Bridlington Spa wedding Venue | Creating their new wedding brochure photographs | East Yorkshire Wedding Venue

I was recently commissioned by the East Riding Council in Yorkshire to produce a number of wedding style photographs for their recently relaunched Bridlington Spa weddings. In recent years the venue has undergone a huge refurbishment and they required images which helped show the versatility of the sea side wedding venue which can cater for small intimate weddings right upto larger celebrations with 500 guests.

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The brief was to include several key areas of the Spa and of course take advantage of the stunning on the beach location.

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The tide times helped dictate the main beach shoot which needed to take place early morning, the bonus being we had the opportunity to catch any potential sunrise and boy did it rise in spectacular fashion. Thankfully our models for the day were troopers, early January standing on a freezing beach in wet sand took some real effort to photograph, never mind pose.

Bridlington Spa Wedding Photographer, East Yorkshire wedding venue
Bridlington Spa wedding photography East Yorkshire

With access to the Theatre, the Art Deco Royal Hall and function rooms we had a variety of different lighting, smoke and backdrops at our disposal.

One of the highlights for me was the opportunity to use the Follow Me spots and haze to create something that really is unique to The Spa. The opportunity for couples to have such wedding photographs in their albums will be amazing and one not to be missed.

Another favourite was the stage in the Royal Hall, complete with a large star cloth backdrop, stage lighting and smoke machine. The stage is often used by bands and other touring acts, so much so that we had limited to to complete the shoot as the stage was being prepared for a concert by the Keiser Chiefs who the following week would be entertaining 3000 people from that very stage.

Bridlington Spa Wedding Photographer, East Yorkshire wedding venue
Bridlington Spa Wedding Photographer, East Yorkshire wedding venue

The proximity to the sea front and near by beach huts allowed an opportunity to include them in a number of wedding photographs before we caught sunset from the beach.

Bridlington Spa Wedding Photographer, East Yorkshire wedding venue
Bridlington Spa Wedding Photographer, East Yorkshire wedding venue

You can download the Wedding Brochure for Bridlington Spa here. For any couples looking for somewhere unique to marry with the added bonus of awesome and just as unique photo opportunities Bridlington Spa is not to be missed.

In February I attended the Guild Of Photographers annual awards evening where I was in the running for the Wedding Photographer of the Year award. The award is based on a a whole years worth of entries with 24 photographs scores going towards deciding the overall winner. Rather than a competition based on a single lucky shot, the competition really tests consistency over a whole year and on average typically sees 13000 or more photographs entered every year. During the evening I was awarded Wedding Photographer of the Year.

The wedding photographs below were some of my Silver and Gold award winning photographs. Looking through these photos it’s no surprise at how many of these were included in the bride and grooms wedding albums as double page spreads.

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A Silver award winning wedding photograph from Heather and Cameron’s Allerton Castle wedding in October. The after dark image featuring a champagne spray was included in their Exclusive storybook album as a double page spread.

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A Silver award for this wedding photograph of Steven and Claire at Sunset on their wedding day at Merrydale Manor in Cheshire.

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An evening silhouette in the gate house at Peckforton Castle scored a Gold award. The misty evening at Caitlin and Ryan’s wedding allowed me to use a blue gel covered flash to add a strong coloured tone to the wedding photograph.

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Laura and Mike’s wedding in Santorini produced two silver awards and a Gold. This wedding photograph taken at Sunset near Imerovigli scored a silver.

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Sunset reflections from Sarah and Simon’s wedding. Following their wedding at All Saints Church, Helmsley we popped down to a near by ruined abbey to catch sunset. The image was awarded a Silver in the wedding category.

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One of the four Gold award winning wedding photographs fo 2019 included this photograph taken during Catherine and Alex’s wedding at Stubton Hall

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The archway at Rudding Park featured in no less than three silver award winning wedding photographs,. This one from Tiffany and Russells wedding was the only one in Black and White and really shows the unique texture of Tiffany’s amazing wedding dress.

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Charlotte and Nick’s wedding at Rudding Park, Harrogate in March last year resulted in two Silver awards, both taken in the same location at Rudding Park, the wedding photograph of Charlotte alone in the day and during the evening light rain meant we had to use an umbrella to keep the couple dry.

