A beautiful day filled with family, love and laughter
We shot Sarah & Phil’s wedding on the 18th of August 2017. It was our first time shooting at Holdsworth house in Halifax.
The day started with me covering bridal prep and Doug hanging out with the guys watching them swig port from the bottle whilst getting ready! The ceremony was the short and sweet, all done and dusted within 10 minutes! Possibly the shortest ceremony we’ve experienced so far!
Post-ceremony, the newlyweds got themselves a drink and had a little bit of time mingling with guests and saying their hellos and giving out lots of hugs! The minute the sun came out, we grabbed the happy couple and shot outside to get some shots of the two of them alone.
We were desperate to make the most of the break in the rain as it had absolutely thrown it down all morning accompanied by thick grey cloud… but clearly the flower girls’ rain dance she had been performing all morning had worked wonders! We managed to get a good solid hour and a half of blue sky and sunshine! The perfect amount of time to do couples shots and group shots.
After dinner and speeches, the wedding party headed back outside to make the most of the warm evening. Someone cracked out a cigar and it made the rounds, with almost every guest having a puff. We got a lot of cool smoking shots... it looked less like a wedding shoot and more like promo for a cigar company!
Then it was back inside once all evening guests had arrived for cutting of the cake and first dance. It was a fabulous and funny day, and a delight to photograph from start to finish.
Take a look at some highlights from Sarah & Phil’s day…
A rustic wedding in a Leeds brewery
We shot Jade & Sam’s wedding on Saturday 12th August and it’s the first wedding we’ve done where we weren’t required for the “getting ready” shots. So, it was all stations go when Jade walked around the corner towards us as we stood outside the Town Hall.
We snapped some gorgeous moments of Jade and her bridesmaids having big hugs before they made their way into Leeds Town Hall.
The ceremony was short and sweet and perfectly accompanied by some heart-warming readings. It was then out onto the steps at the front of the Town Hall for the classic confetti shot before we made our way to Northern Monk Brewery where the reception was to be held.
Once we arrived at the reception venue we made it our mission to shoot through the group shot list so that family could then go and get themselves a drink at the bar whilst we whisked the newlyweds off on a little walk down to the locks at Granary Wharf.
We got some shots of Jade and Sam alongside the canal and even on the lock bridge which made for some epic photo’s! It was then back to the venue where the atmosphere was relaxed and chilled as guests mingled before helping themselves to the buffet.
After the food and some gorgeous speeches, it was time for the cutting of the cake followed by the first dance.
Jade and Sam’s day showed their personalities off perfectly; from a theatrical, home-school-themed speech by 3 of the bridesmaids, to their vegan buffet, to their cool swing/Jazz playlist. It was hands down one of the coolest reception venues we’ve ever experience and a joy to be a part of.
Take a look at the highlights of their day…
A whippet in the woods...
We met Rouge and her ensemble (Rouge's mum Sam, Sam's partner & Sam's mum) in the Chevin car park at the end of July.
We set off on a long walk around the Chevin and immediately realised just how flippin' quick Rouge is! She darted around and played with other dogs as they passed and not a single one could keep up with her!
We had to be very quick in order to capture the right shot and not just a grey blur...(yes i deleted a lot of grey blurs when editing the photos!)
We had a couple of moments where she stopped and stood which allowed us to get some of our best shots.
After a nice long walk around the Chevin, plus her running from mum to dad and back again (in order for us to get an action shot), Rouge was suitably shattered and decided she'd have a rest. She lay down on the grass and was so perfectly still, so we jumped at this opportunity to get some chilled shots of her.
It wasn't the easiest pet photoshoot we've ever done, but we're really pleased with the images!
Take a look...
An unconventional wedding with incredible results...
Unique, alternative, intimate, relaxed. Just a few words to describe Abi & Marius' perfect day.
We shot their wedding on August 5th, and it couldn't have been a better day.
We woke up early and set off in Toy Story-style blue sky decorated with white fluffy clouds and a steadily climbing temperature.
