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December 29th 2007 - Richard and Melanie - Wedding, Oulton Hall Rothwell, Leeds

The final wedding of the year for me was also the smallest with 15 guests, the intimate wedding took place in the library at Oulton Hall late Saturday afternoon.

An informal drinks reception followed in the Calverley Bar where we  headed out in the darkness to take photos of Melanie and Richard on the patio.  Their wedding breakfast was held in the library which was brilliantly laid out with just on large table to accommodate all the guests.

Bridal preparations at Oulton Hall

Wedding Rings. December 29th 2007. Oulton Hall, Rothwell leeds.

The civil Ceremony

Late evening looking into the library.

Outside Oulton Hall

Oulton Hall Patio.

December 27th 2007 James and Emma - Wedding Bagden Hall Scissett

A relaxed and informal wedding during the Christmas break was perfect for James and Emma who married in a civil ceremony at Bagden Hall on Thursday.

Often the best man will joke about losing the rings and today, he almost did, half way through he ceremony he is proudly showing the groom's mum that they are still in his possession when he drops them, just as the registrar is about to ask him to step forward. With their backs to the whole proceedings the bride and groom are oblivious except for the sudden laughter behind them and me facing them shoulders shaking as I  trying not to laugh!

The day continued in a similar vein with squirrel spotting from the bridesmaids providing masses of entertainment through the formal photos. The evening was wrapped up nicely with hot beef sandwiches served just before the firework display.

Bridesmaids getting ready at Bagden Hall Scissett

The groom arrives at Bagden Hall for his civil wedding ceremony

Out in the grounds, a mild December day allowed us to stroll around Bagden Hall and make the most the grounds for the wedding photographs

Bagden Hall wedding Photography from Chris Chambers

On the lawn at Bagden Hall.

Bagden Hall Wedding FDecember 2007

Wedding Fireworks at Bagden Hall Scissett.

Evening disco

December 22nd 2007 Amy and Karl - Wedding Tankersley Manor Barnsley

A pre-wedding shoot just over a month ago had got Amy and Karl geared up for their wedding photos, arriving at Amy's parents house early Saturday morning there was an air of tranquillity (doesn't happen all that often when their are so many people all getting ready). A bright and breezy Amy was well into the prep for the big day and quickly were shooting dressed photos before we made our way to the church in nearby Ryhill.

Thankfully, during the pre-wedding meeting we'd discussed photo locations and had agreed that if the weather was OK outside the church we'd quickly roll through the formal images before leaving for Tankerlsey Manor. Just as the shutter clicked the last of the formals the first drops of rain struck and we quickly headed off.

With the formal photographs all finished off, Amy and Karl had plenty of time at Tankerlsey for chatting to their family an friends and allowed us to rattle off plenty of more informal images.

December 15th 2007 Darren and Joanna - Wedding Ramada Jarvis Willoughby Hull

It seems an age since I met up with Darren and Joanna at the Ramada Jarvis for their pre-wedding shoot earlier in the year, so it was good to catch up again on Saturday at the hotel for their wedding.

The weather dictated that we weren't able to make full use of the grounds, but a secluded and wind free area allowed the Darren and Joanna at least some time outside for their photos.

During the evening the couple and their guests enjoyed two chocolate fountains and a Casino complete with Craps and Roulette.

The first dance photograph
Casinos at weddings
December 8th 2007 Rob and Trudy - Wedding St Patrick's Huddersfield and Oulton Hall

Wet Wet Wet, not quite the Scottish pop group of the early nineties,, more the weather for today. The day began bright and early with bridal prep photos at Trudy's parent's house in Huddersfield before the ceremony at St Patrick's in town. After making the dash along the M62 to Oulton Hall the bride, groom and guests enjoyed  a wedding breakfast in the Oulton Suite before the evening reception in the same room. Although the weather tried it's hardest Rob and Trudy had a superb day and ensured there were some excellent fun images to be had. The couple have now jetted off on a surprise destination (for Trudy) honeymoon. Enjoy!

Fitting the wedding dress at home

Trudy at her parent's house prior to leaving for church

Rob and his best man prepare to leave Oulton Hall for the ceremony. Photo from Alex my assistant.

The bridesmaids arrive.

Still raining!

Trudy arrives at church

Ropb and Trudy at Oulton Hall

First Dance

December 2nd 2007 Tim and Davina - Wedding, Thorpe Park Leeds

A late afternoon wedding actually meant it was dark by the time Tim and Davina had said 'I do'. Thankfully Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa on the outskirts of Leeds offers plenty of indoor locations to shoot and a fun half hour was spent roaming the hotel shooting Tim and Davina in a variety of locations.

Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa Leeds

Tim and Davina's wedding at Thorpe Park, leeds

Thorpe Park wedding


December 1st 2007 Richard and Helen- Wedding, Hodsock Priory near Blyth

Richard and Helen chose the fantastic Hodsock priory near Blyth for their wedding. This was my first visit since the newly opened Pavilions have been added to provide a first class function suite. Following their civil ceremony at Hodsock, Richard and Helen enjoyed  a relaxed afternoon of drinks and photos, in fitting with the informal nature of the day, guests were served hot beef sandwiches and later pie and peas.

Hodsock Priory wedding venue in Nottinghamshire

Bridal make up and preparations

Fitting the wedding dress. Bridesmaid and mum help out.

Helen chills out in the bedroom prior to the ceremony.

Richard caught unawares checking his tie before the ceremony at Hodsock Priory

A stolen moment

The evening ended with sparklers in the courtyard

17th November 2007 - Wedding, Claire and Simon Wentbridge House

Claire and Simon were married Saturday 17th at St. Benedict's church in Garforth. The light inside and outside the church was fantastic, following the ceremony Simon, Claire and their guests headed off to Wentbridge House for the wedding reception where we made full use of the lawns for some formal and informal images.

Bridal make up preparation

Wedding congregation

Confetti blitz - guests give it their all  outside the church.

Claire and Simon. Confetti blitz outside the church

The wedding cake - a fantastic chocolate creation. The smell was incredible and within minutes of being served to the guests during the evening there wasn't a single piece left over.

The most amazing chocolate wedding cake!

November 10th Daniel and Julie - Wedding, Hotel St Pierre Wakefield

Married in a civil ceremony at The Hotel St Pierre on Saturday were Danny and Julie. With a ceremony late in the afternoon, we had to act quickly to make the most of the light and fabulous colours and so headed down the road to the picturesque Newmillerdam for photos of the happy couple.

Danny and Julie at Newmillerdam, just after sunset.

Outside the St Pierre, Danny and Julie enjoy a quiet moment

First Dance

November 3rd Waine and Hayley - Wedding, All Saints Pontefract to Oulton Hall Rothwell

Waine and Hayley were married at All Saints Church in Pontefract on Saturday the 3rd November. The wedding had a black and white theme complete with Black and White cars for the bride and groom and bridal party. A pair of Excalibur limousines, a white stretched and a black open top. Following the ceremony the Bride and Groom and guests made their way to Oulton Hall near Leeds for the wedding reception held in the Oulton Suite.

Late evening and with the first dance out of the way all the guests gathered outside on the lawn for a large group shot complete with Sparklers. (A well choreographed lighting routine enables almost all of the 250 guests to have lit sparklers for the main image).

Bridal make up and peparation prior to the wedding

Fastening the wedding dress, the bridesmaids dodge breaking nails whilst lacing Hayley's dress.

Fastening the wedding dress

Hayley's bridesmaids fastening the dress

Waine, his bestmen and ushers outside All Saints.

All Saints Church in Pontefract

Hayley and her father arrive at All Saints Church

Hayley and her father walking towards the church

All Saints Church and the open top Black Excalibur car

Excalibur wedding car


Waine and Hayley outside All Saints Chruch in Pontefract

Confetti canons

Bestmen and Bridesmaids looking on

Brideal party looks on at Oulton Hall, De Vere Hotel, Rothwell near Leeds

Waine and Hayley outside at Oulton Hall

The Bride and Groom outside Oulton Hall

edding speech

Following the large guest sparkler photos, we headed around the front of the hotel for our parting image of just Waine and Hayley

Waine and Hayley - close to midnight outside the front of Oulton Hall Leeds.

October 22nd Lucio and Jayne - Wedding, Wood Hall North Yorkshire
Married on Monday in a civil ceremony at Wood Hall near Wetherby were Lucio and Jayne. A black and white themed wedding worked brilliantly in the Vavasour Suite both during the ceremony and later for the wedding breakfast. Following the ceremony Jayne and Lucio took a stroll around the grounds before making their way back for some photos on the steps, using the impressive Wood Hall exterior as a backdrop to their formal photos.

Woodhall wedding venue near Wetherby. North Yorkshire.

Lucio, best man and his brothers outside Wood Hall.

Lucio the groom outside Wood Hall.

