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Wedding Photograph Album | Award Winning wedding albums | Eros album | Allerton Castle wedding photography

An exciting recent delivery from our Italian album manufacturer Graphistudio  included a new and improved EROS hand made wedding photo album presenting Julian and Hayley’s wedding at Allerton Castle. The Eros is one of our most popular wedding photograph albums and the new and improved version is sure to cement that status.

The landscape album featured a dark oak wooden cover with laser engraving and a Sequoia leather spine and back in mokka, all encased in a white wooden box with clear gloss varnished names. The EROS album features a mix of classic style overlays and flush mounted full page images. Our latest sample of this album due to arrive shortly.

Click here to view our wedding albums, packages and pricing information.

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The white box features a maple interior and has the bride and groom names added to the lid with raised clear gloss varnish. Very subtle and stylish.

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The album cover is a dark oak and sequoia leather back and spine in mokka.

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The mix of overlays and flush mounted pages works brilliantly in landscape format.

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Leeds Wedding Photographer | Marc and Sara’s Wedding Photography | Yorkshire Wedding Photography

Following Marc and Sara’s pre-wedding shoot

It was good to catch up with them again for their wedding day. The weather on the pre-shoot had been bright, warm and sunny and it looked like the wedding day would follow the same, not too common on a Bank Holiday weekend.  Our day began with groom preparation photos as we joined Marc and the groomsmen at their home near Castleford.  Jeffery West Shoes and Michelsberg tailored suit was the order of the day and great that Marc had gone with my recommendation and two of our favourite brands.

As a wedding photographer you can always tell which bride and grooms have put a lot of thought into their photography and planning for the best photos, we had high hopes for todays wedding adventure and knew from the outset there was a potential studio album in the making too. All was going well so far and a number of brilliant groom prep wedding photos in the bag we made the short journey to Sara’s parents home where the bridal prep was well underway.

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Groom preparation comes as standard with our exclusive storybook wedding albums. For more details about our packages click here

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The wedding ceremony took place at Ledsham Church near Leeds and Castleford.

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Although small grounds around Al Saints at Ledsham there were plenty of photo opportunities for wedding photographs of the bride and groom.

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With Dine as caterers and Coopers Marquees providing the marquee we were sure of a stunning set up and food to match. The Canapes only eclipsed by a wheel barrow of Corona. (a wheel barrow that was never allowed to drop below half empty).  The Marquee designed around the landscaping  in Sara’s parents garden is one of the most stunning I have seen at a wedding.

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First Dance in the darkened area of the marquee complete with DJ smoke

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Well into the evening celebrations we slipped away with Sara and Marc. From the days photography session I had a final image in mind and so with the help of multiple flashes (4 Canon 600EXRT) we created the award winning wedding photograph below.

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Woodlands Hotel Wedding Photographer | Dan and Joanne’s Wedding photographs at Woodlands Hotel Leeds | Leeds wedding photographer

Dan and Joanne were married at St John The Baptist church in Normanton before celebrating at Woodlands Hotel near Leeds. The following blog post includes many of the images we played on a slideshow during their evening reception.

Our Day began with groom preparation photos as Dan and his groomsmen prepared for the day ahead. Typically lasting around thirty to forty minutes, some images of the guys getting ready always make a superb couple of spreads in our Exclusive storybook wedding albums. Following groom preparation we headed off to Ackworth to join Joanne and her bridesmaids as they were finishing off their preparations and with make and hair dressing in full swing we had plenty to photograph.

It’s always good to have a priest who allows photography during the wedding ceremony, this meant I was able to position myself near the front whilst Sophie was photographing the wedding from the back of church. Working discreetly and keeping out of the way means we can still capture the key moments of the wedding ceremony without being too obtrusive.  The light and bright interior of St John’s works really well.

Following a little windy confetti throwing we made our way to Woodlands Hotel near Leeds for the wedding reception and rest of the days activities. Photographs with the wedding car followed by a number of family groups before everyone made their way indoors to complete the drinks reception before the wedding breakfast. The ideal opportunity to capture some candid moments as guests relaxed in the bar and public rooms of the hotel.

