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Destination Wedding Photographer 2015 Highlights

Destination Wedding Photographer 2015 Highlights is our love letter to our fabulous 2015 clients and their amazing weddings.

All of our 25 full wedding days took place in the UK (x20) or France (x5) this year with no longer haul jobs.

The latter was quite welcome actually as in addition to those 25 full wedding days, most of the weddings in France were 2-3 day jobs, plus a number of engagement shoots, some family sessions and a couple of smaller mid-week weddings made for a very full year!

Plus of course, we film weddings so there were another 12 productions to produce with each of those taking up to a week. Busy!

At the close of each year we welcome a bit of a break as we are pretty exhausted by that point, but it’s all worth it, – it’s what we do.

And at the end of every year, we always think, how can it get any better, – what if we don’t have such great weddings next (now this) year?

But every year blows us away and it’s you our clients that make it happen. We just offer the service and it’s you that search for us, find us, book us, engage with us and ultimately trust us to produce what we do for you.

So looking forward to what is now this year, 2016, what have we to look forward to? A lot…

It’s a quiet start, but all hell breaks loose at the start of May with 15 UK full day weddings booked to date plus 7 in France including 6 new venues.

Looking forward to it? More than and we cannot wait for it to start as some of the new stuff we have been trialing and refining in 2015 we cannot wait to unleash!

Enough words, below, our 2015 highlights/fave/best of…but we prefer ‘love letter’ tribute to our clients as a 10 minute slideshow (and we would strongly recommend watching this FIRST!!) and then scroll through the images.

Of the 12,500 finished images we provided in 2015, here is our pick (and that was tough in regard to what we left out!) of just 1% of those.

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North Yorkshire Wedding Photographer


North Yorkshire Wedding Photographer is the title of a feature on Wedding Photography Select’s website featuring me, Simon Mark Whitten at Firehorse Photography.

Darius approached me a few weeks before the end of the year asking if I’d like to be featured and whether I’d like to submit a wedding and then with Christmas and New Year getting in the way, I almost forgot about it until it popped up on our Facebook business page just now.

The full article can be viewed here: Wedding Photography Select feature, so I won’t waffle anymore about it here!

Francesca & Joel’s DIY Wedding (Part 1)


Hi Simon,

Thank you so SO much! These are incredible!! We love them!!!
Literally everyone we've shown has said "your photographer is amazing" - so there.
Thank you so much for helping us to remember the day in all its crazy glory 
and enabling us to share it with people who couldn't make it. And those rain shots!

Francesca & Joel

What is a DIY wedding? Well Francesca & Joel’s personifies DIY in many areas. To the casual browser, it may appear no different to any other church & marquee wedding, but dig deeper and you would discover it was so much more than that.

At most weddings, everything is bought and brought in, – outsourced. Everything including; flowers, cake, catering, cars, etc, but Francesca & Joel did things slightly differently and ‘insourced’ pretty much everything other than the marquee and the caterers for the meal.

Folks traveled from all over the world to attend, but mainly from around the UK and Australia for this very laid back of days infusing that laid back Aussie style with some British tradition.
The fact that Joel works in the festival industry may have played more than a small part to the feel, vibe & styling.

So following on from the prep stage of the day, it was off to St Oswald’s church in Sowerby near Thirsk for the ceremony conducted by Joel’s father, David.

This was followed by a champagne, strawberry and macaron reception in the glorious sunshine outside church before moving on to Francesca’s mothers house, old mill and marquee.
Click here for Part 2 of this wedding.

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Francesca & Joel’s Backyard Wedding (Part 2)


Following on from Part 1 of Francesca & Joel’s backyard wedding is this, Part 2. Two parts because it was so good with so much material a single post would not have done their day justice.

So what exactly is a ‘backyard wedding’ and how does it differ from a ‘DIY wedding’? Well it’s just terminology really. A wedding in the US or Australia with a large ‘home made’ rather than outsourced element is often called a ‘backyard’ wedding as it happens in a garden or field.

Francesca & Joel’s wedding was exactly that. Other than the marquee and the excellent caterers (Friends 4 Dinner) everything else such as the flowers, canapes, cake etc were all provided by group effort from various friends & family.

After a gloriously sunny start to the day, mid drinks reception, the heavens opened but fortunately the mill building provided cover and a gift to a photographer for the exclusive couple only shoot.

The pics below are an extensive set of highlights with full gallery including international print ordering facility available by clicking here!

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Swinton Park Wedding For Two

Harriet & Magnus’s Swinton Park Wedding For Two took place the other day at this most stunning Yorkshire wedding venue that we have photographed some 40+ weddings at to date.

There’s nowhere to ‘hide’ with a wedding for two as it’s just the couple and the photographer other than a pair of witnesses for the ceremony and the registrars.

