It was exciting when Helen and Stephen chose me to shoot their Northorpe Hall wedding photography in August 2013 as it meant a trip back to my home town of Mirfield for their wedding day. This was the first wedding I have photographed in Mirfield and, despite having lived there for over 25 years, I’d never been to Northorpe Hall. It turns out it’s a lovely wedding venue, but more about that in a bit.
The day started, as usual, with Helen at her house for the bridal preparation. Time went by very quickly and before I knew it we were on our way to St John The Evangelist Church in Upper Hopton (that’s the posh part of Mirfield!) Now I live in Lancashire I always think the weather seems ten times better in Yorkshire, and on this occasion I was right! The Church is very small and quite dark, which makes shooting a wedding a little tricky. However Reverend Helen Butler was absolutely brilliant, she allowed me access to the ‘off limits’ section of the church and pretty much allowed me to get on with it, as long as I didn’t use flash (which I never do in any service!) the Nikon’s (including my new Nikon D800) were pushed to their limits, but as always, they produced the goods.
After the service the guests were collected by a vintage double decker bus and we all made our way to Northorpe Hall. Like I said, this was my first time visiting and what a lovely wedding venue! It’s a converted barn, huge roof, exposed beams, and it looks great for wedding photos! Helen and Stephen didn’t want a traditional wedding celebration, in their words, they wanted a party. Guests (and me) we’re treated to a huge hog roast before a very quick 10 minutes of couple shots just prior to the speeches. Helen told me there wasn’t going to be a first dance, and despite my best efforts to convince her otherwise (it would have looked lovely in the barn as the sun went down), she stuck to her ‘nothing traditional’ guns. As someone who advocates breaking the wedding rules, I can’t really complain!
Here’s Helen and Steven’s Northorpe Hall Wedding Photography. Music by Sigur Ros, photos by me…