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The second Silver award winning wedding photograph from Laura and Mike’s wedding day in Santorini. A high view point above the Caldera allowed me to include two of the islands famous blue domes.

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Twilight creates so many opportunities for wow wedding photographs and it’s no surprise to have so many feature in my top award winning wedding photographs. Taken at Ringwood Hall during the wedding of Lucy and Dan a single flash helped create a quick silhouette.

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Allerton Castle in October for the wedding of Cameron and Heather produced three silver awards. This wedding photograph of Cam and the groomsmen in the Billiard room before the wedding is a double page spread in my new studio sample album.

Allerton Castle wedding photographs. Yorkshire wedding photographer.

Rain can help produce amazing wedding photographs. The last wedding photograph of the evening at Cameron and Heathers wedding. A third silver award from their day and also the album cover image for my new studio album.

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Allerton Castle at Vicki and Ben’s wedding in December 2018. The orange and purple colours and silhouette image of the bride and groom was awarded a silver.

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Frances and Jacobs’ wedding at Allerton Castle in August was a wet day and as a result we created most of the the bride and groom portrait photographs indoors. The stunning features of Allerton castle make it an ideal wedding venue in adverse weather and the staircase is an obvious focal point. A little later in the day we took Frances and Jacob outside into the garden for a short photo session under an umbrella. Both of these were awarded Silvers in the wedding photography category.

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A Gold award winning wedding photograph from Laura and Mike’s wedding day in Santorini. One of my favourites form their wedding day, this made a double page spread in their album and also the front cover. printed onto Stainless steel the photograph looks amazing.

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Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire was the venue for Sarah and Thomas’ wedding in August. Sparklers under the trees, taken just after dark was awarded a Silver.

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Allerton Castle featured heavily in the award winning photographs. It’s no surprise really considering the amazing features and backdrops the wedding venue provides. This wedding photograph of Ab and Jordan on the staircase was awarded a Silver.

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Rain can help produce amazing wedding photographs, this photograph taken at Wentbridge House at Laura and Bryan’s wedding ticks both the twilight and rain boxes and was awarded a Silver in the wedding photography category.

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Sunset at Hodsock Priory on Mitch and Petrina’s wedding day was my fourth Gold award winning wedding photograph of the year. A classic pose took a little positioning whilst the setting sun created an amazing coloured sky. I don’t normally have a favourite wedding photograph each year, but if I did this would certainly rank highly.

Allerton Castle wedding photographs. Graphistudio storybook wedding album from Italy.

Allerton Castle Wedding Photography | Heather and Cameron’s Exclusive Storybook wedding album | Yorkshire wedding photographer

The latest addition to our studio wedding albums arrived this week, the amazing Exclusive Storybook wedding album featuring Heather and Cameron’s wedding at Allerton Castle in October.

Already viewed and chosen as their album package by several couples looking to book me for their wedding photography, the handmade album is part of my Exclusive Storybook range and includes an Acrylic photo cover and black leather back and spine. The highly polished acrylic is 5mm thick and covers almost all of the front of the album.

Inside the layout features several double page spreads, each one is 60cm wide and really shows the clarity and detail of the printing as well as of course the stunning wedding photographs and Allerton Castle.

The box for the album is a white soft touch two piece wooden box with a cover design and couples name. All colour co-ordinated to the wedding day.

If you’d like to view my wedding photography album packages and collections please take a look here and if you’d like to pop over for a look at this amazing album in person please let me know.

Allerton Castle wedding photographs. Graphistudio storybook wedding album from Italy.
Allerton Castle wedding photographs. Graphistudio storybook wedding album from Italy.

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Landscape Photographer of the Year | The Societies of Photographers | Award Winning Photographer

Late January I attended the annual awards ceremony for the Societies of Photographers in London. I had two photographs in the landscape category top ten and was hopeful of securing a top three place in the awards with one o the two photographs.

As the top three places were announced I was delighted to be placed third in the Landscape Category with a photograph of a lone tree at sunrise Snowdonia North Wales, I was shortly even happier to be awarded first place and overall landscape photographer of the year with my early morning photograph of a stormy and very atmospheric Kilchurn Castle in Scotland. (Above).

This is the second time I’ve won Landscape Photographer of the year with the Societies, the last being back in 2012, although I suppose I really should enter more to be in with a chance!

UK Landscape Photographer of the Year.

