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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.

Wedding Photography Denton Hall Wedding Photography Denton HallThe First Dance

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.

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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.


Gold Awards from The Societies of Photographers | Award winning photographer

Following on form my success with the Guild of Photographers this month, I also received three Gold Awards from the Societies of Photographers, formerly the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers.

Of over 1100 images entered, just over thirty scored Gold and three of these were mine including my first ever Gold in the wedding category. This notoriously hard category sees only a handful of Gold Scoring images each year and I’m proud to say one of those was taken by me!

Lone tree at sunrise, Llanberis Snowdonia Wales. Award-winning-landscape-photograph

A waterlogged lone tree in Snowdonia. taken just before sunrise in September, the photograph of the llanberis lone tree scored a gold and was also awarded Judges Choice. This  photograph has now scored gold with both The Societies and The Guild of Photographers.


Sunset at at Hodsock Priory for Mitch and Petrina’s wedding. This wedding photograph has scored gold with both The Societies and The Guild of Photographers.

Stag under a double rainbow in Glencoe. Award-winning-wildlife-photograph

A stag under a double rainbow in Glencoe last winter. a case of right place and right time for this photograph.

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Peckfrton-Castle-wedding-photographs-cheshire-wedding-photographyLucy and James Peckforton Castle Wedding | Peckforton Castle Wedding Photographer | Peckforton Castle weddings

The Proposal:

James proposed in Menagerie in Manchester. He had arranged with the staff to play a special song to us (amazed by Lonestar) and when they played it he proposed in front of the restaurant)

The Theme and Colour Scheme of the Wedding day:

“We didn’t have theme as such however I went for a vintage, 1950’s type look look with a tea length dress with very similar style for the bridesmaids. Red was the main colour as this was the colour of the bridal shoes and bridesmaids shoes and then incorporated into the flowers and make up”.


Why did you chose Peckforton Castle as your wedding venue?

We chose Peckforton Castle as it is such a beautiful building in a beautiful location. We liked that we could use different rooms for different aspects of the wedding which meant we could sample as much of this magnificent building as we could. For example the wedding ceremony was in the Great Hall and then the Wedding Breakfast in the Hexagonal Room. Also, as it is a hotel it had enough rooms to accommodate our guests, some of which had travelled a long way. We were able to hire the venue exclusively also so we could have a private and intimate wedding.


Saying yes to the wedding dress:

I went to around 6 shops and tried on around 20 dresses before I found ‘the one’ at Sarah’s Boutique in Northwich. As soon as I tried the LouLou tea length dress on I fell in love with the length and vintage look. I was looking for a dress which was a bit different and it just instantly felt right so I bought it there and then and cancelled future appointments I’d booked with other bridal shops.
I went looking with an open mind. I tried on virtually every style going to eliminate what I liked and didn’t like. I tried a tea length dress on and liked the way it showed off my shoes so then researched places that stocked these type of dresses and found Sarah’s boutique in Northwich.

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The two bridesmaids were rather special:

Our two daughters were our bridesmaids- Ellie who is 6 who is my daughter and Jessica aged 4 who is James’s daughter. They wore very similar dresses to mine, tea length and ivory and I purchased these from Monsoon. To accompany their dresses they wore red converse trainers to compliment my red Valentino shoes and then in the evening I also changed into converse so we all matched.


Flowers and Floral Arrangements:

Ian Lloyd events supplied all our flowers and decorated the Great Hall for the ceremony and Hexagonal Room for the wedding breakfast


Personal touches galore, a very bespoke wedding day and a very considerate bride and groom:

We wanted our wedding to move away from tradition. James didn’t have a best man and I only had our two young daughters as bridesmaids. We had an adults only wedding with only our daughters and niece and nephew present. Most of our guests are parents and they loved being able to come and let their hair down without running after their children. As we had no best man James and I decided to do speeches, I went first followed by James.


My dress and style for the day was based around the 50’s with the tea length dress and red lip stick. As guests could see my shoes I wanted something that would stand out so went for red Valentinos, a shoe that I can wear again and again after the wedding. I wanted the bridesmaids to have red shoes too so opted for red converse. At night I changed into these so we were all matching and in comfy shoes which we can wear again.


To entertain the guests during the photographs we hired a magician who was amazing. Feedback from guests was it was mind blowing. Guests were provided with Mr and Mrs drinks. Sloe Gin and tonic for the men and Kir Royale for the women. We had a bespoke menu designed by ourselves and the head chef at Peckforton.


