Santorini Wedding Photography | Laura and Mike’s Exclusive Storybook Wedding Album | Handmade Italian Wedding Books
It’s been a busy few months of wedding album deliveries to excited brides and grooms. One of these just before Christmas was for Laura and Mike married in summer 2019 in Santorini, Greece.
Their album is a large 30×30 Exclusive Storybook and featured a stainless steel and black leather cover wrapping up 62 pages of edge to edge printing on the stunning soft touch paper.
Exclusive albums are supplied with a customisable presentation box, Laura and Mike’s matt white box had a subtle gloss overprinting of a photograph taken in Santorini of entwined figures in the shape of the islands and Caldera.
Exclusive Storybook wedding albums include full edge to printing allowing large double page spreads of your favourite wedding photographs. There’s also no limit to how many wedding photos you can include in these stunning hand made Italian albums.
Heather and Cameron’s Allerton Castle Wedding | Allerton Castle Wedding Photography | Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire
Heather and Cameron were married earlier this month at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. In a new style blog I’ve left it to Heather and Cameron to describe their wedding day in their own words starting with the proposal.
Cameron proposed whilst we were on the beach on holiday in Zanzibar during the summer of 2018, we then planned our wedding in just over twelve months
The wedding venue – Allerton Castle North Yorkshire.
Allerton Castle was a clear winner from day one. It was the first venue we went to see. The ball room and great hall in particular won us over and of course the grand exterior gave it the wow factor. We did go see other venues such as a barn and a stately home but nothing came close to Allerton Castle for us.
The Wedding Dress
Wedding dress, started looking pretty soon after we got engaged and tried quite a few on that were all a different style to the one I ended up choosing which was a wild card pick from the bridal shop owner! I chose the dress in November last year and it arrived in April earlier this year. I actually got my dress from an independent bridal shop in my hometown where my parents still live which was a really nice touch. It was a Mon Cheri design wedding dress by Martin Thornburg.
The groom and Groomsmen’s suits
“The groomsmen suits were from Mossbros, I went for a light grey for the guys with a little bit of burgundy to match some colours in my suit. My burgundy suit was hand made and we knew the colour would really compliment the wedding colour scheme and the time of year. Also with me working in the model industry I have done many bridal shoots and almost all the time wear a black or navy coloured suit so I wanted my wedding suit to be something very different.”
Floristry – Natasha Jane Events
I knew I wanted a bouquet with lots of autumnal colours especially burgundy but it was really looking on Pinterest that gave me the inspiration! Plus speaking with our florist Natasha – she knew instantly how to put the colours together that I wanted, all I had to do was send her some photos and she did the rest!
Heather’s father had no idea about the wedding dress, style or colour and so we took the opportunity to capture the moment he saw his Heather in her dress for the first time. Emotions high as they were literally ready to walk to the ceremony. The dress had also been kept out of sight of the bridesmaids and again it was an opportunity to photograph their reactions as they saw heather for the first time in her wedding dress.
“Our wedding music for the whole day was provided the brilliant Event Music Company. A trio for the ceremony and drinks reception and a full band for the evening. What we didn’t know was they were also providing surprise singing waiters.” (More on that in a moment).
The wedding ceremony.
Taking place in Allerton Castle’s amazing Great Hall which always offers amazing photo opportunities in this almost Cathedral like area of the Castle the wedding ceremony begins with the bridal party making their way down the grand staircase.
“Walking down the stairs into the ceremony was one thing I was extremely nervous about in the build up to the wedding! But when the moment came I absolutely loved it as I could see Cam just smiling away at me and loads of familiar faces in the room, I actually enjoyed that part massively but I found the ceremony more emotional than I anticipated which meant the nerves didn’t really settle straight away. When the owl flew off with the rings and made everyone laugh – that definitely helped! ”
Cameron ” Amazing having my Dad up there with me as best man, very special being able to share that moment, for that reason this photograph is one of my favourites from the day”
Heather “My hands were shaking so much when the best man passed me the wedding ring to give to Cam, I was terrified I was going to drop it but somehow I didn’t and Chris managed to capture these gorgeous photos.”
