Ripley Castle Wedding Photography | David and Katie’s Wedding at Ripley Castle | Yorkshire Castle wedding photography | Chris Chambers Wedding Photographer
Katie and David chose the stunning Ripley Church and nearby Ripley Castle near Harrogate North Yorkshire for their wedding in mid September. As is often the case with September weddings, the weather was perfect with blue skies, lots of sunshine and a pleasant temperature that would allow for an outdoor drinks reception and lots and lots of photo opportunities, both posed and candid. Katie and David were both getting ready in Harrogate, Katie at Hotel Du Vin and David just a few hundred metres up the road at The West Park Hotel, with both bridal and groom preparations taking place so close together we had the ideal opportunity to capture both of them getting ready for their wedding day.
Our day began with Katie and her bridesmaids at the Hotel Du Vin with hair and make up underway we had plenty of details and lots of activity to photograph before we walked upto join David and the groomsmen at The West Park Hotel. Adding groom preparation where possible to wedding day coverage allows us to capture even more of the story of the wedding day and adds an extra couple of spreads / pages to the wedding album to compliment the bridal preparation photographs. We can include this where logistically possible with all our wedding photography packages.
The wedding ceremony took place at Ripley Church, a short car drive from the centre of Harrogate. the church sits just outside the castle walls and we quickly took the opportunity to fly our drone to create a photo of both the church and castle together before photographing David and his groomsmen ahead of Katie’s arrival. The vicar very kindly allowed me to the front of church to photograph the wedding ceremony, sadly not all do but we’ll not dwell on that for now! With myself at the front and sophie at the back we were able to capture the ceremony from two angles and ensured we were able to see both Katie and David’s reactions when they first saw each other at the start of the wedding ceremony.
With Katie and David now married we headed outside for confetti throwing and to greet the guests before making the walk across the cobbles and into the castle for the wedding drinks reception. This must be one of the shortest car journeys I’ve ever seen a bride and groom take as they were driven to the castle. We started our photographs at the main building of Ripley Castle where we had a short window of time for some photographs inside and around the staircase. A second wedding was to take place in the main castle building later that day and so we had the whole grounds to use for the drinks reception. The stunning lake and jetty overlooking the castle was a must use location for both myself and David & Katie.
There were a few formal wedding photographs to take of guests, family and friends before the wedding breakfast was served in the Long Gallery of the East Wing. During the wedding breakfast we made use of the time to edit the wedding photographs required for the same day slideshow we play during the evening reception. The evening reception included a surprise dance for the bride and groom’s benefit and was rounded off perfectly with lakeside fireworks and sparklers.
The photographs below include many of those we played on the screen during evening reception. For details of packages for Ripley Castle weddings please click here.
Groom preparations at The West Park Hotel Harrogate North Yorkshire.
David received a gift from Katie on the morning of their wedding, an amazing Rolex Chronograph and a complete surprise for David.
Katies sister covers their fathers eyes for the bridal reveal. It’s always an emotional moment when the father of the bride first sees his daughter in her wedding dress and one we try and capture as often as possible.
The vicar very kindly allowed me to the front of church to photograph the wedding ceremony, sadly not all do but we’ll not dwell on that for now! With myself at the front and sophie at the back we were able to capture the ceremony from two angles and ensured we were able to see both Katie and David’s reactions when they first saw each other at the start of the wedding ceremony.
We had a short window of time to use the main castle building for wedding photographs with Katie and David. Ripley Castle wedding photography.
Speeches, wedding breakfast and the evening reception all took place in the long gallery at Ripley Castle.
A perfect end to the evening and our wedding photography was the firework display down by the lake at Ripley Castle. The firework wedding photographs will make a stunning end to Katie and David’s wedding album.
Ripley Castle wedding photography from award winning Yorkshire wedding photographer Chris Chambers.