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Helen and Leon - The Stables

August 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

On a warm day in July, Helen and Leon married at The Stables, just outside of Whitby in beautiful North Yorkshire. It's a fabulous venue, with panoramic countryside views, a huge marquee for entertaining guests and self contained cottages, perfect for morning preparations. 

Helen and her two daughters, along with her parents and bridesmaids prepared for the wedding ceremony in a stunning wooden lodge, just a stones throw away from the reception venue, that proved to be a fabulous space for photographs. We shot candid moments along with a handful of posed portraits, making the best out of the natural light streaming through the windows and doors. 

The ceremony took place within the walls of the venue, in a beautifully converted space with rustic brick walls and wooden beams. A heartfelt wedding service ensued, culminating in Helen and Leon leading their guests out into the sunshine, showered in confetti and to a rapturous applause. 

We used the grounds of The Stables to shoot photographs of Helen and Leon immediately after the ceremony, capturing those first moments together as husband and wife. The remainder of the day (aside from a handful of group shots) was photographed in a reportage style, with particular highlights being the highly entertaining speeches. Magician Luke Howells was also on hand to dazzle the wedding party with his wonderful magic! With the temperature being so warm, guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn with light music in the background, before a DJ arrived to bring the party atmosphere indoors. 

I left the party a little while after Helen and Leon's first dance, feeling confident that I had captured the love and laughter of a wonderful occasion for a lovely couple. 

It was a pleasure to shoot for Helen and Leon, and a pleasure as always to be back at The Stables. 

Congratulations! xx

 

 

 


Francesca and Chris - Whinstone View

July 25, 2018  •  1 Comment

Francesca and Chris married on a hot day in June at Whinstone View. With the weather being beautifully warm, the congregation of family and friends gathered in the courtyard of Wray's Barn, for a stunning outdoor ceremony in the sunshine, accompanied by Matt Case on the saxophone. 

As with so many of my clients, Francesca and Chris mainly wanted natural shots of the day as it unfolded. We still made time for a handful of group photos and spent some time after the ceremony shooting around the North Yorkshire countryside to the wonderful backdrop of Roseberry Topping.

With lots of children in attendance and with a party atmosphere in full swing, their were certainly lots of little moments happening, perfect for candid wedding photography.

As the guys entered the Barn to be seated for their wedding breakfast, The Singing Waiters rolled into action and the full wedding party exploded into song! It was such a high energy 30 minutes with everyone laughing, smiling, singing and dancing! 

The atmosphere continued right through the day and late into the night, with everyone in high spirits, determined to give Francesca and Chris a day they would never forget.

For me, it was wonderful to be able to catch all of these moments with my camera, and to be  a part of such a fun filled day. 

Congratulations Francesca and Chris, it was my pleasure to shoot for you. XX 

 


Helen and Andrew- Whinstone View

July 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Helen and Andrew married at St Oswald's church, Newton Under Roseberry on a warm day June (they've all been warm days this Summer haven't they)! 

Family and friends gathered from all over the UK to celebrate with a reception at Whinstone View on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. 

Whinstone View and St Oswald's are two of my absolute favourite venues and I knew that this wedding day would be a wonderful occasion. This feeling was only emphasised when I met Helen and Andrew, who are a brilliant couple. It was plain to see that they would enjoy a fantastic wedding day together. 

Helen prepared for her wedding day in one of the luxury lodges at Whinstone View, so we popped along to catch some bridal prep shots before the main event! The ceremony was expertly taken care of by Great Ayton's Paul Peverell (AKA Rev Pev), who always gives the congregation an amusing, inspiring and heartfelt ceremony that they will remember for many years (he's the best in the business in my opinion). St Oswald's is a stunningly beautiful church too, set to a backdrop of Roseberry Topping and packed full of historical charm from bygone years. 

After the ceremony we took the shots journey to the foot of North Yorkshire's famous "mountain" for a handful of shots with the beautiful carriage that Helen had arrived in. Later in the day, we had an opportunity to shoot additional portraits of Helen and Andrew, using picturesque locations in the immediate area of Whinstone View. 