Instead of name places we had guest names printed on Swizzells Love Heart Sweets and gave guests scratch cards as wedding favours. We did a DIY sweetie table as we found it was cheaper to do this ourselves than pay for a sweet cart. We had about 12 different sweets! In the evening as well as the DJ and Band we had two casino tables of Roulette and BlackJack. These were a hit with the guests with the two winners receiving a bottle of bubbles.

In the female toilets we provided a basket full of flip flops and a toiletries basket with items such as hairspray, grips, deodorant etc so guests could freshen up. At midnight when the DJ had finished we had a surprise for the guests. In the wine cellar we put on a silent disco which was a first for Peckforton.

All the guests and staff were given a pair of headphones and we spend the next 3 hours flicking between music channels. We had cheese, Rnb and just general pop. This was one of our favourite things about the wedding. Everybody loved the disco, some of the guests didn’t want to go to bed at 3am when it ended! It was such a highlight of the wedding for us. We provided a midnight snack of pizza and sandwiches to keep everyone going.

Whilst everyone was dancing away we had hangover bags placed in all the guest bedrooms. These consisted of water, paracetamol, mints, chewing gum, chocolate and sweets.

Wedding ceremony at Peckforton Castle

The wedding ceremony:

“I felt really nervous before entering the Great Hall. I had to have a moment before I could walk down the aisle to compose myself. I saw James welling up and it started me off too and it didn’t help my dad was in tears next to me. It was very emotional but when I arrived at James’s side my nerves disappeared and I couldn’t stop smiling.

Our daughter Ellie who is only 6 stood and read a poem and as James had no best man his daughter Jessica who is 4 had the rings.

During the ceremony our wedding rings wouldn’t fit (it was a hot day and both our hands had swollen) so laughed our way through it and we had to physically force them on each other. This had us and our guests laughing and gave the ceremony a more relaxed atmosphere and set the tone for the rest of the day.”

Wedding ceremony at Peckforton Castle

The first dance and evening reception:

“We chose,  Stand By Me by Ben E King. This was sung by the band ‘The Rush’. We had seen them perform this previously in our favourite bar and they do their own unique version which we loved. Also, it is a relatively short song which appealed as we didn’t want to be on the dance floor on our own for too long. As well as the band we had a DJ, casino tables and a silent Disco after midnight.”


The wedding cake:

“This was designed by Jo Couture Cakes and was a 3 tier semi naked cake with a gold drip. The layers consisted of an 6 inch layer homemade lemon curd and lemon butter cream, an 8 inch layer of vanilla with raspberry Eton Mess butter cream and a 10 inch bakewell with almond butter cream and berry conserve. Fresh flowers on the cake were supplied by Ian Lloyd”


Honeymoon – well 2 Honeymoons!

“We decided to go to South Africa for our honeymoon however have delayed this until January when it is their summer. On the Monday after the wedding we went to Venice for 4 days as this was a destination neither of us had been.”

Any advice for other bride and grooms?:

“Don’t rush into making decisions. Make sure you do lots of research on suppliers. There can be such a variation in costs for the same service and preferred suppliers may not necessarily be the best option for you. Once you have chosen a venue go and visit their wedding fairs and wedding evenings as it is really useful to get ideas and see it dressed for a wedding. Also, its your big day, so book where you want, choose who you want to invite, pick the suppliers that fit your needs…don’t let family and friends pressurise you into something that suits them.”

Wedding Gallery – A selection of wedding photographs from Lucy and Jame’s Peckforton Castle wedding. 

Lucy and James’ chosen Wedding Suppliers. 

Photography – Well me of course!  Chris Chambers 

Wedding FlowersIan Lloyd Everts 

Lighting DJ CasinoHipswing 

Wedding CakeJo Couture Cakes

VideographerMarry Me Films

MagicianNick Rushton

MusiciansBalfour String Quartet and band The Rush

Hair and make UpBridal Hair and Make Up Cheshire 

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The stunning Peckforton Castle taken just after sunset on the day of Lucy and Jame’s wedding.

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Leanne and Louis Kirkstall Abbey Wedding | Kirkstall Abbey Leeds Wedding Photography | Rainy day wedding at Kirkstall Abbey

Possibly the wettest wedding ceremony I have ever photographed. Leanne and Louis’ wedding at Kirkstall Abbey started dry but quickly trend with heavy showers during and immediately after the wedding ceremony. thankfully the weather cleared in time for photographs.

