Category archives: Wedding Photography

Autumn Wedding in York | Jamie & Irini

Autumn Wedding in York | Jamie & Irini

I grew up in North Yorkshire and visited York often as a child, but it wasn’t until I lived there that I really felt as though York became my home. And whilst I no longer live there, it will always feel like home to me especially when I am working as a York Wedding Photographer.

Jamie and Irini told me the same thing on their pre-wedding session. They went to university in York and whilst they now live in Cumbria, the city has always held such special meaning to them because it is where they fell in love. So it was only fitting then that they had their wedding in York at one of the oldest buildings in the city, The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall which was built in the 14th century.

The atmosphere of this old medieval guildhall is incredible to shoot in, with wooden floors and timber ceilings the colours were amazing and perfectly suited the autumn setting. Twisted Willow’s amazing bouquets and flowers complimented the venue perfectly with deep colours and an undone feeling to all of the arrangements. Finally Irini’s Jenny Packham dress was simply incredible. The simplicity of the gown and the detailing on the bodice was so beautiful, I loved being able to capture it for her.

York will always be my home wherever I go. So when I am able to work there to photograph a wedding, it somehow feels more special. Old and beautiful and nostalgic. What an incredible place to get married and I really love that Jamie and Irini choose here to come back to for their wedding. I love the freedom of being able to shoot weddings across the UK, however I really do feel like a York Wedding Photographer too.

A perfect, autumn day. If you are looking for a York Wedding Photographer, please get in touch here.

Venue: Merchant Adventurer’s Hall

Florist: Twisted Willow

Dress: Jenny Packham

Hair & Make-Up: Becca Hunton Hair & Make-Up

2017 | A Year In ReviewIf this is work then I don't want any other job...

2017 | A Year In Review

In 2017, I photographed 25 weddings as the main or second photographer and did 6 wedding shoots that were each published either online or in national magazines.

It was a busy and brilliant year, and one where I realised I can say so very confidently that I love my job. I love meeting new clients and seeing them excited about their wedding plans. I love hearing about how they met and chose one another. I love seeing people in love on one of the best days of their life. I love that they  decided to pick me to capture to their story, a story that is unique to only them.

In the midst of all of this, I realise what I do so much, that it actually doesn’t feel like a job really. It feels like an honour, an emotional rollercoaster, inspiring, wonderful, uplifting. But not very much like work – well, except for all the editing. And more than ever I feel like such a lucky, lucky lady.

I am also pushing myself creatively more than ever before. I have done mentoring work with the amazing S6 Photography and workshops with The Secret Retreat. I have a long way to go still, but am so inspired to go further and see where my own love story with photography takes me.

I’m now looking to 2018 and I am beyond excited. I’m pretty much fully booked now, with just a few slots left. I am still looking for couples who want an adventure.

Here are some images I love from some of my 2017 weddings, if this is work then I don’t want any other job.

 

Yorkshire Same-Sex Wedding Photography | Chris + Ash

Yorkshire Same-Sex Wedding Photography | Chris + Ash

The Yorkshire Sculpture park has been one of my favourite local venues since I moved to Barnsley. Stunning scenery, beautiful art work and one of the most unique places you can get married in Wakefield, South Yorkshire.

So when a good friend of mine Chris asked me whether I would photograph him and his husband for their anniversary and that the YSP was their location of choice, I absolutely had to do it. Chris was a big part of my pre-photography life, we worked together for around 5 years and I even went to his wedding as a guest back in 2013 when I was just starting on my photography journey. I discussed with Chris what he wanted for this little low-key shoot and he just wanted me to capture their relationship as it is. So we did some of that.

I also got in touch with a few super talented local suppliers to suprise them with a mini wedding setting and to make it feel more like their big day back in 2013. Everyone involved did an amazing job and both Chris and Ash loved their mini-wedding in the warm Yorkshire sunshine. Being their friend I absolutely loved being able to capture their love, laughs and their relationship. Through the camera lens I think that I was able to see it in a way that was different from their original wedding, something that felt well worn but more certain. And still full of love.

“No one can lift me, catch me the way that you do
I’m still falling for you”

Photography – Lianne Gray Photography
VenueYorkshire Sculpture Park
Card Quaintly Kate
Makeup – Kelly Senior
HandkerchiefsExtra Special Touch
FlowersPamella Dunn
CakeWhite Rose Cake Design

Braisty Estate Wedding Photographer | Romantic Greenhouse Wedding Inspiration

Braisty Estate Wedding Photographer | Romantic Greenhouse Wedding Inspiration

This Spring I had the opportunity to work with some amazing suppliers on a romantic greenhouse wedding in the Yorkshire countryside. Harrogate weddings at Braisty Estate are so unique as it’s home to such amazing views of the Yorkshire countryside being both close to Harrogate and Ripon, and there’s also a beautiful romantic greenhouse which is the perfect setting for an intimate wedding. The shoot incorporated stunning decor and flowers too that fit with the tones and seasonality of Spring that is currently boasting warm weather and sumptious cherry blossom.

