May 312015

Huntsman wedding photography near Holmfirth
Lee and Emma got married at the Huntsman Inn on the hills above Holmfirth last week, my second wedding at this lovely little venue, only yards from where I started out as a landscape photographer.

A fun day, starting at Coddy’s farm B&B before moving to the Huntsman. Although the weather could have been more favourable, we managed a few shots outside before retreating inside, away from the cold, strong wind for a few of the group photos. Whilst the bride, groom and guests sat down for their wedding breakfast, I jumped in my car to go and find a sheltered spot for a few private portraits of the couple. We had planned on heading up to a location we’d identified in their pre-wedding photography but the wind would have been a problem so I headed down the valley. Before long (and after a few dead ends!) I found the ideal spot – only two minutes from the venue but very sheltered and with some nice backdrops provided by trees and a few bluebells! Perfect! After the meal and the speeches were done (some of the shortest speeches I have heard but no less sincere), Emma, Lee and one of their bridesmaids came with me to our little wooded valley – we got there and back in just over 15 minutes and managed to capture some great photos.

As the evening came around, I set up my lighting gear for the first dance, captured a bit more atmosphere and chatted with the guests. First dance done, I moved my lighting equipment outside (a three light setup triggered by radio remotes) for some sunset shots before joining the party inside again.

I was well looked after – always a bonus getting fed – twice! Sunday lunch, hog roast (by GigPig) AND a tiny taster of wedding cake by Oliver James Sugarcraft (a husband / wife team whose wedding I photographed a few years ago!) – tasted as good as it looked.

Sometimes it’s the small, unexpected things I do on a wedding day that count too. I realised the couples guest book had been sat on the side, unloved so I set the ball rolling, taking it to a table and asking the guests to sign it and pass it on. I also doubled up as chauffeur, dropping the lads in Holmfirth for a the customary pre-wedding drink and I always find time to talk to and be friendly with guests (always a pleasure!).

Congratulations to Emma and Lee!

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