Could you tell me a little about how you met and of course the proposal? 

Louis and I met in Halls at Leeds College of Music as we were put in the same apartment! Louis proposed 6 years later on rainy and windy day at the beach on a nature reserve in Skegness!

What made you chose Kirkstall Abbey ? 

“We frequently walk around Kirkstall Abbey and loved the epic grandeur. I always wanted to get married outside. ”

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Where did you chose and say yes to your amazing wedding dress?

“I knew I wanted a completely plain dress. Pronovias range at Rococo Bride in Melbourne, Derbyshire  had in the perfect dress. It is timeless, understated with a futuristic twist in the neck line. The simplicity of the dress allowed the veil to be the statement. I got the full face birdcage veil from Liberty in Love –  it perfectly mixed the vintage and high fashion feel I was after. ”

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Louis and his groomsmen had a very clean classical look

The suits were French Connection from Moss Bros. We wanted clean cut lines a tux gives with no softness to give a masculine and executive look. The choice of pocket squares rather than boutonnières helped achieve this look. The groom wears on his lapel the Crest of Great Yarmouth. – his home town. Navy blue was chosen for the ties to compliment the bridesmaids dress which had Navy blue undertones to the floral design. These dresses were from Pretty Kitty, and the Bardot wiggle fit gave a vintage edge, Leaving the flower girl to wear a dress similar to mine in simplicity and of course the cute factor!



Thankfully you were very prepared for exceptionally wet weather. 

“Two seating plan arrangements for at the abbey – As it was dry when the set up occurred it meant that we had the best possible seating for guests. Guests were warned on invitations that the ceremony was outdoor and to dress appropriately and bring umbrellas with ‘Fingers crossed for good weather’. I purchased umbrellas for the bridal party 2 weeks prior (hoping to not use and send back). Pagoda style umbrellas for bride and groom and colour co-ordinated for the remainder of the party. We hired a vintage double decker bus to transport guests from the ceremony to reception venue.  We knew having an outdoor wedding would be risky with the weather but we really didn’t care as Kirkstall Abbey was ‘us’.”


At any point during the ceremony and heavy rain did you even consider taking cover?

“We didn’t care ourselves that we got wet, luckily the abbey had parts that were undercover so some guests moved during the ceremony when the heavens opened! We had our brollies! All guests said that the rain made for a very unique wedding ceremony and it added to the photos.”


There were a number of amusing moments in the speeches, were there any particular stand out moments?

“The speeches were HILARIOUS and there was nothing was held back! Lots of sex references from our previous house mates (Maid of Honour and Best Man) we noticed! Touching Childhood memories from Father of the bride & warm welcoming of groom into the family.

Maid of Honour speech featured sweet and thoughtful words of the bride with some minor teasing gathered from 10 years of friendship.

Grooms – Heartfelt thank yous with perfectly timed humour to our incredible family and friends. Sentimental gratefulness to the bride with a wicked humour twist. The “best grooms speech ever heard” we got told many times.

Best Man – Roasting of the groom with 10 years worth of material to chose from. Timing and delivery was incredible.”

Which song did you chose for first dance and why? 

We chose Mark Knopfler ‘Quality Shoe’ – It became a tradition to dance together to on valentines days and anniversaries so felt only suitable for our wedding dance.

Any stand out moments during the day? 

Joy that the rain held off for the bridal entrance!

The photo session at the abbey after the ceremony. So much fun and a poignant memory – even in the rain! IT was nice to have some time alone.

Seeing all our family and friends in different groups laughing and smiling throughout the day.

The photo previews on the screen for guests to see after wedding breakfast.

Dancing the night away until 1am!


Any other suppliers you’d like to mention? 

Reggae Band – Dread Supreme

Hair & Make up – Brittany Jae

Reception Venue – Castle Grove Masonic Hall

Bus – York Pullman Bus Company Ltd.


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Laura and Mike’s Wedding in Santorini | Santorini Wedding Photographer | Cavo Ventus Wedding Photography

Laura and Mike chose the stunning island of Santorini for their wedding earlier in the summer. With amazing views, typically Greek architecture and almost guaranteed weather you could hardly blame them. I joined them on Santorini for four days to photograph their wedding day and also a pre-wedding shoot the day before. Please contact me if you’d like details about photographing your destination wedding.

Why did you choose Santorini, Despite the obvious weather, charm and stunning landscapes!