I captured the bridal prep in a cosy home setting, the kitchen table covered in flowers and button holes that all the girls had stayed up until 1am making the night before. It was an easy going atmosphere with 6 people in total (including myself and the hair stylists & MUA), plus two adorable Cockapoo's!.
Doug went to see Marius at his flat where the guys were getting ready, and we all got to Leeds Town Hall for 11am. It was a beautiful ceremony in the Brodrick suite, followed by Abi and Marius being received by their guests with cheers and handfuls of lavender confetti out on the town hall steps. We took a small amount of group shots in the sunshine before heading across the road to Iberica for a drinks reception.
We then started on the couples shots of Abi and Marius and it was so nice not to be restricted to one setting! We walked from Iberica to Park Square, then onto Great George Street which is where Abi & Marius' live, then round the back of the old hospital to incorporate the "Where The Heart Is" letter lights. We snapped non-stop as we went which gave us such a good variety of poses and locations.
Nothing about their day was particularly "normal" or traditional, from Abi's grey and heavily beaded dress (think Great-Gatsby!), to the lack of an actual venue, plus a very modest amount of guests, and the wedding breakfast being replaced by a low-key meal later on that night.
Nevertheless, the day ran without a hitch (ha!), it was thoroughly enjoyable for everyone involved, and it showed off their personalities and who they are as a couple flawlessly. Not to mention the fact that Doug and I left on such a high from having total creative freedom, with two amazing people, in a beautiful city on a hot, sunny day.
Take a look at some of the highlights from the day:
A beautiful sunset engagement shoot ...
We had the pleasure of shooting Alice & Oliver's engagement shoot back in mid-june this year and what a shoot it was. The couple wanted something beautiful, local and that would be a stunning backdrop.. so we headed up to Ilkley Moor.
Hopefully you'll agree, the location ticked all the boxes.
It was a Sunday evening, and the whole day had been an absolute scorcher, and we were lucky enough to get the most stunning sunset whilst a comfortable, twenty-something degree temperature kept us warm.
We walked up to the top of the moor and started shooting, easing Alice & Oliver into it by getting them walking away from us to start with and telling them to just have a chat with each other. Once they were pretty comfortable and un-phased by us both snapping away, we moved on to some of the slightly more posed shots. They absolutely rocked the shoot, giving us beautiful smiles and having a laugh the whole time.
I think for anyone who has been tempted to have an engagement shoot - do it!
It's such a good practise run before the big day and the most important part is that you get on with your photographer and you love the images. Having an engagement shoot is an excellent way of making sure you've selected the right person to capture your day... and if for any reason you feel uncomfortable or you don't like your shots, re-think your photographers!
They are going to be such a big part of such a special day for you and you will be in contact with them for roughly a two-year period.. and if you don't get along.. that's going to be hard work!
Some couples have an engagement shoot only a couple of months prior to the wedding, and some people do it years in advance. The advantage to having your shoot so far in advance is that you have the option to use one of your engagement images for your "save the date" cards or even your invites.
To book an engagement shoot with us - hit the "Contact Us" button at the bottom of the page!
East Riddlesden, beautiful people, sunshine
What an incredible wedding!
We shot Amy & Matt's wedding on the 3rd of June and could not have possibly wished for a better day.
It was an early start, we arrived at the hotel to capture the "getting ready" shots at 8:30 am. The stunning wedding make up was done by Charlotte at Bespoke Beauty & Bridal! The rooms were filled with that excited buzz and tension that I love before a big day. All the bridesmaids were doing an excellent job keeping cool and calm and the bride looked at ease, sat flicking through a scrap book her best friend had made for her. Once everyone was looking stunning and ready and raring to go, it was off to the venue.
The day got sunnier and warmer as it went on and it made for perfect wedding weather. The ceremony was an early one, kicking off at 11:30. It was short and sweet, full of love and laughter and set the bar for the rest of the day.
Post-ceremony we took Matt and Amy off for a little wonder around the grounds of the beautiful East Riddlesden Hall and got some shots of just the two of them. Not only did this allow us to capture some gorgeous moments with the newlyweds, but it also gave them chance to have a breather and a chat in private (except for us pointing cameras at them the whole time).
