Hope you enjoy the highlights from Josh and Michelle’s perfect wedding day at The Huntsman Inn near Holmfirth!
What a wonderful wedding day (although maybe I should say what an “Awesome” day!) I had at Crow Hill wedding venue photographing Grace and Joss’s transatlantic marriage!
Joss and Grace first got in touch after seeing some of my photos from a friend’s wedding last year. With them living over the pond in the USA, we did a lot of the early contact via email before moving onto Skype for the pre-wedding consultation and then the pre-wedding ‘shoot’ took the form of a video that I shot at Crow Hill and uploaded to YouTube, talking them through where we could use on the day for certain shots and my thoughts on logistics – a first for me but I think it worked well so I’ll be offering the service again for any bride and grooms that find it difficult to visit the venue with me before their big day.
The wedding day started quite early with me shooting a few scene setting shots in and around Marsden.
Next to Crow Hill to get a few shots of the venue and catch up with ‘the lads’ in the Lodge at Crow Hill. With eight groomsman and eight bridesmaids, the place was buzzing as excitement for the day ahead built! Crow Hill is a country house / estate dating back 200 years, nestled into the hills near Huddersfield in Marsden on the edge of the National Trust Estate.
I zig-zagged back and forth between the bride and groom (hair by Sally Bale of Pelo, Honley), took a few photos in the marquee (meeting the lovely Laura of Little Bird Cake Company setting up her very elegant cake) and before I knew it, the morning had vanished and we were on the count down to the big moment!
With such good weather, the wedding ceremony was held outside under the shade of the old sycamore tree. The bridal party were paired up and came down the aisle in turn after the flower girls before Grace was walked down by her Mum and Dad to be given away.
The ceremony was conducted by a friend of Joss and Grace’s from back in the States – what a great job he did! I’m not sure what he does for a day job but he certainly looked and sounded the part (I felt sure I’d seen him on screen!)
Post ceremony, we rattled through the group shots as quickly as we could before doing a brief portrait session in the grounds of Crow Hill. During the wedding breakfast (I had a delicious Steak Pie!) I backed up the images and the timings allowed me to pull out a few highlight photos from the day to project during the evening (not something I can always promise as timings don’t always allow – this was a first but I will be aiming to do it again!).
After the emotional speeches came the cake cutting, first dance and the father, daughter dance – not something that I’ve seen before in a British wedding but man – even I welled up, the party got started quickly.
We did the evening portraits in the grounds of Crow Hill, some lovely locations to choose from and then once the sun had gone down, we had a bit of fun with a sparkler or five!
Many congratulations to Joss and Grace on hosting such a wonderful wedding and thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer!
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Last Saturday I had the great pleasure of joining Emily, Graham and their family for their wedding photography at the Huntsman Inn, Holmfirth after their wedding at St John’s, Upperthong. Although not from around these parts, Emily & Graham decided to return to the area they met in to tie the knot – and why not with the beautiful countryside around Holmfirth.
My day started with ‘the lads’ at the Old Bridge in Holmfirth before heading up to Holmfirth Vinyard to visit ‘the lasses’. A bit of backwards and forwards meant I got to cover both parties getting ready before the ceremony at St John’s the Evangelist. The ceremony ran with only one hitch (as planned, between the bride and groom) and we were heading fora quick portrait shoot near Digley in no time. Timing was tight so we kept the session short and headed straight to the Huntsman to start the Huntsman – we planned on doing them outside whilst serenaded by the musician who was waiting for us but unfortunately, the weather had other ideas so we retreated indoors and so began the wettest afternoon and evening that I have experienced as a wedding photographer!
The first dance done, the hog roast devoured, it was time for fireworks which were spectacular (even in the rain!). Braved by the excursion outside to see the fireworks, I grabbed a brolli and a flash and we had a bit of fun doing some portraits in the rain. Once I felt the evening do was in the can, I said my goodbyes and headed home.
Thanks to Mel and the team at the Huntsman for making me as welcome as ever and running a slick day!
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Fixby Hall – a little idyll near an otherwise built up area of Huddersfield, hidden away in woodland and surrounded by Huddersfield golf course – not a bad place for a wedding! I had the pleasure of photographing Anna and Phil’s big day recently in my first visit there!
My days started by meeting up with Anna and her bridesmaid at Lush in Marsh before heading to Fixby Hall to capture Phil and the guys arriving. As usual, time flew, I met Anna’s cute little sister (No.. Not like that.. She was only a few weeks old!), snapped a few detail shots, captured some happy moments and then the time arrived for Anna to walk the short walk with her Dad that would lead her to meet Phil!
Now.. As you know, all weddings day run a little late.. Except when the don’t! The ceremony itself started 5 minutes ahead of schedule and with one of the shortest possible ceremonies we were soon outside to take the group shots and no sooner had we got those done, we were off around the grounds to find the bluebells I spotted growing during the pre-wedding shoot we did a few weeks back. It just had to be done!
After the buffet style wedding breakfast and some moving speeches came the turn of the best men! It’s always a sign of a good speech when you see a projector set up and they didn’t disappoint!
The Bootleggers (who I’d be very happy to recommend to anybody looking for a great band!) provided the evening entertainment – I was as guilty as the next man for singing along with nearly every song they played!
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Leanne and Jason’s Christmas wedding took place at the stunning venue that is Hazlewood Castle on the 27th of December and I was delighted to be their wedding photographer. Particularly so as Leanne is a cousin of mine!
This was my first wedding at Hazlewood Castle but I felt right at home from my first meeting with Leanne and Jason at the venue. Everywhere I looked was a photographers dream and the staff were all great, from the those that met me at the door to Rev. Ian who was totally open to allow me to do whatever I wanted! In fact, the selfie style shot was his suggestion and I was only too willing to oblige!
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My day started with the ladies, capturing the events of the morning before catching up with Jason and the lads – the fact that they were all getting ready at one venue made it easy for me to dart back and forth (my fitness certainly came into play with the number of steps involved!) carrying various items as I went!
Because the chapel is not sanctioned for marriage, the bride and groom had their relatively low key (yet emotional) legal wedding in the gold room before heading over to the chapel for the blessing – a fun, memorable ceremony for all the right reasons. I’d also like to pay my compliments to the beautiful, talented pianist (who just happens to be my wife!).
Straight after the service, we did a quick group shot in the chapel before heading out in the unseasonably warm and bright weather (talk about lucky!) for more photography. Working as quickly as possible so that Leanne and Jason could get back to their guests, we rattled through the group shots and did a quick tour of the grounds to capture some portraits of the two of them.
Speeches before and after the meal (and some great singing along with the talented sax player) kept me busy through the afternoon but it was also nice to sit down and enjoy the delicious meal! We also took the opportunity of the empty space around the castle whilst the other guests were eating to do a couple of indoor portraits.
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