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Anisha and Vikesh’s Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography | Real Weddings at Hazlewood Castle near York

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ANISHA AND VIKESH’S HAZLEWOOD CASTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | REAL WEDDINGS AT HAZLEWOOD CASTLE NEAR YORK

Back in Early October and unseasonably warm weather at Hazlewood Castle for the wedding of Anisha and Vikesh. With afternoon tea and welcome drinks for the guests before the ceremony and an extended wedding reception before wedding breakfast and evening celebrations in the Great Hall.  Anish and Vikesh talk about their day and how a childhood dream became reality. 

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You Chose Hazlewood Castle a long time ago, even before you met Vikesh, what drew you to the castle and made it your dream wedding venue?

I saw Hazlewood Castle in a wedding magazine when I was a teenager and I was immediately drawn to the wedding venue due to its rustic look and countryside location. As a young girl, I grew up reading fairy tales and always wanted to get married in a castle which is why Hazlewood Castle fit perfectly. The castle is situated in beautiful woodlands with many areas to enjoy the scenic views of the countryside.

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Please tell me about the proposal

Vikesh proposed to me in Greece in October 2020. Planning the proposal was extremely difficult due to COVID restrictions worldwide however Vikesh planned the proposal to perfection. He booked us a holiday to Kos for what I thought was a short getaway for us however he had been speaking to the hotel for weeks prior to this to arrange the proposal. In the middle of our holiday, one evening we were heading down to dinner as usual and he suggested taking some photos as the sunset was beautiful that evening. To my surprise, as we headed down towards the beach, rose petals and candles were laid out overlooking the ocean and he got down on one knee. It was the most beautiful evening and he had even organised a photographer to capture the special moment which was incredible.

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Saying yes to the dress – how long did it take you to find “the one”?

Surprisingly, it took me one day! I had heard of Wed2b through some friends so I decided to go there and try on some dresses to understand which dress style would suit me best. I told the sales advisor what I had in mind, and she picked out three dresses for me to try on. The first two dresses didn’t suit me well however the third dress was perfect. I hadn’t intended on buying a dress on my first wedding dress shopping trip however this dress ticked every box, and I just had to buy it!

Hazlewood Castle Yorkshire wedding weding venue. Real wedding photographs

Who supplied the groom and groomsmen’s suits and was there a particular style you were looking for?

“I  wanted to go for a traditional look for our wedding day, so I decided to wear a black tuxedo which I purchased from Moss Bros. My groomsmen also bought their suits from Moss Bros and I was very happy with the way the outfits looked on the day.”

What was the theme for your wedding and how did you show this on the day?

We went for a rustic ivory and blush floral theme for the day as we thought this would complement the natural beauty of the castle well. Luckily, we didn’t need to go overboard with the decorations as the castle has its own character which we didn’t want to overshadow.

 

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Who provided your wedding flowers and what type of flowers / bouquet did you have?

Amaryliss Floral Design in Ossett supplied the bridal bouquet and buttonhole. The bridal bouquet was made up of white roses, white lissianthus, gypsophilia and greenery. Vikesh’s buttonhole matched the bouquet perfectly.

Hazlewood Castle Yorkshire wedding weding venue. Real wedding photographs

What made your wedding feel personal to you? 

The venue made the wedding feel personal to us. It had been my dream to get married at Hazlewood and once I met Vikesh and we discussed our wedding, it quickly became our dream venue. We got married in October and on the week of our wedding, the weather was horrible but on our wedding day, we were lucky enough to have 20 degrees of sunshine! It really felt like everything had come together to give us the perfect wedding day we always wanted.

 

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Tell me about your first dance, which song did you dance to and why you chose it?

We chose Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me as our first date song because the lyrics were special to us both.

What were your standout moments of the day and memories you’ll cherish forever?

It’s hard to pick specific moments of the day that stood out because from start to finish, the day was perfect. We had the weather on our side and the whole day ran smoothly. We had our best friends and family there which we were so grateful for, and we will cherish this forever.

Hazlewood Castle Yorkshire wedding weding venue. Real wedding photographs

Do you have any tips for couples planning their wedding day?

Organisation is the key thing to planning a wedding day. There are so many small things to consider so I would recommend a wedding co-ordinator to help you organise the perfect day and ensure nothing is overlooked. I would recommend investing in a photographer and videographer who have worked at your venue before and therefore know the areas where you can get the best photos as these are the photos you will treasure for life.

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Which is your favourite wedding photograph and why?

This is a really difficult question because we loved every picture from our wedding day as each picture had a different story. Chris is an incredible wedding photographer who captured each picture to perfection and his supporting team were extremely good too. One of our favourite photographs is the photo taken just after our civil wedding as we were departing our wedding for the confetti departure.

