Zoë & Ed's pre-wedding sunset shoot in North Yorkshire

I combined Zoë and Ed's pre-wedding session in North Yorkshire, on the border of the North Yorkshire Moors, with scouting out their wedding venue.

We met in the tiny village of Over Silton to visit the church which is accessed over a gate and through a field full of cows. Nestled in the valley, St. Mary's church is a tiny Norman / Saxon era building, which has no electricity and will be lit by candlelight on the wedding day. It is a beautiful location to be married and should be wonderful to photograph.

From there, we drove through the winding single lane roads to the farm where Zoë and Ed's reception will be held. Here I was met by Zoe's mam, and by Poppy the dog who was evidently very excited to see me. After a tour around the farm, and picking out some night portrait locations we had a cup of tea and then headed out once more.

Poppy joined us for a hike into the hills and to explore the forest. The higher we climbed the better the views got. We didn't quite get the dramatic light we were hoping for (I got a brief glimpse of that while driving home - isn't that always the way?) but we got some nice, natural photographs. Zoë and Ed told me the story of their engagement which took place on this very walk and the reason why they chose this location for their pre-wedding shoot.

One of the reasons I like photographing couples before their wedding is getting to know them better, building up some trust, and letting them see how I work. Once they see the finished photographs they have a much better idea of how their wedding will feel being in front of the camera all day, and working so closely alongside me as I capture their day.

Of course, there is a lot more posed photography on a couples shoot than at a wedding. We have more time of course, and there are no guests or other wedding suppliers and their timetables to keep to. 95% of my wedding day photographs are documentary style and completely candid and unposed, with just short times set aside for group photos and bride and groom portraits. 

So thanks to Zoë and Ed for showing me their wonderful part of the world. I can't wait to return for their wedding! 

To see more couples photography, and some real weddings from Yorkshire, take a look at my Yorkshire weddings page.