Jayne, her father and Bridesmaids make their way down the main staircase at Wood Hall enroute to the wedding ceremony.

Coming down the stairs at Wood Hall.

Jayne and Lucio enjoy a quiet moment in the grounds.

Wood Hall wedding photography.

With an Italian groom and a large number of guests from Italy, it was quite fitting to use the Italian Gardens within the grounds of Wood Hall for a number of  photos.

In the Italian gardens at Wood Hall.

October 21st Anna and Craig - Wedding, Rogerthorpe Manor Pontefract
Anna and Craig married in a civil ceremony on Sunday at Rogerthorpe Manor near Badsworth. A well planned red colour theme co-ordinated perfectly with the autumn colours around the grounds at Rogerthorpe. Following the ceremony a surprise chimney sweep provided  a spot of entertainment on the lawn.

Wedding rings - Rogerthorpe Manor Badsworth near Pontefract

Craig, Anna and Daughter charlotte on the lawn at Rogerthorpe

Bride groom and daughter on the lawn at Rogerthorpe Manor

Stealing photos! Normally it's the guests who hang onto the shoulders of the photographer. However as this photo shows, sometimes it can be the other way round.

Chimney sweep, a wedding tradition. Photo Chris Chambers

Sometimes even short speeches seem to go on forever, especially when you're ten!

October 20th Jenny and Mark - Wedding, Ripley Castle North Yorkshire

Mark and Jenny were married Saturday at Ripley Church before making the short journey to the adjacent Ripley Castle. Set in stunning grounds with a vast lake and woodland, Ripley Castle is an ideal wedding venue and thanks to some glorious Autumnal weather we were able to make the most of the stunning scenery and backdrops. The wedding had a 1940s RAF theme with Jenny's dress and shoes looking very period, whilst Mark a serving RAF officer wore his 'Number Ones' which have a distinctive 1940s feel. The Rolls Royce wedding car was two tone complete with Royal Air Force blue and the tables were all named after second World War fighters and bombers.

Ripley Castle North Yorkshire. Historic castle and wedding venue. Wedding photographer Chris Chambers

Jenny at home prior to leaving for Church. A pair of wellies under the dress were perfect for ensuring her wedding shoes stayed clean.

Ripley Castle wedding photography

Mark is a navigator in the RAF and wore his 'Number One' uniform throughout the day.

Wedding photographs from Ripley Castle. Chris Chambers Castleford wedding photographer

The military theme continued with a Guard of honour outside the church

A Guard of Honour at the wedding. Ripley Church next to Ripley Castle. Photographer Chris Chambers

The bride and groom at Ripley Castle. Wedding photography from Chris Chambers

The Bride and Groom at Ripley Castle

In the grounds of Ripley Castle North Yorkshire

Just one of the many stunning views around Ripley Castle.

Mark and Jenny stand with Ripley Castle behind them. Wedding photography Chris Chambers

October 14th Dean and Debby – Wedding, Walton Hall at Waterton Park Wakefield.

If anyone was ever in doubt, Autumn has arrived, the spectacular colours in the trees at Walton Hall today were testimony to the season change and with such warm golden colours as backdrops, a photographers dream . (Sadly though of course this also serves as a reminder that winter is just around the corner). Making the most of the backdrops today were Dean and Debby who following their civil ceremony at the hotel headed to the island for photographs and drinks. A small and intimate wedding with just seventeen guests allowed the couple the chance to spend plenty of quality time with their family and friends.

Out on the lawns at Walton Hall at Waterton Park Wakefield

Walton Hall at Waterton Park. Wakefield wedding venue.

Waterton Park Wakefield, home of Walton Hall. Wedding venue. Photography Chris Chambers


October 13th Dan and Yvonne – Wedding, Armthorpe to Hellaby Hall

Dan and Yvonne were married on Saturday at St Marys and St Leonards in Armthorpe before making the journey along the M18 to Hellaby Hall near Rotherham. Following their pre-wedding shoot at home with daughter Grace only a few weeks ago they were quickly into the swing of things and the photos were quickly and smoothly despatched. The weather played ball all day and the mild weather meant we were able to get outdoors for all the photos, something which in the morning hadn’t looked possible.

Late evening we headed back outside to catch the bride and groom around the front of Hellaby Hall’s unique facade for some final photos under the floodlights.

Bride and Groom wedding photography at Hellaby Hall

On the steps of Hellaby Hall. The Bride and groom photographed by Chris Chambers

Hellaby Hall Rotherham. Wedding venue South Yorkshire.