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Anisha and Vikesh’s Chosen wedding suppliers

Wedding Venue – Hazlewood Castle
Wedding Photographer – Chris Chambers Photography
Flowers –
Amaryllis Floral Design, Ossett
Wedding Dress – Wed2b
Grooms suits – Moss Bros
Make Up – Lauren Eden Makeup
Hair Stylists – Eva Jane Bridal
Wedding styling – Love Sweet Love
Wedding video – Jordan Lee Videography 

Hazlewood Castle Yorkshire wedding weding venue. Real wedding photographs

A selection of wedding photographs from Anisha and Vikesh’ wedding day at Hazlewood Castle near York. 

Rain On Your wedding Photographs | Bad Weather wedding Photography | 10 tips for better wedding photographs

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY | BAD WEATHER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | 10 TIPS FOR BETTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS

Ten tips for better wet weather wedding photographs…. You’ve planned everything for your wedding day to the Nth degree, the venue looks amazing and everything is in place, there’s just one thing you have no control over…..The weather. 

What do you do if the weather forecast isn’t looking good, how do you create those amazing wedding photographs, how do you make the most of the poor weather? Hopefully my article and top ten tips for making the most of poor weather in wedding photographs will help you plan for all eventualities, set your mind at ease and ensure you receive amazing photographs. 

Believe it or not the best kind of rain a full on straight downpour, lots of rain is the most visually appealing form of rain to photograph and if you are prepared to embrace the rain you’ll come away with the wow shots that you’ll treasure forever, so don’t be afraid to embrace the weather and with a big smile on your face step outside – under an umbrella of course! https://amzn.to/3Ht39S5That leads me onto the first tip for your wedding day. 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Heavy rain during the day can create puddles and with those often come reflections. This wedding photograph taken at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire involved me taking off my shoes and socks, rolling up my trousers and walking into the middle of the puddle to find the best reflection. If the couple are going all out to get the shots, I feel duty bound to commit just as much or more to deliver them 

Top 10 Tips for planning and making the most of rain on your wedding day.

Wedding Photography Tip 1. Always have an emergency  umbrella on hand. Most experienced wedding photographers will have a white or cream umbrella just like this one White Wedding Umbrella on Amazon. White or cream umbrellas work best as they won’t add a colour cast to your wedding photographs. If your look is more bright and funky, buy enough for the whole bridal party, if you use them the results will be spectacular. Amazon offer quick delivery so even if it’s a last minute purchase a couple of days before your wedding day you can ensure you’re prepared regardless. 

Wedding Photography Tip 2. Be prepared for anything, embrace the weather, laugh, smile and enjoy. You can’t change it so go with it. 

Wedding Photography Tip 3. But don’t panic! An experienced wedding photographer will be able to create stunning photos indoors and will be juggling plan A and B, sometimes even C. A photographers experience or lack of, can really show on a wet wedding day and one who is flexible to adapt to the changing conditions will be able to ensure your photos are the best possible. 

Wedding Photography Tip 4. If you’re wedding day is at a colder time of the year don’t be afraid to incorporate a Jacket or warp into your outfit. Not only can they look good on the wedding photographs, they’ll keep you warm as well! 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Wedding Photography Tip 5. Bring along a spare pair of shoes for you both. If you’re worried about ruining your Jimmy Choos, Blaniks or Louboutins have a pair of emergency flats or wellies on standby. If you must wear the killer heels, consider heel protectors like these HEEL PROTECTORS LINK to help walking on grass (they even work on deep carpet)

Wedding Photography Tip 6. Remember that white umbrella we mentioned in tip one, don’t forget to have a groomsmen or Bridesmaid on hand to help with holding it, paying coats or even keeping the wedding dress off the ground whilst walking, this will help keep it clean

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Wedding Photography Tip 7. If it’s going to be cold on your wedding day, smile like you’re on a tropical beach sipping Pina Coladas. It’s worth a few minutes of sharing body heat outside for a lifetime of amazing wedding photographs. You’ll never forget the weather on your wedding day so keep smiling look happy and you’ll have photos to treasure forever. 

Wedding Photography Tip 8. On Snowy and wet days a spare pair of shoes for the groom is ideal but if this isn’t possible pack some extra socks to change into afterwards

Wedding Photography Tip 9. When choosing your wedding venue take into account adverse weather and where will you have photographs indoors if the weather’s not so good? Look at spaces and the backdrops inside the venue, squeezing 100 people into a small reception room and then expecting your photographer to work miracles is a big ask. Ask the wedding co-ordinator during venue viewings about wet weather weddings and ensure there is adequate space and suitable locations for your drink reception and group wedding photographs. 

