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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!



Outside of swinton park with the lake in the front
wedding getting ready - swinton park n yorks
morning wedding make up
having make up done on the wedding morning
final preparations
getting ready in the morning - swinton park wedding
flowers and brides maids dresses
fastening up a wedding dress
final wedding preparations
going into a wedding ceremony - swinton park masham
groom waiting for wedding ceremony
bride and groom during the weding ceremony
Kissing bride and groom outside swinton hall
bride and groom inside swinton hall
bride and groom close up
bride and groom in the corridor at swinton hall
inside of swinton park
bride sitting in a large window
small wedding attendant collecting confetti
different aged wedding guests
guests outside at a wedding at swinton park
speeches at a wedding at swinton hall
speeches, bride laughing
bride and groom holding hands
wedding speeches
swinton park - first dance
evening dancing
swinton park, masham yorkshire

Last time I photographed a wedding at one of the Cambridge College the opening shot featured some unopened daffodils in the foreground…………here we are again a couple of weeks later -a different college but look at the colour!! I hope that doesn`t make me sound un orginal and formulaic, it might possibly feed into my slight “not so good at landscape photography” paranoia!!


Katy and Andrew met as students at Jesus College and returned to hold their wedding there as well. I haven`t photographed there for a while and was struck, a few days before when we met there for our planning meeting, just how amazingly beautiful it is. It`s very ancient feeling in many ways and rather large and sprawling in it`s layout but still retains a beautiful feeling of Cambridge College intimacy.

daffodils and a spring view of Jesus College CambridgeJesus college Cambridge - with bikesMake up and morning preparationsBride getting ready.Arriving for a wedding at Jesus College CambridgeWedding ceremony in Jesus College chapelWedding Cambridge college chapelwedding at Jesus college CambridgeComing out of a chapel wedding - Cambridge collegeJesus college Cambridge wedding - bride and groom walkingBride and groomCollege dining hallSpeeches at Cambridge college weddingCambridge Union bar - wedding reception

I have to say that I am rather partial to a good cup of tea! Preferably with a Hobnob biscuit, or actually even better, a chocolate Hobnob biscuit, or even better than that after a large mouthful of melty chocolate when hot tea is the perfect thing for washing down all that lovely gooey stickiness!

The whole ritual of warming the pot and using using cups and saucers rather than throwing a tea bag into a mug can, when time permits be comforting, familiar and, well sometimes just the right and proper thing to do! It’s even better if the tea is drunk from gorgeous china and, with all things vintage being on trend wedding wise at the moment, I was very impressed recently to discover that Georgina and Clare of Gorgeous Vintage Crockery Hire actually hire full sets of vintage crockery for your wedding day.

We met at the Burwash Manor wedding open day and, me being me, I was full of questions! So, some interesting facts……… they are able to supply up to two hundred vintage place settings, all of their crockery has to be washed by hand, some does occasionally get broken, they are constantly on the look out for and collecting new pieces and transporting the crockery is a nightmare involving wrapping each piece separately! They are clearly enthusiasts, very friendly and helpful and well I just love the uniqueness of their business – highly recommended if you are having a wedding with a vintage twist. You can visit their website here.