Louise Westbrooke Photography: Blog https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Louise Westbrooke Photography (Louise Westbrooke Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u567060684-o226244973-50.jpg Louise Westbrooke Photography: Blog https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog 88 120 Tessa & Adam's Wedding at The Engine Shed, Wetherby https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2019/4/tessa-adams-wedding-at-the-engine-shed-wetherby I joined Tess & Ad at the lovely Engine Shed in Wetherby last Saturday, for their Spring wedding and my first of the year. It was lovely day for so early in the season; cool but bright enough and thankfully dry. I arrived at the venue before the ceremony to capture the guests arriving and Adam waiting patiently... The eight(!) Bridesmaids/Flower Girls then arrived, swiftly followed the Tessa and her Dad in a fabulous camper van. Her hair was done by Jennie at Horsforth Hair Lounge and her make up was by Jess at Faces. The camper was provided by Bronte Camper Hire.

The ceremony was lovely... a real family affair with Tess & Adam's three children joining them and their eldest Sam doing a fine job of his best man duties. There were two lovely readings and, whilst they signed the register, one of the bridesmaids entertained their guest with her beautiful singing.

After the ceremony, we did some group/family photos, most of which were photobombed by their youngest, Jack! We also managed to squeeze in a bit of time to make some images of just the two of them, , which was great fun, as you can see below!

Tessa and Adam then cut their absolutely gorgeous cake, made by Nikita Rookledge, and it was on to the speeches, which were brilliantly introduced by their daughter Meelie, who was acting as Master of Ceremonies. The first speech was from Tessa's dad and was really touching, followed by a lovely and funny poem from Sam. Tess then said some thank yous and the children gave out some gifts and it was onto the hog roast.

Co-ordinator Lee then kept the children quiet with ice cream (which Jack applied the majority of to his white shirt!) whilst the adults enjoyed their deserts downstairs, then it was onto the evening do, where I left them to enjoy the night.

A fantastic wedding at a lovely, unusual venue. 

 

 

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Gina & Gary's Winter Engagement Shoot in Saltaire, Bradford, West Yorkshire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2019/2/gina-garys-winter-engagement-shoot-in-saltaire-bradford-west-yorkshire Yesterday was the first shoot of the year for me and what better way to begin the year than with a Valentine's Day engagement shoot. An outdoor shoot in the middle of February is always going to be a bit of a gamble, but Gina, Gary and I were treated to the best day of the year so far. I'd go as far as to say it was very Spring-like! 

We met in Saltaire, one of my favourite places to shoot, as it offers so much variety and is beautiful! We started out at Salt's Mill, before wandering down to the canal and finishing in the park (thankful we were just finished as the thousands of school kids started crowding the park!). 

Have I mentioned that I LOVE engagement shoots? They're a great way to get to know your photographer, or to try one out to see if you like them. They are also usually less time-restricted than your wedding day, which allows plenty of time to have fun and try different things.

Here are some of my favourites from the shoot... oh, and how gorgeous are Gina & Gary?!

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Backyard Burners Album Shoot in Rodley, Leeds https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2019/2/backyard-burners-album-shoot-in-rodley-leeds This shoot was a while ago, but I realised I hadn't blogged it, so here we are...

Sarah & Lewis are some of my oldest friends, so it was a real pleasure to photograph their album artwork and promo images. Their band, Backyard Burners includes Lewis' dad Mark and their music is a mix of covers and originals, mainly in the bluegrass and country genre. They play regularly in the local area and are also available for weddings and private events. Surprisingly, we've never been booked for the same wedding... yet!

We did the shoot around Rodley, where Mark lives. We shot a lot of images, but here are my favourites:

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Musician Promo Mini-shoot with Saigo in Saltaire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2019/2/promo-mini-shoot-with-saigo-in-saltaire Late last year, my buddy Tien, aka Saigo, came to stay with us when he was visiting the UK from the USA. He's an amazing musician and singer (click here to check him out) playing shows regularly in LA and Brazil. He had a residency at the Bootleg Theatre in LA last year and his music was recently featured on a Will Smith video! We decided to do a little promo mini-shoot whilst he was here. We went to Saltaire village, because it's local and one of my favourite places to shoot. 

Here are a few images:

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Chelsea & Miles' Autumn Engagement/Pre-Wedding Shoot in Saltaire Village https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2019/2/chelsea-miles-autumn-engagement/pre-wedding-shoot-in-saltaire-village Back in Autumn, I had the pleasure of shooting Chelsea and Mile's pre-wedding shoot. An engagement or pre-wedding shoot in a great way to 'try out' a photographer (some photographers, including myself, offer them as a stand-alone shoot) or to get to know the photographer you have already booked. It also gives you a chance to get used to being in front of the camera, so you feel more relaxed on your wedding day itself. We went to the lovely village and world heritage site of Saltaire, in Shipley, Bradford. It's a fab location for shoots and one of my favourites, as it offers lots of variety in one place. As it was early autumn, the leaves were just starting to change colour too, so it was looking especially beautiful!

Here are a few images from the shoot:

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Lizzy & Sarah's Wedding at The Huntsman Inn, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/12/lizzy-sarahs-wedding-at-the-huntsman-inn-holmfirth-huddersfield-west-yorkshire I first met Lizzy and Sarah at a wedding fair at Stand Edge Tunnel in Huddersfield in 2016 (was it really that long ago?!). We then met again in the summer of this year for their engagement shoot at the beautiful Beaumont Park. It's seemed like a long time coming, but finally their wedding day arrived on a cold, but bright day last month. I joined them at The Huntsman Inn in Holmfirth, near Huddersfield, where they were both getting ready for the big show...

Sarah, having been the one to propose, walked down the aisle first to the soothing sounds of a live cellist. Lizzy followed to meet her and they had a lovely ceremony, with two touching and funny readings and some impromptu 'air cello' from the young ring-bearer! We then braved the cold for some group photos. Lizzy & Sarah didn't want many formal photos, so this left plenty of time for them to chat to their guests and relax in the cozy bar area.