Wedding Photography Tip 10. It’s tempting to check the long-range forecast, don’t they are rarely  accurate over 48 hours in advance. In my experience the website and forecast at XCweather.com is the most reliable and gives a good breakdown of each day. 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Always be prepared for wet weather, it’s the UK after all. Just embrace what happens. You and your wedding guests will have a great time regardless of the weather so don’t worry yourself about it. It is important to not let rain or bad weather spoil your wedding day, some of our favourite wedding photographs have been taken under rain clouds and umbrellas. Now hopefully I’ve mentioned umbrellas enough and you’ve already added one to your Amazon basket. If not and you’ve read this far, click here for what I consider the best photo friendly umbrella – Amazon link

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

Hazlewood Castle, heavy rain during the afternoon created a number of puddles in the castle courtyard. By placing the camera nice and low to the surface of the water I was able to capture this reflection photograph of Richard and Sarah whilst they remained dry under an umbrella. 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

York at dusk, some of the heaviest rain I’ve ever worked in, the couple are keeping dry under the brolly and also under the canopy of the tree. Working quickly allowed me to create the photograph before my lens became too wet from the water splashes and rainfall. 

Rain on your wedding day. Bad weather wedding photography

above: Carlton Towers East Yorkshire wedding venue in the rain. How amazing does the backdrop look for this wedding photograph. Planning ahead and working quickly, this kind of images can be completed in literally a couple of minutes.An experienced wedding photographer will have this type of wedding photograph wrapped up before you know it and you’ll be back inside with your wedding guests. 

The above blog post is taken from an article on my website all about wet weather wedding photography. See the original article and other helpful wedding day advice and tips here 

Kimberley and Ben’s Hazlewood Castle Wedding | Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography

Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography from kimberley and Bens wedding day

KIMBERLEY AND BEN’S HAZLEWOOD CASTLE WEDDING | HAZLEWOOD CASTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Kimberley and Ben were married late summer at Hazlewood Castle. A chapel wedding and wedding breakfast in the castle followed by an evening reception over in the woodlands wedding area. 

Helicopter rides, Limo, Eskie the dog, balloons, champagne, smoke bombs, huge laughs and big beaming smiles all day long. What a wedding! 

I recently asked Kimberley and Ben a few questions about  their Hazlewood Castle wedding. 

Hazlewood Castle wedding venue near York. Aerial view of the front of the castle and grounds

You Chose Hazlewood Castle for your wedding day, what was it that made Hazlewood the ideal venue for you?

“We looked around 9 different local venues and decided on Hazlewood Castle for a number of reasons; firstly we wanted to have our dog celebrate the day with us as our ring bearer and Hazlewood Castle is dog friendly. In addition we loved that we could book every room and pretty much have the venue to ourselves. The team at Hazlewood Castle were very flexible. The Castle also has a chapel within the grounds, which meant we didn’t need to travel from one place to another. All of these reasons aside, the one factor that really stood out was the beautiful woodlands and grounds, it was so unique and we thought it was perfect for our wedding pictures”
 

Please tell me about the proposal

“My husband and I work together and he created a ruse, pretending that we were going on a training course, which coincidentally the other directors were unable to attend. On the day we were supposed to leave he hand wrote a note explaining that we were actually going on a romantic getaway. The running joke in the office is that I was disappointed about missing out on the development course! We then enjoyed a five day break at the Isle of Eriska and he proposed on the morning of our 6th year anniversary over the balcony with rose petals showing me the way. It was magical.

Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography from kimberley and Bens wedding day

Saying yes to the dress – how long did it take you to find “the one”?

I went to three different wedding dress shops over the course of 3 months (with a mini lockdown in the middle). The Harrogate Wedding Lounge had two dresses I was torn between and we eventually decided on the right one, I took it home with me that day.

Who did you have for your bridesmaids and what did they wear?

I had four bridesmaids, one from each stage of my life, the first was my new sister in law, followed by my best friend from Primary School, Secondary school and University. They wore a light pink flowing dress from Coast which I loved.

Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography

Who supplied the groom and groomsmen’s suits and was there a particular style you were looking for?

Moss Bros supplied the mens suits, we had all of our close relatives as well as the ushers and groomsmen matching and we wanted a dark blue suit to fit in with the colour scheme.

Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography from kimberley and Bens wedding day

What was the theme for your wedding and how did you show this on the day?

We went with a travel theme so all of the tables in the Great Hall were labeled after countries our guests on the table related to, the favours were travel orientated and the name places were miniature suitcases.

Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography from kimberley and Bens wedding day

Who provided your wedding flowers and what type of flowers / bouquet did you choose

Joanna Keeley provided our wedding flowers and she was absolutely fantastic, we had a broken arch which was moved from the Chapel to the Wedding Breakfast. In addition, she made the most beautiful teardrop bridal bouquet with roses that matched the bridesmaids dresses. In addition, Joanna managed to make a flower headdress for me to wear at the evening do as well as creating a flower collar for our dog Eskie.

What made your wedding feel personal to you?

My Grandad recently passed away and he looked just like the older character from the film Up, so I bought a teddy and put it on my family table, everyone loved it! I also bought a box of tissues for one of my friends that is prone to crying and printed out pictures of all of the guests and left them on the Wedding Breakfast tables. 

Tell me about your first dance, which song did you dance to and why?

We actually danced to two half songs, the first was Ed Sheeran Perfect because we met when we were young and the second was dancing in the moonlight because we were in the woodland venue and we both love the song! The first half was a romantic slow dance and then we choreographed the second half, the guest atmosphere was electric. 
champagne spray with the bridal party at Hazlewood castle
Wedding helicopter ride for the bride and groom. Hazlewood castle wedding helicopter

What were your standout moments of the wedding day and memories you’ll cherish forever?

The helicopter ride just the two of us, it was my first time in a helicopter and it gave us 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to ourselves. In addition we ended up flying over Leeds Festival which was phenomenal! My dad also saved Ben’s first valentines card from 7 years ago and read us some of the words in his speech, he had the whole room in tears.

bride and groom inside the helicopter on their wedding day

Do you have any tips for couples planning their wedding day?

“There will be difficulties and issues that come up, whether it be with family members, choosing dresses or finding the right wedding venue. When things don’t go quite according to plan take a step back and either laugh at the situaton or go with the flow; make it perfectly imperfect!”

Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photography from kimberley and Bens wedding day

Which is your one favourite wedding photograph and why?

The one of Ben and I looking up at the drone, it looks like a real fairytail picture and laying on the floor, looking up and taking a breath and watching the drone

wedding photograph with a drone at hazlewood castle near york

Kimberley and Ben’s chosen wedding suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Hazlewood Castle
Wedding Photographer: Chris Chambers Photography
Wedding Dress: The Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Wedding Flowers: Joanna Keeley
Grooms suits: Moss Bros
Make Up and hair Stylist: Louise Fawcett
Wedding video: Yorkshire Wedding Videography

A selection of Kimberley and Ben’s wedding photographs from their wedding day at Hazlewood Castle

I am proud to be the most experienced Hazlewood Castle recommended wedding photographer. View my wedding photography packages and prices for Hazlewood Castle and other wedding venues here – Wedding photography packages

Matthew and Emily’s wedding at Carlton Towers East Yorkshire | Carlton Towers Wedding Photographer

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography

Emily and Matthew were recently married at Carlton Towers in East Yorkshire. I asked them a few questions about their wedding day and of course photographs, read on to find out more. 

You Chose Carlton Towers for your wedding day, what was it that made Carlton the ideal venue for you?

” We looked at quite a few different types of wedding venues but liked the grandeur of Carlton Towers. As soon as they said the ceremony room was the Venetian Room we knew it was the one as we were visiting Venice when we were engaged!”

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography
Please tell me about the proposal – where, how etc?
Matthew replied “Strictly speaking, the proposal was in Verona while we were there for the day whilst away in Venice. Luckily there was a quiet moment in the gardens of Castle Vecchio so I took my chance!”
 
Saying yes to the dress – how long did it take you to find “the one”?

“I found my beautiful dress in the third bridal shop and everything about it was perfect. I would highly recommend Lace & Co in Horbury as they specialise in bohemian, vintage, urban and contemporary wedding dresses. My dress was by the designer Savin London and I fell in love with the glitter tuile and sequined back design”

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography
What was the theme for your wedding and how did you show this on the day?

“The colour scheme was deep red, navy and gold. The suits and bridesmaid dresses ticked this box along with the flowers, table centrepieces & candelabras as well as the lovely Venetian Room.”

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography
Carlton Towers Wedding Photography
Who provided your wedding flowers and what type of flowers / bouquet did you have

The florist was Down to Earth, based in Ossett, Wakefield. The flowers and bouquet consisted of red roses, blush roses and foliage such as eucalyptus. We loved how the flowers were rustic and trailed down the candelabra centrepieces etc.

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography
Carlton Towers Wedding Photography
What made your wedding day feel personal to you? 

One thing that did feel personal to us was being able to choose the music for the harpist to play both during and after the ceremony.

