Following their lovely couple shoot a few posts backs, Barrie and Karen invite us to their gorgeous Harrogate wedding. Set in the grounds of Rudding Park, this classic country-house wedding has all the sweetness and fun you'd expect, with tonnes of metallic details and personal touches. Make sure to flick through to the end, to see their couple shots at last light.. My favourite time to shoot.
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On the morning of the wedding, when I arrived to shoot the girls getting ready, everything was laid out perfectly for me to photograph; from her own wedding shoes to her bridesmaids dresses, from her own earrings to little Luca's bow tie, everything was organised perfectly. This attention to detail continued throughout the day..
From the dried flower confetti at the church, to the handmade wedding favours
(each which was a personalised blend of tea bag, based on the character of either the bride, groom, or their gorgeous little boy Luca). I was touched, each time, by how much she had poured into her day.
Their choices of setting were also pretty awesome. Their ceremony was held at St John the Baptist in Knaresborough, and their reception followed at Rudding Park. Each place was epic in presence and scale, each with a commanding facade. But both venues were also personable though; the church was welcoming with a warm atmosphere, and Rudding Park has the grand appeal of a country home, with homely touches and comforts.
But, rather predictably, my favourite moment of the day was just before their first dance. Shortly after a hilarious Jaeger-Train (which was rather skilfully racked up by the bar staff, with over 40 drinks) we walked out of the house, under ominous skies, to grab a few shots in the last light. I knew I'd have no sunset, but I wanted to try and capture a little of that late and balmy light I so love. I asked them to sit together under a tree to shelter from the wind, and as they quietly spoke to each other, very light dots of rain started to drip through the branches.
I could hear the tip tap of small raindrops on my lens, and feel small wet, cold drops on my head, but I didn't say anything.
I thought (as any photographer worth their salt would) "I'll keep shooting until they notice". But, for some time, they didn't.
With the stunning hills of Harrogate sprawling out from behind them, and with a little shelter under the tree's far reaching branches, they barely noticed the rain.
There was something very sweet about that moment, they just trusted me to keep shooting.
If you'd like to get to know this awesome couple a little better, take a look at their couple shoot from a few posts back, which included an adorable Q&A about how they met, and how he proposed. As always, I have included a little list of some of the suppliers below. It is worth remembering though, that much of the heart and soul of this wedding style, was down to the bride's own vision and hard work. And what stylish work it was. Those bridesmaid dresses though...
Bridesmaids Dresses - Godiva
Make up - Georgia Sands
Hair - More Good Hair Days
Chairs, sashes and candelabras - Bride Bay Shop
Wedding Car - Kings Rolls Royce Wedding Cars
Cake - The Flamingo Bakery
Flowers - Lucy Lee
Venue Styling - All by Karen the bride! Including everything from design and layout, right down to homemade wedding favours.
Many Thanks to Barrie and Karen for having me shoot their wedding day. It was also really special to see a previous B&G of mine, Mike & Gina, and have a catch up. Every single on of my weddings are through recommendation, and it's so wonderful to follow the connections and friends from year to year. I am a lucky bunny indeed.