For their evening entertainment they had a fabulous singer, Leo Kenny, who got the dance floor going, then the happy brides cut their cake and took to the floor for their first dance.

A fantastic day that I'm glad to have been part of! Here are a few images:

 

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Amy & Tim's Country Wedding at The Gamekeepers Inn, Threshfield, Nr. Skipton, North Yorkshire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/9/amy-tims-country-wedding-at-the-gamekeepers-inn-threshfield-nr-skipton-north-yorkshire Earlier in the month, I joined Amy & Tim for their wedding at The Gamekeepers Inn, a lovely pub and wedding venue within Long Ashes Park, near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales. Amy's bridal preparations began in one of the lodges, along with her six bridesmaids, two flower girls, one page girl, two page boys and mum. Ha ha, it was CHAOS!!!!

Despite the number of people to get ready, amazingly, everyone was on time and there were no major stresses. The girls even had time for a glass of bubbly (or two) before getting dressed, whilst the guys waited nervously in the Netherside Suite. Amy's beautiful wedding gown was from Ava Rose Hamilton, Tim and the groomsmen's suits from The Bridgewater, flowers by Mrs Bouquets, make-up by Dolly Paint and Amy's hair was done by The Lounge. 

The ceremony was lovely; Amy was escorted down the isle by her father, the readings were very moving and there was lots of laughter. After the ceremony and drinks reception, we did some family photographs on the lawn, whilst Amy & Tim's son Teddy ran in circles around us (literally). We then took some time to create some lovely couple portraits, utilising the amazing countryside surrounding the venue and making the most of Amy's huge veil!

It was then onto the brilliant speeches by Amy's dad, Tim and the two best men Grant & Danny. After the meal, there was plenty of time to relax, before moving onto the evening party, where music was provided by Liquid Brick

Here are a few images from the day.

 

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Rachel & Lauren's Wedding at The Engine Shed, Wetherby, West Yorkshire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/8/rachel-laurens-wedding-at-the-engine-shed-wetherby-west-yorkshire On one of the hottest days of the year, I joined Rachel and Lauren on their wedding day in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. They got ready separately at the Mercure Hotel, so I spent time with both of them whilst they got their hair and make-up done (hair by Farrah at Funky Divas; make-up by my sister-in-law, confusingly also called Louise Westbrooke!). Once they were in their gorgeous dresses, Rachel's from Elite Bridal and Lauren's by Linda Walker, we all headed to The Engine Shed, which had been beautifully styled by Forge Events, with chair covers provided by Michael Richards. 

Rachel and Lauren were both accompanied down the aisle by their dads and the bridal party and during the ceremony, Rachel's mum did a touching reading, whilst Lauren's mum was in charge of the wedding rings. After the ceremony, it was time for the group photos (luckily we managed to find some shade so we didn't have people passing out!). We then went for a drive in the fabulous VW camper van, which was renovated and chauffeured by a friend of the couple, to do some photos of the two of them. We'd intended to go to a bridge over the river, but given it was a sunny Saturday, it was heaving! So we implemented plan B and headed somewhere a bit quieter. 

We then headed back to the venue to enjoy the speeches (featuring an impromptu sing-a-long!) and a fantastic carvery (followed by the best cheesecake ever), where I was made to feel like a guest, sitting with Rachel's family. Once the food was eaten, it was on to the cutting of the cake and the first dance, followed by a touching father/daughter dance. The evening entertainment was a brilliant ceilidh band (It couldn't have been anything else, with Rachel being Irish!), who got everyone up dancing (evening entertainment provided by Gordon Kellett Entertainment). Here are a few images from the day:





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Bex and Emma's Leeds Town Hall and Cookridge Hall Wedding https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/8/bex-and-emmas-leeds-town-hall-and-cookridge-hall-wedding On Saturday afternoon, on the weekend of Leeds Pride, Bex and Emma got married at Leeds Town Hall and afterwards celebrated their marriage with a fantastic relaxed reception at Cookridge Hall. The weather was glorious and it was a brilliant day.

I started the day with them at Leeds Town Hall, where they had a beautiful ceremony, full of laughter and a few happy tears. After they had been congratulated by their guests and been showered in confetti, we headed up to Cookridge hall, where we created some portraits of the two of them and some group photos of family and the wedding party. After some mingling with their guests, it was time for some absolutely hilarious speeches, then Bex and Emma cut their rainbow-centered cake and enjoyed their first dance as wives. It was then time to eat and party the night away!

Here are some of the highlights:

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Lizzy & Sarah's Pre-Wedding Engagement Shoot at Beaumont Park, Huddersfield https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/7/lizzy-sarahs-pre-wedding-engagement-shoot-at-beaumont-park-huddersfield Lizzy & Sarah are getting married in November. Back in May, we had an engagement/pre-wedding photo shoot in the amazing Beaumont Park in Huddersfield, so we could get to know each other and have a practice run before the wedding. Beaumont Park is so pretty! I've never been there before, but I think it's my new favourite place for engagement shoots. It was a boiling hot, sunny day, so we made the most of any shade we could find!

I had lots of fun and can't wait for the wedding!

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Kiera & Matt's Wedding at All Saint's Church Bingley and The Priest's House, Bolton Abbey https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/7/kiera-matts-wedding-at-all-saint-s-church-bingley-and-the-priest-s-house-bolton-abbey On Saturday, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Kiera & Matt's beautiful wedding. Kiera's hair was done by Airehead in Bingley and her gorgeous dress was Morilee by Madeline Gardner, purchased from Brides to Be in Bradford.  Kiera wasn't too fussed about having a photographer document her getting ready, so my second photographer, Nida, and I started our day with Matt at the beautiful and historic All Saint's Church in BIngley, where we captured all the pre-ceremony excitement and anticipation.

