Jenny & Caspar’s Spring Marquee Wedding (Part I)


Jenny & Caspar’s Spring marquee wedding took place on the 11th April in the same North Yorkshire village (Ainderby Steeple near Northallerton) as Jenny’s sister Ellie’s wedding (to George) a couple of years ago.

However, whereas Ellie & George’s August wedding was a bit grey and dull weather-wise, Jenny & Caspar were blessed with beautiful April sunshine.

Jenny wore a bespoke 2 piece Andrea Bambridge wedding dress and Caspar a handmade suit courtesy of the immaculate tailoring of James Michelsberg.

Flowers were by Pat Greensit and Gilly Guthrie and the bouquet by Jean Dalgliesh.

The stunning white circa approx 1930 Bugatti belongs to Caspar’s father Michael.

The ceremony itself took place just across the road (red carpet and traffic halted!) at St. Helen’s conducted by the very welcoming Rev. Clive Todd with singing by members of the York Minster choir.

The caterers were CWC with guests enjoying a goats cheese based starter, Beef Wellington main plus trio of desserts and the marquee was provided by Coopers.

During the drinks reception (a second post can be viewed by clicking here) there was a Hendricks gin bar and an oyster bar provided by Oyster Meister which went down very well with the 180 or so guests.

The evening band were The Mini Big Band and the lighting both inside the marquee and out on the lawn (lit by 100+ solar lanterns) and around the garden was just fantastic.

The highlight for many however would have been the surprise act, – a ‘singing waiter’ trio Incognito who performed between mains and dessert.

Jenny & Caspar are honeymooning in California & Bora Bora.

Below, 150 highlights from a total of 600+ finished images with full client gallery including international print ordering facility available to view by  clicking here.
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Jenny & Caspar Part II – Candid Reception Photography

The previous post (above) would have been too large if we had included all the candid reception photography in the same post, so we’ve split the highlights from Jenny & Caspar’s wedding into these 2 posts.

The first post, was the story of their wedding day from start to finish in highlight form, ie, the 150 pictures shown are less than 25% of what they have received themselves.

This post though is dedicated purely to a single part of their day, – the drinks reception and limited to people and the B&W versions of those images.

There used to be…and maybe still is, a misconception that wedding photographers took/take endless staged group shots.

Well this one does not and never has done as out of a typical 1 hour 45 minute drinks reception, we spend maybe 10 minutes capturing 1/2 a dozen or so ‘staged’ family pictures followed by a short session with the B&G alone. The rest of the time, candid capture of the B&G, family, guests completely fly on the wall other than the occasional request we are always happy to oblige.

So below, we have featured around 1/3rd of the results from this side of the wedding day. These were all shot in colour and presented to the client in both colour and as a second set of B&W images. The use of B&W in this situation strips out all non-essential ‘clutter’ focusing instead on who and the moment.

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Brimham Rocks Pre-Wedding Photo-Shoot

I love Brimham Rocks near Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

The National Trust managed property is just 4 miles from the village I grew up in and returned to in August 2014.

Memories of Summer picnics, scrambling about the rocks and in season, getting purple lips and tongue from eating wild bilberries, something our daughter has now made her own!

So since moving from the North Yorkshire Moors back to Nidderdale, Brimham Rocks has become a new favourite for pre-wedding and engagement photo-shoots with Jessica & Paul’s recent session the first.

Jess & Paul are due to get married at Middleton Lodge next month and this was a great opportunity to get to know them both a little better.

Below, 3 that caught my eye…




Emma & Danny’s Middleton Lodge Spring Wedding

“Hi Simon. We had an amazing day on Saturday and loved every minute. We are so pleased how everything went and the weather held out for us, apart from the strong winds! I hope our photos will be amazing too!” Emma & Danny

Well the wait is over (3 whole days!) and finally, Spring has arrived! It started a little on the wet side for Emma & Danny’s Middleton Lodge Spring wedding, the first of five booked at the venue for 2015, but cleared up nicely (if still a tad blowy) by lunchtime.

Emma wore Pronovias from The Bridal Rogue Gallery in York and Danny, a Cameron Ross suit with the 4 bridesmaids in two shades of ‘Vintage Rose’.

The flowers were by Twisted Willow and cake by Poppy Pickering with guitar and vocals during the ceremony, drinks reception and dinner by the fabulous Catherine Taylor Dawson.

The dancing in the evening was to Yorkshire ceiligh band, Shin Jig and the couple are honeymooning in The Maldives.

Catering was of course by Middleton Lodge themselves with self-carved beef the centrepiece highlight of the meal (though the afternoon tea style cakes were more than pretty good!).

The marquee was decorated in a ‘vintage’ style with a huge LOVE sign courtesy of Coco Luminaire.

The full set of over 500 images available to view here including print ordering facility (highlights below).

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