Sunday, 5 August 2012

Monk Fryston Hall Weddings and Wedding Photography | Elizabeth and Gareth

As Monk Fryston Hall wedding photographers, we were looking forward to returning to this lovely wedding venue which is fairly local to us, to photograph Elizabeth and Gareth's reception, but our first stop of the day was some distance away at the couple's house in Liversedge where the girls were getting ready.  Elizabeth had let us into a secret that hers was a big dress and wow, was it spectacular!

After spending some time documenting hair being twirled and make-up being applied, we left in plenty of time to meet the boys who we knew would be arriving in a VW camper van. Arriving a little earlier than they did meant that we could photograph the Scottish piper playing outside the church before starting the boys' photographs.  St Peter's Chuch, Hartshead has such a happy and friendly vicar and a very interesting history.  It is the church where Patrick Bronte was minister before the family moved to Haworth and legend has it that the strange old tree in the churchyard was the one from which Robin Hood cut wood to make his arrows.

Elizabeth arrived with her proud dad and with almost no restrictions imposed by the vicar, we were able to capture the ceremony from both the front and the back of the church. Having two qualified professional wedding photographers makes such a difference to the coverage of a wedding.  Not only can we be in two places at once when we need to be, working together means we can also photograph the group session much more quickly than a single photographer can.

It was certainly a very windy day and the location of the church, high up and surrounded by open fields meant that there was little shelter from the gusts.  The ladies definitely had to hang on to their hats!  However, it wasn't raining which is always a bonus but because it was so windy, our plans to photograph the family groups at the church door had to be shelved in favour of waiting until we arrived at Monk Fryston Hall as we suspected that it would offer more shelter.  There were a couple of special images which Elizabeth and Gareth had asked for before we left and despite the strong winds we got the confetti shots and images featuring the church and the tree for them before we set off to the reception venue. 

We arrived to glorious sunshine and a gentle breeze.  It seemed like a completely different day enabling us to get on with photographing the groups and the couple with their car and camper van.  Generous timings meant a relaxed drinks reception and plenty of time for photographs.  Absolutely perfect!

When we met Elizabeth and Gareth for their venue consultation they told us that they love arty, quirky images and also that they had a very special guest called Minty coming to their wedding.  Apparently he goes everywhere with them and just had to be included in some of the images.  See if you can spot him.

The new Mr and Mrs Ainley were lots of fun and an absolute pleasure to work with and their enthusiasm for trying anything we suggested was infectious, resulting in some fabulous images which we are very proud of.  A second photo session after the wedding breakfast meant that we could explore some of the areas around Monk Fryston Hall which are a bit further away and Elizabeth and Gareth were still very excited about trying out some different ideas and poses.  Minty was left out of those images though!  

Thank you Elizabeth and Gareth for choosing us to photograph your wonderful wedding day.  You guys are going to have a spectacular album!

To book us as your Monk Fryston Hall wedding photographers, please call us to check our availability first on 01977 730159

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