Two wedding dresses, a zillion cakes, air acrobatics and a super cool and very fun motorcycling couple for this fabulous wedding at Tanfield House near Ripon. I love a wedding that is a bit different and this one certainly was! Heather and Tom wanted a small intimate gathering for their day with close family and friends. Tanfield House owned and hosted by Riverside Events was the perfect venue. It is set in a stunning location, on the banks of a river with beautiful gardens and views and the couple had exclusive use of the house and grounds for a very private event.
Heather and Tom really wanted something relaxed and personal so they choose a wedding picnic for their guests. They did much of the styling themselves, bringing in rugs, cushions, lots of lawn games and luxury food hampers. I loved all their personal touches and the fact that the guests contributed so much. Heather’s Mum did an incredible job of the flowers and I have never seen so many cakes at a wedding! The cake table was piled high with amazing home bakes from many of the guests. I think the couple weren’t sure where to start when it came to the cutting the cake moment!
Another unusual thing about this wedding was the fact that the bride had not one but two stunning dresses! Although Heather liked the idea of a traditional wedding dress it was not really her style as she wanted to relax and feel comfortable and have fun for most of the day. So she found the prefect compromise with the two dress idea. She looked amazing in both outfits! The gorgeous blue dress, in her favourite colour, was great for the relaxed picnic and then the more traditonal white wedding dress looked absolutely stunning for the ceremony. Actually to be totally correct there were three outfits as the couple also had their wedding motorbike leathers for their big send off but we’ll get to that later.
The day went without a hitch and they were so lucky with the weather. We had plenty of sunshine, a spot of rain but fortunately that came when everyone was under cover. In the morning, after the first preparations and before the guests arrived, we had a mini photo shoot around the grounds of the venue making use of the gardens and views. Then as the guests arrived it was time for ice creams and lawn games followed by the picnic. There was also a total surprise planned by the bride that no-one knew about. Heather had planned a big surprise for Tom in the form of an air acrobatics display over the house, much to everyones delight!
Finally it was time for the ceremony which involved a dress change first and a bit of extra touches to hair and makeup. The ceremony took place in the small pavilion in the gardens overlooking the river. Tom looked very sharp in his suit whilst waiting for his bride to be and Heather looked absolutely stunning in her dress walking down the aisle with her Mum and Dad. The ceremony was very moving, there were some lovely readings, lots of laughter and quite a few tears. You could tell that Tom and Heather were so excited to be tying the knot and that the ceremony meant so much to them and their families. After the ceremony we had another short portrait session in the gardens and this was followed by a few speeches inside the house on the hall stairs. Finally the guests moved into the drawing room for the cutting and eating of the feast of cakes!
We also had an unusual and very traditional ending to this wedding. As in the old days when the couples used to get into their cars straight after the ceremony to head out on their honeymoons, so did Heather and Tom head straight off to Italy on their motorbikes! After the cake cutting the guests walked down to the local pub where the send off was going to be held. Heather and Tom went and changed into their leathers with Heather in white leather of course!, they drove off on their bikes from Tanfield house down to the pub. After some warm goodbyes the couple head off on their motorbikes to Italy under a shower of confetti. What a wonderful way to end a fabulous wedding!
I absolutely loved this wedding day and it was a pleasure to take the photographs. Heather and Tom are a lovely couple that you can just tell are absolutely meant for each other. I loved the unusual format to the day, the personal touches and the fun and warm atmosphere. I wish Heather and Tom all the best for an amazing future together.
I’d like to thank my assistant/ second shooter Megan Yearby for doing an excellent job on the day. All other suppliers involved in this wedding are listed at the bottom of this page.
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If you are planning your wedding at Tanfield House or any other venue I’d love to hear more about your day. I photograph all sorts of weddings from the most lavish events to intimate home weddings and would be very happy to offer you a no obligation chat to talk about your requirements. I also arrange appointments to meet in person at my studio in Pudsey if you would like to look at sample albums.