Becky & Vincent are the kind of people that you just tend to click with straight away. Friendly, kind hearted and will go out of their way for anyone. This was all very apparent when I photographed their day at The Chilli Barn near Leeds in Otley, West Yorkshire.
Becky & Vincent’s day was a perfect example of everything I love about weddings. The day was very much focussed around friends and family which is always a great starting point when planning a wedding. The Chilli Barn looked fantastic with all the details and decorations that Becky had meticulously planned.
When I first met up with the two of them neither of them were too keen on being in front of the camera, let alone having to have a photographer capture their entire day. By the end of the day though they really had caught the bug and the emotions and closeness of their relationship really came through in front of my lens.
They really were up for anything, even a 45 minute walk to the Otley Chevin to capture them on their own with such a stunning backdrop i’m so glad they trusted me. Literally have to pinch myself after weddings like these.
To be asked to photograph a wedding at such a beautiful venue as The Heath House is always a real treat. What made this wedding extra special was that Hina & Matt were having a Hindu ceremony within this beautiful Gothic built family home! To make things even more wonderful, you couldn’t meet a nicer, more humble and down to earth couple than Hina & Matt.
It was such a beautiful, stylish wedding. Everything felt effortless, which is a massive testament to Hina & Matt's organisational skills. It’s no mean feat to mix such a quentisentially british venue with such vivid, vibrant asian colours and festivities in such a beautifully juxtapositional way.
I always love photographing those bursting asian reds and oranges. Everything looked so harmonious framed in the afternoon light seeping in through the windows.
I can’t thank Hina & Matt enough for making me feel so welcome. What a totally incredible day, Even though it rained most of the afternoon…but hey this was the end of the British summer and that’s often how things pan out.
If you think Heath House looks like the sort of stunning venue you’d like to get married in, you may just be in luck as this family home has recently started accepting more weddings for years to come.
Some weddings just seem to have the sun on their backs and the wind in their sails, you get swept up in it all and taken along for this amazing ride and hopefully take a few pictures along the way. This was definitely the case with Victoria & Andrew's wedding in and around Elkesley in Nottinghamshire.
When your wedding revolves around the fundamentals such as love, family & friendship you know it’s a recipe for success. What makes any wedding stand apart from another isn’t money, it’s effort. It’s the huge amounts of time and energy that the couple, their family and friends have all spent to make the day just so. A little example of this is the tiny D.I.Y details these two had introduced to their day, such as the table plan and hundreds of origami birds scattered in the grass . Which I guess is the point, great things don’t just happen they often require a bit of effort…it’s a clumsy metaphor but it’s a bit like marriage.
I think you can probably tell by now that I was a big fan of this wedding and a big fan of Victoria & Andrew. I loved photographing their beautiful church ceremony in one of the most picturesque churches I have been to in some time. I also particularly enjoyed rolling up my trousers and paddling in the river of the Old Vicarage Wedding Venue getting shots of the duck race that appeared to be a very strong tradition to the venue! I remember Victoria asking if there was a chance I could do some natural pictures of her and Andrew by their custom made swing if there was a nice sunset…and boy did we get a nice sunset.
Vhairi & James' wedding was an extra special wedding for me to photograph, James has been a close friend for many years and I’ve known most of his other friends through our love for Volkswagens.
The wedding was very much a family affair with most of the day being centred around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and its grounds. the day started with James and his groomsmen going out for a little cafe breakfast at Bare Coffee Leeds. Such a lovely relaxed start to the day before everyone dispersed separate ways to go and get ready.
Vhairi had chosen to get ready in a gorgeous small rental cottage in near by Denby Dale with had ample space and lots of great light for me to work with.
The wedding day was very relaxed with a strong influence of James' love for Volkswagens coming through in the use of his close friends buses for wedding transport. The weather really could not have been better all day and It was a day filled with fun and laughter and familiar faces that I had met over the years but not seen for such a long time.
I’m not sure if it’s because I knew them so well, or whether they were more emotive than usual, but I was close to tears several times during the speeches.
All in all a great day where I felt more of a guest than the official photographer.
It’s sometimes a bit strange writing about a wedding from quite a few months ago (the perennial problem of a wedding photographer…you’re just too busy during the summer). As the months roll on you tend to forget who was the designer of the dress, who made the groom’s suite, if the cake was a fruit cake or a sponge but what you’re left with is far greater and far more enduring. You’re left with the feelings and not the bare facts. If I had one aim with my wedding photography, it would be to capture those feelings from the day and not just the facts. That’s the journey I’m on.
It’s a bit of a cliche amongst wedding photographer to harp on about how amazing all the couples are who’s weddings they photograph. In the case of Chloe & Sam and their wedding at Gorse hill Hotel I’m afraid to say this cliche is so very true. Such a friendly, generous and warm couple, and that’s the overriding memory of their wedding that I’m left with. Not a single bad memory to have lingering around from the day!
I was welcomed so warmly, not just by Chloe & Sam but also their friends and family too. This makes such a huge difference not just to my pleasure of taking the photos during the day but also to the photos themselves. If people are relaxed around me then it always shows in my work from their day.
the grounds of the Gorse Hill Hotel provided us with plenty of space to play with when it came to the couples portraits and the interior of not only the ceremony room but also the rooms was filled with such flattering light.
Anyway enough of my photographer talk, here are some of the highlights from their day.