I have twitter to thank for booking this wedding. Lindsay and Ian were planning their wedding at Ripley Castle and whilst browsing twitter saw Mary and Jon’s wedding from May 2013. Lindsay got in touch, we met up and they booked me to be their Ripley Castle wedding photographer. You’ve got to love social media!
Lindsay and Ian were my first wedding of 2014, and it was good to get back into the wedding world after a few weeks off. Bridal preparation was at Hazel Manor, a 5 star B&B about a mile from the Castle. I’ve actually stayed at Hazel Manor with Mrs T on a weekend mini-break before. It’s a great B&B. Warm hosts Janet and Paul have created a beautiful guest house and I can personally vouch for their awesome Yorkshire breakfast! It also provides a great backdrop to the bridal prep photos. Lindsay’s iPod provided the soundtrack to a relaxed morning of bridal prep and I got some great photos of Lindsay as Lauren Sally worked her bridal make up magic!
Ripley Castle Wedding Photographer
After a couple of hours getting ready I made the short drive up to Ripley castle. I really love being a Ripley Castle wedding photographer. It’s a cracking wedding venue. Beautifully decorated, you’ve got to be quick to get your wedding booked in there as it is super popular, with a waiting list of around two years! It’s popular for good reason too as the team there are slick. They manage weddings superbly, everything runs like clockwork, which is great for me as I know exactly how the day is going to pan out. The castle also looks fantastic in photos and we had to get the classic Ripley Castle photo from the lake, even though it was a little muddy! However, we’d planned this in advance and we’d all brought our wellies. Lindsay putting her bright pink wellies on amused the guests before we made our way down to the lake where we got some great couple shots.
On our way back to the reception we managed to pop into the Castle and grab my favourite photo of the day. It’s the one where Lindsay is looking out of the window and Ian is in the background checking his pocket watch. It was an unusual shot for me as it was totally staged, but the setting and lighting screamed out for a posed shot and I am delighted with how it came out. Although I much more of a documentary style of Ripley Castle wedding photographer, there’s nothing wrong mixing it up every now and again with one or two posed formal shots. as long as they are quickly set up and shot.
So here’s Lindsay and Ian’s Ripley Castle wedding photography.
Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AY. 01423 770152