As ever, this was a brilliant day to be a part of. It's always great working with Andrea and the staff at Whinstone View, the day ran seamlessly from beginning to end. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Helen and Andrew the very best wishes for their future life together, they were a pleasure to work with and i'm so grateful to of had the opportunity to capture their wedding memories. 

Congratulations guys! xx

 

 


Andy & Claire - Walworth Castle

May 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

Claire and Andy were married in late April at a church that had featured throughout their family history, before celebrating with a reception at Walworth Castle. Trinity Methodist Church in Middlesbrough had played host to Claire's parents wedding, (Bernard and Denise have been happily married for many years after signing their marriage certificate at Trinity Methodist) and the tradition was continued as Claire and Andy became Mr and Mrs Glynn. 

I've known the Bride's family for quite a long time now and it was wonderful to be asked if I could shoot this huge occasion for them. The atmosphere in the house during morning preparations was one of anticipation and excitement, tinged with a little sadness as Bridesmaid Laura had to miss the occasion due to illness. Laura was certainly present in everybody's minds as the day progressed and she even managed to join the party via FaceTime! 

Arriving at the church I was greeted by the Minister who conducted a humorous ceremony much to the delight of the guests, just one of the many highlights over an action packed day. After the guys had signed the register, they headed out of the church where Claire was surprised to be greeted by a group of young Brownies with confetti at the ready. This was a lovely moment for Claire and her family as Brownies has played a big part in her life. 

We headed over to Walworth Castle for the reception and partying to begin. One of my favourite moments of this wedding (and a highlight of every wedding I shoot) was the speeches. The light in the reception room at Walworth Castle was excellent, giving me plenty of opportunity to focus on capturing the emotions, love and laughter that the speeches were sure to bring. 

Walworth castle have their very own Bird Of Prey team, who demonstrate these beautiful birds to fascinated guests. From a photographers point of view, this was a part of the day that was brilliant to shoot....although a little challenging trying to capture fast moving birds in action! It was a challenge that I hugely enjoyed and I was pleased with the resulting images. 

By this time the evening was drawing in and the party mood was getting into full swing. I left the guys on the dance floor to enjoy the remainder of their evening after I'd photographed the first dance (and some of the guests enjoying themselves on the dance floor too)! 

 

It was a pleasure to shoot for Claire and Andy, who are a great couple with a laid back attitude that will surely lead to a very happy future ahead of them. Congratulations xxx


Michael and Kate - Middleton Lodge

April 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

"Wow I have just looked at them ! Absolutely love them thank you so much. So many amazing memories on there which is what we wanted 😊 it’s great to see the moments captured which we didn’t see throughout the wedding day too! Loved looking at them!! Thank you so much they’re absolutely fantastic x" - Kate

Michael and Kate married at Middleton Lodge during the early part of Spring 2018 on a relaxed day celebrating with close family and friends. 

It was wonderful to be asked to shoot for Michael and Kate, whom I'd met previously at Michael's brother's wedding, which i'd photographed on the sunny shores of Cyprus. It was great to see lots of familiar faces in the congregation and I knew that there would be a fabulous atmosphere throughout this day. 

I was asked to capture plenty of natural images along with a selection of family portraits in a relaxed style that suited Michael and Kate as a laid back couple. With lots of children in attendance, there were plenty of cute moments for me to look out for! 

We used the stunning grounds at Middleton Lodge to shoot portraits of Michael and Kate, just after they had officially become Mr and Mrs Robinson and although there was a slight chill in the air, the weather stayed (mostly) dry and gave us an opportunity to shoot outdoors. 

It's always nice to shoot at Middleton Lodge, its a beautiful venue and Kate's styling really added to the tasteful decor. Later in the day, we used off camera flash to shoot portraits of our Bride and Groom, paying particular attention to Kate's stunning, long flowing veil. The staircase at Middleton Lodge provided the perfect backdrop for this shot. 

Even before this day had begun, I knew that it was going to be a wonderful occasion to be involved in. Michael and Kate are a fantastic couple, with a great family around them. I'm so pleased that their wedding day proved to be everything they could of wished for and more. 

Congratulations guys! xx