“The pictures are so gorgeous! We honestly can’t thank you enough!”
I had the great pleasure of joining Fiona and Josh for their absolutely beautiful, creative and colourful day as their Yorkshire wedding photographer. Fiona and Josh booked my wedding photography services about a year ago. Little did I know what an epic day they had planned as Fiona sounded so relaxed and laid back over the phone. When I got their extended wedding questionnaire back a few weeks before the wedding I knew we were in for a full day of fun, lots of attention to detail, colour, a horse and cart and many more little personal traditions and lots of family and friends that needed capturing. Luckily my great colleague Tim Dunk was to hand to help out and capture Josh getting ready too whilst I was with Fiona for the preparations.
I photographed Fiona getting ready at her mum’s house where she grew up with her sister in the beautiful Yorkshire village of Bishop Wilton. The atmosphere was so relaxed and full of love and happiness as Fiona has a very close nit family and some lovely friends who joined her as bridesmaids on the day. Josh got ready in a treehouse nearby which was also their wedding accommodation for the night. How cool!
I joined Fiona and Josh at the village church in Bishop Wilton for a moving ceremony. Fiona and her dad were transported to the church in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage and arrived just before the rain set in. Josh had been waiting a while for a delayed bus to arrive from Bradford so by the time I arrived at the church I found him excited, happy and very ready to see his beautiful bride. The ceremony was filled with loving looks, a sincere blessing, two beautiful readings and hymns.
By the time we left the church, the rain had really started, just in time for the confetti pictures. Nothing to dampen the day. Everyone got their umbrellas out, grabbed a big handful of confetti and we were able to get a super cute confetti photo of the happy couple with all the colourful umbrellas in the background. I especially loved that about this wedding. There was rain, there was wind, there was so much love and happiness that it did not matter. Exactly how it should be!
Before we left the church grounds I photographed Fiona and Josh taking part in a village wedding tradition. Children had tied the church gates with colourful ribbons and would not hand over the scissor until they were happy that enough coins were thrown for them to collect. Super special and sweet.
Fiona put her heart and soul into planning this amazing wedding day. I was so exited to see everything they had described to me and wow, it did not disappoint. The yurts, the ribbons, the plants, the colours. Everything was planned to perfection and kept so personal at the same time. Fiona designed her own cake, made the unique seating plan herself, her step dad made candles for the wedding favours and together with her mum grew 30 buckets full of the most beautiful and colourful flowers to decorate the outside area.
Before we joined the guests at the village hall and fields we took our chance for some couples pictures and got lucky. Fiona’s parents have a beautiful garden and it just started raining as we arrived. The summer house came to the rescue where they opened a bottle of champaign. We had a laugh about the rain and felt blessed to be in such a beautiful place and there, the rain stopped and we got some gorgeous couple pictures.
After that we headed to the ceremony where Tim and I took the chance to get some pictures of guests mingling, followed by some fun group photos before settling down for a social, delicous and relaxed wedding meal.
After three super funny and heartfelt speeches by Fiona’s dad, Josh and his brothers the rain had eased off and we took the chance for a second round of couple wedding photos. I love breaking the couple photos into two little parts throughout the day rather than one big one. The light and atmosphere can be completely different and I love Fiona and Josh’s couples photos on the open field with the wind blowing around us.
More evening guests arrived and everyone was in such a happy mood and ready to get their dancing shoes on. I photographed them cutting their beautiful wedding cake, followed by a fun first dance under the roof of the yurt decorated with lanterns and fairy lights. The band followed the first dance song of George Ezra’s – Paradise with the Kaiser Chief’s – I predict a riot and the dance floor was full! So much fun! I took the couple outside for some last evening pictures before giving them a massive hug and wishing them well for their life to come.
Thank you so much for having me along on this very special day Fiona and Josh! I loved every minute of it.