I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph the wedding of Donna and Benoit recently at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. Firstly I love Harrogate and secondly Donna and Ben are a super fun and relaxed couple to be around so I knew the day was going to be fab!
As I drove towards Harrogate in the morning though the weather took a pretty nasty turn and the rain was coming down! So that left me hunting round the hotel for indoor spots to capture the dress, shoes and all the other vital Bridal details.
I have to confess I normally only whisk away the brides shoes but at a special request from Donna I roped in the help of flower girl and top assistant Letecia and went off with lots of sets of boxes under my arms.
The smallest shoes here belonged to Georgiana, Donna and Ben's daughter.
The girls got ready at the hotel and I had my first experience of airbrushed make up. I tell you what ladies it's worth considering for that extra special touch on your big day.
Before Donna got into her dress there was time to dash off for a quick portrait of this handsome bunch, enjoying my Harrogate wedding photography out in the rain whilst the boys stayed dry!
Although the dress shop had warned Donna it might take 45mins to get into the dress her bridesmaid Adele made light work of it so she didn't need to stand around for quite so long.
Georgiana had spent the night with her Dad and arrived just in time to get all dressed up and have a picture with mum.
The flowers came out the fridge just in time for their close ups as well.
The ceremony took place downstairs in the Rose Room. The registrar was an old friend of Donnas and that added a real personal touch, she had a tear and a tremble in her voice by the end.
The rain was still coming down after the ceremony so we grabbed a few portraits indoors and kept our fingers and toes crossed that the forecast was right and we were due for some sunshine later on into the evening.
The reception and speeches are always one of my favourite parts of the day. I get to capture things as they happen and see everyones smiles and laughs.
Ben didn't disappoint with his speech and he had laughs and tears from pretty much everyone.
And then the sun came out for some fantastic Harrogate wedding photography.
Like all good wedding it was ended with a stonker of a party.
Huge congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Lockwood and well done on a fantastic day x