Wedding breakfast, speeches and evening reception all took place in Woodlands’ marquee which had been dressed in a classic and elegant white colour scheme with large illuminated D&J letters supplied by our friends at Elite Sound

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It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and one we try and capture at as many weddings as possible. Father of the bride seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, lots of emotions in the room but a series of wedding photographs that will always make the wedding album.

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After first dance we took the opportunity to pop outside with Joanne and Daniel for a couple of photographs within the grounds of Woodlands including using smoke and a number of coloured flashes to create the wedding photograph above. Our wedding photography coverage ended with all the guests outside the hotel for a sparkler exit tunnel photograph.

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Julian and Hayley’s exclusive storybook wedding album to display a large selection of photographs from their wedding at Allerton Castle.  The Exclusive Storybook and matching parent copies can be seen above along with the large matt laminated photo box to keep their wedding album safe. Julian and Hayley also ordered an Eros Album to go with this storybook. (post coming soon).

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Above and below: Marc and Sara who were married at the end of August chose a large square Exclusive Storybook complete with metal cover to display their end of night starry sky photograph. The Exclusive album comes from the same supplier as our regular Italian Storybooks but features a number of extras to add even more wow to what is already a stunning wedding phonebook.

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Below: Lindsay and Jame’s Exclusive Storybook from their wedding at Woodlands Hotel features a soft grey leather cover with triangular acrylic photo insert, embossed names and a hand stitched split spine where the album cover is made of three separate pieces of leather, the front, spine and back are then hand stitched to create a different look to the wrap around covers. The hand Stitched split spine will become and option on all our Exclusive Storybook wedding albums.

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Dan and Leanne were married earlier this year at  Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.  The stunning castle wedding venue boasts amazing interiors,  architecture, grounds and so so many photo locations. Dan and Leanne chose a civil wedding ceremony which took place in the Great Hall before drinks reception on the courtyard lawns.

Following wedding breakfast and speeches Leanne changed dress for the evening reception and dancing, following first dance we were able to sneak away with them for a few photographs in the Wine Cellar and then outside as darkness fell. The illuminated castle making the perfect backdrop for their end of album wedding photographs.

The following wedding photographs include many of those we played on the large screen slideshow during the evening reception. For more details about this and our wedding packages please click here.

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Peckforton Castle’s Great Hall set for the wedding ceremony. Flowers from Matt at Red Floral 

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The Wine Cellar just before sunset, the small intimate room adds a certain charm to the wedding photographs.

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As darkness fell, we popped out onto the courtyard lawn for a final photo session with Dan and Leanne

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Aaron and Amy were recently married at St Paul’s Church in Monk Bretten, our day began with some photographs of Amy and her bridesmaid’s when they had finished dressing for the wedding day; before we joined Aaron at Church for some photographs of him and the groomsman ahead of the wedding ceremony. Although the day started as overcast and wet, thankfully the weather had cleared by the time that we left church so we were able to take some wedding photographs in the grounds of St Paul’s Church. Before we made the journey to Walton Hall at Waterton Park Hotel.

We’ve only been lucky enough to capture a rainbow with the bride and groom on wedding photographs twice before, today we were fortunate enough to photograph Aaron and Amy with a double rainbow over the island at Walton Hall.

The wedding photographs below include many of those we used on our same day slideshow (included in our wedding packages) several of the wedding photographs from Aaron and Amy’s wedding day also won awards with the Guild of Photographers.

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We have photographed over a thousand weddings’ since we founded our business, and have only been lucky enough to photograph two bride and grooms with rainbows; Aaron and Amy became our first bride and groom to have their photograph taken under a double rainbow.

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Marc and Sara’s Engagement Photo Shoot | Pre-wedding Shoot Leeds | Pre-wedding Photoshoot

I recently caught up with Sara and Marc for their engagement photo shoot. Marrying at All Saints church Ledsham near Leeds and celebrating in a marquee in the grounds of Sara’s parents home, we used little local knowledge to select a location for their pre-wedding shoot that would also allow us to look at locations we maybe able to use for their wedding photographs.

