Sophie & Ollie’s West Yorkshire Marquee Wedding, Part 02

Continuing on from Part 01 of Sophie & Ollie’s West Yorkshire marquee wedding that took place on Saturday the 9th Aug in the village of Upper Denby, is Part 02, the reception.

This took place in a hilltop field with extensive views of the beautiful West Yorkshire countryside and just a short stroll from the church.

After a few family pics back at Sophie’s parents, the B&G arrived in Sophie’s father’s open top cream MGB for the champagne reception.
Might have technically been a Prosecco reception as these things should generally be called these days!

The catering was supplied by ‘The 3 Acres‘, a nearby local landmark restaurant with strong family connections (it’s owned and run by the groom’s god-parents) and instead of a cake cake, the couple had a stack of cheeses ‘cake’.

The evening entertainment was provided by wedding band The Juke Boxers and the couple are honeymooning/honeymooned in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

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Papakata Marquee Wedding: Sophia & Christopher Part 01

If you have reached this page via the Journal link, you will have been informed that the sun shone.

The temperature gauge on my car was rising by half a degree every 5 minutes on the fairly brief drive to the other side of Thirsk and Baldersby St James for the Papakata marquee wedding of Sophia & Christopher.

It topped out at 28 degrees C by lunchtime so probably climbed higher but never actually felt too hot.

The first thing though was cake. Specifically Toy Story chocolate cake. And ginger beer.
It was Xan, the bride’s brothers birthday the previous day and I was invited to join the family for the end of their lunch.
(Top tip, – make your photographer part of your wedding day and you get better wedding pics. Feed them chocolate cake and ginger beer, you get their best!)

Sophia wore a Charlie Brear wedding dress from The White Closet, Didsbury and was attended by her 2 bridesmaids, Nicola & Imogen in cream with floral headpieces by one of my very favourite florists, Lucy MacNicoll.

The ceremony in St. James’s church was conducted by Suzanne Jukes and followed by a garden party reception and Papakata marquee next door in the Old Parsonage grounds, the home of Sophia’s grandparents, more of which in Part 02 of this post.

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Papakata Wedding, Sophia & Christopher, Part 02

Continuing on from Part 01 of Sophia & Christopher’s Papakata wedding is Part 02, the reception.

The garden party style reception was held in the beautiful & unique location of Sophia’s grandparents grounds of their house, the Old Parsonage in Baldersby St James, between Thirsk & Ripon in North Yorkshire.

Although the temperature was quite hot, there was plenty of shade within the garden and the heat never became overwhelmingly so.

Canapes and drinks were served on the lawn followed by the 3 course wedding breakfast & speeches in the Papakata teepee style tent with catering by the ever excellent Yorkshire Party Company who I work with on several weddings every year.

The evening entertainment was by ceiligh band Coila all the way from Ayrshire in Scotland with dancing late into the night.

Cake was by Bettys of Harrogate and a Yorkshire institution!

The couple will be honeymooning in New Zealand in the new year due to Army Captain Christopher’s commitments.

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Yorkshire Marquee Wedding, Helen & Will, Part 01

“Thank you so much for such great photos. We’re very pleased with results, they look great, and my mum watches the video at least 10 times before breakfast. We knew after last year that you would do a great job but you’ve exceeded our expectations – particularly with the weather!!” Helen & Will

If you have followed the link from the Journal area of the website, you will have had the weather report.

If not, here it is again: It will be dry in the afternoon, but wet either side.

The reality was rain from church to meal, but as always, the wedding continues regardless and though it has an effect, it’s rarely a major issue…and wasn’t for Helen & Will’s Yorkshire marquee wedding in Bolton on Swale last Saturday.

There was more than a little deja vu about this wedding as I had photographed the bride’s sister’s (Hannah who could have upstaged the bride with a baby due within 4 days!) wedding to Fraser last year at a similar time of year with prep in the same parents house, same church, same marquee and caterers, so there was always going to be an element for both the couple and me how to make this ‘different’?

Well the weather mainly sorted that one and as John, Helen’s Dad said, “different crop in the field this year”!

In fact the weather wasn’t as much of an issue as some might think and the results speak for themselves split over 2 posts/pages with Part 02 to follow shortly. A total of 250+ images…and these are just the ‘highlights’!

So Part 01 can be viewed here below with Part 02 by clicking here.

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Helen & Will’s Yorkshire Marquee Wedding, Part 02

Continuing on from Part 01 of Helen & Will’s Yorkshire marquee wedding in Bolton upon Swale in rural North Yorkshire not so far from the market town of Richmond, here is Part 02.

Helen wore Suzanne Neville (which I think must be my bride’s favourite wedding dress designer based on the number of Suzanne Neville dresses I photograph!) with the groom traditional morning suit.

Hair and makeup was by of my favourite and recommended wedding suppliers, Debs of Love Hair & Beauty.

Floristry was a two-part approach with Huttons providing the bridal flowers and those in the marquee with a family friend (Lucy) providing those in church.