“We were originally looking in the UK but the minimum numbers they required for the date we wanted (9th May an anniversary of us getting together) were a lot higher than the small and intimate wedding we really wanted. We decided to look at a foreign wedding but had some criteria in choosing our location.  We wanted relatively short flight so researched and Santorini came up. The view of the caldera attracted us to the island. We booked to go out the year before to see venues and test out the weather

Laura “I had my heart set on one wedding venue, we viewed it and I didn’t get the feeling I wanted for my wedding venue so we looked at several others and non were what I had in my mind. Our wedding planner Stef stepped in and recommenced an altogether different venue instead and we went to look at and fell in love with Cavo Ventus.

The view, the privacy, the concept that we stayed there for 4 nights. I was attracted to the ‘real’ traditional building style of Santorini with the volcanic bricks instead of the white wash buildings. It was love at first sight and I was hopping around like a giddy kipper.”


What made you say yes to the wedding dress and how did you manage to take it on an aeroplane?

“My Actual wedding dress was my second choice. The first choice I saw online and  an appointment to try it on but that was two months away
so I booked appointments at other dress shops in the meantime and established the shape that suited my body best. I had hoped I’d actually find a wedding dress during these appointments but didn’t, I was actually a little concerned that I’d never find what I was actually looking for.
My long awaited appointment finally arrived and although the dress I’d originally seen didn’t seem right, the second choice fitted the bill perfectly. The dress was the Kellan gown by Hayley Paige. We dissected the dress to remove a petticoat underneath to fit it in hand luggage  Everyone was shocked it fit in the impossibly small case.”


Where did you shop for  Mikes and the grooms mens suits?
“We liked a light blue suit but Mike as flamboyant and he is wanted Paisley and bright socks. We had no choice but to have the suit tailored, this was done at Carl Stewart’s in Ossett. The ties also came from there to match bridesmaid’s dresses. ”



Hair/make up:
“Both hair and make up were  by the same person Julia Popova. I found her from a Facebook group for Santorini Brides, she had been highly recommended.”

Most memorable part of the day:
Laura ” Apart from marrying my best friend, yes I know it’s super cheesy! IU suppose it would have been Fudging our wedding vows! … we giggled and belly laughed our way through the mistakes in our vows and tried our best to understand Mr John the celebrant and then it repeat back. It was not easy! I wouldn’t have had it any other way because me and Mike are not serious people.

Mike “for me it was seeing Laura walk top the steps and into he aisle, she looked beautiful and it’s  a moment I’ll never forget. ”


First dance
We chose Coldplay with Sky full of stars, it was from our first date and quite apt dating under a clear sky with a million stars above us.


Favourite wedding photograph

One of our favourite wedding photograph is the silhouette with the windmill and Milky Way taken way into the evening as we headed off with Chris to catch the Milky Way in our wedding photographs


Tips any bride and grooms looking at booking a Santorini Wedding?
You could do it without a planner but I wouldn’t. The pricing is so confusing. Their tax is changing and their hidden small print could cause people unforeseen costs. Their procedure of getting documents translated is a bit complicated so I’m glad we had a planner to take care of that and just make sure everything went smoothly on the day. We found our suppliers and planner from the Facebook page Santorini brides again. Very helpful for all aspects of wedding.

Our Santorini suppliers: Organised by Stefania our wedding planner
Food- Mario’s catering
Cake- Petranart
Music- Michalis DJ
Fireworks- Skylight fireworks Santorini
Planners- Stefania, Ever after days


Santoniri Sunsets are truly magical and seen to be beloved.  I just had to add this photograph of Laura and Mike just before the sun disappears behind a distant island.


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Allerton Castle wedding photographs. Yorkshire castle wedding venue

Frances and Jacob’s Allerton Castle Wedding | Allerton Castle Wedding Photographs | Allerton Castle wedding venue Yorkshire

Frances and Jacob were married earlier this summer at the amazing Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. Although a rainy day to begin with, it certainly didn’t dampen spirits and with such a stunning wedding venue for the photographs we weren’t short of interior locations. (and of course Frances and Jacob were still keen to make use of the grounds for their wedding photographs, enduring a few showers to create lasting memories.

