Thursday, 29 July 2010

Wedding photographers West Yorkshire

Wedding photography at Scaitcliffe Hall, Todmorden for Claire and Sam on 24 July 2010

This year has been fantastic for us as wedding photographers in West Yorkshire, with some interesting new venues and some amazing couples!  Today we had the pleasure of working with Claire and Sam and capturing their civil ceremony and celebrations afterwards at Scaitcliffe Hall in Todmorden.

As Claire and Sam's wedding ceremony was scheduled for 3 pm, this meant a slightly later than usual start, so at lunch time we caught up with the girls who were all getting ready at the couple's home in Hebden Bridge.  The name of Claire's perfume sums up her look perfectly!

Next we met up with Sam and best man Ben at Scaitcliffe Hall.  Toastmaster Michael was a great help with making everything run smoothly, including fixing buttonholes and cravats as well as giving us a little bit of interesting history about the venue.

Claire's arrival in a 1950s Jaguar.  She looked just beautiful and what a fabulous dress!

Following the ceremony and the small number of group shots requested by the couple, we made the most of the gorgeous architecture for backdrops for the new Mr and Mrs Johnson's pictures.    

Claire and the girls, Lou, Ros, Michelle and Lauren - and a fit of giggles!

A bridal portrait with a difference which really suited Claire and her very individual style - stunning!

After dinner and speeches, we joined Claire and Sam inside Scaitcliffe Hall for some romantic shots on the lovely staircase.

The first dance...

Thank you Claire and Sam for a fantastic day.  We hope you are enjoying your honeymoon and we look forward to working with you in the studio very soon for Claire's bridal boudior photography session.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Hazlewood Castle wedding photographers

Wedding photography at Aldborough church, Boroughbridge and Hazlewood Castle in Yorkshire on 17 July 2010 for Kate and Chris

As Yorkshire wedding photographers, we were delighted to return to Hazlewood Castle for the second Saturday in a row for the wedding reception and celebrations of Kate and Chris following their marriage at the picturesque Aldborough Church in Boroughbridge near York, but our first stop of the day was at Kate's dad, Tony's house where the girls were getting ready.  Bridesmaid Hayley obliged as make-up artist for Kate who looked amazing.  As the girls were doing their make-up in the same room as we were taking photographs of Kate's gorgeous Pronuptia gown and accessories, there was lots of chatting and laughter which made for a very enjoyable hour or so.

Next stop was just down the road to meet the boys at the church.  Unfortunately, it was raining by this point but the boys didn't let it dampen their spirits and they were happy to have a few photographs outside under our white brollies!

The rain hadn't exactly stopped for Kate's arrival either, but it had slowed to a fine drizzle.  Kate took it all in her stride, beaming through the window of the beautiful Bentley she and Tony had arrived in.

Aldborough church is beautiful inside and we were able to photograph from the back as Kate and Chris tied the knot.  The drizzle had almost stopped in time for their exit as husband and wife and the pathway which leads from the church door to their waiting car made a great location for the confetti throwing before the new Mr and Mrs Stephenson made their journey to Hazlewood Castle.

A champagne reception and canapes awaited the guests and although it was breezy, the rain had finally stopped - perfect timing for Kate and Chris's arrival.

The Great Hall was dressed in a lovely purple and white colour scheme, courtesy of a friend of Kate's who travelled all the way from London to decorate the room for her.

Hazlewood Castle is one of those wedding venues where you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing locations for photographs.  Kate and Chris were such an amazing couple to work with, very relaxed and very enthusiastic about their photographs.  Today was the culmination of a romance that had been conducted long distance, with Chris in America and Kate in England for long periods of time, making this a very special day to be part of.

A wedding in the height of summer with long hours of daylight, good weather (eventually!) one of the best wedding venues in Yorkshire and a fantastic, romantic couple!

 Beautiful Kate in the Elderflower Suite...

After we had captured Kate and Chris's first dance, he insisted that we should be on a photograph with them.  We're not usually on THAT side of the camera but thank you guys - it was a privilege to share your day.  We look forward to meeting up with you on your return from honeymoon and to seeing your wedding images brought together in a gorgeous storybook wedding album.  We also wish you every happiness when you start your new lives in America.

Wedding photographer Hazlewood Castle, Yorkshire

Wedding photography at Hazlewood Castle, Yorkshire for Natalie and Chris on 10 July 2010

As weddings  photographers for Hazlewood Castle, it was our pleasure to join Natalie and Chris as they tied the knot in an early morning civil ceremony in the Victoria Room, accompanied by close family and friends.  Following a few photographs outside with Natalie wearing the first of two gorgeous dresses and Chris looking very smart in suit number one, the couple went their separate ways to get ready for their blessing in the beautiful chapel of St Leonard.  As we knew that this was to be conducted by the Reverend Ian Walton, we were really looking forward to capturing this very special part of Natalie and Chris's day.  Ian is such a pleasure to work with and he knows that the photographs capturing the ceremony are so important to the couple. 

We gatecrashed Joy and Rob's, Natalie's parents' room, to photograph Natalie's stunning gown number two and her accessories.  It was a haven of peace and tranquility compared to the hive of activity going on in the room where the girls were getting ready.  It was really nice chatting with Joy and Rob whilst we completed these photographs.  We loved Natalie's bouquet of white gerberas with black and yellow centres, studded with pink diamantes - a hint at the elegant black, white and pink colour scheme she had chosen.

Next we took the short trip across the hall the Chris's room to photograph him getting ready with best man Mark before heading off outside into the courtyard to spend some time with the boys together.

With the boys' shots taken care of, we returned to Natalie to find her almost ready for her descent down the staircase on the arm of proud dad Rob.  She looked just gorgeous!