The ceremony, conducted by Reverend Martyn Weaver, was full of love and laughter and the church was dressed with flowers by Jane and Sarah Timperley, Matt's mum and sister-in-law. It was followed by a relaxed drinks reception in the church grounds. 

Kiera and Matt then headed to the reception venue in style in a fabulous Volkswagen Camper-van, provided by Bronte Camper Hire.

The reception was held at The Priest's House, Barden. What a fantastic venue! It was my first time here and I loved it. We took some time to create some couples portraits whilst their guests were still arriving, then captured the group portraits before the couple and their guests sat down to their wedding breakfast. We squeezed in a few more portraits after the meal too, as the light was so nice! It was then on to the evening celebrations, the cutting of the cake (made by Matt's talented mum Jane), first dance and flossing practice! The disco was DJ'd by MG Entertainments.

A super-fun wedding in the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales; it was a privilege to be part of it! Kiera & Matt, I hope you like your sneak peaks - your full gallery will be with you soon. x

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Gemma & Robbie's Pre-Wedding Shoot https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/1/gemma-robbies-pre-wedding-shoot Last year I had the pleasure of shooting Gemma and Robbie's pre-wedding shoot. An engagement or pre-wedding shoot is a fab way to get to know your photographer, to practice being in front of the camera and get some images for your invitations! 

They were lucky enough to have a friend with a huge garden, which we used for some of the shots, then we headed on to the moors. It was windy, but bright and we had great fun whilst capturing some lovely images of them.

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Promo Shoot for Lewis Burner's Upcoming Album https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2018/1/promo-shoot-for-lewis-burners-upcoming-album At the end of last year, I had the pleasure of doing a promo shoot with my buddy Lewis for his upcoming album. Lewis is one third of Backyard Burners and is releasing his solo album shortly. It will be full of country, bluegrass and rock and roll bangers and I can't wait to hear it! You can keep up to date with what Lewis is up to here.

 

We shot it in Rodley, Leeds on a chilly winter day. Here are some of my favourites:

 

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Phillip and Eduardo's wedding at Bradford Town Hall and Oakwood Hall, Bingley https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2017/11/phillip-and-eduardos-wedding-at-bradford-town-hall-and-oakwood-hall-bingley Phillip and Eduardo got married a couple of weeks ago and had not one, but two beautiful weddings! The first was their legal ceremony at Bradford Town hall on 4th November, where they were joined by both their families (Ed's having travelled from Spain to be there). I joined them to capture some memories for them, before leaving them to celebrate with their families with a meal at Bingley Five Rise Locks Hotel and prepare for the main event the next day.

The following day, I joined them at Oakwood Hall prior to their ceremony to capture images of them getting ready together. Oakwood is a lovely historic venue and I love shooting there. It was also where Phill's parents held their own wedding reception. They had a fantastic ceremony conducted in both English and Spanish by the wonderful Sonia Esposito. It was such a personal ceremony, full of love and laughter. Their families were very much involved in the ceremony; they were escorted into the ceremony by their mothers, their brothers did fantastic readings, the guests wrote messages to the couple and Phill and Ed exchanged personal vows to each other. They also incorporated a hand-tying ceremony; their brothers binding their hands together for them. 

After the ceremony, they had a drinks reception, before taking some time out to capture images with their families, guests and just the two of them. After that, it was onto the wedding breakfast and speeches and evening celebration, where I left them to party the night away.

I had such a lovely time capturing Phill and Ed's wedding. The love and happiness in the room was overwhelming and I left feeling like I'd shared something special with them. Here are a few images from the day... I hope you like them guys; the rest will be with you shortly.

 

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Sarah and James' Greenhead Park (Huddersfield) Wedding https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2017/5/sarah-and-james-greenhead-park-huddersfield-wedding Sarah & James got married just over a week ago in the conservatory at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The 1930 conservatory has been recently restored and has a licence for just three weddings each year. It's a beautiful and unique wedding venue, containing a pond and some lovely greenery and the light is just fantastic. The added bonus is that the park itself has some gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photos!

The wedding was mid-afternoon and I joined them just a short while prior, to catch James greeting their guests and waiting for Sarah's arrival. Sarah arrived looking stunning in a pale pink outfit, escorted by her son Will. The ceremony was lovely and included two readings; after they were married, the couple literally danced out of the room!

After some celebratory drinks, we headed outside to do some group photos, before Sarah, James and I took a wander around the park to create some images of the two of them. I then left them to enjoy their afternoon tea, before partying the night away. 

Here are just a few images from the day...

Congratulations guys; I hope you like your sneak peaks!

 

 

 

 

 

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Bianca & Hannah's wedding at Artisan, Spinningfields, Manchester. https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2017/3/bianca-hannahs-wedding-at-artisan-spinningfields-manchester On 17th March this year, I got to photograph the wedding of one of my oldest friends. Bianca and I met on the first day of upper school and hit it off immediately. We were always together, both in school and out. After leaving school, we remained friends, despite me moving away for a couple of years. This was back in the days before mobile phones, so keeping in touch wasn't that easy! We actually used to write to each other...snail mail style! We've always kept in contact over the years and, even if a year or more goes by before we catch up, it feels like no time has actually passed at all. You know those kind of friendships? Where you don't hang out much, but they somehow know you better than most...

Four years ago, Bianca met her love, the wonderful Hannah. They had their first date at Oast House in Manchester. Four years and two dogs later, they decided to seal the deal and get married at Artisan, just round the corner from where they first met.

I started the day in the 'Bitchin' Lounge' at Artisan, where I hung out with Bea and Hannah, their bridesmaids and another old friend, Bea's best woman, Annis. I did some portraits and captured them all enjoying the retro Photo Booth. 