My Third place photograph below was of a lone tree in Llyn Padarn near LLanberis Snowdonia, the early morning photograph taken just before sunrise.

llanberis tree North Wales. Snowdonia. landscape photographer of the year

I offer limited availability Landscape photography training courses including to The Scottish Highlands and also Snowdonia, details can be found on my website here

A little late posting but arriving in the office last year was this stunning Exclusive Storybook Album and matching parent copies featuring Kayleigh and Matthews wedding at Langdale Church and Langdale Hotel in the Lake District.

The wedding albums stainless steel cover and box both feature Kayleigh and Matthews order of service showing their church nestled in the Langdale Valley. We recreated the image as a photo with our drone adding Kayleigh and Matthew to the scene too.

You can view the full range of albums available with our wedding photography packages here

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Santorini Wedding Photography | Laura and Mike’s Exclusive Storybook Wedding Album | Handmade Italian Wedding Books

It’s been a busy few months of wedding album deliveries to excited brides and grooms. One of these just before Christmas was for Laura and Mike married in summer 2019 in Santorini, Greece.

Their album is a large 30×30 Exclusive Storybook and featured a stainless steel and black leather cover wrapping up 62 pages of edge to edge printing on the stunning soft touch paper.

Exclusive albums are supplied with a customisable presentation box, Laura and Mike’s matt white box had a subtle gloss overprinting of a photograph taken in Santorini of entwined figures in the shape of the islands and Caldera.

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Exclusive Storybook wedding albums include full edge to printing allowing large double page spreads of your favourite wedding photographs. There’s also no limit to how many wedding photos you can include in these stunning hand made Italian albums.

Santorini wedding photography. Travelling photographer Santorini weddings

You can view the full range of wedding photo albums and collections here

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Heather and Cameron’s Allerton Castle Wedding | Allerton Castle Wedding Photography | Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

Heather and Cameron were married earlier this month at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. In a new style blog I’ve left it to Heather and Cameron to describe their wedding day in their own words starting with the proposal.

The Proposal

Cameron proposed whilst we were on the beach on holiday in Zanzibar during the summer of 2018, we then planned our wedding in just over twelve months

The wedding venue – Allerton Castle North Yorkshire.

Allerton Castle was a clear winner from day one. It was the first venue we went to see. The ball room and great hall in particular won us over and of course the grand exterior gave it the wow factor. We did go see other venues such as a barn and a stately home but nothing came close to Allerton Castle for us.

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The Wedding Dress

Wedding dress, started looking pretty soon after we got engaged and tried quite a few on that were all a different style to the one I ended up choosing which was a wild card pick from the bridal shop owner! I chose the dress in November last year and it arrived in April earlier this year. I actually got my dress from an independent bridal shop in my hometown where my parents still live which was a really nice touch. It was a Mon Cheri design wedding dress by Martin Thornburg.

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The groom and Groomsmen’s suits

“The groomsmen suits were from Mossbros, I went for a light grey for the guys with a little bit of burgundy to match some colours in my suit. My burgundy suit was hand made and we knew the colour would really compliment the wedding colour scheme and the time of year. Also with me working in the model industry I have done many bridal shoots and almost all the time wear a black or navy coloured suit so I wanted my wedding suit to be something very different.”



Floristry – Natasha Jane Events

I knew I wanted a bouquet with lots of autumnal colours especially burgundy but it was really looking on Pinterest that gave me the inspiration! Plus speaking with our florist Natasha – she knew instantly how to put the colours together that I wanted, all I had to do was send her some photos and she did the rest!


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Heather’s father had no idea about the wedding dress, style or colour and so we took the opportunity to capture the moment he saw his Heather in her dress for the first time. Emotions high as they were literally ready to walk to the ceremony.  The dress had also been kept out of sight of the bridesmaids and again it was an opportunity to photograph their reactions as they saw heather for the first time in her wedding dress.

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“Our wedding music for the whole day was provided the brilliant Event Music Company. A trio for the ceremony and drinks reception and a full band for the evening. What we didn’t know was they were also providing surprise singing waiters.” (More on that in a moment).


The wedding ceremony.

Taking place in Allerton Castle’s amazing Great Hall which always offers amazing photo opportunities in this almost Cathedral like area of the Castle the wedding ceremony begins with the bridal party making their way down the grand staircase.