Tell me about your first dance, which song did you dance to and why did you choose that?

Our first dance song Michael Buble’s ‘Everything.’ We chose this as it has memories associated with it from when it was released and we started dating.

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography
What were your standout moments of the day and memories you’ll cherish forever?

The standout moment for both of us was when Emily walked into the Venetian Room at the start of our wedding ceremony, walking down the aisle and we saw each other for the first time that day. It’s a moment neither of us will ever forget and the wedding photographs capture it perfectly.

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography
Which is your one favourite wedding photograph and why?

We both really like the black and white photo of us sitting in the back of the wedding car. It’s not one that we would have earmarked as we were having the photo’s but looking back it shows how happy we were and the angle, lighting etc is perfect.

bride and groom in their wedding car at Carlton Towers east Yorkshire wedding venue
Do you have any tips for couples planning their wedding day?

Try to avoid a pandemic!

Emily and Matthews featured wedding suppliers for their wedding at Carlton Towers.

Wedding Venue – Carlton Towers

Wedding Photographer – Chris Chambers

Flowers – Down to Earth Floristry 

Wedding Dress – Lace & Co, Horbury 

Grooms suits – The Grooms Rooms, Horbury 

Make Up – @CaraYoung_Makeup  

Hair Stylists – @Sarah_Lawrence_Hairdressing 

Wedding styling – @Infigo_events_ltd

Carlton Towers Wedding Photography

A selection of wedding photographs from Emily and Matthew’s wedding day at Carlton Towers. 

View my wedding photography packages and prices for Carlton Towers and other wedding venues here 

Award Winning Wedding Photographs

Peckforton Castle award winning wedding photograph.

AWARD WINNING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS 

I had initially decided against entering wedding photography competitions in 2020 but after just a couple of months of abstaining I couldn’t resist any longer and so entered the Guild of Photographers, Image of the Month Competition in the weddings category.

Image of the Month is a national monthly competition which draws several thousand entries each month with the highest scoring photographs going forwards to compete on an individual level for photograph of the year and the photographers accumulating points in the competition to win the title of Wedding Photographer of the Year. 

The wedding photographs below are my entries in the competition for 2020. Out of 18 wedding photographs entered, all received awards, I managed to score two Golds, ten Silvers and six Bronze. The overall awards ceremony isn’t until February so I’ll have to wait and see how I fair in the single image category and overall….

Santorini wedding photographer, award winning wedding photograph

Mike and Laura in Santorini standing atop one of the islands famous white washed churches with blue domes and looking back down onto the sea this was one of my favourite photos from their wedding day and was so pleased for it to score a silver. 

Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. award winning wedding photograph from Chris Chambers.

Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire is one of my favourite wedding venues and  photographs from Allerton appear frequently in my awards, in 2020, seven of the 18 entered wedding photographs were taken at weddings at Allerton Castle. This simple sunset silhouette was awarded a Silver. 

Grantley Hall, award winning wedding photography

Sarah and Simon’s wedding at Helmsley in North Yorkshire involved a sunset photo session with their wedding car, marrying later in the day and close to sunset we were lucky to still have the wedding car for photographs as the light faded. This wedding photograph of them involved my assistant hiding in the car with them to add the lighting but was worth the effort as it became one of my favourites from their wedding and also won a Silver Award. 

Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. award winning wedding photograph from Chris Chambers.

A simple reflection photograph of Heather before the wedding ceremony at Allerton Castle was awarded a Bronze back in March. 

Crthorne hall warm award winning wedding photography

Group photographs typically don’t score well and only a few make the awards, this wedding photograph taken at Crathorne Hall was awarded a Bronze in March. 

Santorini wedding photographer, award winning wedding photograph

A Santorini sunset on Mike and Laura’s wedding day. Before the wedding I spent almost a full day exploring and planning the photoshoot and chose a location for sunset that would allow several vantage points and photo opportunities including this at an old church looking out to the west and perfectly positioned for catching the setting sun. this sunset silhouette was awarded a Bronze. 

Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. award winning wedding photograph from Chris Chambers.

I’ve already mentioned Allerton Castle features in over 30% of the wedding photographs I entered in 2020 and the staircase in the great hall probably features in the lions share of these photos!  This classic black and white of Naomi and Tom on the staircase was awarded a Silver in June. 

Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, award winning wedding photograph.

Simple and classic, this wedding photograph of Leanne at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds was awarded a Silver in July. the wedding was one of the most memorable as it took place outside in a heavy rain shower, at the point of this photograph the dress was still soaked and required a little bit of cleaning in Photoshop. 

Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. award winning wedding photograph from Chris Chambers.