6th October Jason and Rebecca - Wedding, The Courtyard Tong Village

Jason and Rebecca were married in a civil ceremony at the Courtyard in Tong Village (Formerly known as the Marriot Tong). Following preparation photos in the bridal suite and the ceremony upstairs in the Pastures Suite, guests made their way outside, mild autumnal weather allowed plenty of time for relaxed conversation and photos.

The evening reception including entertainment from 'The Solicitors' a local band that quickly managed to fill the dance floor and even provided instruments for the guests to partake.

Amended Tuesday October 9th. Before jetting off on Honeymoon Rebecca added the following comments.

We are just getting ready to go on our honeymoon but can't stop looking at the amazing photos that you have taken at our wedding on Saturday.

You were a true professional, keeping the guests upbeat which clearly shows, and keeping us relaxed and natural. We really can not thank you enough for the wonderful pictures that will be treasured always! Only one problem....How ever will we decide from them as we love them all!

I can not tell you how many people stopped me and said 'your photographer was fantastic!'. You just caught the mood and atmosphere perfectly. The guests who had a preview of our photos all commented on how we would have very special pictures.

We really again can not thank you enough, I wanted to send you a letter when we returned from our honeymoon but felt after seeing them on line I could not wait to tell you how happy you have made us.

Bridal Preparation at The Courtyard at Tong formlerly known as the Mariot Tong.

The Courtyard at Tong

The civil ceremony taking place inside The Courtyard at Tong

Formal and informal bride and groom photographs around the grounds of The Courtyard.

Informal and natural images photographed outside after the wedding ceremony at The Courtyard Tong

The Courtyard at Tong formlerly known as the Mariot Tong.

Bride and Groom outside. Wedding photographer Chris Chambers

Evening entertainment provided by 'The Solictors' - Jason and Rebecca on the tambourine

Evening reception coverage at The Courtyard Tong.

Jason the groom gets into the swing of things. Wedding photographer Chris Chambers Castleford West Yorkshire.

29th September Anita and Geoff - Wedding Oulton Hall near Rothwell

Marrying on Saturday in a civil ceremony at Oulton Hall near Rothwell in Leeds, Geoff and Anita broke with tradition to walk down the aisle together before enjoying a relaxed and informal drinks reception (and some photos!) before their wedding breakfast was served in the Repton Room. 

The evening reception saw the wedding party move to the Blaydes bar where the couple and guests danced the night away

Amended Monday October 1st - Following their wedding on Saturday the proofs went online today. Anita sent the following email this morning.

We have just been looking at the photos on line. They are fabulous, thank you so much – you are very talented and so brilliant with the guests and children in making them relax for the photos. Every one of the guests commented on how good you were and how the photography became a feature of the day instead of a chore that they have found at some events.

The photos are all we would want and more.  We cant thank you enough. 

Oulton Hall wedding September 2007

Oulton Hall near Rothwell wedding September 2007

Oulton Hall Leeds - The bride and groom photographed on the lawn outside

First Dance in Blaydes at Oulton Hall.

22nd September Roger and Joy - Wedding Wakefield to Newmillerdam

Married on Saturday in Wakefield Roger and Joy chose Newmillerdam as a wedding photo location before making their way to the reception at nearby St Pierre Hotel.

Wakefield wedding photography

Wakefield wedding photography

15th September Gavin and Victoria - Wedding Wentbridge House

Gavin and Victoria married at Castleford Methodist Church before making their way to Wentbridge House Hotel for their wedding breakfast and evening reception. Drinks were served out on the lawn where a steel band were also playing to entertain the guests.

Page boy and bridesmaid throw confetti at wedding reception

The Bride and Groom on the lawns at Wentbridge House. Photographer Chris Chambers

Page boy

The bride and groom during the best man's speech

14th September Terence and Natalie - Wedding Healds Hall Liversedge

Terence and Natalie were married in a civil ceremony on Friday at Healds Hall Hotel in Liversegde.

Healds Hall Hotel Leeds Road Liversedge

The groom, best man and ushers

Outside at Healds Hall

In the car park at Healds Hall!

13th September Alan and David - Civil Partnership Ceremony The Bluebell, Dodworth near Barnsley

Alan and David were made civil partners yesterday at a civil ceremony at The Bluebell in Dodworth near Barnsley. Following their ceremony the guests and Alan and David made their way outside for drinks and  relaxed photos.