What really won my heart though, was the setting. I am a Yorkshire girl born and bred, so having the opportunity to shoot an outdoor greenhouse wedding in glorious sunshine in the middle of the countryside was so inspiring for me. I approach each of my weddings completely differently and getting to know my clients personally is something that inspires me greatly as a photographer. This same inspiration and connection can be hard to create on a shoot, however the setting and the Pride and Prejudice vibes I was getting from Adam and Helen really helped me to push myself creatively as a photographer in the first part of the day. Pride and Prejudice is my all time favourite novel and is in my opinion the greatest romance ever written, so I wanted to capture the love between them as a couple and I believe I was able to do that on the day.

A huge thanks to all of the amazing vendors and models that dedicated their time to capture some incredible wedding inspiration. Here are some of my favourites from the first part of the day, (I’ll post the second part in a few weeks):

Photography – Lianne Gray Photography
VenueBraisty Estate
StylingLW Events
MakeupApril C Make Up
Wedding DressFrancis Bridal
FlowersLucy MacNicoll
CakeThe Confetti Cakery

Camp Katur | Outdoor Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Camp Katur | Outdoor Woodland Wedding Inspiration

This Camp Katur wedding was planned, dressed and styled by some incredibly creative individuals and a fantastic introduction to Bedale in North Yorkshire. It was my first time shooting at Camp Katur and I absolutely loved working in the surrounding woodland.

I am massively inspired by nature in my work, particularly the colours and the atmosphere of an outdoor wedding in a woodland setting. There are so many amazing touches at this venue too, the little nature trail to get to the wedding area, the wooden signs and benches and as well as the ethereal clearing where the ceremony takes place. It was March so I wasn’t holding out much hope for the weather, especially with it having rained the day before, but it stayed fine so I could take my time to capture the gorgeous details and the interactions between Maisie and Chris.

The styling by One Stylish Day, cake by Cakes by Yolk and the flowers by Lucy Macnicoll Floral Design just blew me away with their creativity. The whole shoot was inspired by the Kinfolk wedding trend, which seems to me a mixture of vintage wedding style with Hygge, (I could be wrong though!). I loved capturing all of the details though. So much efforts goes into styling at weddings, it is something I take great care to capture for my clients. Even the stationery by Bureau Design looked absolutely incredible and complemented the theme for the shoot.

Glory Days Bridal provided Maisie with an amazing set of dresses to wear and April C worked as the make up artist. Chris and Maisie were incredible as models for the day too. So professional and I was able to easily build a rapport with them to get some images I feel really proud of.

This was my first styled shoot, but I absolutely loved working with the other creatives from the day. I am so lucky to work in an industry with so many talented individuals that inspire me to push and improve myself.

Now I just really want to photograph a real wedding at Camp Katur, or at the very least a woodland wedding. It’s definitely captured my interest.

 

 

2016 | A Year In Review

2016 | A Year In Review

When I look back at 2016 I will remember it as the year I became completely lost. I will also remember it as the year where I found myself again.

Right back at the beginning of my journey, I set myself 2 goals for my business:

#1 – To provide for my family #2 – To create beautiful images for myself and others

But in a noisy and busy industry, it is so easy to be swallowed up by the success of others and to lose sight of those simple goals we have for ourselves. I had thought I knew who I was and what I wanted for myself, but I was trying too hard to be something to everyone and too scared of being the very thing I most needed to be: me.

So I experimented with studio photography and bought a load of stuff that I really don’t need and spent time doing things that I didn’t really want to do until I couldn’t understand where I was any more. But in the midst of all of this, I realised that I was over complicating something that didn’t need to be complicated.

I am in the business of making beautiful images for myself and others, so I just need to do some of that.

I didn’t reach this insight on my own. A combination of mentoring with Stephanie Belton and a workshop in Glasgow with Mark Pacura (two of my all time photography crushes *swoon*) helped me start to gain momentum. Weekly talks with my photographer bestie Lara Frost and for the ups and downs also smoothed the path ahead.

There’s still plenty to fix. There’s still much to do. My work is evolving so quickly I hardly know whether I am the crafter or it is crafting me. My creative process is literally just looking through the viewfinder and knowing when it feels right. Surely I should be more scientific? And yet, when I look back through my favourite images of the year, I know that whatever I am doing, it must be working. Because I’m proud of every single one of these.

There’s still plenty to fix. There’s still much to do. And yet, I am more inspired and excited than ever.

If 2016 was about being lost and found, I want 2017 to be about soaring.

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