Back to Allerton Castle for this black and whit wedding photograph of Cameron and Heather outside the castle. The breeze helping swish the veil. This was a photograph I’d envisaged and although I often shoot big veils but this was the first time I’d tried this specific combination of veil and lighting so was very pleased with the result and of course the silver award! 

Peckforton Castle award winning wedding photograph.

When everything comes together it can be magical and this was one such time. At Peckforton Castle with a drone above the bride and groom and photographing the long shadows from the setting sun. My first Gold of the year and the first time I’ve scored a Gold with a drone wedding photograph. 

Rudding Park, Award winning wedding photograph in Yorkshire

A bronze award for this wedding photograph of Nick and Charlotte at Rudding Park Hotel. The detail on the back of Charlottes dress was immense and the magnolia blossom perfectly frames the arch and scene. 

Award winning wedding photograph in York

A silver award for this make up photograph, looking beyond the ordinary allows me to create images which are different and for a while unique( they seem to be copied quite quickly!). This is a photograph I’ve created at a number of weddings for several years but was the first time I’d ever entered one into the competition. 

Award winning wedding photograph in York

Weddings in 2020 were few and far between so it was great top be out photographing weddings, in August I photographed Cameron and Kirsties wedding in York and later in the evening we popped out to take a number of twilight images in the city centre. this photograph near the minster was awarded a Bronze. 

Turnberry hotel, the Trump Turnberry hotel. Award winning wedding

I was lucky enough to photograph two weddings at the Turnberry Hotel in 2020, the hotel overlooks the Ayrshire coast and has so many photo opportunities. this photo from Sinead and Williams wedding scored a Silver in September. 

Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. award winning wedding photograph from Chris Chambers.

Frances on the staircase at Allerton Castle was awarded a Silver in September. When the weather isn’t ideal we make use of the indoor locations and thankfully Allerton Castle has an abundance. 

Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. award winning wedding photograph from Chris Chambers.

Silhouettes and sunsets go so well together (although the flash version of this photograph looks pretty awesome too). This sunset outside Allerton Castle was awarded a Silver in October’s Competition. 

Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, award winning wedding photograph.

Leanne and Lois at Kirkstall Abbey. Threatening skies had already drenched everyone in their outdoor ceremony but Leanne and Lois were absolute troopers and keen to make the most of their photographs and wedding venue. this photograph looking back to the ruined Abbey scored a Bronze In October. 

Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. award winning wedding photograph from Chris Chambers.

Ending the year on a high with a Gold for this Allerton Castle wedding photograph of Heather and Cameron. A slightly different angle taking in the grandeur of the Staircase and Great Hall.

You can view more of my wedding photography, Landscape and Wildlife photography awards on my awards page here 

If you’d like to join the Guild of Photographers use this link for a discount on membership.  Link! 

Rudding Park Wedding Photography | Charlotte and Nick’s Exclusive Storybook Wedding Album | Rudding Park

Arriving from Italy this week was Charlotte and Nick’s amazing Exclusive Storybook Wedding Album from their wedding at Rudding Park near Harrogate. The Square 30×30 Exclusive Storybook Album features a stunning high gloss acrylic cover and soft-touch metallic pages. Like all exclusive storybooks, Charlotte and Nick’s album is presented in a custom made box, theirs is in a classic and stylish soft touch white design with their names subtly printed on the lid.

Exclusive storybooks offer so much flexibility with layouts, design, and their choice of covers, papers, and presentation boxes that allow you to customise the album to your requirements. Each album features double-page spreads that open completely flat to create stunning large highly details single photos or collages of smaller collections of wedding photographs.

Exclusive Graphistudio Storybook Wedding album featuring Charlotte and Nick's wedding photographs at Rudding Park near Harrogate.
Exclusive Graphistudio Storybook Wedding album featuring Charlotte and Nick's wedding photographs at Rudding Park near Harrogate.
Exclusive Graphistudio Storybook Wedding album featuring Charlotte and Nick's wedding photographs at Rudding Park near Harrogate.
Exclusive Graphistudio Storybook Wedding album featuring Charlotte and Nick's wedding photographs at Rudding Park near Harrogate.

Storybook and Exclusive storybook wedding albums are designed around double-page spreads, the layout of each spread can be up to 60cm wide when printed, this really shows off the detail in the photographs.

Exclusive Graphistudio Storybook Wedding album featuring Charlotte and Nick's wedding photographs at Rudding Park near Harrogate.
Exclusive Graphistudio Storybook Wedding album featuring Charlotte and Nick's wedding photographs at Rudding Park near Harrogate.

