Aug 032017

Check out Laura and Chris’s wedding photography from Crow Hill!

Last weekend saw Laura and Chris get married at Christ Church, near Holmfirth, before heading over to Crow Hill for their wedding reception.

As usual, the time between meeting Laura and Chris and their big day arriving seemed to go by in a flash. It was a pleasure to return to familiar venues for me – my third wedding at Christ Church and my second visit to Crow Hill. Many thanks to Rev. Sean for making me feel welcome in your Church and helping me capture memories that will remind Laura and Chris about the most important part of their special day for many years to come.

My day started in a relaxed style at GCHQ Hair design in Brockholes. The red carpet had been rolled out with banners and drinks – not only were the ladies well looked after but also kept entertained by Gary (aka “not Gaz”) and his able team!

From GCHQ I headed over to catch up with the lads getting ready in Meltham (after an eventful night before where the ceiling had collapsed due to a water leak, I was sworn to secrecy for the rest of the day!), we captured a few photos before I zipped off again to meet up with the girls in Holmfirth. As is often the case, the girls were taking it all in their stride. Neil and Claire (Laura’s parents) did an admiral job of coping with a house full! Not only with their daughters and friends but also a photographer (me!) and videographer in the form of Andy Dracup! Andy was booked to cover a wedding I did a few years ago – I got on with him well and his work was stunning so I had no hesitation in recommending him when Claire asked me if I knew anybody.

Time flew and before we knew it, it was time to head to the Church for the main event. Laura arrived in style, transported in a vintage style Beauford Convertible.

Christ Church has been a part of Laura’s life since an early age so it must have been extra special for her and Chris to be able to get married there. After the ceremony, sprint down the aisle and confetti, we headed off for a quick shoot by the canal before meeting the rest of their guests at Crow Hill and enjoying the rest of the day. It was great to catch up with Carl and Hayley who’s wedding I photographed a couple of years ago!

Crow Hill, Photographer

Crow Hill, Wedding

Crow Hill, Marsden

Jun 192017

Congratulations to Nick and Jenny who celebrated their wedding at North Fields Farm near Holmfirth. It was a pleasure to spend the day photographing you and your guests!

I arrived at North Fields Farm early to capture a few photos of the fantastic Tipi – the day started out pretty gray but despite a forecast of rain, thankfully, we saw very little.

Nick and the lads were busy putting the final touches in place whilst the ladies were getting their hair and makeup done. I got to work photographing the rings, wedding dress and shoes whilst capturing a bit of what was going on.

The ceremony itself was held inside the Tipi. For legal reasons, Nick and Jen and officially tied the knot the day before at the registry office and this was a Humanist ceremony and celebration – a first for me but it worked really well with all the sentiment, ceremony and loveliness you’d expect. For a couple with a fur baby of their own, the reading (by Nick’s sister, Kate) was very appropriately about what we can learn about love from dogs! Ace!

Banking the dry weather, we moved straight on to the group shots outside the tipi and then a quick portrait shoot with Nick and Jen in the grounds. Once in the bag, it’s always about capturing the mood and telling the story by photographing groups of people enjoying themselves, laughing and smiling with their friends and family and meeting the owls!

After the entertaining speeches, it was time to eat. Catering for the wedding was supplied by one of my favourite local farm shops / cafe’s – Hinchliffes and, having had one of the delicious lamb burgers, they didn’t disappoint! I took the opportunity to back up my photos to that point and choose a few favourite shots that I set up on a side show in the evening.

After such a grey day, I wasn’t expecting much of a sunset but wow was I wrong! One of the best I’ve seen on a wedding day!

With the first dance out of the way (under the giant disco ball that made great patterns one the walls of the tipi when I hit it with my flash), the dance floor filled up and the party carried on none stop until I said my good bye at about 11pm – a little later than usual but I was having too much fun and also trying out some new techniques for use in future weddings (dance floor shots with light trails anybody?)

Catering – Hinchliffes
Tipi- Boutipi
Hair- Fay Senior of Copper hair and beauty
Makeup – Arianna Bowler
Dress – Perfect Daze, Scisset
Flowers- Deirdre (Mum!) and Irene
Falconry – Wise Owl Bird of Prey Rescue
Reader – Kate Thomas (Nick’s sister)

Sunset wedding photography



May 112017

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Rebecca and Dan on their wedding day a couple of weeks ago. Their wedding was at Christ Church, New Mill Church and was followed by a marque reception at Woodhead Barn in the hills above Holmfirth.

My day started by meeting the ladies at BB’s hair salon in Holmfirth to capture a bit of the morning excitement (the highlight had to be the rain bonnets!) before heading up to Coddy’s Farm  to meet the lads. As usual, time was zipping by before my eyes and it was soon time to head back to the other side of the valley to Rebecca’s Dads house. Dan was picked up in Herbie (complete with a driver on this occasion) before the little beetle came and parked up ready to take the ladies to the Church (which you could see in the background – lovely!)

With the “I do” bit done, we rattled through a few group shots and a confetti bombing session and then headed off to take some official wedding photographs of Dan and Rebecca at a top secret location that we had found on their pre-wedding shoot. With that done, we set off on our final little drive of the day back to the barn to meet up with the rest of their guests for a a fun evening at Woodhead Barn. To give a little extra space, a marquee had been set up with direct access to the barn which worked really well – Rebecca’s personal touches were everywhere with home made bunting, pom poms and table decorations. The personalised travel themed cake was created by Ruddi’s, The Vintage Tea Room. With good food and even better music provided by Vibetown, the evening was a blast! Congratulations on a fantastic wedding day and all the very best for your married life together – I had a great day with you and your guests!