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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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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Suzie & Matt’s North Yorkshire Marquee Wedding

Suzie & Matt got married last week. If you were there, you will know this! Suzie & Matt’s North Yorkshire marquee wedding took place at St Mary’s in the village of Wath near Ripon.

The vicar was Tim who also conducted Cynthia & Richard’s wedding the Sunday previously, but completely different church.

It was a hot day. Not as hot as it’s been this last week, but pretty hot and complete with blue skies and fluffy white clouds which is what everyone hopes for with a marquee reception in the middle of a field!

Suzie wore Caroline Castigliano and the men, traditional morning suits with the bridesmaids Andrea and sister Jilly in cornflower blue.

The blue Rolls was courtesy of Keith Snowden Cars and florist Sheila Danby with marquee by Classic and catering by CWC. The band was Touch The Pearl and fabulous fireworks kindly and generously provided by a family friend.

Below is a selection of highlights with full gallery including international print ordering facility here.

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The Harrogate Marquee Wedding of Rosie & Hamish

Just seen the video and wanted to say how lovely it is. Brought tears to my eyes – and I’d managed to hold it together on the day!! Thanks again. Tim (FOB)
Saturday 13th June was the Harrogate Marquee wedding of Rosie & Hamish taking place at All Saints church and Hamish’s parents home, The Old Rectory in Kirkby Overblow.

It was supposed to be wet. It wasn’t. The last thing anyone wants on a wedding day is rain, but especially so with a garden based marquee wedding and against everything the met office said was happening, the sun came out for some of the day. And it did not rain.

Rosie wore Caroline Castigliano from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge and was attended by her 4 bridesmaids; Emily, Emily, Sophie & Katy.

During the ceremony & drinks reception, Georgina Wells played her harp and evening entertainment was courtesy of dancefloor fillers, Groove Anatomy (plus The Notorious B.I.G. between sets).

The flowers and cake were both by the family and catering by a great company we have worked with several times before, Mike Kernall.

Rosie & Hamish will be honeymooning in Italy taking in; Portofino, Sorrento and the Amalfi coast.

A great wedding, – great people and day and below is their wedding film in 2 parts and a highlights selection from their photography with full gallery to follow shortly now available to view and order prints from here.
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