Pre-wedding shoots are available to book for all our bride and grooms and include either a signature frame or high resolution files. For more details on the Engagement photo shoots click here

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I’d not entered any photography competitions for almost a year, it became one of those jobs that you put off and then find something less important to fill your time, before you know it the deadline has passed and you’ve missed the boat.  I’m going out of character here and into gloat mode, so please bear with me…. Last year I won The Societies Overall Photographer of the Year, (quite an achievement with around 18,000 images entered from around the world). This had followed on from the previous years success with the Guild of Photographers where I won Wedding Photographer of the Year and Overall Photographer of the Year. I suppose after two successful years I felt able to sit back and not feel pressured into entering, I’d kind of justified myself.

Whilst entering competitions I’ve found it has improved my photography, sharpened me up and prevented lazyness creeping in. Certain disciplines became the norm and as a result my photographs were stronger. There’s always an argument amongst photographers that good client photographs don’t make good competition photographs i.e an image that a bride and groom / Facebook will love isn’t necessarily a good one for a competition. But, a strong competition image will almost always be loved by a bride and groom.

So with the above in mind I set myself a target this year of entering competitions. Starting in April with the Guild of Photographers and May with The Societies, yes it was almost half way through the year but at least I’d entered!  The initial results weren’t too bad. The Guild of Photographers awarded me four Silvers for wedding and pre-wedding photographs and The Socieities awarded me a Gold for a Kingfisher photo and a Highly Commended (it’s like a booby runner up prize but not an award) for one of my recent landscape photos from Venice. ( I did also receive two bronzes from the Guild, but I don’t really shout about those).

See more of our award winning photographs here. 

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Above: A Silver from the Guild of Photographers for this wedding photograph of Amy at Hazlewood Castle. Amy and David were married earlier this year at Hazlewood Castle. The dark wood paneling and chequered floor make the Flemish Hall a must use location for wedding photographs at the Castle. We used the window light as our main light source and added a small amount of flash to help lift the shadows.

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Above: This Kingfisher photograph was awarded a Gold by the Societies. Taken in March the bird is bursting from the water with a fish to take back to the nest. Pre-planning and firing remote cameras enabled me to catch this split second action without disturbing the bird.

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Above: A Silver with the Guild of Photographers – During a Pre-wedding shoot in Paris with Kenneth and Eve. This was an early morning shot taken before the crowds gathered around the Trocadero overlooking the Eiffel Tower. A speedlight has been used to provide fill light on the overcast morning.

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Above: A Silver with the Guild of Photographers. Kenneth and Eve again on a pre-wedding shoot. This was the first day of their mammoth pre-shoot that saw us photographing them over four days in Yorkshire and Paris. We collected them from their hotel at 3.45AM and started shooting at 4.15AM. This photo was taken around 5.30AM, again beating the public and crowds to locations often requires an early start. A low powered speed light is providing fill flash.

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Above: The Societies awarded this photograph a Highly Commended, that’s competition speak for not quite right but close. It’s always annoying when you pick up an almost ran but I’ve learned to use these as an aid to learning, helping us improve our photography, re-looking at the image to spot areas where it lost points and what we could do to improve in the future. This was a natural light long exposure image using a mixture of filters to create the 30 second exposure and retain sky detail.

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Above: A Silver with the Guild of Photographers for this wedding photograph taken at Waterton Park Hotel during the wedding of Leah and Steven in March this year. We have photographed around a hundred weddings at Waterton Park, each wedding we look for something different we can do and try new ideas and techniques. This was our first wedding with smoke where we kind of knew what we were doing. Three Speedlites have been used to create the wedding photograph. We cover similar techniques on our speedlights for weddings training courses – details here

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Stubton Hall Wedding Photographer | Gemma and Nick’s wedding at Stubton Hall | Chris Chambers  Wedding Photography

Stubton Hall near Newark in Lincolnshire was a new wedding venue for us to work at for the wedding of Nick and Gemma. Following on from their recent pre-wedding shoot at the venue we were excited to work with new locations and try some different ideas to create their wedding photographs.

Our day started with bridal preparations as joined Gemma and her excited bridesmaids in the bridal suite at Stubton Hall. The large room was ideal  for the set up of various preparation stations with hair and make up for the ladies taking place in the same room. During the prep phase we were also able to photograph the wedding details, wedding dress, wedding shoes, etc.