Ian's lovely, personal blessing of Natalie and Chris's marriage and a slight hiccup with the unity candle which resulted in some giggles! 

Some very impressive confetti throwing!!

After we'd finished the group shots in the courtyard, we enjoyed a stroll with Natalie and Chris around the fabulous grounds of Hazlewood Castle, choosing a few locations for their pictures.  Hazlewood Castle is a wedding photographer's paradise, as well as a newly married couple's! 

A Private Dining photograph was really important to Natalie.  We were delighted to oblige.

The girls were up for some fun...

Beautiful Natalie in her beautiful gown!

With the photographs of the Great Hall set up for the wedding breakfast, the lovely little details captured and the before dinner speeches in the can, we left everyone to enjoy dinner.

One of our favourite parts of the day is after dinner when we can spend some time around the venue taking some romantic shots.  Natalie and Chris joined us outside, the sun had gone down, the wind had dropped and we spent a relaxed half hour with them creating some romantic images featuring the castle in the background.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Wilson for choosing us to capture your big day at one of the lovelist wedding venues in Yorkshire.  You were fantastic company and we had a fantastic day with you, your families and friends.  We look forward to designing your amazing storybook wedding album

Monday, 12 July 2010

Pet photographer in West Yorkshire

Finn Holley's first photo shoot

This is Finn.  Isn't he gorgeous?  He's the pride of joy of Faye and Ken, who's wedding we photographed at Hazlewood Castle in February this year.  At only twelve weeks' old, he's such a well behaved little chap and so intelligent.  Aaaah!!!!!  It was so lovely to see Faye and Ken again.  We had an amazing day photographing their wedding and they are an amazing couple who have become friends.  What a privilege it was to be their wedding photographers and to meet their delightful little guy! 

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Wedding photographer Waterton Park, Walton, Wakefield

Wedding photography at Waterton Park and Walton Hall for Sarah and Thomas on 3 July 2010

It was a pleasure and a privilege to be invited to capture the wedding celebrations of Sarah as she married Tom in a civil ceremony at Waterton Park, followed by a reception over the bridge at Walton Hall.  We'd really been looking forward to their big day!

Arriving at Waterton Park early, we were greeted by our beautiful bubbly bride and a couple of other familiar faces - bridesmaid Emma, who is getting married next month and bridesmaid Katherine, who very kindly recommended us to Sarah.  Sarah and Emma have been planning their weddings together, sharing ideas and visiting wedding fairs, stopping off to see us on more than one occasion.  Seeing their happy, smiling faces and chatting about their plans has been wonderful.

So, there was a lot of activity as well as a lot of laughter in the room as the girls got ready.  Sarah had treated herself to some very special shoes - wow!  They were something of a talking point amongst the female guests!


We were let into a secret.  Sarah had a bit of a surprise up her sleeve for Tom - she'd hired special car and a lady chauffeur so that Tom could arrive in style.

After completing the photographs of the boys, we returned to Sarah where we captured a few shots as her gorgeous dress was laced up, before she made her way downstairs on the arm of proud grandad, Billy, who accompanied her up the aisle to join her husband to be.

After the ceremony and confetti, everyone made the short journey over the bridge to enjoy the drinks reception whilst we completed the group photographs.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches, the bridal party joined us outside for some fun.  Guys, you were stars!

We were really looking forward to working with Sarah and Tom to create some special images for them after the wedding breakfast and it has to be said, they were an absolute joy to work with.  Sarah's beautiful smile shone all day and the couple's happy personalities and enthusiasm for their photographs was infectious. We loved the time we spent with them.

It was still daylight when the new Mr and Mrs Cass took to the dance floor.  A fantastic day, a lovely venue and the most amazing couple who are just made for eachother.  Thank you so much Sarah and Tom for giving us the opportunity to capture your special day.





Sunday, 4 July 2010

Wedding photographer York

Wedding photography in York for Sara and Matthew at St Chad's on the Knavesmire and the Marriott Hotel, York on 26 June 2010

Sara booked us to photograph her wedding almost two years ago after a chat over the phone.  We didn't actually meet her and hubby to be Matthew until much later but we are very humbled that Sara trusted us enough to book us for her special day without even meeting us! 

Our first port of call on the hottest day of the year so far was the room in the Marriott Hotel in York where Sara was having her make-up applied.  With Sara, three bridesmaids, a mum, a dad, a mum in law to be, a hairdresser, a make-up artist, the lady from the wedding dress shop, plus Sara and Matt's very cute five year old son, Matthew, all in one room, there wasn't much room to move around!  We tucked ourselves into a corner to photograph Sara's accessories and her gorgeous Sophia Tolli gown which she had ordered from France two years ago - what a stunner it was!

Our next stop was at St Chad's on the Knavesmire, which was a new venue for us.  The interior is light and bright and we knew we'd get some really good shots from the back.  With Matthew and his attendants' photographs in the bag, we were able to capture some images of a very special little person with a very important job - Matthew, the ring bearer.

Sara arrived with her very proud mum, Ruby, who had the privilege of giving her beautiful daughter away.  After a lovely ceremony and an impressive display of confetti outside the church, we returned to the Marriott Hotel for the reception where we took care of the small number of groups which Sara and Matthew had requested.

As Yorkshire wedding photographers, we know that the Marriott Hotel has some really great areas inside for photographs!

A stunning bride in a stunning dress!

The finale to the couple's special day was their first dance and a balloon drop.  Mr and Mrs Douglas are now enjoying a fabulous honeymoon in the Bahamas and Las Vegas.  Congratulations and thank you Sara and Matt!