I really enjoy photographing at new venues so it was really nice to travel up to North Yorkshire to Swinton Park in Masham near Ripon to photograph Nicola and Marc’s wedding. I knew, somewhere in the back of my mind, that I recognised Masham or I had been there before but it wasn’t until I finally arrived that I realised why it was so familiar. Masham is very very famous for it’s breweries and, being a bit of a beer lover, the Theakston brewery was a familiar and welcome sight! However, tempted to go on a brewery tour as I was, I started off with some outdoor scene setting shots of rolling hills, sheep, wild deer and this rather nice shot of Swinton Park taken from over the lake.
Arriving inside Nicola and her bridesmaids were getting ready in probably the largest suite of rooms I have ever photographed in. I did have a little chuckle to myself as a few days before at Andrew and Katies wedding I had photographed about 12 people all in what was essentially a single room whilst Katie was getting ready – one extreme to the other!
I really like this picture. It had to be black and white as it is all about shape. Your eye is lead around the image from the lady kneeling on the floor along the bridesmaid’s leg and through her eye contact with the other bridesmaid to the back of the image. It tells a story and is exactly what I am always looking for on a wedding day.
A lovely moment above! The interior of Swinton park is a bit of a mixture of chandaliered opulence and slight shabby chic! Somehow the lady in the large hat makes the image below work.
The one below is one of my favourite shots from the day. The little girl was collecting confetti and handing it to the lady – I love the connection and juxtaposition of young and old and the perfect non verbal communication. I took several frames of this moment but this one is the only one where you can see the woman’s smile which just makes it for me – I rather hope that they are grandmother and granddaughter but I don’t know.
You can find out more about Swinton Park by visiting their website here.