The Wedding Venue – Allerton Castle 

“I initially wanted  a church wedding,  I didn’t want to just get married in a typical wedding venue room with four walls and a carpet, I wanted something different. Then as soon as I saw the staircase and Great Hall at Allerton Castle I was sold! It was the only venue we looked at, we knew nothing else would come close. ”

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The wedding theme and style

“We really liked a classical and traditional feel.  We visited a wedding fair at Priory Cottages to see the work of Natasha Jane Events who was showcasing there and we loved the flowers she had on show so decided to go with those. I didn’t want it to be over the top so we decided to leave the staircase plain to really show the stunning features at Allerton Castle.”

Allerton Castle wedding photographer

Allerton Castle wedding photographer

Bridal preparations and The wedding Dress

Frances and her Bridesmaids started their initial preparation at Nearby Goldsborough Hall before making the journey to Allerton Castle to complete their preparations.

Frances “I chose Sarah Turgoose for my makeup and Kelly Hanks for my hair. I’ve been a customer of Sarah’s for a while now and she was the must have make up artist for my wedding. “

“My dress was Olivia Grace from The Bridal Affair. Originally I wanted something plain (like Meghan Markle’s dress). I saw a similar dress I loved at a wedding fair and went to try it on. I loved it but Lisa at The Bridal Affair showed me another dress which was their “Disney Princess”. I reluctantly agreed to try it on and fell in love with it. I was then stuck between the two dresses. We went back the week later and I decided on the Disney dress.”

Allerton Castle wedding photographer

Allerton Castle wedding photographer

Allerton Castle wedding photographer

Allerton Castle wedding photographer

Allerton Castle wedding photographer

The Groom and Groomsmen’s suits 

Frances “For Jacob and the Groomsmen’s suits we wanted something traditional but not just a normal suit that you may wear to work. We decided on navy quite quickly as we thought that this would suit our time of year  We chose tails, again to be different to a normal lounge suit and have the more classical feel that would fit in with Allerton Castle.”

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The wedding Ceremony and Allerton Castle’s amazing  staircase in the Great Hall

Frances “I was surprisingly calm walking down the stairs into the wedding ceremony. Libby and Jessica at Allerton Castle really helped me remain calm by ensuring everything ran smoothly. I must admit the stairs themselves did make me a little nervous but it’s such a grand entrance that any nerves are quickly forgotten. ”

Frances and Jacob were married earlier this summer at the amazing Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. Although a rainy day to begin with, it certainly didn't dampen spirits and with such a stunning wedding venue for the photographs we weren't short of interior locations. (and of course Frances and Jacob were till keen to make use of the grounds for their wedding photographs, enduring a few showers to create lasting memories. 

Frances and Jacob were married earlier this summer at the amazing Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. Although a rainy day to begin with, it certainly didn't dampen spirits and with such a stunning wedding venue for the photographs we weren't short of interior locations. (and of course Frances and Jacob were till keen to make use of the grounds for their wedding photographs, enduring a few showers to create lasting memories. 

Above: Despite the rain Frances and Jacob were keen to use the memorial gardens before dark. The above photograph was awarded a Silver in weddings category of the Guild of Photographers monthly image competition.

The Wedding Highlights

Frances “Other than marrying my husband of course, my highlight was the rain! I’d been watching the forecast for nearly a month before the day and I was extremely stressed that it was forecast rain. As it got closer we realised it was going to rain all day and there was  nothing we could do about it. I really thought it would ruin our day but it actually made it better!

We couldn’t be happier with the photos outside in the rain” – Thankfully Allerton Castle is an amazing wedding venue regardless of the weather.

Frances and Jacob were married earlier this summer at the amazing Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. Although a rainy day to begin with, it certainly didn't dampen spirits and with such a stunning wedding venue for the photographs we weren't short of interior locations. (and of course Frances and Jacob were till keen to make use of the grounds for their wedding photographs, enduring a few showers to create lasting memories. 

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The Wedding Speeches

Frances “During the speeches I was so nervous to hear my dads. I also didn’t even notice you and your second photographer taking pictures, afterwards  It was lovely to see the photographs and everyone’s reactions throughout.”

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The First Dance

Frances “Our first dance song was by Shania Twain, ‘You’re still the One’  I wanted to do the dirty dancing dance but realised wearing my dress there was a chance I’d do Jacob an injury!”

Your Favourite wedding Photograph?

Frances “With so many amazing wedding photographs it’s hard to decide on my favourite. I really like the ones outside on the steps with my veil but I also love the one with me and Jake at the bottom of Allerton Castle’s staircase. ”

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A selection of wedding photographs from Frances and Jacob’s wedding at Allerton Castle.