The wedding cake was by Eileen (confession, – I ate 2 pieces) and catering and marquee by CJC.

The band in the evening was the excellent ‘The English Gentlemen‘.

The couple will be honeymooning on the West Coast of the USA in September.

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Charlotte & Ed’s Hampshire Marquee Wedding (Part 01)

Charlotte & Ed’s Hampshire marquee wedding took place in the delightful village of Hartley Wintney in Hampshire.

At least I think it’s a village…or maybe it’s a town as it’s quite large for a village…

Anyway, Charlotte & Ed’s wedding took place here on Saturday 21st June with a ceremony at St John’s church followed by a marquee reception at the bride’s parents house on the common.

This wedding, like so many that I cover, was a spin off from another, – Sam & Andy’s wedding that took place at Castle Howard in Yorkshire a few years back and it was great to catch up with them and a few familiar faces.

Charlotte wore a Ronald Joyce dress from Confetti & Lace of Farnham and Ed a morning suit complete with top hat.

Flowers were by White Lilac and the cake by the bride’s mother, Jocelyn.

A string trio played throughout the drinks reception and the evening band was Juice Box.

Catering was by Whitewater Catering and marquee by Carron Marquees.

The couple honeymooned in Zanzibar. Or The Seychelles. Perhaps both, – it was a secret!

The highlight of this wedding and what made it especially ‘unique’ was the bunting decorated walk that was created across the common, through the trees along a winding path between house and church. Absolutely delightful and a bit of a change from a white Rolls!

Part 02 can viewed here.

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Charlotte & Ed’s Hampshire Marquee Wedding (Part 02)

Continuing on from Part 01 of Charlotte & Ed’s Hampshire marquee wedding.

Why a Yorkshire based wedding photographer for a wedding in Hampshire?

Well the groom, Ed, is originally from Yorkshire, but that’s not why.
(“You can take the lad out of Yorkshire, but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the lad”!)

It’s because I photographed their friends, Sam & Andy’s wedding a couple of years ago at Castle Howard, just a few miles from my front door and it was based on the results from that job that I booked this one.

Also, although Yorkshire based, more than 50% of the weddings I cover are out of county, – anywhere UK-wide or overseas with an average 4-5 weddings per annum outside of the UK.

I do enjoy these ‘road trip’ weddings and it’s always inspiring to work somewhere new.

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Jervaulx Abbey Wedding Photography, Ali & George

I loved Ali & George’s wedding more than anything because it’s another in a very special sequence of connected family and friends weddings.

I can’t remember where it (this chain of great weddings) exactly started, but if memory serves, it was with an ex Harrogate Ladies College wedding which lead to another and then another and then Caroline, sister of Ali (the bride) a few years ago.

That lead on to Caroline & Ali’s cousin Lizzie’s wedding.

Also, Laura & Alex at Ripley Castle, Ellie & George’s marquee wedding and then next month, Clemmie & Alex at Ripon Cathedral & Swinton Park.

So the day started out a little cold and very flat light wise, but at least dry. It was April after all.
It did pick up later, with some beautiful Spring sunshine, but not until later in the drinks reception, though in time for the B&G session within the ruins of the abbey.

The church, St Mary & Arkelda in Middleham is the third ‘Tennant Girls’ wedding I have covered there and it’s a lovely church to photograph at.

The reception itself took place in two marquees set by the ruined remains at Jervaulx Abbey which itself was spectacularly lit as day turned into evening.

A few other bits and bobs and name checks are:

Ali wore Pronovias sourced from the Bridal Rogue Gallery in York.

The wedding car was a yellow & black vintage Rolls, but I’m not sure by who.

Ali’s mum Lesley once more was responsible for the majority of the flowers as she was for Caroline’s wedding.

Marquee was by CJ Marquees and catering by Yorkshire Party with lighting and evening sounds by AV Matrix.

Full gallery with print ordering option available to view now that Ali & George are back from honeymoon in Africa.

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Photofilms by Firehorse Photography

What exactly is a Photofilm?

Essentially, it’s ‘more’ than a slideshow, but ‘less’ than a wedding video, – a hybrid of the two almost, taking the visuals from photography and the audio from…well, the audio!

The examples below are all 2013 Photofilms from a variety of weddings and venues except for the last one, – the ‘daddy’ of them all made a few years previously.

The best way to really describe one is to say, watch one!

Emma & Ben’s Photofilm (civil ceremony & chapel blessing at Rudding Park)

Catherine & Adam’s Photofilm (church & marquee reception)

Dionne & Sameer’s Photofilm (church wedding & Rudding Park)

Sarah & Harry’s Photofilm (church wedding & Swinton Park)

Milly & Harry’s Photofilm (the ‘daddy’ of them all, – an oldie but a goldie!)





C’mon Everybody

You want to swing? Dominic Halpin & The Honeybees is the best such band we have ever come across at a wedding, – simply superb.

Above are a selection of images captured during a set at a recent wedding.


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