“Walking down the stairs into the ceremony was one thing I was extremely nervous about in the build up to the wedding! But when the moment came I absolutely loved it as I could see Cam just smiling away at me and loads of familiar faces in the room, I actually enjoyed that part massively but I found the ceremony more emotional than I anticipated which meant the nerves didn’t really settle straight away. When the owl flew off with the rings and made everyone laugh – that definitely helped! ”



Cameron ” Amazing having my Dad up there with me as best man, very special being able to share that moment, for that reason this photograph is one of my favourites from the day”

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Allerton Castle wedding photograph Yorkshire wedding venue

Heather “My hands were shaking so much when the best man passed me the wedding ring to give to Cam, I was terrified I was going to drop it  but somehow I didn’t and Chris managed to capture these gorgeous photos.”

“We chose two readings for our wedding ceremony ‘on your wedding day’ which was a popular one that we liked and then ‘he never leaves the seat up’ for a more light hearted and funny one as well which we changed slightly to suit us more. Readings in the ceremony were  by my mum and Cam’s step sister Nikki ”






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Heather ” I love this confetti photograph, for me it shows the excitement and emotion of the wedding day”


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Allerton Castle wedding photograph Yorkshire wedding venue

Allerton Castle wedding photograph

Allerton Castle wedding photograph Yorkshire wedding venue

The ballroom at Allerton Castle and just a few of the details of their wedding breakfast layout. The wedding cake expertly made by Hannah’s kitchen featured the story of their relationship form meeting in Leeds to the proposal and finally the top tier silhouette featuring Allerton Castle as their wedding venue.


The wedding breakfast, surprise singing Waiters and speeches

The wedding breakfast took place in the Ballroom, with grand views out to the folly and surrounding estate, ornate ceiling and chandeliers. Catering for the wedding breakfast  was provided by Bradshaws catering. Between courses Cameron’s mum had planned a surprise for the bride and groom in the form of singing waiters.

Cameron “The singing waiters completely baffled us both for the first few minutes! At first we thought the guy was just trying his luck to sing for some wedding guests and I was getting slightly concerned as I had planned the wedding timings to the precise minute  but when the guy walked out and the woman started belting out opera – we worked it out then!”

Heather “The speeches were amazing. My dad’s joke about his tiny kilt is a stand out moment as it made the whole room laugh and Cam’s speech was just brilliant, emotional and hilarious. Him referring to my 7 bridesmaids as the 7 dwarfs from Snow White definitely sticks in my mind  Then cam’s mum and dad said such lovely things and the best man was funny too – it was a highlight of the day for me (Heather) especially.”

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Allerton Castle wedding photograph Yorkshire wedding venue

The First Dance:

Our first dance song was ‘tale as old as time’ from beauty and the beast. We wanted my sister to sing our first dance song for us so we agreed on something that she felt comfortable to sing and that we also loved – we are Disney fans so it was just perfect for us.

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Lisa Kellie (Singing first Dance)– “By far the scariest but best thing I’ve ever done.  When Heather asked me to be her maid of honour a year ago I didn’t realise she’d also be asking me to not only sing at her wedding, but for their first dance . A few visits up to Leeds throughout the year to practice with The Event Music Company and I’m pretty happy how it turned out.  The emotion I felt during this was something else, the best feeling in the world  when I saw their smiling faces giving me the thumbs up that it was sounding okay, I love these two so much, but don’t ask me to sing at anymore family events!”.

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Allerton Castle wedding venue in Yorkshire

A long exposure drone photograph of Allerton Castle after dark, the glow in the sky coming from the nearby lights of York. With the right conditions we are able to fly after dark and create amazing wedding venue photographs. Due to weather and the required permissions for drone operations we can’t guarantee drone images on the day but as a fully licensed and insured drone operator  I’ll try my very best to create them,


We managed to sneak out for some photographs between courses to make the most of the stunning Allerton Castle as our backdrop with just a faintest hint of light in the sky. During this time we also popped a couple of bottles of champagne to create some different wedding photographs that would make a great ending to the wedding album. Little did we know at this point it would rain just before we were planning to use sparklers and so we trumped what I thought would be their finale image with an umbrella and castle photograph.

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Heather “There were so many photographs that simply blew us away, Chris did an amazing job,  an actual artist we are blown away with his photos ! I think this is my favourite from the day. Showing my dress, Cam and the amazing staircase.”


