Monthly Archives: April 2012

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 yorksmorning wedding make uphaving make up done on the wedding morningflowers and brides maids dressesgetting ready in the morning - swinton park weddingfinal preparationsfinal wedding preparationsfastening up a wedding dress
going into a wedding ceremony - swinton park mashamgroom waiting for wedding ceremonybride and groom during the weding ceremonyKissing bride and groom outside swinton hallbride and groom inside swinton hallbride and groom in the corridor at swinton hallbride sitting in a large windowbride and groom close up
small wedding attendant collecting confettiinside of swinton parkdifferent aged wedding guestsguests outside at a wedding at swinton parkspeeches, bride laughingbride and groom holding handsspeeches at a wedding at swinton hallwedding speeches
swinton park - first danceevening dancingswinton 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 Jesus college Cambridge
wedding morning make upbride and mum getting readywalking to a wedding ceremony at jesus college cambridgeGroom hugging a wedding guest - jesus college chapelBride and Dad hug just befpre her wedding ceremonyIn the doorway of Jesus college chapel - bride arriving for her at jesus college chapelwedding ceremony - jesus college chapel cambridge
bride and groom - jesus chapelBride hugging a wedding guestwedding guests in the clisters at jesus collegebride and groom in Jesus college gardensBride and groom - jesus college weddingwedding couple with daffodils in the backgroundBride and groomfixing a brides veil
grooms wedding speechwedding reception at the Cambridge UnionWedding first dance at the cambridge Union

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.