Victoria and Simon’s Hazlewood Castle Wedding | York Wedding Photographer | Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photographs

The Proposal

“Christmas Day 2016, at home opening Christmas presents with our 1 year old daughter. Si bought me what I thought was a white towel… when I opened it properly, it was a white dressing robe with Mrs Clarkson stitched on the back and my new to be initials on the front. He then produced an engagement ring and popped the question. It was an amazing surprise for me, we then had to rush to open the rest of our presents to get out the house in time for Christmas dinner at our parents.”

The Wedding Venue – Hazlewood Castle near York. 

“Si had driven past Hazlewood Castle everyday for 10 years driving to work and knew it was a fantastic wedding venue with a lot of history. When we looked around it together we loved it, we loved the character and charm, thankfully our planned wedding date was available. A great beautiful wedding venue with everything we wanted.”


The wedding Dress

“My wedding dress was only the second dress I tried on in the first shop. I loved it from the moment I put it on and decided to look no further. It was a new design and  I was one of the first brides to wear it. I was unsure what style would suit me until I tried it on – a fishtail dress with lots of detail, sparkle and a train.”

Bridesmaids and Flower Girls

“I had three Bridesmaids –  Two  friends from high school who I have stayed close with despite living on different sides of the country. 1 who I met when I moved to Leeds 12 years ago and started my accounting training with. A fun bunch of girls who have always been there for me. Flower girls were my daughter Aged 4 and two nieces aged 4 and 2.”




The groom and Groomsmens suits

“The guys suits were from the high street. Si opted for an authentic bow tie that took several hours of practice!! Our son wore a bow tie to match Si’s. ”






The Chapel Service – St leoanrds Chapel at Hazlewood Castle

With the help of Rev. Ian, Vic and Si wrote their own service and personalised wedding vows. At the end of there wedding ceremony they also took the opportunity for both children to be christened.”











The wedding Theme and Colours

Fun! We didn’t have a theme as such, just a green colour scheme and we wanted everyone to have fun – fun included a game of bingo during the speeches and inflatable props for dancing!

The Brides Bouquet and Floral Arrangements.

“The bridesmaids helped organise the flowers – sourcing a florist in Preston.  We were going to do the table decorations ourselves with flowers but the florist kindly put them together for us. My maid of honour made my bouquet.”



How did you personalise the wedding day to the two of you 

“A chapel service at Hazlewood Castle written by ourselves with assistance from Rev. Ian. We also took the opportunity to have our 2 children christened at the same time. Having our two children there made it very personal to us with our daughter as a flower girl and our son as honorary best man. ”

“My cousin produced an amazing five tier wedding cake complete with our family figurines on top and our friend drew a finger print tree for guests called ‘Eat Sleep Art Repeat’. ”

The First Dance

For our first dance we chose  Baby I Love you by The Ramones… the song was simple and made a change from the typical top first dance songs. The title said it all.

Personal Wedding Highlights

A helicopter ride over York organised as a surprise by Vics work friends after the meal. Neither of us had been in a helicopter. The weather was perfect and just after we came into land the heavens opened and there was a beautiful rainbow – perfect for our photos!

The wedding from start to finish was organised in 32 days from initial phone call to the big day. Everything went like clockwork. A great venue, photographer, vicar and the vast majority of our guests were able to make it with short notice

Si standing on our sons barefoot at the start of the first dance, which created lots of tears!

Any tips for brides currently planning their wedding day?

Don’t stress, it doesn’t have to take a long time, a lot can be achieved in a short space of time.

Your favourite wedding photograph?

” It has to be the almost double rainbow / helicopter picture when it’s raining and we are under the umbrella. It captured the moment perfectly.”

A selection of wedding photographs from Vic and Si’s Hazlewood Castle wedding.


Catherine and Alex’s Stubton Hall Wedding | Stubton Hall Wedding Photorapher | Stubton Hall Weddings

Summer already seems a long and distant memory, it was earlier this summer that I was fortunate enough to photograph the wedding of Catherine and Alex at the amazing Stubton Hall near Newark. A day of mixed showers and sunny spells, rounded off with a great sunset. Here we leave it to Catherine and Alex to provide the details and tell us about their wedding at Stubton Hall.