Nick and the groomsmen were getting ready in one of the adjacent rooms and we caught up with them downstairs for a number of photographs with the groomsmen before the wedding ceremony. During the pre-wedding shoot I’d seen several locations inside that I knew would suite my style and help create some strong wedding photos of the groomsmen so was keen to try these out. thankfully they worked well!

The wedding ceremony took place in the Music Room before the drinks reception out on the rear terrace. Blue skies and a Prosecco box helped ensure spirits were high and everyone was enjoying themselves whilst we quickly completed the group photographs Nick and Gemma had requested.

Before wedding breakfast in the Orangery we quickly completed a couple of wedding photographs with Nick and Gemma with the plan to complete the remainder after the meal when it would have also cooled down a little. Again we had several locations planned and ideas so we were able to quickly run through a number of photographs with Nick and Gemma both inside and out before their evening guests arrived.

Blue skies and sunsets don’t always mix well and today was just one of those days, the sun dipped below the horizon without any real explosion of colour, all the same we still found a location overlooking the north west and the sunset. Our final photo session was during twilight, Gemma and Nick’s wedding package included twilight photographs. The first of these was with the groom and groomsmen with cigars before we took Gemma and Nick off for a final couple of minutes of photos.

The following blog post contains many of the photographs we played on the large screen slideshow during the evening reception.

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Stubton Hall, the distinctive rear lake and grounds. Although only a few miles from the A1 and Newark, the aerial photographs show the stunning location of this wedding venue.

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One of the locations inside Stubton Hall I’d seen during the pre-wedding shoot and one I knew would work well for photographs of the groomsmen.

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The wedding ceremony took place in the Orangery, large windows and a bright interior made this room ideal for photography.

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Stubton Hall’s Orangery set for the wedding breakfast. Large windows created  a bright and airy feel and like the music room really helped with photography.

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The staircase at Stubton Hall was on my personal must include list. This wedding photograph involved a little bit of trickery with the flash as the chandelier above the Gemma  and Nick’s head didn’t have any bulbs in. (This is something we often cover on our wedding photography training courses – details here)

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Although no big flaming skies, we managed a few wedding photographs at sunset.

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Hazlewood Castle Weddings | Amy and David’s Wedding photography at Hazlewood Castle, Yorkshire | Hazlewood Castle wedding photos

Amy and David were married recently at Hazlewood Castle in Yorkshire. The historic castle is one our favourite wedding venues and as a recommended supplier of the castle we are lucky enough to photograph a number of weddings there each year. Amy and David chose a civil wedding ceremony in the Old Dining Room, our day began a few hours before this for preparation photographs with both Amy and David. Both the bride and groom were getting ready at Hazlewood Castle so we took the opportunity to cover preparation of them both.

The photographs below include many we showed on our large screen slideshow during the evening reception. the slideshow is included with all wedding photography packages.

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With David also getting ready at Hazlewood Castle it was a good opportunity to capture some photographs of the guys preparing and finishing off dressing ahead of the wedding ceremony. 
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Tadcaster-Wedding-Photography-Hazlewood-Castle-Amy and her bridesmaids were all preparing in the Lavender room upstairs at Hazlewood. we joined them there for a number of photos before and after dressing, allowing us to photograph the wedding details, make up and finishing off the fastening of the wedding dress and finishing touches. (below)
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Drinks reception was in the courtyard at the castle. The weather thankfully allowing guests the opportunity to venture outdoors and allowing us better opportunities for candid and natural wedding photographs.

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Amy wore a long Cathedral length veil with her wedding dress meaning we had to make use of it for the wedding photographs complete with some swishing and shape making.

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The Great Hall at Hazlewood Castle set for wedding breakfast.

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After the wedding breakfast we stayed indoors for a number of wedding photographs of Amy and David around the castle interior.

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Twilight photographs at Hazlewood Castle always work well and with so many photo locations and opportunities we are spoilt for choice. The courtyard always proving a firm favourite. 
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For more information on our Weddding photography packages for Hazlewood Castle and other wedding venues take a look at our packages page here Wedding Packages

Hazlewood Castle Hotel – Paradise lane, Hazlewood near York. Hazlewood Castle website here