Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Harewood House Wedding Photographer | Liane and Andy

Our first of a three wedding weekend saw us as Harewood House wedding photographers, for Liane and Andy, a lovely couple who booked us on recommendation. They were told that we would make the most of the backdrops this beautiful stately home has to offer and we were delighted to have the opportunity to photograph a wedding there. 

Wedding photography at Yorkshire stately homes has one thing in common it seems. Weddings are held late in the day, when members of the public have left and when the estate is closed.  If there is one disadvantage to this it is that wedding photographers at Harewood House have very limited time to fit everything in but the advantages are that the locations available are breathtaking and the wedding party have use of the grounds just for themselves for a few hours.  As the inside of the house was out of bounds and the wedding very much based around the gardens, terrace and courtyard, it goes without saying that we were hoping for the weather to be kind to us and we weren't disappointed. It was a warm and sunny day and being July, we had the benefit of longer daylight hours, pretty important when a wedding takes place at 4 pm.   

We arrived at Liane's parents' home where hair dressing and make-up were in full swing. Liane had chosen a beautiful and very elegant dress and her bouquet was something really special.  She and her mum had spent many hours on this gorgeous creation, made not with flowers but with buttons and beads from Liane's grandma's button box.  A true labour of love.

Our next stop was at Harewood House where the boys arrived to meet us and if anything, it was a bit too sunny, although we feel guilty for saying this as it's much better than the wet stuff we see so much of!  We found some shade for photographs of Andy and his attendants in a field just off the courtyard and kept a nervous groom occupied for a while before we turned our attention to waiting for Liane's arrival with her dad and bridesmaids and the start of the civil ceremony.

Everyone walked the short distance to the terrace for the drinks reception.  This is a spectacular location with steps up to the house and beautiful borders full of flowers.  It was a great place to photograph the groups before we left everyone to enjoy the sunshine whilst we were treated to a ride in a golf buggy which took us, Liane and Andy and all our gear down to the lakeside for some quiet time and couple photographs.  This area has several lovely spots for photographs and the time we had flew by all too quickly. With time almost up we piled back onto the golf buggy for the ride up to the front of Harewood House for a few must have images featuring this wonderful stately home.  

We delivered the new Mr and Mrs Cowell back to a champagne toast and a warm welcome from their guests before a hog roast was served.  This was a lovely relaxed and informal summer wedding.  The couple had decided against formalities such as speeches and first dance, preferring to relax in the late evening sunshine with their guests.  We really appreciate being recommended to them and we had a very enjoyable day.  Looking through the images, we're delighted with the results and hope that Liane and Andy love them as much as we do.

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