic party that went on long after I had left. With face painting arriving around the same time as the evening guests! Who doesn't want face painting and glitter at a festival wedding!

I ended the evening after the first spot of the second band, just after we had done sparkler photographs but I know the party continued long after I had left!

Thank you both for allowing me to share your special day!

Monday, 4 September 2017

[Wedding] Matt and Petra, a City Centre Wedding full of laughter at The Queens Hotel, Leeds

On Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing Matt and Petra's Wedding at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. It's funny that 8 years into shooting Weddings and I'm still shooting Weddings at new Venues.

I started with Petra and her bridesmaids in a hive of Hair and Makeup in the Bridal Suite on the 8th floor. With its own private balcony giving a big view over Leeds City Centre. Lots of music and giggles were filling the room as people were getting a little bit excited!

Petra gave her bridesmaids the colour that she wanted for the dresses and they all picked their own that they were comfortable in! Considering they decided on the colours via WhatsApp I have to say they got a good match of colours! :) 

At the Ceremony, the special guest of honour was Frankie, Matt and Petra's dog - who I think could have quite taken some of the spotlight off Matt and Petra! 

Petra was walked down the aisle by her Mum whilst Matt and his best man Scott waited patiently for the bridal party's arrival. Each bridesmaid walking down the aisle before Petra headed down. The ceremony was beautiful with two readings, including a specially written piece of poetry from one of Petra's bridesmaids.

After the ceremony, we all headed downstairs to do a big group photograph of everyone, before heading outside for smaller groups including, family and parents. Trying to avoid the busy people of Leeds and not getting run over by Taxis! 

We then headed over to the Square for photographs with the Bridal Party, of all the groomsmen and Bridesmaids before photographs of the Happy Couple themselves. The weather was completely on our side!

When we headed inside, it was time for the Wedding Breakfast then followed by speeches by Petra, Matt and Best Man Scott. Afterwards, Petra went and got changed into her Second Dress aka the Dancing Dress and her second pair of shoes (why not!) and we headed out for a couple more photographs of new Mr and Mrs Young together before it was time to get the party started!

Thank you for allowing me to share your special day with you!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

[Wedding] Sian & Joe, a celebration of love at Waterton Park Hotel

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Joe & Sian's big day at Waterton Park Hotel.
Sian's Mum & Dad actually booked me to shoot their big day back in January. I did think it was quite short notice but Sian & Joe only got engaged on Bonfire night the whole wedding planned in 9 months!

I didn't actually meet Sian & Joe until their pre-shoot but we got on so well so I knew their day was going to be awesome!

I started with Sian, her mum Jayne and bridesmaids who were in a hive of getting ready with hair and makeup under way. Before I headed over onto the island to meet with Joe, his best men and helped with buttonholes and handkerchiefs. 

I started with Sian, her mum Jayne and bridesmaids who were in a hive of getting ready with hair and makeup under way. Before I headed over onto the island to meet with Joe, his best men and helped with buttonholes and handkerchiefs before heading back to Sian for her final preparations and getting the dress on!

All the bridesmaids got ready before Sian got into her dress. And then Daddy got to see her for the first time...I love catching Dad's reaction.

They spent a little quiet time together before taking the beautiful walk over the bridge to the Waterton Suite for the Wedding Ceremony.

Joe was waiting for his beautiful bride to be. The bridesmaids walked in to the String Duo playing before Sian walked down with her Daddy.

The ceremony was full of love, laughter and a few tears. It was such a beautiful lovely ceremony.

We headed outside for reception drinks before we started with group photographs. Sian & Joe didn't request too many group photographs to allow most of their guests to enjoy their day and catch up and party! 

Sian and Joe then took a little time from their guests to have some photographs done on their own as the new Mr and Mrs and taking in the fabulous grounds of Waterton Park Hotel

We headed back to the Waterton Suite for the new Mr and Mrs Rumblow to start relaxing into the rest of their day with their guests. Instead of a Wedding Cake, there were shots of Sourz and personalised shot glasses!


Monday, 31 July 2017

[Wedding] Amy & Neil, a love that will travel the world at Cubley Hall

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of photography Amy and Neil's Wedding. Amy and Neil must have booked me around 18 months ago  - so it's been a long time coming!

I started with Amy with her bridesmaids at Amy's parent's house. Her makeup was being done by her bridesmaid Nicola whilst hair was being done by Danielle, and dad was busy in the kitchen making us all awesome bacon sandwiches!

As I always find it was a lovely chilled out morning until about an hour before the ceremony then all of a sudden it was rush-rush! However regardless of any rushing about there was no stressing. 

However, there were a few tears and laughter when the bridal party were fully ready and Amy was ready to head to church!

Amy and Neil were married by Canon Simon, at St Saviour's Church, High Green - a beautiful ceremony with lots of love, laughter and a few tears shed by the family. It's definitely clear to see that these two are meant to be!

After the church, we did some close family photographs in the church grounds, before heading to the ceremony venue, Cubley Hall.

After we headed to Cubley and welcome drinks were had, everyone headed outside for group photographs before we then did some photographs of Amy and Neil on their own.

We headed inside the barn where the room was decorated in naturals, rustics and lace and looked absolutely stunning with the fairy lights.

The speeches were held before the meal, and this included lots of laughs, and tears - and of course embarrassing the groom as is only the job of the Best Man, who was also the groom's brother.

The wedding had a lot of travel themed influences throughout it as travelling is so important to the couple themselves.

After dinner, and before the evening reception started, we headed back out for a few more photographs of the beautiful bandstand and countryside at Cubley Hall.

We then went and partied the night away! I'm sure good fun was had by all there was definitely a full dance floor when I left!

Thank you, Mr and Mrs McCann, for allowing me to share your special day!

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