Yorkshire wedding photography with Rebecca and Ben
Although I'm based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and my usual patches are Newcastle, Northumberland and Durham, I photograph weddings all over the UK at no extra travel cost. Since I began photographing weddings four years ago I've photographed weddings in the Lake District, Yorkshire and have forthcoming weddings in Scotland and Stratford.
Rebecca and Ben's wedding was based in West Yorkshire and was one of the longest wedding days I have worked, combining multiple locations, a wicked party, and the highest number of photographs I have delivered so far (987 - my usual number is between 500 and 700 for a full day).
The wedding began eventfully when I arrived at my Airbnb accommodation the night before. My host wasn't there to meet me so I let myself in with a key hidden in a welly by the door. It was a maze of a house, dilapidated, with peeling paint and stuff, everywhere. I got the feeling that the owner, who I later found out was a creative and did wedding photography in her own right, simply painted a painting to cover an area that needed cleaning or decorating. Subsequently the house was absolutely covered from floor to ceiling in paintings.
You know that bit near the end of Silence of the Lambs when Clarice visits the house of the suspect and one glimpse of his home tells her that he is the serial killer? That scene was running through my head as I went upstairs in the dark to find my bedroom. A guy loomed from an open doorway and told me he didn't live there but could show me where the shared bathroom was. I slept with the bedroom door locked and was up and away to the wedding before anyone else in the house was awake.
The first location of the day was Rebecca's parent's house where bridal prep was taking place. Their home is located on the steepest residential street I have ever experienced in my life (and I've been to San Francisco!). God knows how they cope in the winter. After getting my new car boxed in and having to reverse down a long, narrow drive, I was off on a short but confusing drive down narrow country lanes across the valley to the groom's house.
The getting ready space was tight as you can see in the photos below, but it did mean that I got to know everyone very quickly. I did photograph Ben in his under crackers and delivered that photo in the set, but I've refrained from publishing that photo in this blog. I'll save that one for Instagram ;)
I left Ben to go back to Rebecca, knowing the way this time. The wedding dress was on and the excitement and anticipation of the day was rising nicely.
Cranking off my hand brake, which was nearly through the roof as I'd parked on the steep road rather than get stuck on the narrow driveway again, I set off for the church at Brockholes.
In my scouting trip I'd been unable to meet Rev Liam Beadle, so it was with some relief I found him to be an amiable chap, with a wry sense of humour and a laid back attitude to photography during the wedding ceremony.
The ceremony went well with lots of laughter and emotion, and the weather held so I managed to get some nice shots in the bag before I was off to the next location.
Bagden Hall was the reception venue and I arrived here mid afternoon, seven or so working hours gone and another eight or so to go, but palpably relieved to be in one place for the rest of the day. We got some nice, traditional shots of the bride and groom with the wedding car in front of the hall, then a raft of group shots outside, which thankfully the weather was perfect for - dry and cloudy.
After the wedding breakfast and speeches it was portrait time, and it was lovely to have a stroll around the grounds with Rebecca and Ben, where we discovered a pond with a fountain and a Victorian folly. Feeling recharged I was ready to tackle the first dance and party, and what a party it was! One of the reasons I don't like to restrict myself to a fixed number of hours any more is that I was going home just as things were kicking off and I felt like I was missing out on getting some awesome photos and only telling part of the story of the day.
I've photographed weddings where the same four people are on the dance floor all night, and there's nothing new to photograph by 9:30 so I head home. Tonight, I was still on the dance floor at 11:30pm and it was jumping. I really wished I could have had a drink myself, but the next best thing was to get loads of photographs of everyone enjoying themselves and cutting loose.
Sadly I couldn't drink because I had one last drive, back to my Airbnb accommodation. I was too tired to care if I got murdered in my sleep as I fell into bed satisfied I'd worked as hard as I possibly could to capture an action packed wedding day.
Wedding ceremony venue: St. George's Church, Brockholes
Wedding reception venue: Bagden Hall
Wedding Dress: Blush Boutique
Florist: Woo 'b' woo
Hair & makeup: Anna Stephenson
Music: Graeme Cox
Wedding Cake: Gingerbread Lane
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alison Jane Bridal
Groomsmen attire: Carl Stuart Bespoke Tailors
If you haven't had enough of Rebecca and Ben, you can see more of them on their Peak District pre-wedding sunset session.
Are you getting married soon in Yorkshire, or anywhere else in the UK for that matter? If so contact me and see if I'm free to be your wedding photographer.