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We then headed to Oast House for a celebratory drink and toast, before doing some group shots of family and friends back at Artisan. This being Manchester, the weather wasn't really conducive to doing outdoor photography, but the venue is so beautiful, it didn't really matter!

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Lisa & Neil's Wedding at St Oswalds, Guiseley and Hollins Hall, Baildon https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2017/2/lisa-neils-wedding-at-st-oswalds-guiseley-and-hollins-hall-baildon Lisa and Neil married back in September. They had a beautiful ceremony at St Oswald's Church in Guiseley, which was filled with laughter, followed by a celebration meal and party at Hollins Hall in Baildon. The day was full of personal touches and it was really evident that Lisa had put a lot of time into thinking of all the little details.

I began the day with the Groomsmen at Lisa and Neil's home. The mood was already celebratory! Lisa had left individual poems and gift boxes for each of the groomsmen, containing personalised socks and cufflinks for them to wear that day. A lovely touch. We then headed to their local for a swift pint. Lisa had arranged for another poem and gift for Neil, to be opened with his sister... it was a thoughtful present that commemorated their father, who had passed away, and made sure that he was part of their day. 

I then headed to Hollins Hall, where the ladies were getting ready and more gifts were given. I spent some time with them capturing all the details Lisa had spent time creating, before heading to the church to photograph the ceremony. It was a really lovely, personal ceremony... they exchanged their vows and Lisa read a poem that she'd written for Neil.

We then went to Otley Chevin to capture some couple portraits, before going to Hollins Hall for group photographs. It was then onto the speeches. Again, these were really personal and acknowledged the loved ones who couldn't be there. There were also plenty of laughs! Lisa and Neil then cut their cake and I left them to enjoy their wedding breakfast and party the night away.

A fabulous wedding, where every detail was thought about! 

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Ruth & Martin's Wedding at Leeds Town Hall https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2017/2/ruth-martins-wedding-at-leeds-town-hall Ruth and Martin got married back in August of last year. They had an intimate wedding in the Broderick Suite at Leeds Town Hall, West Yorkshire, followed by celebratory drinks at All Bar One, before going on to their vegan wedding breakfast at Prashad restaurant. I was only with them for a short time, but the time I spent with them was fab! We were up against the weather (good old British summer!), but we worked around it. 

 

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Last Minute Family Photoshoot at Roundhay Park https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/8/last-minute-family-photoshoot-at-roundhay-park Last week, I had a last minute family photoshoot with Prad, Carina, Max and Noah. They live in Sweden, but were in the UK visiting family for a few days for Prad's mum's birthday. They wanted a family photoshoot so they could give Prad's mum a print the next day as a gift, at her celebration. I wasn't able to deliver the full set of edited images at such short notice, so instead, agreed to send them a couple the same day as the shoot, so that they could pick one and get in printed and framed in time for the following day.

They are such a lovely and interesting family and the shoot was a lot of fun. The children were really well behaved, even little Noah, whose attention span is approximately 3.5 seconds!! We did the shoot at Roundhay park, which offered various backdrops and plenty of shade from the nearly-mid-day sun. 

The full set of images has now been delivered and I received a lovely email telling me how much they love them! Always nice to know people are happy with the work I have spent time perfecting for them.

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Sarah & Andy's Wedding Day Home Portrait Shoot https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/7/sarah-andys-wedding-day-home-portrait-shoot Sarah and Andy got married a couple of months back at Bradford Registry Office (Bradford City Hall). They had an intimate, low key wedding and chose not to have a photographer at their ceremony, although they decided on having a portrait shoot at home to commemorate the occasion, before they headed out for a slap up meal at The Box Tree in Ilkley with Sarah's parents. This meant that they got to include their beloved Yorkshire Terrier Captain in the shoot!

We made some images of the two of them and then some with Sarah's parents. I made sure to also photograph their wedding cake (made by Sarah herself), which included a cake topper of the couple with Captain!

There is something really special about being involved in such an intimate event!

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Fiona & Michael's Wedding at Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate, West Yorkshire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/7/fiona-michaels-wedding-at-rudding-park-hotel-harrogate-west-yorkshire Fiona & Michael married last Saturday at Rudding Park Hotel near Harrogate and it was an honour to capture their day as their wedding photographer. I arrived early to take some shots of the wedding details, such as their decorations and flowers in the Wedding Breakfast room, then wandered around taking candid shots of their guests arriving. We were all then treated to an amazing classical singer and pianist, as Fiona and Michael entered their wedding ceremony together. I was both surprised and impressed to see Fiona's choice of wedding dress colour - a woman after my own heart! I love it when people abandon tradition and do what suits them!

The ceremony was relaxed, with lots of laughter. The singer and pianist performed again whilst the register was signed, and after a few formal portraits of them and their witnesses, Fiona & Michael were handed their marriage certificate. They paused to enjoy the music, before exiting the room as husband and wife!

A champagne reception followed, allowing them time to be congratulated by their friends and family, before a few formal portraits. The weather was pretty bad by this point (British summer time?!), so we used the gorgeous staircase in the hotel. Fiona, Michael and I then took a wander around the hotel to do a few portraits of them as a married couple, before I left them to celebrate with their guests and enjoy the live music of the band.

A shame about the rain at the crucial time (the sun came out as I left!), but a gorgeous wedding none the less. Congratulations Fiona & Michael and thanks for choosing me to capture your day!

 

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(Louise Westbrooke Photography) harrogate wedding rudding park rudding park wedding wedding wedding ideas wedding photographer wedding photography wedding poses wedding venues yorkshire wedding yorkshire wedding photographer yorkshire wedding photography https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/7/fiona-michaels-wedding-at-rudding-park-hotel-harrogate-west-yorkshire Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:52:05 GMT
Sarah & Bill's wedding, Victoria Hall, Saltaire World Heritage Village, Bradford, West Yorks https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/6/sarah-bills-wedding-victoria-hall-saltaire-world-heritage-village-bradford-west-yorks Sarah & Bill's wedding was back in May at Victoria Hall in the Saltaire Word Heritage Village in Bradford, West Yorkshire. It was an honour to be their wedding photographer; their day was really unique, full of vintage touches and quirky details. Sarah did the flowers and decor herself, the tables were names after streets in the village, the food was catered by the local Kashmiri restaurant and the bar was provided by Don't Tell Titus, a village bar and restaurant. 

