This week, we head up to the rural hillsides of North Yorkshire, to join Dan and Abby in their classic Manor House Wedding. With an incredible crowd of friends and family at their back, and their two boys by their sides, they said their 'I dos' at Falcon Manor. These guys get top Bride & Groom Points, for clambering down a huge wall and across a cowpat covered field for our last-light photos.. Go check out why their efforts were totally worth it (photos at end of post).
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This wedding, as the title suggests, felt full of colour and life. Their venue, Falcon Manor, provided a chic backdrop of dusty silvers and lilacs, which reflected the couple's key colour choice.
The gardens were lined with bushes of lavender, busy with bees and soft scent.
Then, further out in the distant views, were the lush greens of the North Yorkshire landscape; when the groomsman strode across this setting in their sharp blue suits, they cut quite a picture.
The life and laughter came loudly and beautifully from their friends and family. And most importantly, from their two boys. This wedding was always for both themselves, and their two sons. Having been together for many years already, raising two gorgeous little boys, this wedding was celebrating a relationship which had already proved itself worthy of vows.
And all that love poured out of every photo I took, every speech and reading, every design detail.
It was impossible not to get swept up by it.
My favourite moment, as you might expect, was our last light photos. Desserts were being served, and I was doing my usual anxious pace outside; watching the light and wondering how long I'll have it for. Do I grab them, do I delay? Will the light get better? Or will it disappear? And should I even bother them, when they are still eating their dessert? With all the pressures of the wedding day, this often feels like my most torn moment.
A huge ominous cloud was hovering over the horizon. And that cloud was not moving. A few curses later, I was sneaking into the Wedding Breakfast room to charm them into a quick portrait session. It didn't take much convincing though.. as always, they were totally up for photos. Moments later, Dan was fireman-lifting his new wife down a dry-stone wall (it actually sounds pretty romantic when I put it like that) and they were walking hand in hand across the stunning view. That low cloud seemed to hold off for a good 15 minutes..
just long enough for Dan and Abby to really take a moment together, and look out at the hills they knew so well.
Sigh. We also happened to get some gorgeous shots. And the fact that we'd already done a couple shoot together, meant they felt totally at ease straight away.
Massive congrats to Dan and Abby, and their two boys, on getting hitched. And love and hugs to all the awesome familiar faces I got to catch up with between shots! Plus, the wedding music was pretty damn awesome, but then, I am biased ;) Hobo Chic killed it as always.