A handful of weeks ago I had the awesome pleasure of nipping up to Harrogate to photograph the wedding of Kelly and Dale.
The day started with bridal prep at the Castle Inn - a lovely village inn on the hight street of Spofforth. This was by far the most intimate bridal prep I've ever had, with less than a handful us of all together in the room. After a couple of hours of laughs and trying-not-to-be-seriousness, I jumped back in the car and headed two minutes down the road to the couple's home to grab a few pics of the groom and the kids. I say two minutes down the road - my satnav took me two miles down the road before suggesting I did a u-turn - their house was literally less than a minutes drive away from the inn!
After a few snaps at the house, it was into the car again and over to Harrogate to Bilton House for the ceremony.
The happy couple rocked the vows like superstars!
After the kisses had been kissed and cheers finished cheering, we popped out onto The Stray for a few snaps, before heading on to the reception venue.
The rest of the day was held at The Bingley Arms in Bardsey - Britain's oldest pub. It's not every day you walk into a pub and see a suit of armour standing in the corner!
The rest of the day was spent in good company, with good food and a good old knees up, with lots of laughs.
Cheers you two - you were both awesome!
Here are a few images from their day.
One of my favourite things, when I'm shooting a wedding, is watching the antics of the little guests.
Kids are awesome. And tiring. And then awesome again.
I've got 3 of my own, so I know how they can go from the cutest things on the planet one minute, to making you want to pull your hair out the next. There's a reason that people invented alcohol - and I'd wager a bet that a screaming 2 year old was behind it!
I love the little moments at a wedding - the ones that the Bride and Groom very rarely see until they get their photos back. That's what I like to do. I like to capture these little moments forever. Photos that can be shown in 10 years time when they think they're all grown up!
I love these moments - bridal prep where two sisters are like little Princesses getting ready for the Ball. Sneaking little selfies on their phones. Ceremonies where the kids are that bored that they haven't realised the hymn book is upside down. Outside the church where confetti wars are the best thing on the Earth for 5 minutes. At the reception where they can't manage any more food, but demolish the sweetie cart in half an hour flat. Sneaky fingers going for the wedding cake. Bubbles and balloons - these are two of the greatest inventions to keep a kid busy that have ever been made! The quiet moments, when two 10 year olds can sit in conversation like a couple of 50s housewives and two 15 year olds can chase each other around like they're 9 again. The dancefloor, where they let loose like the adults daren't, when sliding is still the best thing in the world and swirly dresses make awesome twirls like they see on TV.
They all catch me eventually, and I get the goofy grin or the embarrassed smile or the covered face or the squeal of laughter. Sometimes I even get a pose!
These are precious moments. Moments which can, and will, be cherished forever.
There's one thing that kids can teach us - and that's how to live. Now. In the moment. Live every second without a care about what's next. Cry out your frustrations for a few minutes, but then carry on being the King or Queen of your world.
We all need to live like kids sometimes.
But, don't worry if you don't have kids, or there's no kids at your wedding. After a few drinks down our necks, us adults soon shed the worry of adulting and start acting like kids again anyway...
Here are a few of those moments.
At the end of October last year, I had the pleasure of shooting the lovely wedding of Claire and Ben.
It was lovely to see everyone again at this wedding - I photographed Claire's sister's wedding earlier in the year, so it made a change to see familiar faces at a wedding!
The day started with bridal prep at Claire's mum's house, before heading up the road to Bilton House Register Office, then on to Harrogate Town FC for the reception.
Bridal prep is always fun - even more so when you have '3 sisters Vs Mum' for entertainment!
The time flew by and everyone was soon ready to load up and head to Bilton House.
Ben was patiently waiting, looking rather dapper. Nerves were being held well as he waited for his Bride-to-be to come walking down the aisle. I'm pretty sure he liked what he saw - judging by the smile on his face!
The vows were soon done, kisses were had and the lovely couple stepped out as man and wife into the beautiful Autumn sunshine.
We headed over the road for a few snaps on the Stray before loading up once again and heading for the footy ground.
Drinks were soon flowing and then food was served kerbside from a fish and chip van. Yep, that was pretty awesome.
Speeches were said, dances were danced and plenty of kisses were had.
We even went out on the pitch for a little while.
Oh, one more thing - The Gentle Wedding could possibly be the best wedding name ever!
Thanks for having me guys - you were awesome.
Here are a few snaps from their day.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Karen and Toby.
The day started with some unplanned bridal prep at the couples home in Knaresborough before heading off to Bilton House Register Office in Harrogate.
After the vows it was back to Knaresborough where we stopped off at a little spot overlooking the River Nidd for a few shots, before moving on to the Dower House Hotel - complete with grumpy guard cat at the doorway!
It was a beautiful summer day, with only a few little showers thrown in just to let us know that we were still in England!
Bridal prep was a complete laugh and the ceremony was pure emotion.
Our little stop off overlooking the Nidd was made perfect when Toby gave his best catalogue posing complete with a pink heart umbrella.
The reception started with the boys cracking the hip flasks out followed by an awesome Best Man's speech with a few visual aids of what can only be described as perfect blackmail photos!
People danced, people laughed and people loved. That's what a wedding is all about.
Thanks for having me guys - it was awesome!
Here's a few pics from their day.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.