This is Katy & Daryl’s story. From the pre-wedding shoot to the big day and their wedding photography at Falcon Manor.
As with all of my pre-wedding shoots I wanted Katy and Daryl to be in a place where they love to be and important to them. Just like the photography on the big day at Falcon Manor the engagement shoot was just as relaxed. Katy and Daryl chose some beautiful spots near their home in Halifax. Beautiful country lanes, woods and the grand vista of a big reservoir made it easy. It was a simple walk and chat in a lazy summer afternoon and once they had forgotten I was there with the camera and we captured some really spontaneous moments then the photography at the wedding was just going to be a breeze..
I have been a regular wedding photographer at Falcon Manor, Settle. I never go without my camera to The Yorkshire Dales because it is so beautiful. So it’s an even bigger buzz to be the wedding photographer at a venue in the heart of The Dales. As with all James Places you get to photograph historic architecture, contemporary chic decor and all classically sophisticated. On the day we just hit the ground running – wedding photography at Falcon Manor was so easy after the engagement shoot. I went between Katy and Daryl’s rooms to get both the build ups. Excited nerves, the swapping of notes, gorgeous dresses, red socks and a deconstructed set of flowers gave the opportunity for some quirky, spontaneous photography. Katy looked absolutely stunning in the bridal suite silhouetted in her dress and Daryl was taking it easy with the lads after a few cheeky beers with the night porter the night before..
And so to the ceremony and party. The wedding ceremony room at Falcon Manor is so perfect. Intimate and beautifully set I, like all of the wedding guests, had a wonderful view of Katy and her dad as the doors opened and she walked down the aisle. They had a fantastic bunch of friends and family and the party began straight after the ceremony. The champagne flowed as did the sunshine and it felt so easy to be amongst the newly weds and capture the day as it happened – true documentary photography! The portraits were shot in a perfect little lane by the side of Falcon Manor and the gorgeous lawn. The photography was even easier because of our pre-wedding shoot! The bridesmaids and ushers were a top laugh and got together for their own mini shoots. So cue umbrellas, confetti and jumping off walls to add to the laughs and then onto the first dance and the party. What brilliant energy! Just the right mix of romance and ripping it up on the dance floor. I really didn’t want to leave.
If you like my wedding photography at Falcon Manor then take a look at my pre-wedding shoot offer and get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!
Part of being a professional wedding photographer is making sure you are doing the best for your couples. I love what I do and to measure myself against the best I want to be part of the best and be at the cutting edge of image making for my couples.
I’ve just had my portfolio reviewed and have been accepted as a member of Wedding Photography Select! This is what they say:
“We are an international wedding association passionate about great wedding photography, great wedding photographers and inspiring couples all over the world. At WPS you will find the world’s best wedding photographers showcasing the most amazing wedding photos. If you are as passionate about your wedding photography as we are, you’ve come to the right place. All our photographers must first be given the stamp of approval by the WPS Team which ensures you are searching only the very best in the industry.”
So on top of being a member of Fearless and The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers I’m really, really chuffed! So, a massive thank you to all my previous couples who have inspired me along the way to be part of such an organisation 🙂
Here are a few photos that were submitted:
Here is more of my work submitted to the ISPWP and Fearless.
Last year I became Fearless Photographer. Fearlessphotographers.com is a directory of the best 3000 wedding photographers in the world! I’ve longed to be part of this community of well respected artists, falling in love with the photography it promoted straight away! As with the ISPWP I want to win awards with my couples as they are the true inspiration. Below are some of the images that go a little way to show my philosophy; simple, natural and truly about the energy and emotion of people on their finest day and in their finest hour.
Check out my wedding below of Rachael and Kyle. I met these two at a wedding fair and the rest they say, is history…
It was my first time photographing a wedding at the Lakeside Marquee at Thornton Manor in The Wirral and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to be with than Rachael and Kyle. Now, they were fun!! It all started up by the Thornton Manor lodges where all of the bridal and groom prep kicked off the day. Then down from the Groom’s Cottage and Bridal Suite there’s the Lakeside Marquee situated in the grounds. What an amazing place to have your wedding breakfast and party and what a place to be a wedding photographer at Thornton Manor. There was the boat trip around the lake for a unique experience, the decking all around for the bridal party and the wedding guests to chill out on and the the super huge marquee for a beautiful light and bright ceremony, the breakfast and then a big party under the starry dome of the marquee at night. And this lot knew how to party. What a brilliant bunch!
The beauty of photographing in the marquee is that all the events that make up a wedding day are around you. And when you have such brilliant, chilled out wedding guests then the two combine for the perfect blend of real, natural documentary wedding photography that creates the best memories. Rachael, Kyle and I went off mid celebrations for a quick wander and found a little monument plus a bank and massive hedge, and together, those made for some really unique wedding portraits. Just while I was shooting those and without looking up from my camera, a flock of geese from the lake flew over the hedge and, bam – got it! I wasn’t long before we were partying away. The first dance started with a big reveal of “R&K” on the dance floor under a starry roof and it was easy to photograph because everyone just piled onto the dance floor full of energy and the shots – both from the camera and from the bar – kept flowing!
Ellis and Matty’s wedding was on this day in 2016. Happy anniversary! I thought I’d post a little about it because, apart from them being top people, their wedding had all the elements that represent me as a wedding photographer and what I look for.
I met Ellis and her bridesmaids, mum and dad for a few bridal prep shots at The Turnpike in saddleworth. At that point I knew it was going to be the best day. Fun. No-one stopped laughing from start to finish and that humour was mixed with the perfect elements: emotion, a big dollop of comedy, beautiful people and portraits. These all the elements a documentary wedding photographer can wish for. St Bartholomews church is a beautifully big church and holds two of my favourite shots ever. Matty looking at Ellis when she arrives at the alter and then the signing of the register shot here – that tall, grand and a classic seminal moment in anyone’s wedding ceremony.
I love to photograph at different venues because you’re always fresh. Southwood wedding venue in Halifax is a hidden gem. It’s set out perfectly for lots going on in various rooms for different part of the day; the ceremony and wedding breakfast room, the gardens for perfect portraits and for everyone to spill out to and just have a good time. Ellis and Matty’s wedding was high on octane on the party side; such a good laugh as well as the perfect family occasion! I’ll never forgot Matty’s mask, mum’s given a fireman’s lift on the dance and the odd baby lying around…..And all captured in the natural way that wedding should. And a big shout to Cheryl (love you on the decks in the evening!) & Dean whose wedding a photographed the year before and was how I came to meet Ellis & Matty.
Lots of fuss was made of who was to walk Meghan down the aisle. This little video shows you some real moments of the very same and how it should be done…
This right royal affair may get the attention of millions and have some first class champers but the big day for Harry and Meghan might not have the photos to match. I’ve got to admire Alexi Lubomirski for getting the gig as royal wedding photographer but will he be able to get the best shots? With all the press and Queenie boding about things may get a little formal and that natural goodness of a real wedding photography maybe not be so easy. Here’s a few things I like to capture at every wedding..