I met them both at their house in the village, where they got ready together (both looking fab and ditching tradition with Sarah teaming her beautiful dress with purple pumps and Bill opting for a funky, colourful shirt with his suit!) and we took a few images outside, before walking up to the venue together, stopping outside Salt's Mill for a few photos on the way. Their guests were greeted by the sounds of a string quartet and Sarah was escorted into the ceremony by her two sisters. Their ceremony was relaxed and fun, with three readings by friends and lots of love and laughter.

A drinks reception followed, allowing guests time to congratulate the happy couple, after which we took some group shots. The weather was against us at this point, so we utilised the beautiful staircase indoors to save everyone getting wet! Guests then moved into the reception room to enjoy a three course Kashmiri meal, which I was lucky enough to partake in (minus the wine of course!). I was on the rowdy table named after Fanny Street... no comment!

Following the meal, there were some great speeches, then we went outside to do some portraits before the evening do commenced.

In the evening, they had a fab live jazz band and everyone enjoyed a dance, before Sarah joined the band for a few songs on the clarinet, which went down an absolute storm. At this point, I left them to party the night away!

What a beautiful day! I wish Sarah and Bill a long and happy marriage and thank them for allow me to share their day with them.

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Broughton Hall Visit https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/6/broughton-hall-visit Just a quick blog post today to tell you about the gorgeous Broughton Hall Estate, which I visited today with Patricia from Posh Frocks Bridal Shop and Becky of The Travelling Tea Ladies

Broughton Hall is an historic country house on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, which you can hire for two nights for your wedding celebrations. It has fifteen en suite rooms for your guests to stay in, alongside a Grade i Listed Hall, a beautiful conservatory and amazing grounds, where a marquee can be erected. If you hire Broughton Hall, you have exclusive use of the house for the duration of your stay. It is incredibly grand, dates back to 1597 and has been in the same family for 900 years! I honestly couldn't imagine a more perfect venue for a traditional wedding - if Period Dramas are your thing, Broughton is your venue! It's perfect for an intimate, formal wedding.

Also within the 3000 acre Estate are two other venues. Utopia is is beautiful, contemporary event space, set within a traditional walled garden. It has a timber frame and floor to ceiling windows, allowing you to soak in the gorgeous views. It also has a large terrace area, which seamlessly blends the inside with the out. Utopia is suited to a more modern, relaxed wedding and can seat up to eighty guests for your wedding blessing/reception and a further forty for your evening celebration. If you are looking for a venue with a contemporary feel, but with a backdrop of beautiful countryside, then Utopia is the venue for you.

Finally, Eden is a six bedroom house within the grounds. A converted barn, Eden offers modern comforts in a traditional setting. The decor is fab - lots of 1950's and 60's furniture, very modern-retro (if that is even a term?!). A marquee can be erected in the gardens and your guests can even camp/glamp in the grounds - perfect for a festival style wedding! 

Although the venues are not licensed for civil weddings, there is a Roman Catholic chapel on the grounds, a church of England church nearby and Skipton Registry Office is also not far away. 

I didn't take any photos (other than of the resident peacock!), but if you click the Broughton Hall link in the first line, there are many images on their website. Take a look - you won't be disappointed!

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The Hanborough Bag in Yellow, by Fig Bags https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/5/the-hanborough-bag-in-yellow-by-fig-bags Anyone who knows me or who reads my blog will know that I love bags! I'm constantly searching for the perfect camera bag and, whilst I have accepted that no one bag is perfect for every situation, I think I have found one that is close! I bought this bag at The Photography Show back in March and now I've had chance to use it for a while, I thought I'd share my thoughts on it.

I'd seen Fig Bags listed on the Show's website and was keen to take a look. Their stall was located right outside the Super Stage (well done guys!) where all the big speakers were, so I kept going back and looking at the bags, trying to decide whether I could afford to buy one. I chatted to Krystina, who designs the bags and is a photographer herself. She told me all about her process, which includes producing the prototype bags (she's leather trained too!). On my last day there, I decided to take advantage of the Show discount offer and purchase the Hanborough in yellow (the largest of the Fig Bags - if you are going to spend money you can't really afford, do it properly, right?) for £265 (after the show discount - it retails at £295 currently). There are various colours, but I was drawn to the yellow, so went with my gut. 

The Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe gorgeous Hanbrorough camera bag in yellow, by Fig Bags.

The bag is absolutely gorgeous looking. It's a leather satchel type bag and the leather is really good quality. I like the unisex styling; so often camera bags are either pretty ugly or (with ones designed for women) pink and flowery! It has a carrying handle on the top, which is securely attached with (brass?) rivets and is useful for picking the bag up.

The Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe gorgeous Hanbrorough camera bag in yellow, by Fig Bags.

It has a long, adjustable shoulder strap with an additional shoulder pad (shown in the first photo above) - a crucial factor for spreading the weight of heavy camera gear. The strap is securley attached to the body with (brass?) clips.

The Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe gorgeous Hanbrorough camera bag in yellow, by Fig Bags.

It has a zipped pocket on the rear of the bag for small items. 

The Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe gorgeous Hanbrorough camera bag in yellow, by Fig Bags.

You access the main compartment with 'quick release' fastenings, which is great, as one of my pet peeves with satchels is having to undo the buckles. 

The Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe gorgeous Hanbrorough camera bag in yellow, by Fig Bags.

The Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe gorgeous Hanbrorough camera bag in yellow, by Fig Bags.

Inside, the bag has padding built in, with two moveable dividers to configure the bag to your needs. There is also a padded tablet compartment.

The Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe Hanbrorough by Fig BagsThe gorgeous Hanbrorough camera bag in yellow, by Fig Bags. I have used this bag pretty much everyday since I bought it. On a day to day basis, I usually carry a Lomography Instant Wide camera (a huge instant film camera), a Lumix LX100 (a large compact digital), plus various accessories such as lens attachments, spare batteries and film cartridges. I can also squeeze in a Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic (a small instant camera), along with my purse, keys, phone etc. It's pretty jam packed with all this in, but it all fits. 

When I'm shooting weddings/portrait sessions, I fill the bag with my second camera (a Canon 6d with a large, 24-105 f4 L lens), my spare external flash, a 50mm lens and my spare batteries/memory cards, whilst carrying my main camera and flash. I also use the tablet pocket to carry any notes I have, like a list of group shots and order of the day. 

My only criticism relates to the strap... at 5'1", I've had to have extra holes put it (not a big deal), which has left me with a long overlap. There is no loop to thread this through, which means it flaps around a bit. I've currently secured it with an elastic band, but this does take away from the lovely aesthetic somewhat. At some point, I might try find a leather-worker to add a yellow loop to the strap to hold it down. Other than that, it's a beautiful bag which not only looks stylish, but is also really practical in use. It's not cheap, but if looked after properly, it will likely last a lifetime and the price reflects the quality materials and workmanship. It probably works out cheaper than buying nylon camera bags that only last a few years before they need replacing. It is also cheaper than the Ona Brixton Leather, which looks to be a similar size and quality and currently sells for around £360 in the U.K. 

All in all, I love this bag! It's starting to wear in a bit now and the leather is softening. I think it will look even better when it's properly worn in. It's comfortable to wear and looks really stylish; something that is not often seen in a camera bag. The added bonus with this is that, if you are walking the streets or travelling with it, it doesn't scream "rob my expensive camera gear". Wearing it across your body makes it nice and secure, although when I take it on holiday, I'll make sure I pull it round my front in busy places (which I would do with any bag).

I look forward to using this bag for years to come!

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Bridal-Wear Shoot with Posh Frocks Leeds https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/5/bridal-wear-shoot-with-posh-frocks-leeds I recently did a bridal-wear shoot with Posh Frocks Leeds. Posh Frocks is a bridal boutique based in Guiseley, offering custom made bridal, bridesmaid and prom gowns. Paper flower bouquets were provided by Jackdaw Decor, who create beautiful hand-made paper flower bouquets, button-holes and accessories. Sarah Palfreeman and Jennifer Taylor modelled the gowns perfectly! It was a fun shoot and something a little different for me, as I'm usually photographing weddings and engagement or portrait shoots. Amazingly, it didn't rain, but instead we battled with harsh sunlight and strong winds! Typical Yorkshire weather... Despite this, we got some lovely images which really show off the dresses and bouquets. Here are a few of my favourites:

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Saltaire Engagement Shoot with Sarah & Lewis https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/4/saltaire-engagement-shoot-with-sarah-lewis Sarah & Lewis have been together for around a decade and are currently planing their 2017 wedding. I've known them both for a long, long time and it was a real honour to capture some memories for them. I won't be shooting their wedding, however, as I'll be on bridesmaid duties (how exciting!). 

Although they will be getting married in Leeds, we chose Saltaire for the shoot. Saltaire is a World Heritage Site and is stunningly beautiful, with various locations and backdrops to create images (it also has lots of nice bars and cafes, if you are looking for a day out!). Sarah & Lewis love Saltaire and it also complements their vintage and alternative style, so was a perfect choice. Luckily, the weather played ball and it wasn't too wet/cold or too bright, for the most part.

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Engagement shoots are a great way to 'practice' being in front of the camera prior to your wedding day, to try out or get to know your photographer, to create some beautiful images for your save the date cards/invitations, or simply to commemorate the occasion! If you have recently got engaged or are currently planing your wedding, I'd really recommend having an engagement shoot! 

 

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Leeds Portrait Shoot with the lovely Nola https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/4/leeds-portrait-shoot-with-the-lovely-nola I recently did a portrait shoot with the lovely Nola, who needed some headshots and profile pictures for work. She wanted a good variety of shots, some 'business headshot' types and some more relaxed portraits, so we did a few with different outfits, backgrounds and locations in order to provide her with what she needed. 

We started at Nola's home, where I set up a backdrop stand and lights and we got shooting. Nola wanted to use her wall hanging as one of the backdrops, which worked really well and we also used a more neutral background as well:

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Nola also wanted some location based portraits, so we headed to a church in North Leeds in order to take advantage of their absolutely gorgeous doorway! Luckily, there wasn't a service on and the people who were inside were very friendly and allowed us to take some shots:

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We then headed to our third location of the day to get some 'action shots': 

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I had lots of fun on this shoot and Nola made it very easy for me! She is both gorgeous and very talented. 

If you're looking for some business headshots or profile pictures, please give me a shout!

 

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Natasha and John's Intimate Wedding at Oulton Hall, Leeds https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/1/natasha-and-johns-intimate-wedding-at-oulton-hall-leeds Natasha and John had a lovely wedding at Oulton Hall Hotel in Leeds back in September.

Surrounded by only their nearest and dearest, they exchanged vows then enjoyed a drinks reception, before sitting down to intimate, celebratory meal.

Oulton Hall is a gorgeous wedding venue on the outskirts of Leeds, West Yorkshire. It's an 18th century mansion house, with lovely gardens and fountain. It also has lovely photo locations indoors, so it's great for bad weather too. We were lucky though and got some sunshine when we needed it. 

The fabulous purple colour scheme matched John's tartan kilt, a nod to his heritage.