“We chose two readings for our wedding ceremony ‘on your wedding day’ which was a popular one that we liked and then ‘he never leaves the seat up’ for a more light hearted and funny one as well which we changed slightly to suit us more. Readings in the ceremony were by my mum and Cam’s step sister Nikki ”
Heather ” I love this confetti photograph, for me it shows the excitement and emotion of the wedding day”
The ballroom at Allerton Castle and just a few of the details of their wedding breakfast layout. The wedding cake expertly made by Hannah’s kitchen featured the story of their relationship form meeting in Leeds to the proposal and finally the top tier silhouette featuring Allerton Castle as their wedding venue.
The wedding breakfast, surprise singing Waiters and speeches
The wedding breakfast took place in the Ballroom, with grand views out to the folly and surrounding estate, ornate ceiling and chandeliers. Catering for the wedding breakfast was provided by Bradshaws catering. Between courses Cameron’s mum had planned a surprise for the bride and groom in the form of singing waiters.
Cameron “The singing waiters completely baffled us both for the first few minutes! At first we thought the guy was just trying his luck to sing for some wedding guests and I was getting slightly concerned as I had planned the wedding timings to the precise minute but when the guy walked out and the woman started belting out opera – we worked it out then!”
Heather “The speeches were amazing. My dad’s joke about his tiny kilt is a stand out moment as it made the whole room laugh and Cam’s speech was just brilliant, emotional and hilarious. Him referring to my 7 bridesmaids as the 7 dwarfs from Snow White definitely sticks in my mind Then cam’s mum and dad said such lovely things and the best man was funny too – it was a highlight of the day for me (Heather) especially.”
The First Dance:
Our first dance song was ‘tale as old as time’ from beauty and the beast. We wanted my sister to sing our first dance song for us so we agreed on something that she felt comfortable to sing and that we also loved – we are Disney fans so it was just perfect for us.
Lisa Kellie(Singing first Dance)– “By far the scariest but best thing I’ve ever done. When Heather asked me to be her maid of honour a year ago I didn’t realise she’d also be asking me to not only sing at her wedding, but for their first dance . A few visits up to Leeds throughout the year to practice with The Event Music Company and I’m pretty happy how it turned out. The emotion I felt during this was something else, the best feeling in the world when I saw their smiling faces giving me the thumbs up that it was sounding okay, I love these two so much, but don’t ask me to sing at anymore family events!”.
A long exposure drone photograph of Allerton Castle after dark, the glow in the sky coming from the nearby lights of York. With the right conditions we are able to fly after dark and create amazing wedding venue photographs. Due to weather and the required permissions for drone operations we can’t guarantee drone images on the day but as a fully licensed and insured drone operator I’ll try my very best to create them,
We managed to sneak out for some photographs between courses to make the most of the stunning Allerton Castle as our backdrop with just a faintest hint of light in the sky. During this time we also popped a couple of bottles of champagne to create some different wedding photographs that would make a great ending to the wedding album. Little did we know at this point it would rain just before we were planning to use sparklers and so we trumped what I thought would be their finale image with an umbrella and castle photograph.
Heather “There were so many photographs that simply blew us away, Chris did an amazing job, an actual artist we are blown away with his photos ! I think this is my favourite from the day. Showing my dress, Cam and the amazing staircase.”
Heather “All of our suppliers were brilliant. We used Natasha Jane events for flowers and decoration, Chris Hilton and The Event Music Company provided music for the full wedding day – The way Natasha styled our wedding and the music for our ceremony and throughout our evening reception definitely stand out.
My hair was styled by Mousie browns, Rachel O’Dell made an amazing job of my wedding make up. our wedding cake was made may the talented Hannah’s Kitchen and featured the story out our relationship with a tier highlighting how we met, our proposal and finally where we married., Tom Midgley is creating our wedding video,
The wedding planners at Allerton Castle, Libby and Jessica were invaluable and Bradshaws catering couldn’t have given us better service. And of course you Chris for the photography, our amazing photos speak for themselves, Chris is an actual artist we are blown away with his photos !”
Heather and Cameron’s chosen wedding suppliers for their Allerton Castle Wedding.
