A fun and emotional Kirklevington Hall wedding with Rachel & Chris

I'd heard that Judges at Kirklevington was a great place for a wedding but I'd never had the chance to photograph it until Rachel and Chris chose it as their wedding venue.

Judges at Kirklevington Hall is a traditional country house hotel with rich fabrics and elegant rooms, set in mature, English gardens. 

It's just south of the pretty and well-heeled village of Yarm and not far from the North Yorkshire border, but you wouldn't believe that it is only five or six miles south of the industrial sprawl of Teesside. 

I took advantage of the rich history of the area for Rachel & Chris' Industrial pre-wedding session.

The North Yorkshire Moors and the east Yorkshire coast (Whitby) are only a 30 minute drive away, while the A19 close by connects it with Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle to the north.

The highlights of the wedding venue for me are the sweeping terrace, the gazebo (where Rachel and Chris' ceremony took place) and the 31 acres of idyllic, landscaped gardens and woodlands, graceful lawns that sweep down from the Hall’s sunny terraces to the tiny river, which meanders across the estate via waterfalls and under ornate bridges.

The weather looked dicey right up to the morning of the wedding with rain forecast on the day. Plan B was to hold the ceremony indoors but Rachel and Chris took a risk and went with their original plan to have the ceremony outside in the gazebo. It turned out to be the right choice, as other than an occasional light drizzle, it was dry and sunny.

This is one of the largest wedding blogs I've published and I still had a devil of a job reducing the whole wedding down to just 85 or so photographs. There were just too many photographs I loved, so deciding which ones to include was tough! I've included lots of photographs of the wedding ceremony in particular which was very emotional, and made me, a grizzled wedding veteran, well up. 

It was Chris' birthday on the wedding day and Rachel surprised him with a birthday cake before the speeches. He'll never have an excuse to forget his wedding anniversary!

One of the really cool things about this wedding, that I didn't find out about until recently - no-one else knew either - was that Rachel was in the very early stages of pregnancy during the wedding.

So welcome to the world Edward James - this is what your parents wedding looked like...

Supplier Shoutouts

Wedding venue: Judges at Kirklevington Hall

Wedding Dress: Bridal Factory Outlet

Bridesmaids: TFNC from ASOS

Groomsmen: Bakers Tailoring

Makeup: Rochelle Bates

Hair: Amy Tombling at All Dolled Up

Florist: Flowerhouse

Cake: Sugarcraft

DJ: For Every Event

Videography: Clermont Fellowes

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