After the speeches, David (a singer on the club circuit) sang to Alan and the guests before everyone was entertained with a short video the guys had made. Another first during the evening reception was a first dance with all the wedding guests taking part to celebrate the day.

Civil Partnership ceremony at The Bluebell near Barnsley. Photograph Chris Chambers

Alan and David outside the venue following their ceremony

Civil Partnership photographer Wakefield and Barnsley


The First Dance - Photographer Chris Chambers

9th September 2007 Neil and Emma - Wedding, Walton Hall, Waterton Park Wakefield.

Following their pre-wedding shoot just a few weeks ago it was good to catch up with Neil and Emma again at Walton Hall, Waterton Park, this time though for the real thing.

Following the civil ceremony, excellent wedding weather allowed everyone time on the island for photographs and drinks.

Emma chose a fantastic Ian Stuart wedding dress, and with both the bride and groom working for Frank Bird menswear in Wakefield the guys couldn't fail to be anything but smart.

Groom, ushers and best man prior to the wedding at Walton Hall Waterton Park

The Bride and Groom outside Waterton Park Hotel Wakefield

Overlooking the lake at Waterton Park

Walton Hall at Waterton park wedidng venue in Wakefield West Yorkshire


8th September 2007 Dan and Melanie - Wedding, South Ossett to Brooklands, Barnsley.

Dan and Melanie married at Christchurch South Ossett before taking a short hop down the M1 to Brooklands Hotel in Barnsley. The architecture and layout of Brooklands lends itself excellently to shooting indoors so following a few formal photos at the church we were quickly putting some of the hotels features to good use as backdrops to the photos of the happy couple.

A surprise for Dan in the evening took the form of a pair of casino tables offering Roulette and Blackjack. Guests were also able to take advantage of the opportunity for portrait photographs during the evening within the mobile studio offered within the wedding packages.

Brooklands Barnsley wedding venue.

Inside Brooklands offers fantastic photo opportunities for any couple wanting that something different.

Melanie's wedding dress and one of Brooklands excellent red walls. (Gives away the location of the dancing photo at the top of the page)

Melanie and her wedding dress at Brooklands

The Paparazzi - Wedding guests photograph the bride and groom cutting the cake.

Wedding guests armed with cameras capture the cutting of the cake.

Feeling lucky? Sadly just for fun as the bridal party place their bets on the roulette wheel.

The bridal party using the casino during the evening reception

2nd September 2007 Nick and Gaynor - Wedding, Wentbridge House Wentbridge near Pontefract.

The final wedding of the week saw Nick and Gaynor marry at Wentbridge House Hotel on Sunday. Following their civil ceremony the couple and their guests enjoyed drinks and photos on Wentbridge's excellent lawn before the wedding breakfast.

Bride and Groom exchanging wedding rings during their civil ceremony at Wenbridge House near pontefract

On the lawn at Wentbridge House. Wedding photographer Chris Chambers

Gaynor and her daughter on the lawn at Wentbridge House

Gaynors wedding dress featured an intricate floral design and complimented her purple flowers

1st September 2007 Lee and Sally - Wedding, South Ossett Church to Garforth Holiday Inn

Under gin clear blue skies, Lee and Sally were married on Saturday at Christ Church, South Ossett before moving onto the Garforth Holiday Inn.

Wedding photographs at South Ossett Chruch.

The first dance

31st August 2007 Dale and Sophie - Wedding Barwick in Elmet to Holdsworth House

Married in the village church at Barwick in Elmet, Dale and Sophie chose Holdsworth House in Halifax for their wedding reception. A quick trip along the M62 to Holdsworth House left behind blue skies and our arrival was greeted with a rain shower! Dodging showers for the photographs outside even resulted in some sunshine before the guests moved inside for the wedding breakfast.

A live band in the evening were joined by a surprise for the groom in the shape of a Michael Jackson tribute act.

Holdsworth House Halifax wedding August 2007. Wedding photographer Chris Chambers

Holdsworth House Halifax wedding.  Wedding photographer Chris Chambers

Making full use of the veil outside the church. Holdsworth House Halifax wedding August 2007. Wedding photographer Chris Chambers

Holdsworth House Halifax wedding August 2007. Wedding photographer Chris Chambers

Michael Jackson tribute act at Holdsworth House

30th August 2007 Paul and Laura - Wedding Carlton Church to Waterton Park

The busiest week of the year continues with Paul and Laura's wedding at Carlton church in Pontefract before moving onto Walton Hall at Waterton Park.

