I took a trip high up into the Yorkshire Dales near Richmond for a wedding with stunning scenery. Kirsty and Alex got married at Natural Retreats, set high up on a hill with amazing sweeping views across Swaledale. This is a wedding venue with a difference, consisting of ceremony and reception rooms and a series of luxury lodges. I have to say, this was one of the best views I’ve seen at any wedding venue and right from the front door! We were lucky to have fantastic weather, although it started a bit cloudy, the sun did come out for most of the day and the blustery wind only added to the drama of the high location.
Kirsty and Alex are currently living in Vancouver, Canada but have travelled back to their roots in Yorkshire for their wedding. I met Kirsty and the bridesmaids in one of the lodges, busy getting ready with hair and makeup. Once the girls were ready we headed off to the ceremony location to meet the boys and the guests arriving. The ceremony took place in a lovely room filled with natural light and as Kirsty walked down the aisle with her dad she looked absolutely stunning in her Suzanne Neville pure white wedding dress. The ceremony was moving and emotional, with smiles and a few tears and Alex’s mum did a lovely reading. Kirsty and Alex walked back down the aisle to much applause followed by some serious confetti throwing!
For the couple portraits we decide to explore the area a little but didn’t have to go far before we found sweeping views of buttercup filled moorland. We also headed over to a high very windy location where there was a old stone circle. The wind blown wedding dress made for dramatic bride in the landscape images!
The day continued with the wedding breakfast and a set of excellent speeches which were both funny and moving and thoroughly enjoyed by the guests. This was followed by an impressive first dance and I left after grabbing a few shots of the guests on the dance floor.
I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Kirsty and Alex’s Yorkshire Dales wedding. A fun filled day with elegance and rustic countryside charm. The guests and staff were all extremely friendly and the day had a lovely atmosphere. A huge congratulations to Kirsty and Alex on a wonderful wedding and all the best for your future life together in Vancouver.
Dress – Suzanne Neville, the Bridal Collection Harrogate
Shoes – Rainbow club
Alex’s suit – Michelsberg Tailoring, Leeds
Flowers – Lizzie Simpson, In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida
Cake – the dish ran away with the spoon, Didsbury
Hair – Sam at Yorkshire bridal hair
Band – the Cassettes with Lucy Hopkins
Catering – Fryton catering
If you are planning your wedding 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.