Heather “All of our suppliers were brilliant. We used Natasha Jane events for flowers and decoration, Chris Hilton and The Event Music Company provided music for the full wedding day – The way Natasha styled our wedding and the music for our ceremony and throughout our evening reception definitely stand out.

My hair was styled by Mousie browns, Rachel O’Dell made an amazing job of my wedding make up. our wedding cake was made may the talented Hannah’s Kitchen and featured the story out our relationship with a tier highlighting how we met, our proposal and finally where we married., Tom Midgley is creating our wedding video,

The wedding planners at Allerton Castle,  Libby and Jessica were invaluable and Bradshaws catering couldn’t have given us better service. And of course you Chris for the photography, our amazing photos speak for themselves, Chris is an actual artist we are blown away with his photos !”

Heather and Cameron’s chosen wedding suppliers for their Allerton Castle Wedding. 

Wedding Venue – Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

Photographer – Chris Chambers Photography – well it is my blog!

Wedding Flowers and styling – Natasha Jane Events

Wedding Make Up – Rachel O’Dell

Wedding Hair – Mousie Browns

Wedding Cake – Hannah’s Kitchen

Catering – Bradshaws

Wedding Video – Tom Midgley



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Triple Gold Awards from the Societies of Photographers | Award Winning Photographer

After scoring three gold awards in September I was thrilled this week to receive three new Gold Awards from the Societies of Photographers.  Over 900 images were entered into the competition, only 29 scored high enough to be awarded a Gold so really pleased that three of these were mine



Winning a Gold in the In Camera Artistry section was this photograph of Tower Bridge and light trails. In camera artistry is about unedited images, photographs that haven’t been photoshopped. This photo was taken with a thirty second exposure to blur the passing bus on a cold evening in march this year.


My Third Landscape Gold award of 2019 with this photograph of Kilchurn Castle in Scotland. taken in October as the early morning sun illuminated the castle and a passing shower to create the dark atmospheric photo with a rainbow.


In the Travel section this photograph of the Eiffel Tower at night won a Gold. taken in May this year from the high above the Paris skyline just after sunset.

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Evie and Jame’s Hazlewood Castle Wedding | Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photographer | Yorkshire wedding photography

Evie and James married last week at Hazlewood Castle near York. Their wedding day included a civil wedding ceremony inside Hazlewood Castle’s Old Dining Room followed by a wedding blessing in the Chapel of St Leonard’s within the castle grounds.

The Proposal

James proposed on the morning of my  birthday, with baby Arthur helping.

The wedding Venue – Hazlewood Castle 

We were initially looking at various venues online, James chose Hazlewood Castle and it was the first venue we looked at. We fell in love with it straight away so we didn’t even look at any other wedding venues

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Saying yes to the Dress – Appearing on TV and having expert guidance on choosing your wedding dress.

I had just given birth to my daughter Bluebell when my sister sent me through an application to Say Yes To The Dress. Shortly after sending in the online form, I received numerous phone calls and Skype calls from the production company to assess my suitability. Once they told me I had been successful I was so happy! I first filmed with them over a year ago, when Bluebell was only 5 weeks old. It was such a great experience,  the Bridal shop used in the TV programme is called Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne, Lancashire.  It was here that Gok Wan along with the fantastic ladies in the dress shop  helped me choose my amazing wedding dress . It was such an amazing experience meeting Gok. I only tried on 3 dresses, but I knew my dress straight away. I also wore my Nan’s Tiara, the same one she wore on her wedding day.

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The Bridal Party

I chose 4 bridesmaids; my daughter, sister, sister in law and Jame’s step sister. The older girls wore light pink Ted Baker dresses with Ted Baker shawls.  The guys suits were from Moss Bros. We wanted a classic look and for them to match the bridesmaids dresses with pink cravats and pocket squares.

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The Theme of the wedding day

The theme of the wedding was a princess winter wonderland! Hazlewood Castle provided the fairy tale backdrop, Christmas trees, crackers, bauble place name holders etc all worked well with the amazing floral work from Fulford Flowers helped set the theme for our wedding.  We felt that our wedding was really personal. James mum sadly passed away 6 years ago, so we had lots of touches to McMillian Cancer support, our favours were wedding day pin badges, which lots of our guests wore thought the evening.