Although a really nice little church sadly photo opportunities outside are lacking and so following some informal and candid images as the newly weds greeted their family and friends we quickly made our way over to a sunny Waterton Park to make full use of the island.

The bride and groom after crossing the bridge to the island at Waterton Park. August 2007

Walton Hall at Waterton Park. August 2007

looking up for the big group photo. Photo from my assistant Alex as I lean from the window above. Wedding photograph Walton hall.

The bride and groom stroll around the island and enjoy some personal time together. Walton Hall wedding photographer.

Evening time we headed back outside for more photographs around the island. Walton Hall wedding photography

28th August 2007 Darren and Sarah - Wedding Horbury, church to Rogerthorpe Manor

Darren and Sarah were married yesterday at The church of Jesus Christ and latter day saints in Horbury before moving onto Rogerthorpe manor for their wedding reception.

They say its tradition for the bride to arrive late and as no surprise to those who know her, Sarah did just that, albeit forty minutes late (Talk about making the groom sweat! - atleast he'll never need an excuse for being late home from the pub).

With our arrival at Rogerthrope Manor  running slightly behind schedule we split the photo session to shoot the formal groups before the meal so the guests could still sit down at the agreed time I met up again with Darren and Sarah following the meal to take photographs of just the two of them.

Darren and Sarah at Rogerthrope Manor near Badsworth

Rogerthrope Manor wedding reception venue near Pontefract

Making use of a nearby field for some more wedding photographs

Rogerthorpe Manor wedding August 2007

25th August 2007 Matthew and Danielle - Wedding, Holy Trinity to Beamish Hall

A trip to Washington (sadly the one in Tyne and Wear and not the US!) on Saturday for the wedding of Matthew and Danielle at Holy Trinity church.

Following their ceremony the wedding party moved onto Beamish Hall Hotel near the Beamish museum. With good weather and plenty of grounds at our disposal, guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn whilst the photos were taken.

The bride at the church. Holy Trinity Chruch in Washington Tyne and Wear

The groom and the best man at chruch. The camera didn't slip, this is wonky on purpose!

Ooo-eeerrr! Matthew and Dannielle at Beamish Hall.

The entrance to Beamish Hall provides lots of photo opportunities.

Wedding guest's cameras flash during the first dance.

24th August 2007 Phil and Jemma - Wedding - Hatfield Hall Wakefield

Phil and Jemma were married at Outwood Methodist church before moving onto Hatfield Hall in Stanley for their wedding reception.

Jemma the bride on the stairs before leaving for church

Wedding photograph from Hatfield Hall

Hatfield Hall near Stanley Wakefield

August 18th 2007 Elliott and Sarah -  Wedding, Hazelwood castle near York

Elliott and Sarah were married yesterday in a civil ceremony at Hazelwood Castle near York. Following their ceremony the couple enjoyed a blessing in the Chapel of St Leonard's adjacent to the castle.

Elliott, his groomsmen and brothers had arrived at Hazelwood Castle earlier in the day in a replica A Team van whilst Sarah opted for a more traditional arrival in a classic open top Beauford.

Following their blessing the couple and family and friends gathered on the steps at the front of the castle for photos where Sarah (a mounted police officer) was surprised to see two of her colleagues on horseback to provide  a guard of honour for the group photos. All went well until Sarah posed with the horses, at this point one of the pair took a  liking to the bridal bouquet. (It's amazing how fast a horse can eat Roses!)

Following photos around the excellent grounds of Hazelwood Castle, The couple returned to their guests for relaxed drinks and canopies  before their wedding breakfast.

A Team van at Hazelwood Castle. A novel way for the groom, best amn and ushers to arrive at their wedding.

In the chapel at Hazelwood Castle. St Leonards chapel is a fantastic venue for your wedding blessing with loads of photograph opportunities. As a Hazelwood Castle  recommended photographer I am allowed to take photos inside the chapel.

Hazelwood Castle

An ideal wedding venue, Hazelwood Castle near York

The grounds of HAzelwood Castle provide lots of stunning backdrops for your wedding photographs.

French chic outisde the Brasserie at Hazelwood Castle

First Dance in the Great Hall at Hazelwood Castle.

August 17th 2007 Matt and Antonia - Wedding, Warterton Park, Wakefield

The met men did their best to thwart today's plans, however a brief spell of rain quickly passed allowing us to make full use of the island at Walton Hall, Waterton Park.

