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Ripley Castle Wedding Photographer // Lindsay and Ian

bride and groom in front of riplery castle by ripley castle wedding photographer

Hazel Manor

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.

Documentary Style

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.

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Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AY. 01423 770152

Northorpe Hall Wedding Photography // Helen and Stephen

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…

 


Don’t Tell The Bride Wedding Photography // Holly & Anthony

Don’t Tell The Bride Wedding Photography

Last night a new series of BBC Three’s super popular wedding series Don’t Tell The Bride started, which prompted me to look back on last years wedding between Holly and Anthony Richardson, my very own Don’t Tell The Bride wedding!

It was a long day, with the service at Stapleford Park and the reception at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Anthony’s into all things space you see. I’m sure you know the premise of the show, girl and boy leave each other for 3 weeks, boy plans wedding of his dreams with £15,000, girl has no say at all. Car crash TV!

I’ve looked at plenty of fellow photographers who have also covered a Don’t Tell The Bride wedding and the general consensus is that working around a 10 strong film crew is challenging. Coupled with the breaks for filming, the day is a long one, the first dance wasn’t until midnight! However, I loved it. I’m a fan of the show, as it proves the only thing you need on your wedding day are your friends, family and each other. No matter what setting the groom picks, the brides always love their day and it was no different with Holly and Anthony.

My video from the day is here.

Don't Tell The Bride wedding Holly and Anthony