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The Wedding flowers – Fulford Flowers All the flowers, trees candles etc looked amazing and everything I could have wished for they did a fantastic job at making the Castle look like a fairytale. I wanted a similar style bouquet to what my mum had on her wedding day and Cheryl worked her magic to create something very similar.
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The Great Hall at Hazlewood Castle with a pink and white theme, bespoke table covers and pink blossom trees provided by Fulford Flowers.
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The First Dance

The evening reception took place in Hazlewood Castle’s Great Hall. Our first dance was to A Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman. James and I love that song and I love the meaning behind it.

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Stand out Moments from your wedding day?

“It has to be walking down the aisle and seeing James and Arthur at the end waiting for me. The time spent with our family and friends was very precious and special to us both”

Any tips for future brides?

“If you choose a larger wedding dress for the day, consider a second smaller and lighter dress for your evening reception, it would make dancing so much easier”

Any suppliers you’d like to mention?

“All of our wedding suppliers were fantastic!”

Wedding venue– Hazlewood Castle

Wedding Photography– Chris Chambers Photography

Wedding Dress– Ava rose Hamilton

Bridal and venue flowers– Fulford Flowers

Wedding Stationery– Liliboo stationary

Musicians– The Cellist and Pianist from Gourmet Music Limited

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A selection of Evie and Jame’s wedding photographs from their Hazlewood Castle Wedding

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Shelley and Peter’s Denton Hall Wedding | Denton Hall Ilkley Wedding Photography | Denton Hall Weddings

We were recently lucky enough to photograph the wedding of Shelley and Peter at the lovely Denton Hall near Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Bridal preparations took place at Denton Hall along with the wedding celebrations, the actual wedding ceremony was held at the delightful St Helen’s Church in the village literally at the top of the drive. In their own words, Shelley and Peter tell us about the build up and their wedding day at Denton Hall…..

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The Proposal

“It was August bank holiday weekend 2018 during a visit to Peter’s family on the Isle of Man. On Sunday afternoon we went to my favourite place on the island, We walked to a quiet secluded spot on the edge of a cliff, where Peter proposed. After saying yes, we celebrated with a cup of tea in the late afternoon sun!

The Wedding Venue – Denton Hall near Ilkley West Yorkshire

“We visited several different wedding venues, Denton Hall ticked all the boxes – a great location, the lovely church close by, plenty of on-site accommodation, fantastic views, a professional team at Box Tree events and it’s in Yorkshire”

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Saying yes to the Wedding Dress

“Following many hours trawling the internet and several visits to various bridal shops, I  finally found the dress online. Unfortunately, no bridal shops in Yorkshire stocked this particular dress but Brides to Be in Queensbury, Bradford stocked the designer (True Bride). Brides to Be were extremely helpful and ordered the dress as well as doing a fantastic job on the alterations.”

Wedding Flowers, Bouquets and Floral Arrangements

“Natasha Coustol provided all of the flowers for the venue, church, bouquets and buttonholes. The flowers were in keeping with the Yorkshire/Manx theme. The Yorkshire Rose for my wedding bouquet and Peter’s buttonhole, and the colours of the Manx tartan for the Bridesmaids bouquets, table decorations & church flowers.

Natasha was very helpful from the initial meeting right through to the day itself, and was able to accommodate all of their ideas as well as providing advice on the types of flowers to use.”

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The groom and Groomsmens suits

“The suits for the boys were from a small boutique in Rawdon, Bridal Apparel. In the early stages of wedding planning there was a lot of focus, attention and time spent by the ladies visiting suppliers of wedding dresses to find the right dress. Being a guy Peter was pretty relaxed about the suits, apparently too relaxed, but he knew from the start that Morning Suits were the suit of choice.”

“Shelley arranged an appointment for her and one of the bridesmaids to see the range of dresses available. As Bridal Apparel also had grooms wear I seized the opportunity to prod Peter into action and suggested he came along too, to see the options for the guys.”

“As soon as we arrived at Bridal Apparel, Peter saw Navy Morning Suit, with a “Champagne” tie. After measurements and trying on various options, the navy suit was an instant winner. The process of ordering the suits, having all the guys measured, picking up the suits and returning the suits was really easy and well managed by Bridal Apparel.”