It was an absolute privilege to be part of such an intimate wedding!

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(Louise Westbrooke Photography) leeds oulton oulton hall wedding photographer leeds rothwell wedding wedding photographer leeds wedding photographer oulton hall wedding photographer west yorkshire wedding photographer yorkshire wedding photography leeds west yorkshire yorkshire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/1/natasha-and-johns-intimate-wedding-at-oulton-hall-leeds Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:38:56 GMT
Simon and Rachel's Wedding at Merchant Taylors Hall, York https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/10/simon-and-rachels-wedding-at-merchant-taylors-hall-york Rachel and Simon got married in July at the Merchant Taylors Hall in York. It was the first day of the summer holidays; the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the A64 was at a stand-still! There is a reason I always work in lots of extra time to get to a wedding - although hold-ups on the A64 are predictable enough, you never know what else might delay you! After queuing for a long time, then navigating York city centre, I made it about an hour before the ceremony; still plenty of time to do what I needed to do beforehand, as I wasn't doing any 'getting ready' shots. The Merchant Taylors Hall is a fourteenth century building and it's beautifully restored. I spent some time capturing the details like decorations, before turning my attentions to the groomsmen and the arrival of the guests, before going outside to capture Rachel arriving.

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After the ceremony, I gave everyone time to congratulate the bride and groom, before organising the group shots. It was insanely bright and so it was difficult finding somewhere to take the shots without everyone squinting in the sun!

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After the group shots, Rachel, Simon and I went to do a few shots of the two of them. As the outside space is limited, we went inside the venue. I usually try to do the couple shoot outside in natural light, but since it was so bright, with no open shade, it was actually better to go inside. 

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After the couple shoot, it was time for me to leave the bride, groom and their guests to enjoy afternoon tea and party into the evening. A short day for me (although I went on to another job in the evening!). 

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(Louise Westbrooke Photography) marriage wedding wedding photographer wedding photographer yorkshire wedding venue wedding venue york wedding venue yorkshire york yorkshire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/10/simon-and-rachels-wedding-at-merchant-taylors-hall-york Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:40:50 GMT
Helen and James' UK Wedding Reception at Briar Court Hotel, Huddersfield https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/9/helen-and-james-wedding-briar-court-hotel-huddersfield Helen and James got married in Las Vegas back in May and then in June, I photographed their UK wedding reception at the Briar Court Hotel in Huddersfield. Helen and James wanted something a little bit different for their posed photos and chose me to do them partly based on my personal work, which often involves derelict and abandoned buildings and 'urban exploration'. They wanted a more gritty look to their images, rather than the traditional poses and backdrops. The hotel where they were having reception didn't really fit with this, so on our pre-wedding meeting, we did a little exploration of the local area and found a derelict Victorian school. We were all pretty excited about this as a location for a shoot and agreed to meet before the wedding reception to get some images around the grounds, assuming redevelopment didn't start in the meantime! Although they wanted gritty, a building site wouldn't really work!

On the day of the reception, thankfully, there had been no changes and we spent about an hour taking images at the school and the surrounding area. It was really windy and sunny, not a great combination for photography, but at least it stayed dry!

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Helen and James specifically requested the image below, based on one of my personal images I had shared on social media. It's a technique used by David Hockney called a 'joiner', where you take a number of images and then stitch them all together. There are a number of different ways you can do this, but I like it when you can tell it's a collage of images. An image of this nature really benefits from being printed really big, when the detail is fantastic. I can see this image looking great above a fireplace. 

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After the shoot, we headed to the hotel to do a few group shots.

Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos.

Then it was time for the party to begin! The room was decorated beautifully; I particularly loved the flowers, which were done by Ivy Florist in Pudsey and the cake, which Helen made herself. 

Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos. Helen and James' UK wedding celebration, following their Las Vegas Wedding.Helen and James got married in Las Vegas and an 'urban' feel to their UK photos.

Then it was time for the cake cutting and the first dance...

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A fantastic evening. Congratulations to you both!

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(Louise Westbrooke Photography) alternative wedding photos briar court hotel huddersfield reception urban wedding wedding wedding photographer yorkshire wedding https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/9/helen-and-james-wedding-briar-court-hotel-huddersfield Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:39:58 GMT
Helen and Dave's Wedding at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, West Yorkshire https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/9/helen-and-daves-wedding-at-the-old-swan-hotel-harrogate Helen and Dave got married back in June, at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, West Yorkshire. I've known them both for a lot of years and it was an honour to be both photographer and guest at their wedding - a first for me. Another first was that I got to work alongside a seasoned pro... an old family friend of theirs, Reg Cox, who was Senior Lecturer in Photography at Liverpool John Moores University. He had photographed a number of family weddings over the years and although he chose to not shoot the whole wedding due to health reasons, he wanted to be involved, and so took the lead on family/group formals. It was a privilege to work with someone so experienced! 

 

I arrived at the hotel in the morning to photograph Helen and her bridesmaids and family getting ready in their awesome suite that was the size of a generous apartment! The atmosphere was very relaxed - Helen was one of the most organised brides ever! Her hair and makeup was already done when I arrived and she was enjoying a bit of relaxing time, before getting into her dress. She also took the opportunity to give her bridesmaids some gifts. 

DressesHelen and her bridesmaids' dresses Fastening the necklaceHelen's mum fastening Helen's necklace Gift'sHelen's bridesmaids receiving gifts.

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I then dashed downstairs to capture the guests arriving and the groomsmen awaiting Helen's arrival - without a second shooter, I have to try my best to be in two places at once! 

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After taking some images of the guests, I ran back upstairs to get some photos of Helen and her bridal party and family, all dressed and ready to go!

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Then it was time for the big show! Helen and Dave had hoped to get married outside, but sadly, the British summer wasn't playing ball. The ceremony room was beautiful though, with big windows letting in the light.