So it’s great when you have a couple like Harriet & Magnus for whom the record of their day is so important even if the coverage is simply ceremony & an exclusive couple shoot.

It’s also great that there is nothing else competing for the couples attention, – no family or friends they have to talk to, no drinks or canapes, no formal family pics and so the shoot tends to be more relaxed.

The results speak for themselves…but unfortunately there is a ‘privacy clause’ on this one so just the one picture.

Tamara & Charlie’s East Yorkshire Wedding (Part 1)


At last, Summer has returned to Yorkshire! OK, it may have been for one day only, but was perfect for Tamara & Charlie’s East Yorkshire wedding.

Tamara wore Jenny Packham and the groom traditional tails with bridesmaids in cornflower blue and groomsmen in Yorkshire Cricket Club ties.

Charlie & his groomsmen lunched at The Wellington in Lund and the girls at The Pipe & Glass in South Dalton before travelling by twin Rolls Royce Phantom’s to St Mary’s church in Kirkburn.

Flowers were by Mary Jane Vaughan.

Part 2, the marquee reception follows here:

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Tamara & Charlie’s Driffield Marquee Wedding (Part 2)


Following on from Part 1 of Tamara & Charlie’s East Yorkshire church wedding, is this, Part 2, their Driffield marquee wedding reception at the groom’s fathers home.

The setting was the gently rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds and the wedding organised and run by Tina Smyth of Tina Smyth Wedding Design with music by DJ Lenny and fireworks by The Fireworkers.

A relaxed drinks reception took place with a handful of family pictures and couple only exclusive with catering by Cerruti’s of Beverley and the marquee was by Florida.

Cake was by Jill Fisher and the couple are honeymooning in Africa on Safari.

Full gallery with international print ordering facility available by clicking this link.

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Kat & James’s Harrogate Wedding (Part 1)


We’ve split this wedding over 2 posts as Kat & James’s Harrogate wedding was a pretty long day with 2 drinks receptions, the first in Knaresborough and the other at the reception proper, The Sportsman’s Arm’s near Pateley Bridge in the Nidderdale Valley.

I first met the couple about a year or so back and just new that rain or shine, they were going to have an absolutely cracking wedding, simply because of the people they are. And so they did.

It began with the usual bridal prep, on this occasion at the bride’s parents house in Knaresborough with the ceremony conducted by the very welcoming Rev. Andrew Pierse at St John’s church.

Kat wore a dress the designer of which she can’t remember and the groom a dark blue suit. Flowers were by Lucy Macnicoll, Rolls Royce from Keith Snowden and cake from Betty’s of Harrogate.

Post-ceremony, the first drinks reception took place on a terrace opposite the church overlooking Nidd Gorge and the iconic Knaresborough viaduct over the River Nidd.

Part 2 at The Sportsman’s Arms can be viewed by clicking this link.

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Kat & James’s Sportsman’s Arms Wedding (Part 2)


Following on from Part 1 of Kat & James’s Harrogate wedding at St John’s church in Knaresborough. Part 2 of Kat & James’s Sportsman’s Arms wedding which took place with a marquee in the village of Wath in the Nidderdale Valley.

This venue holds a special place in our hearts, that is Julie and I because it’s where we had our own wedding reception a few years back and coincidently (and it is pure coincidence), at the time of writing and posting this blog page, it is actually our wedding anniversary. Today. But enough about us…

Well maybe a little more… On our wedding day, it was raining when we arrived on the 10th August at The Sportsman’s and so it was on Saturday 1st August for Kat & James, but after some on/off showers, the sun eventually stayed out and it remained a glorious afternoon & evening.

Special mention in regard to the band. We see a lot of bands and some are good and some less so, but this one was really good, especially as the lead singer Gavin asked how I’d like the lighting and if there was anything else he could do to help set the environment for the dancing. There are a few pics of the band towards the end of this post and here’s a link to their site.

A full gallery with international print ordering facility will appear here soon, as soon as Kat & James are back from their honeymoon in Tanzania and the island of Pemba (off Zanzibar).

Available now by clicking here!

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Jenny & James Chateau de Lisse Wedding Part I

Part I of Jenny & James Chateau de Lisse wedding in this beautiful area of the Lot et Garonne department in South-West France.

This was the 5th wedding I have shot at this venue but the first I have also filmed.

When Jenny & James, a pair of New York creatives, first contacted me, I knew their wedding was going to be something a bit special.

A couple of other clients had also planned outdoor weddings at this venue, but the weather dictated otherwise, but this time, it came off…but I’m getting ahead of myself, – first there was Day 01.

Day 01 comprised a ‘meet & greet’ for friends & family arriving from all over the US and then an exclusive couple only shoot around the grounds before a pig roast and evening ‘open mic’ speeches.

All very relaxing and fantastic late afternoon/early evening light.

Part II follows here, but for this post, a selection of highlight pictures below:

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