Waterton Park wedding August 17th 2007

Matt and Antonia, Waterton Park wedding August 17th 2007

Waterton Park wedding August 17th 2007

Waterton Park wedding August 17th 2007

Walton Hall at night. The orange glow of the lights adds a great atmosphere to the evening photos taken outside at Walton Hall.

August 12th Jenny and Alex - Wedding Bagden Hall, Scissett

Jenny and Alex were married at St Peter and St Paul's church in Wakefield before travelling to Bagden Hall in Scissett for their wedding reception. A live band provided the evening entertainment whilst the couple surprised everyone by dancing to Paul Simon's 'You can call me Al'

Bagden Hall - wedding venue between Wakefield and Huddersfield

Jenny and Alex on the lawn at Bagden Hall

August 11th 2007 Daniel and Claire - Wedding, Hensall Church to Carleton Towers

Claire and Daniel were married in the small church in Hensall near Selby on Saturday. The reception was nearby at Carleton Towers, where guests were entertained with garden games and a string Quartet whilst the photos were taken.

After meeting whilst working in Disney, the wedding had a subtle American and Disney theme, complete with a New York taxi for the Bridesmaids, 'Authentic' English pub and for the evening, a replica of a chippie and pic and mix shop where it all started.

Wedding shoes!

Walking down the aisle - The groom at his most nervous.

The obligatory confetti photo

The Bridesmaids car

Daniel and Claire at the entrance to Carleton Towers

On the stairs at Carleton Towers

August 10th 2007 James and Bernadette - Wedding, Rudding Park Harrogate

James and Bernadette married yesterday in small and intimate civil ceremony at Rudding Park Hotel near Harrogate before joining the rest of their wedding guests for a blessing in the chapel within the grounds. Following one of the shortest wedding car rides ever the couple arrived back at the hotel for photographs and canopies. A live band during the evening reception ensured plenty of energetic dancing.

Rudding Park near Harrogate

In the archway at the rear of the garden

Wedding at Rudding Park near Harrogate

The bridal party on the front steps of Rudding Park

Evening photograph outside the front of Rudding Park hotel

August 9th 2007 Stephen and Bekki - Wedding, Walton Hall Waterton Park

The busiest wedding fortnight of the year continues with Stephen and Bekki's wedding at, Walton Hall at Waterton Park Wakefield. Following their civil ceremony the bride and groom and their guests made their way to the island for drinks and photographs. Following the wedding breakfast everyone was quickly back outside to enjoy the summer sun making the most of the Squires bar terrace during the evening reception.

Walton Hall Hotel wedding venue in Wakefield

Wedding at Waterton Park

Walton Hall wedding photograph

At night outside Waterton Park


August 5th 2007 Rod and Rachel - Wedding, Kings Croft Pontefract

Married in a civil ceremony in the Kings Suite at Kings Croft Pontefract, Rod and Rachel were quickly whisked away in their white Rolls for a short relaxing drive before returning for photos and drinks on the lawn. Rod trying his hardest to hide one arm which was trussed in a sling following accident earlier in the week. Plenty of careful positioning helped achieve the request.

Kings Croft Pontefract

Kings Croft Pontefract

Kings Croft Pontefract

August 4th 2007 Martin and Melanie - Wedding, Harewood House Leeds

Following their civil ceremony at Harewood House's The Courtyard, Martin and Melanie and their guests made the most of the good weather with  drinks on the Terraces before heading back to the Courtyard for their wedding breakfast and evening reception complete with outdoor disco.

Harewood House wedding

Wedding photography out on the terraces at Harewood House

Outdoor first dance in the Courtyard at Harewood House

August 3rd 2007 Jo and Jay - Wedding, St Everildas Nether Poppleton

Jo and Jay were married at the quaint church of Nether Poppleton near York on Friday. Following the ceremony guests walked to the near by Tithe Barn for a drinks reception. Later, an open top red bus trip took in the tourist sights of York before the guests arrived for a second drinks reception at the Royal York Hotel.


August 1st 2007 Gary & Joanne - Wedding, Bagden Hall Scissett

Bucking tradition and marrying on a Wednesday, Gary and Joanne were married at St Stephen's church in Huddersfield before heading off to Bagden Hall for their reception. The bride and groom made the journey by car whilst guests were treated to a ride on a London red Routemaster bus. We were able to make the most of the excellent weather (Could this finally be the start of summer?) and the grounds of Bagden Hall whilst Gary and Joanne waited for their guests to arrive.