Their couples shoot was followed with group shots and then it was on to the wedding breakfast, speeches and then a little break before evening guests arrived. Not only was there 21 degree heat to keep everyone outside, sipping drinks in the sunshine, but there were also garden games which proved to be a hit with kids and adults alike!
As the evening went on there was a surprise for the groom (his recorded version of Angels by Robbie Williams played for everyone), a classic sparkler tunnel, cake cutting, and of course, the first dance.
We enjoyed every minute of Amy & Matt's day and feel so very thankful to have been asked to be a part of it.
Below is a small selection of shots from their day.. Enjoy!
Wedding chic meets rustic...with an element of farming!...
We shot Beth & Matt’s wedding in mid-November last year.
I had the privilege of going to the family home complete with farm (with lambs and pigs and everything!) to capture the bridal party getting ready, whilst Doug went to Beth & Matt’s house where the guys were doing their preparations.
The house was full of the excited wedding morning buzz that I absolutely love. The girls were busy with hair, make up, and dresses, but still managed to have a few cheeky glasses of fizz to calm the nerves!
Once most of the bridal prep was done, Beth’s dad came in and literally stopped in his tracks when he saw his little girl all dressed up. A huge grin spread across his face and there was a big cuddle before he then hopped in his tractor (yes in his suit!), which was pulling a large trailer full of seats, which would be used to take the guests from the church to The Normans.
Little did we know that whilst I was snapping away as the car arrived and Beth was doing final touches to make up, Doug and the boys had all piled out of the defender in a field to fix a broken electric fence on their way to the church!
The ceremony was beautiful, the church magnificent, and the whole thing finished off with the vicar getting a selfie with the entire wedding party in the background!
When we reached The Normans, we whisked Beth & Matt away for some couples shots, as we wanted to get them done before the light had gone, and we had just about finished all the group shots before it got completely pitch black!
The rest of the day went smoothly, with good food, hilarious speeches, and a packed dance floor!
We had a fantastic time shooting this wedding and were lucky enough to be treated to a delicious bit of hog roast at the end of the night!
Take a look at some of the highlights from their day…
Simplicity at it's best...
Like the best cake recipes, I have now discovered the perfection that is an "all-in-one" wedding. Basically meaning, everything is in one place.
We had the fantastic opportunity to capture Kayleigh & Paul's wedding on bonfire night in November, and this was one such "combined" wedding.
Everything ran smoothly, everyone was chilled, there was so much smiling and laughter and not a nervous face in sight! It was just a pleasure to capture on camera from start to finish.
I followed the bride and bridesmaids in the morning which was a breeze. It was relaxed, the bride managed to facetime her sister (all the way over in New York), there were gorgeous gifts exchanged, a very proud a tearful mum, and once again, I had the pleasure of the company of my wonderful sister, Emily who was doing the make up.. check her our here >> Luxe Beauty Lounge
Doug was with the guys pre-ceremony, another easy few hours. Lots of laughter, great photo opportunities of the guys getting ready, and a very proud father! As bride prep takes a little longer, Doug took the groom and groomsmen out into the grounds of The Priory Cottages and got some amazing walking shots and some seriously bromantic shots of the groom and best man.
The ceremony was beautiful and simple, with great readings and a truly, truly wonderful couple making their vows. The speeches were gorgeous and moving and the food was delicious! (Yes.. they were generous enough to feed us.. love it when that happens!) The venue was great, helpful and wonderful in every way, and it was the touch of all the little extra details carefully thought out by Kayleigh & Paul that really made a difference.
They got married at The Priory Cottages, Wetherby, which is the ultimate venue for this kind of approach to a big day. They have gorgeous cottages surrounding the main building where ceremony, dinner and dancing.. and most likely anything else you should wish to include... can be held.