You can view more of Charlotte and Nick’s wedding photographs in their blog post here

Naomi and Tom’s Beauty and The Beast themed wedding at Allerton Castle | Allerton Castle wedding photographer | Fairytale wedding Photography

Allerton-Castle-Wedding-Photographs-Beauty-and-thebeast-themed-wedding

Noami and Tom chose the spectacular Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire for their wedding day. The wedding, themed around Disney’s Beauty and The Beast couldn’t have had a more apt setting as the fairytale wedding venue that is Allerton Castle. In their own words below Naomi and Tom describe their wedding and wedding day.

Tell me about the proposal.
Tom proposed to me on 3rdFebruary 2017 during our early valentine’s weekend away to Grosvenor Hotel & Spa in Chester.  He booked a suite for us to stay in which had champagne, chocolates and flowers waiting for me on arrival.  A proposal was not running through my mind at all as I thought it was my valentines treat. Tom had booked a table in the restaurant at the hotel on the evening and when we came back up to the room later in the evening there was a trail of petals amongst candles on the floor leading to cards set out saying “Naomi Will You Marry Me”.  Our song “The One” by Kodaline was also playing.  Tom then got down on one knee and read out a beautiful speech which he had prepared and then asked if I would marry him.  I cried with joy and of course said yes of course!

Allerton Castle fairytale North Yorkshire wedding venue, photographed from the driveway in heavy rain. Beauty and the Beast Themed wedding.


You chose a spectacular wedding venue and one which fitted your wedding theme perfectly. What made you decide on Allerton Castle for your wedding day?
Getting married at a castle has always been a dream of mine.  We visited the wedding fair at Allerton Castle and we immediately fell in love with it!  The staircase entrance was absolutely breath taking and we could immediately see our wedding taking place there.  We loved the fact that the castle was ours for the day filled with only our family and friends.  The whole setting was so romantic.  I always wanted a traditional style wedding and Allerton Castle was so well maintained and has endless photo opportunities to remember our special day from.

Allerton Castle Great Hall dressed for the wedding ceremony.
Mori Lee wedding designer dress hanging at Allerton Castle North Yorkshire

Saying Yes to the Dress – How long did it take you to find “The One”?
My wedding dress was from Bridal Oasis in Goole by designer Mori Lee.  When browsing at dresses online I took to the designer Mori Lee and I booked an appointment with Bridal Oasis when I saw they had the 2019 design trunk show.  The dress I bought was the complete opposite to what I had in my mind and was a complete wildcard, however I immediately fell in love with it when I tried it on and just knew it was “the one”.  

Who were the bridesmaids?

I chose to have my 2 sisters and my best friend as my bridesmaids.   I also had my 2 nieces and Tom’s niece as our flower girls. The adult bridesmaids wore dusky pink off the shoulder full length dresses.


Where did the guys go for their suits and was there a particular style you were looking for?
The guys got their suits from Len Beck’s in Hull.  Our colour theme was navy blue, dusky pink and gold.  The bridesmaids wore dusky pink and therefore we wanted the guys to be in navy blue as a nice contrast.  We knew we wanted the guys to have tails as this would be in theme with the castle wedding. We also liked the tweed waistcoats and therefore was very pleased when Len Beck’s had exactly what we were after.

Beauty and the Beast wedding Ice Sculpture. Themed wedding Allerton castle wedding photography Yorkshire

Glacial Ice Sculptures provided this amazing Rose in a Dome Sculpture for the wedding day. The sculpture took pride of place in Allerton Castle’s Great Hall

What was the theme of the day and how did you show this on the day?
Our wedding theme was Beauty and the Beast.  We thought this was perfect in the setting of Allerton Castle.  We wanted subtle hints of our theme throughout the day.  We had the most beautiful ice sculpture of the rose in a dome with Lumiere and Cogsworth stood either side.  

Our aisle runner said “A Tale As Old As Time” and I also came down the aisle to our string quartet playing “Tale As Old As Time.  For our wedding breakfast, all our tables were named after different characters out of the film as well.  Our cake also had the rose out of beauty and the beast suspended in the middle of the cut out hole.  Our guestbook was also hand-made Beauty and the Beast themed.

Beauty and the Beast themed wedding at Allerton Castle North Yorkshire.  Chris Chambers Photography

Who provided your amazing wedding flowers?
Our florist was Floral Lounge in Sutton in Hull.  The choice of flowers we chose were a mixture of roses, dahlias, gypsophilia, wax flowers, hydrangeas, and orchids.  The colours were ivory with blush pink and dusky pink tones coming through

What made the wedding feel so personal?
We always wanted a traditional style wedding and Allerton Castle was perfect in that sense.  The castle was exclusively ours for the day which is something we wanted as it made it more of an intimate atmosphere with only our dear family and friends there celebrating the day with us.