The Proposal

“Alex proposed in Newcastle, which is where we meet as students, many years ago! Alex wanted to go back to a place called Jesmond Dene, and specifically a waterfall here. However, we couldn’t find exact place, so he chose somewhere equally as beautiful by a river. It was a magically experience and fabulous to be back in Newcastle where it all started”

The Wedding Venue – Stubton Hall

Catherine  “Stubton Hall is the perfect wedding venue. It is set within beautiful grounds and the interior is equally as exquisite, perfect for photos and for the typical British weather! We knew from the moment we first looked around that no where else would match it as our wedding venue. ”

The wedding Theme

“We didn’t really have a specific theme, we wanted our wedding to be romantic,  stylish and modern but still retain some traditional elements. We feel the colour scheme achieved this alone, but choosing Stubton Hall as our wedding venue gave it the extra wow factor. The blues suits also made it look very modern.”



The Wedding Dress

“The dress was from Northallerton Bridal and designed by Mori Lee. It was the 5th dress I tried on and I knew as soon as put it on, that this was the one.

Flowers and Floral arrangements 

“Michelle from Jacaranda flowers provided our amazing wedding bouquets and table centrepieces. Catherine’s favourite flowers are the Cafe au Lait Dahlia and Peonies so she knew she wanted to use them. We even chose a June wedding for the peonies! Alex had already chosen the suits and cravat colour so this then helped us create the colour pallet for the flowers. Michelle is an artist when it comes to flowers and the end results were just amazing.”










The wedding ceremony took place in the bright and airy Music Room at Stubton Hall.

What were the main stand out and memorable moments for you both?

The main stand out moment has to be the wedding ceremony itself and exchanging our vows. We feel blessed to have been able to share this special time with our friends and family.




Which is your favourite photo / photographs from the day?

We love all the photos as Chris is fantastic photographer and is amazing at capturing the light. One of our favourites has to be the confetti shots. The happiness in our faces shows what day meant



The Bridesmaids Dresses and the Groomsmen’s Suits

“Catherine had four bridesmaids in total. Her sister was Maid of Honor, her cousin came over from America to join us, she also chose a very good friend from university and a life long friend who She actually used to babysit for They were dressed in pale grey which complimented the peach cravats really well”.

The guys went to Peter Posh in Birmingham. Alex chose them because they had a blue suit in the shade he wanted. He also chose the cravat colour as the peach  really popped out against the blue of the suit





The above wedding photograph of Alex and Catherine on the main staircase at Stubton Hall was awarded a Gold Award by the Guild of Photographers in their Image of the Month Competition. You can view this and other award winning wedding photographs here


The Orangery at Stubton Hall was the perfect setting for the wedding breakfast. “Styling was provided by Fran at Modern Heritage She is a magician when it comes to styling, Our wedding cake was supplied by No.82 Cake Studio, Darren produced an amazing and delicious cake. Our wedding favours were Macarons from Macaron Marlo, they made them specific to our colour scheme and we were able to choose the flavours too (which were amazing!).”


How did you personalise the wedding day to the two of you?

“We created our own photo booth with props as our guest book. We used a Polaroid cameraso guests could take group photos and then write us a personal message. We are so pleased we did this as it great to look through, bringing back some fab memories. Plus the photos and message get more hilarious as the evening went on!”





 The First Dance

“We chose Wonderful tonight by eric Clapton for our first dance. This song meant a lot to us and seemed like the perfect choice of song for our first dance.”



Any tips to brides currently planning their wedding?

Catherine “My main tip would be don’t stress and just enjoy the day.  Take five minutes to sit down with your new husband and just spend a moment together. It is so important to reflect on the ceremony and pause to take in the day together.”

Catherine and Alex’s Chosen Suppliers for their Stubton Hall wedding day- 

Wedding Venue – Stubton Hall

Wedding Dress –Mori Lee

Wedding Favours – Macaron Marlo 

Venue Styling –  Modern Heritage Styling 

Brides Bouquet and Floral arrangements  – Jacaranda Flowers Newark

Wedding Cake – No.82 cake studio

Wedding Photographer – Chris Chambers Photography

A selection of wedding photographs from Alex and Catherine’s wedding at Stubton Hall. 

Award Winning Photographer | Guild of Photographer Results

The Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition results were announced earlier this week. Typically there are several thousand entries each month. Of these this month there were just ten images that were awarded Gold, of these ten, four were mine! I also managed to score two Silvers and three bronzes.

Hodsock-Priory-Wedding-PhotographsGold winning image. Hodoscok Priory wedding photograph from Mitch and Petrina’s wedding earlier this year. This was the only Gold scoring wedding photograph this month.


Glen Coe waterfalls, the Buachaille Etive Mor falls. A long exposure photograph to blur the waterfalls as the light catches the mountain behind. This landscape photograph scored a Gold.