So the day was fuss-free, travel free, and just really really lovely and convenient. The wedding party spent the night in the cottages before the wedding, which meant everyone was there, up and getting ready on time! There was actually loads of time to spare as there was no travelling to the ceremony venue (which was perfect for us as it gave us lots of time for more picture-taking!), and then it was out of the door, walk 10 steps, into the building and upstairs for the ceremony.
The venue has a lovely relaxed and sociable feel to it, which was perfect for everyone to mingle around whilst we whisked the newlyweds off for their pictures, and then it was extremely easy for guests o filter through into the dining and dancing areas.
Other perks meant that there was no travel worry, you could quickly nip back to the room to re-apply lippy etc. The bride and groom didn't have to worry about a thing. And we didn't have to travel from house to church to venue which free's up soooo much extra time!
So there we go, I would urge anyone planning a wedding to consider this kind of approach and save yourself, probably a fair chunk of money but also the huge headache that can come with the "traditional" set up.
It was an all round perfect day and a joy to be a part of. Here's to Mr & Mrs Revely!
See our highlights from the day below!:
Why weddings can be low-key, low budget... and absolutely fantastic!
Last week I photographed a beautifully small, understated and intimate wedding ceremony at Leeds Town Hall.
The couple, Liz & Paul, weren't even going to have a photographer initially because the ceremony was going to be very small, and very quick. Luckily for me, Liz's best friend talked her into it... and I got the booking!
I do think it's so important, no matter what the circumstances, that you at least get some professional snaps of your big day!
There were a grand total of 4 people at the wedding, bride and groom included! It was at 4pm in Leeds Town Hall on a Wednesday, and was over, knot-tied, within 30 minutes!
I got there early to scope out the town hall, and found to my disappointment, that the whole of the front of the town hall, was covered in scaffolding, meaning I couldn't make use of those beautiful pillars. But that didn't spoil the photo's! We made use of the gorgeous grand doors as you can see in the picture above on the right, and found some other great little places for more shots.
The couple and their witnesses/best friends we're a pleasure to deal with from start to finish and it really made me see the beauty of having such a small and understated wedding.
The lucky couple & friends were then jetting off to Naples two days later to surprise other friends and family with their secret ceremony!
It was a relaxed, hilarious and beautiful ceremony. Proof that you don't need to spend £30k. Just include the right people and focus on the love. x
Not a costume in sight... phew!
We shot a halloween wedding back in 2015 and I haven't really written about it since.
We had the privilege of capturing Rob & Stacey's wedding, at The Old Barn in, Esholt, West Yorkshire on the 31st of October 2015, and what a wedding it was!
My main memories from the day are, food, drink, and most important, lots of love and laughter. What more do you need for the perfect wedding?!
Doug followed Rob and the groomsmen, all of whom were rugby-playing 6ft some guys with a serious appetite for all things alcoholic, and a really good time! They treated Doug to some lovely shots of them half naked, popping champagne, and then he managed to get some seriously cool shots of all the guys strolling purposefully towards the pub, where the spent a couple of hours pre-ceremony!
I spent the morning with Stacey and her bridesmaids. A little less boisterous as you can imagine, but a perfect buzzing atmosphere as bridesmaids and flower girls began their preparations. Stacey was 6 months pregnant at the time so it was less champagne, more tea and bacon butty's! Another special touch for me was having my wonderful sister, Emily, by my side doing the girl's make-up - check her out here >> Luxe Beauty Lounge
These guys are quite possibly two of the most chilled people we've ever met and certainly the most relaxed couple on the big day! It was a great day, the wedding cars (2 defenders and a discovery all decorated with white ribbon) looked fantastic, the venue was decorated beautifully with a gorgeous dark blue colour scheme and twinkling fairy lights to boot. Each table was named after a beer or ale, there was wine on each table, the bottles done with personalised labels! Each of the wedding VIP's got a little easel and board with their honorary title and a few kind words. There was a particularly enlightening and exposing speech courtesy of the best man... finished off with some life-size cardboard cut-out's of the groom! And we managed to capture the newlywed couple in a lovely dusky light before a serious party session to finish.
A wonderful day that we were thrilled to be a part of, but let's let the images speak for themselves and tell the story properly...
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