Lauren & Jon’s Wedding at Rudding Park



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I stopped counting a long time time ago, but having been an officially recommended photographer for the venue, over the last 16 years, I have covered in excess of 50 weddings here!

Every time I think, “how am I going to find something new?”

The short answer is there is always something new, – every wedding is different.

OK, the location/backdrop largely remains the same, but different times of year and weather make a change.

Then there are the people. It’s all about the people. The B&G naturally, but also all of the guests.

From the first time I met Lauren & Jon at one of Rudding Park‘s open days, I knew they were planning something special.

And a bit different.

Trees? Beatboxers? Oh yes, – this one was going to be a little different!

I used to spend a bit of time on these blog posts waffling about what happened, but these days tend to do the opposite.

Simple reason is that this is not a novel, but a visual story and that’s what I do.

So without further ado, highlights from Lauren & Jon’s wedding including trees and beat boxers!

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Georgina & Andy’s Ripon Cathedral Wedding (Part 1)



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Some weddings need more than one single post/page.

Georgina & Andy’s Ripon Cathedral wedding is one such.

First of all, it was a big wedding (200 guests).

Second, there was so much going on.

Which gives me a lot of material to work with!

Putting it all into one post is a bit much, so it’s split between:

Part 1, the prep and then ceremony at Ripon Cathedral followed by Part 2.

Part 2 is the reception at Newburgh Priory.

So where did this wedding start?

Well 8 years ago actually with sister Caroline’s wedding also to an Andy.

That wedding also began with prep at The Old Coach house and a ceremony at Ripon Cathedral.

A couple of suppliers involved in this part of the day were:

Florist – Where Angels Play

Cars – Keith Snowden

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Georgina & Andy’s Newburgh Priory Wedding (Part 2)



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Following on from Part 1 of Georgina & Andy’s Ripon Cathedral wedding is this, Part 2.

Their reception took place at the gorgeous Newburgh Priory (2nd visit in a week!) at Coxwold, North Yorkshire.

Where to start with what occurred…

Well it’s probably best to simply make a list of the key suppliers and then let the pics do the talking.

So without further ado:

Tina Smyth – Wedding Planner

Venue – Newburgh Priory

Buses – Red Bus Days

Sperry tent – Papakata

Props – Living by Liz

Caterers – The Yorkshire Party Company

Lighting & AV – AV Matrix

Band – Scully & Co.

Singing Waiters – Encore Entertainment

Magician & Reception band – Arena Entertainment

Fireworks – Pyroweavers

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Creta & Sam’s Carlton Towers Wedding


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The good weather returned for Creta & Sam’s Carlton Towers wedding!

This Summer, like so many in the UK has been a bit on & off, but it came good on this day.

OK, it chucked it down later, but that was long after everyone had sat for the meal so not an issue.

Creta wore Pronovias from Jayne’s Bridal, Doncaster and got ready at her parents house.

The ceremony took place at the very grand Selby Abbey conducted by Canon John Weetman.

Flowers & car were provided by All Occasions and the cake by Treats Heaven.

The reception took place at the Grade I listed Carlton Towers which is an absolutely fabulous setting.

Catering was by Dine and evening entertainment involved; music by Johnny Ross, a casino and photo-booth.

Creta & Sam are honeymooning in West Coast USA.

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Abi & Dan’s Newburgh Priory Wedding



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Before we get on to Abi & Dan’s Newburgh Priory wedding, we need to talk about ‘The Child of Prague’.

“There seem to be a few variations on the same theme.

Some leave the child inside, in their hallway the night before a wedding.

Others leave the child outside. But leave the child outside under a bush.

Then there is the question of whether or not the child needs to be beheaded.

This rather strange addition seems to come from the fact that the statues were, in the past, made rather shoddily.

The neck was a weak stress point and when left outside overnight, the clay or plaster of paris would contract in the cold and the head would invariably fall off.

In our wisdom, we Irish decided that a decapitated baby Jesus was a good omen.

Some people qualify this by claiming that the head then needs to be placed or glued back on the body.

Nowadays Irish people invested in their wedding day don’t like to take the chance that the infant’s head will fall off naturally, so customary and savage beheadings have become the norm.

Improved statue quality and modern manufacturing quality control processes are to blame.

Thankfully though it is in his nature to be forgiving and the infant does still seem to confer good weather to these zealous couples.

The Irish are alone in their belief that the child of Prague can influence the weather and it is unclear where this tradition started”.*

Err, right. So the big question, did it rain on Abi & Dan’s wedding day or was the weather glorious?”

It did (rain). And it wasn’t (glorious weather). Take ‘The Child of Prague’ and bin it.

Instead, bury a sausage in your garden. That one is 100% guaranteed.

So back in the world of reality…

She wore Enzoani from Emily’s Bridal of Sheffield

Makeup & hair was by Natalie Willingham

Cars were by Keith Snowden of Ripon

Flowers by Floral Pride, cake Fairy Cakes & Co. Bedale, Fryton Catering for food

Band = The Avalons

The pics will tell the story better than my words.

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Charlotte & Sunny’s Rudding Park Wedding


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Another fabulous wedding at the superb Rudding Park.

I’ve lost count of how many weddings I have photographed at Harrogate’s finest wedding venue, but it’s easily 60+.

Charlotte & Sunny’s, just as the groom’s name would suggest (Sanraj really), it was sunny. All day.

Charlotte wore a stunning Adam Shaw dress and the ceremony took place in the Radcliffe Room.

Drinks were on the terrace and the evening band was ‘Obscurity Knocks‘.

Charlotte & Sunny have chosen Sri Lanka and the Maldives for their honeymoon.

This wedding doesn’t really need many words, – the pics can tell a better story than I can!

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