Tell me about your first dance and your chosen song
Our first dance song was “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.  We could really relate to the lyrics of the song which is why it meant so much to us. We even went to dance lessons to have a dance choreographed for us which was fun in the lead up to the wedding day.

First dance at Allerton Castle North Yorkshire. Beauty and the Beast wedding photography


What were the main stand out and memorable moments for us?

Our first memorable moment of the day was seeing the venue all dressed as it was a real sense of achievement seeing all our long nights planning the wedding come together to create something so special to us both.  

Another memorable moment was walking down the aisle and saying our vows in front of our family and friends.  We also loved the evening celebrations with the band and DJ getting everyone up dancing and seeing everyone having such a great time, not to mention the firework display to finish the night.  It is so hard to choose one moment as the whole wedding day was so fantastic!

Bridal entrance at Allerton Castle. Beauty and the Beast themed wedding photography at Allerton castle North Yorkshire

Do you have any tips for future brides planning their wedding day?
Enjoy the run up to the wedding as the last 6 months before the wedding goes in a flash!  Also, take time to sit back during your wedding to take it all in. Try to have 10 minutes alone just you and your new husband to take in the atmosphere of the day. 

Allerton Castle wedding photography. Bride and groom in the memorial garden at Allerton Castle.
Sparkler Exit at Allerton Castle. Wedding Photography from chris Chambers. Award winning Allerton Castle wedding photography.

Which is your favourite wedding photograph and why?

Our favourite wedding photograph from the day has to be the black and white photo on the amazing staircase, it’s like a setting from a fairytale and has the feeling of being a princess in my own castle. It captures the detailing of my dress perfectly, along with the flowers climbing the handrails of the stairs. The woodwork surrounding is just stunning . (Naomi and Tom’s Allerton Castle Staircase photograph below)

Fairytale wedding photograph at Allerton Castle. Beauty and the Beast themed wedding. Award winning wedding photography from Chris Chambers


Naomi and Tom’s chosen wedding suppliers for their Allerton Castle Wedding. 

“Everyone was perfect and everything ran so smoothly, Libby, Jess and the staff at Allerton Castle were so helpful, the main suppliers to mention are….”

Wedding Venue – Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

Photographer – Chris Chambers Photography

Wedding Flowers – Sarah at Floral Lounge

Wedding Venue Styling – Lincolnshire Wedding Prop Hire

Magician – Oliver Parker

Beauty and the Beast Ice Sculpture – Glacial Art Ice Sculptures

Catering – Bradshaws

Wedding Video – Mulhern Media

A selection of wedding photographs from Naomi and Tom’s Beauty and the Beast themed wedding day at Allerton Castle. You can view more Allerton castle wedding photographs in my wedding gallery and photography packages for Allerton Castle weddings can be viewed here.

Equine & Portrait photography with Jorden and Roo | West Yorkshire Portrait Photographer | Equine Photography

I recently caught up with previous bride Jorden who married Thomas at St Mary’s Church Badsworth and celebrated at Waterton Park Hotel way back in 2013. Meeting at stables near Darrington in West Yorkshire the portrait photography session was primarily focused on Roo, Jorden’s stunning horse.

The stables and surrounding fields and adjacent woods provided a number of perfect backdrops for equine photographs and Roo proved to be the perfect model posing in numerous locations with and without Jorden.

Equine photography packages are coming soon, please contact me if you’d like more information or to book a session.

Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Equine photography. Horse portrait photographs. Portrait photography West Yorkshire

Carlton Towers Wedding Photograph Album |Emma and John’s Carlton Towers Wedding

Graphistudio matted wedding photograph album featuring wedding photography of John and Emma's wedding day at Carlton Towers

Arriving from our album suppliers in Northern Italy last week was this lovely Eros Album for Emma and John’s who were married at Carlton Towers.

Their stunning album features thirty pages and is wrapped in white Italian leather with embossed names on the cover. The eros wedding album is presented in a soft touch white wooden box.


Eros wedding photograph albums feature a mix of flush mounted photographs and also traditional style mounted pages, these mounted pages are created using a deep textured matt overlay and bevel edge creating a white edge to the album pages and perfectly complimenting the very clean looks of Emma and John’s amazing weddi.

You can view the full details of my wedding photography albums and packages here

Carlton Towers wedding photography album from graphistudio
Carlton Towers wedding photography albums
wedding photography west yorkshire

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

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.

Bridlington Spa Wedding Photography. East Yorkshire wedding photographs

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

Bridlington Spa Wedding Photography

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 favorite 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 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.