Looking down to Buttermere this autumnal photograph from the Lake District was scored as a bronze.


Claire and Steven’s wedding at Merrydale Manor in Cheshire. An amazing sunset on their wedding day. this wedding photograph was scored Silver.


Frances and Jacob’s wedding at Allerton Caste. A Silver award winning wedding photograph of the bride and groom on the gallery.


Waterfalls in Snowdonia North Wales scored a Gold in the awards.


A lone tree at sunrise. Taken in September in Snowdonia North Wales, this landscape photograph scored a Gold and was also chosen as one of the judges choice images for the month.

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Laura and Bryan’s WentBridge House Wedding | Wentbridge House wedding photography | Yorkshire Wedding photographer

The Proposal

“Bryan proposed in July 2018, we were on holiday in Croatia and visiting the Krka waterfalls near Split. Bryan proposed in front of the waterfalls”

The Wedding Venue – Wentbridge House

We looked at several different wedding venues, one of the factors we had to take into account was the time constraints, Bryan proposed in July 2018 and we really wanted a Summer 2019 wedding date. We fell in love with Wentbridge House, friendly staff and great service, amazing food and atmosphere in an elegant wedding venue.

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Wentbridge House Wedding Photographer - Wentbridge House Wedding

Saying Yes to the Wedding Dress

I chose my dress from Broughton’s Bridals in Garforth. The dress was a Mori lee design.  I tried six dresses in total and this was the last one to try.

The Bridal Party

The bridesmaids dresses were a real last minute purchase, we’d been let down in our original choices and so bought the dress from Misguided. We chose the style because of the blue colour which really complimented our theme. The Groomsmen’s suits were from Broughton’s Bridal in garforth and again the colour matched the theme perfectly.

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Wentbridge House Wedding Photographer - Wentbridge House Wedding

Personalising your wedding day

We wanted a classic and elegant theme to the wedding with some modern elements, we used acrylic for a lot of our styling, table plan etc. We also used previous holiday destinations for our table names and included a Polaroid style photo of us from each of the Holidays. The top table was named Florida in anticipation of our honeymoon whilst the bridal party’s table was Croatia after where were engaged.

We donated money to Dogs Trust and also had scratch cards for all guests that were used for free drinks at the bar.

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Wedding flowers and Venue styling

Michelle’s Flowers of Pontefract provided our wedding flowers, we chose White Roses for a modern elegant theme. We also had floating candles and used acrylic to create a more modern feel.

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The First Dance

I had two choices from Ellie Goulding, we chose to dance to “Still Falling for You” we like Ellie Goulding and the lyrics were especially relevant. My other choice would have also been from Ellie Goulding and so I chose this to walk down the aisle to the song “Love me Like you do”

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Stand out moments from your Wedding Day

“On the morning during our bridal preparations I opened a bridal box from Bryan, we used acrylic in out venue styling and he’d match the acrylic theme with a plaque announcing a surprise trip to New York”

“Standing outside the ceremony room waiting for the doors to open and make my entrance. When the doors opened it was such a special moment seeing Bryan standing and waiting fro me at the end of the aisle whilst all our guest looked back”

“On of the pupils form my school sand during the wedding ceremony, Travis used to be one of my pupils and it was really special to have him there singing”

“Later in the day we had Sarah from Sarah on Sax playing Ibiza anthems on the dance floor, surrounded by family and freinds enjoying themselves and having a great time is a memory taht will stick with me for a long long time. ”

Tips for brides planning their wedding day

“Try and enjoy every aspect of the wedding planning and also do what’s right for you and your partner, rather than bow to pressure”

“On the day take a step back,  the day goes so quickly it’ll be over in a flash so take time out to saviour the moment together”

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Wentbridge House Wedding Photographer - Wentbridge House Wedding

Which is your Favourite Photograph from the wedding day?

There are just to many, the photos are amazing and really tell the story of the day. If I had to pick there’d be two, any of the ones from when Hugo, our dog joined us for the drinks reception and also the photo of Bryan looking back down the aisle at me, the doors had just opened and it was our first look to each other, a very special moment”

Laura and Bryan’s chosen wedding suppliers for their Wentbridge House Wedding

Wedding venueWentbridge House

Wedding PhotographerChris Chambers

Wedding FlowersMichelles Flowers of Pontefract

MusiciansSarah on Sax

Wedding DressBroughtons Bridals

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