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Theme of the wedding:

“Being from Yorkshire and Peter being from the Isle of Man, the “theme” of the wedding was to incorporate elements from both Yorkshire and the Isle of Man into the day – flowers, music, colours etc. But, most importantly we both wanted the wedding to be relaxed and fun!

“The Yorkshire/Manx theme was incorporated through various aspects of the wedding. The stationery included the white roses of Yorkshire lying on a ribbon on Manx tartan, the bridesmaids dresses were sky blue – taken from the Manx Tartan & Yorkshire flag, the bridesmaids flowers were the colours of the Manx tartan, and the bride’s bouquet matched the stationery – a bouquet of white “Yorkshire roses” wrapped together by Manx tartan.”

“Other details included the table names being the corners on the Isle of Man TT Course, the table plan being based on the leaderboard from the Isle of Man TT Races, and the gifts for the bridal party including items from both Yorkshire and the Isle of Man. Although this sounds like a lot of Manx related items being included, Peter is always quick to point out that Yorkshire won when it came to deciding where to hold the wedding!”

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Personal Touches

As well as the Yorkshire/Manx theme, Shelley and Peter wanted the wedding to be relaxed and fun. With this in mind, they hired a magician (Matthew Cope) to entertain the guests during the drinks reception and before the wedding breakfast. Matthew’s tricks and humour were a success with all the guests, in particular the children who all walked away with a balloon animal. During the evening reception, they hired a photobooth, did a confetti throw during the cake cutting and a sparkler tunnel where all the guests had a sparkler, this was a lot of fun as all the guests could get involved.

Throughout the day, a photo slideshow of Shelley and Peter growing up was playing – baby photos to engagement! This was a simple idea but was hugely popular.

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The First Dance song The One by Kodaline. Besides being a song both Shelley and Peter enjoy, anyone who listens to the lyrics will understand why they felt it made a perfect choice for a first dance – although their advice would be to pick a more up tempo version, “dancing” to such a slow song was tricky.

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Standout and memorable moments of your wedding day


“Sitting at the front of the church waiting for Shelley to arrive and shortly afterwards Shelley arriving and walking up the aisle to the altar. It was a moment of calmness in a fun and action packed day

“Catching up with family a friends, some of whom we had not seen for a long time and many of which had travelled a long way to be at the wedding.”

“The colour and excitement of the “sparkler tunnel photograph”. Standing waiting to walk down the tunnel seeing all our guests smiling, laughing, waving sparklers and creating a corridor of light for us to walk through.

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“The door opening at the back of the church and suddenly seeing all our guests smiling faces as I began the walk up the aisle. The ceremony as a whole was joyous – including hearing the guests getting to grips with hymn singing.”

“Peter’s speech; building up to the speech I was nervous because I knew how important it was to Peter to deliver it well. The speech blew me away with the delivery, the words and the humour were all fantastic.”

“To begin the evening celebrations, Peter and I walked down Denton Hall’s spiral staircase which was lined by all the guests, before reaching the bottom and cutting the cake under a shower of confetti. This along with the sparkler tunnel photograph were fun to do, for both us and for the guests to get involved in.”

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Any advice for other bride and grooms?

“Enjoy the build up, the planning and preparation for the day. The day does go by quickly, and it is important to enjoy the whole experience of the wedding.”

“A more practical tip for those planning weddings is to read blogs such as these and view images from various weddings including different venues to identify wedding venues you may not have thought of, or little details from weddings which can be incorporated into yours.

Denton Hall Weddings

Our Favourite wedding photographs

We have two real favourite wedding photographs, the first is outside St Helens Church. The Guests had  thrown confetti, and it's  just after we were married, full of colour, with all our friends and family celebrating behind us and the second is the two of us at the lamppost. As this reminds us of our first date and it's such a peaceful moment with just the two of us. 

Shelley and Peters chosen wedding suppliers 

Wedding venue  – Denton Hall

Events and catering – Box Tree Events Ilkley

PhotographyChris Chambers Photography

Wedding DressBrides to Be Queensbury Bradford 

Wedding Flowers – Natasha Coustal Floral Design in Leeds

Grooms outfit – Bridal Apparel, Rawdon leeds

Magician – Matthew Cope 

A selection of wedding photographs from Shelley and Peter’s wedding day at Denton Hall. 

Chris Chambers Photography. Denton Hall wedding photographer.