Triple Gold Awards from the Societies of Photographers | Award Winning Photographer
After scoring three gold awards in September I was thrilled this week to receive three new Gold Awards from the Societies of Photographers. Over 900 images were entered into the competition, only 29 scored high enough to be awarded a Gold so really pleased that three of these were mine
Winning a Gold in the In Camera Artistry section was this photograph of Tower Bridge and light trails. In camera artistry is about unedited images, photographs that haven’t been photoshopped. This photo was taken with a thirty second exposure to blur the passing bus on a cold evening in march this year.
My Third Landscape Gold award of 2019 with this photograph of Kilchurn Castle in Scotland. taken in October as the early morning sun illuminated the castle and a passing shower to create the dark atmospheric photo with a rainbow.
In the Travel section this photograph of the Eiffel Tower at night won a Gold. taken in May this year from the high above the Paris skyline just after sunset.
Evie and James married last week at Hazlewood Castle near York. Their wedding day included a civil wedding ceremony inside Hazlewood Castle’s Old Dining Room followed by a wedding blessing in the Chapel of St Leonard’s within the castle grounds.
James proposed on the morning of my birthday, with baby Arthur helping.
The wedding Venue – Hazlewood Castle
We were initially looking at various venues online, James chose Hazlewood Castle and it was the first venue we looked at. We fell in love with it straight away so we didn’t even look at any other wedding venues
Saying yes to the Dress – Appearing on TV and having expert guidance on choosing your wedding dress.
I had just given birth to my daughter Bluebell when my sister sent me through an application to Say Yes To The Dress. Shortly after sending in the online form, I received numerous phone calls and Skype calls from the production company to assess my suitability. Once they told me I had been successful I was so happy! I first filmed with them over a year ago, when Bluebell was only 5 weeks old. It was such a great experience, the Bridal shop used in the TV programme is called Ava Rose Hamilton in Colne, Lancashire. It was here that Gok Wan along with the fantastic ladies in the dress shop helped me choose my amazing wedding dress . It was such an amazing experience meeting Gok. I only tried on 3 dresses, but I knew my dress straight away. I also wore my Nan’s Tiara, the same one she wore on her wedding day.
The Bridal Party
I chose 4 bridesmaids; my daughter, sister, sister in law and Jame’s step sister. The older girls wore light pink Ted Baker dresses with Ted Baker shawls. The guys suits were from Moss Bros. We wanted a classic look and for them to match the bridesmaids dresses with pink cravats and pocket squares.
The Theme of the wedding day
The theme of the wedding was a princess winter wonderland! Hazlewood Castle provided the fairy tale backdrop, Christmas trees, crackers, bauble place name holders etc all worked well with the amazing floral work from Fulford Flowers helped set the theme for our wedding. We felt that our wedding was really personal. James mum sadly passed away 6 years ago, so we had lots of touches to McMillian Cancer support, our favours were wedding day pin badges, which lots of our guests wore thought the evening.
The Wedding flowers – Fulford Flowers All the flowers, trees candles etc looked amazing and everything I could have wished for they did a fantastic job at making the Castle look like a fairytale. I wanted a similar style bouquet to what my mum had on her wedding day and Cheryl worked her magic to create something very similar.
The Great Hall at Hazlewood Castle with a pink and white theme, bespoke table covers and pink blossom trees provided by Fulford Flowers.
The First Dance
The evening reception took place in Hazlewood Castle’s Great Hall. Our first dance was to A Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman. James and I love that song and I love the meaning behind it.
Stand out Moments from your wedding day?
“It has to be walking down the aisle and seeing James and Arthur at the end waiting for me. The time spent with our family and friends was very precious and special to us both”
Any tips for future brides?
“If you choose a larger wedding dress for the day, consider a second smaller and lighter dress for your evening reception, it would make dancing so much easier”
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…..
“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”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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.
The 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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Lucy and James Peckforton Castle Wedding | Peckforton Castle Wedding Photographer | Peckforton Castle weddings
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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. ”
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. ”
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.
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. ”
“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. ”
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
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.
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. ”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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. ”
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.
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.”
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. ”
A selection of wedding photographs from Frances and Jacob’s wedding at Allerton Castle.