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After the ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed a celebratory glass of bubbly and some canapés to keep them going until the meal, before heading outside to do the group photos. Reg took the lead on the group shots, although I took some as well. It was interesting to see how he worked and get some tips! The weather wasn't good at all, but the rain eased for long enough for us to get some photos. 

Helen, Dave and I then took a walk around the grounds to do a few photos of the two of them. 

It was then time for the meal, speeches and cake cutting, following which it was time for me to join the party!

'Uncle Reg' took a break from photographing to do a great speech...

Dave, a man of few words, pulled out all the stops for his speech, resulting in laughter and happy tears.

The on the best man Dan...

And finally the cutting of the lovely cake, before it was time for me to sign off and join the party.

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(Louise Westbrooke Photography) Wedding ceremony marriage old swan old swan harrogate old swan hotel harrogate wedding harrogate yorkshire wedding https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/9/helen-and-daves-wedding-at-the-old-swan-hotel-harrogate Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:10:39 GMT
Jess and Phil's wedding at Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/7/jess-and-phils-wedding-at-wentbridge-house-hotel-pontefract It's been a busy couple of months, but I've now got a bit of a breather, so I decided to blog about some of the weddings I have done recently. This post is about Jess and Phil's wedding.

Jess and Phil married in early June at the gorgeous Wentbridge House Hotel, near Pontefract. Wentbridge House is a Georgian country house in the small village of Wentbridge, West Yorkshire, the oldest parts of which date back to 1700. It has a varied history, about which you can read on their website. The house is set in twenty acres of gardens, in which there is a beautiful pagoda (or garden folly) which is licensed for civil ceremonies. Perfect for a summer wedding, although given the UK weather, a back up plan is always a good idea!

Wentbridge House Hotel outdoor ceremony setting.The pagoda and seating arrangements for an outdoor ceremony at Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract. Although I had visited the hotel in advance of the wedding, it was only on the actual wedding day itself that it was decided where the ceremony would be held, so I arrived early to do some test shots and assess the light. Luckily, the weather was gorgeous and so Jess and Phil were luckily enough to have an outdoor ceremony. After shooting some test images, I caught up with the wedding co-ordinator to run through the details of the day, before shooting a few casual shots with the groomsmen. The best man John, however, had to take over parenting duties as his partner Mel, one of the bridesmaids, was struggling to get ready with their young daughter present! All the excitement was getting to her, so John went to take over and I agreed to come back down before the ceremony to get some shots of them all together. 

The groomsmen (Minus the best man John!)The groom Phil, his son Edward, father of the bride Martin and the bride's brother Andrew. The best man had gone to take over parenting duties! I then headed up to Jess' room to photograph her pre-wedding preparations. Jess was one of the calmest brides ever and when I arrived, she was fully made up and in her dress, calmly waiting for their day to begin! Her mum was getting ready with her and her bridesmaid were popping in and out, so I did some candid shots, along with a few posed shots of Jess. 

Jess getting ready.Putting on shoes when wearing a wedding gown requires assistance!

Tears of joyBridemaid Kate getting emotional at the sight of Jess in her wedding gown. Putting on the veilBridesmaid Kate assisting with Jess' veil. Ready to goJess checking she is ready. Dress detailJess' gown was understated and very beautiful.

Finishing touchesYou can never have too much hairspray. I went back downstairs to get the shots of the groomsmen all together as promised, along with some of the guests arriving, before dashing back upstairs to capture shots of Jess and her Dad Martin coming down the stairs and heading outside for the ceremony. 

Jess and her dad MartinJess and her Dad, about to head down the isle.

The ceremony was lovely. There were two readings and Jess and Phil exchanged vows under the pagoda, before being pronounced husband and wife.

Wedding ceremonyJess and Phil's wedding ceremony, under the pagoda. Jess and Phil's wedding ceremonyJess and Phil's wedding ceremony, under the pagoda.

Jess and Phil's wedding ceremonyJess and Phil's wedding ceremony, under the pagoda.

Jess and Phil's ceremonyMarried under the pagoda. Signing the registerJess and Phil, signing the register. Married!Walking down the isle as husband and wife.

Enjoying a celebratory drinkMr and Mrs Gowans. They and their guests then enjoyed a drinks reception on the lawn, when they had some time to relax and be congratulated by their loved ones. We then spent some time shooting the family and group photographs, before taking a walk around the grounds to shoot some images of the two of them, whilst their guests enjoyed the sunshine on the lawn.

The wedding guestsThe full wedding party. The Bride, groom and bridesmaidsJess and Phil and the bridesmaids. The bride, groom and groomsmenJess, Phil and the groomsmen. The bride and groom with their parentsJess Phil and their parents. The stagsThe stag party boys. The hensThe hen party.

The happy coupleJess and Phil, husband and wife.

The couple shootMr and Mrs Gowans.

The couple shootMr and Mrs Gowans. The couple shootMr and Mrs Gowans. The couple shootMr and Mrs Gowans. We then headed instead, where Jess, Phil and their guests enjoyed the wedding breakfast and I took the opportunity to use the bathroom and rehydrate! There's not much time for either of these when shooting a wedding, as you just can't take the chance of missing any spontaneous events! Speeches were then given by Jess' dad Martin, Phil and of course the best man John (who is Phil's brother), before Jess and Phil cut the cake. At this point, I left them to party into the night with their band The Cover Up.

The Bride and GroomJess and Phil heading in for their wedding breakfast.

The best man's speechBest man John delivers his speech. Cutting the cakeJess and Phil cutting their cake.

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(Louise Westbrooke Photography) ceremony couple love marriage wedding wedding venues yorkshire wentbridge wentbridge house hotel wentbridge house wedding wentbridge wedding https://www.louwestphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/7/jess-and-phils-wedding-at-wentbridge-house-hotel-pontefract Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:48:39 GMT