Wedding shoes and wedding flowers

The Brides engagement ring

Bagden Hall wedding August 1st 2007

Wedding photograph from Bagden Hall

A quiet moment in the grounds of Bagden Hall

The best man's speech!

July 27th 2007 Chris and Anna - wedding, Rogerthorpe Manor.

Chris and Anna were married yesterday in a civil ceremony at Rogerthorpe Manor near Pontefract. With champagne and beers outside the guests took full advantage of the dry weather - Quite a rarity at present.

July 21st Andrew and Rachel - Wedding, Woolley Chruch to QEGs Wakefield
Married yesterday, Andrew and Rachel chose the quaint Woolley Church for their wedding ceremony followed by a reception at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGs) where Andrew teaches. The schools older buildings proved an ideal location for the style of photos Andrew and Rachel were looking for.

Lilac Confetti thrown at Woolley Chruch

The wedding reception was at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield

July 20th 2007 Steve and Michelle - Wedding, Harewood House, Leeds
Steve and Michelle were married Friday 20th at Harewood House, Leeds. The recently refurbished Courtyard provided the ideal wedding venue for their civil ceremony and reception. We also had access to the house and gardens, providing stunning backdrops and locations for their wedding photographs

The Groom

Michelle tries hard to stop the building falling over.

Wedding photograph from Harewood House Leeds

Wedding photograph from Harewood House Leeds.

July 15th 2007 Mick and Dee, Wedding, Oakwood Hall Bingley
Mick and Dee chose the charming Oakwood Hall in Bingley for their wedding ceremony and reception. Inside the Hall offered some good locations for photographs and the staff kindly allowed guests the chance to throw their confetti indoors.

Time to relax after the ceremony

Imogen - from butter wouldn't melt to party animal.

July 14th 2007 Bryony and Rhodri, Wedding, St Mary's Church Badsworth to Rogerthorpe Manor.
Bryony and Rhodri were married yesterday at the picturesque St Mary's church in Badsworth. Arriving in a horse and carriage Bryony looked stunning in her champagne Cosmabella dress.

Following their ceremony Bryony an Rhodri were treated to a champagne carriage ride whilst their guests made the short journey to nearby Rogerthorpe Manor where everyone enjoyed the good weather and Canopies.

Late evening the light was fantastic with a warm glow and long shadows, making the most of it, we headed back outdoors for some more photographs.

The first dance.

July 13th 2007 Marie and Gary, Wedding, Castleford Parish Church to Rogerthorpe Manor

Marie and Gary were married Friday at Castleford Parish Church, following prep and plenty of Bucks Fizz and bacon sandwiches at home, Marie arrived at Castleford Parish Church to marry Gary in an immaculate vintage cream Bentley. Although the weather tried it's best spirits weren't dampened and we even managed to get out doors for a few photos.

Gary's Stag week group still in the Benidorm party mood.

The first dance.

July 7th 2007 - Matt and Tracy, Wedding, Whitewater Hotel, Newby Bridge near Windermere.

Finally a break in the weather! The first wedding in what seems like and age since it has stayed dry all the way through the morning preparations and the photos. 7th of July 07 (777) certainly came good.

Being so close to Windermere, how could we resist the opportunity to head off and find a jetty for some close to the water photos. Handily a nearby rowing boat was put to use for some further impromptu  photographs.

July 1st 2007 - Karl and Clare Wedding, Tankersley Manor near Sheffield.
Claire was incredibly chilled out during the preparation photos, there was even time to catch some photographs of Carl getting ready nearby.

Arriving bat Tankersley Manor by horse and carriage, Clare and  Carl in the old Crook Barn. Following the ceremony all 170 guests gathered outside for a large group photograph and to watch the happy couple release a pair of white doves.


June 30th - Steve and Jenna, Wedding, Snaith Church
Although the weather didn't really play ball for the majority of the day it was at least dry as Jenna arrived at church.  Following the ceremony guests stayed inside for the formal photographs. (Although there was still plenty of water inside as sadly a couple of nights earlier some kind soul had helped themselves to a lot of the lead from the church roof).

Once at the reception venue Steve and Jenna braved the elements for some quick under brolley outdoor photographs.

Snaith wedding photography

June 29th Chris and Ruth, Wedding, Altofts and Brooklands, Barnsley

Following their pre-wedding shoot earlier in the year it was good to catch up with Chris and Ruth again on Friday.

Following their ceremony in Altofts we headed off to Newmillerdam for some formal and informal photographs of the bride and groom before meeting back up with their guests at Brooklands hotel in Barnsley.


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