On Saturday May 20th I had the honour of shooting the wedding of Helen & Paul at West Acre Lodge in North Yorkshire.
I first met Helen when she was bridesmaid for Bryony last year. With Paul being a keen photographer himself I was over the moon when they asked me to shoot their big day, especially as it would take me up to such a wonderful part of the country.
Fast forward to May 2017 and I headed up on the Friday night for the big day. Knowing I was staying local the night before the wedding, Helen and Paul asked me to join them for a pre-wedding meal and drinks at the venue. What a huge honour and I was delighted to see a part of a wedding that I’d rarely see. The evening over and I wandered back to my B&B to recharge for the following day.
Back to West Acre Lodge on the Saturday morning, a lovely sunny start to the day, although there was a threat of rain later. The venue itself is set on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and it was Helen & Paul’s for the whole weekend. Their’s to do with as they pleased. With just three members of staff (including an incredible chef and a wonderful wedding coordinator) it felt like we were at Helen & Paul’s holiday home!
With just over 30 guests it was a nice intimate wedding, just as the couple wanted. The service took place in Helen’s home town of Stockton-on-Tees, roughly 30 miles North of the venue. The vicar was fantastic and was happy for me to capture the ceremony as I liked. On the way back to West Acre Lodge Helen & Paul wanted to stop at one of Helen’s favourite childhood haunts – the duck pond at Norton.
By the time we got back to the venue the predicted rain had started. Fortunately Helen had thought of everything and there was plenty to do indoors. Instead of speeches the couple set up a quiz for everyone to take part in. I was put on one of the teams and can honestly say I was useless! Although in my defence I was trying to photograph the thing at the same time as trying to use my limited brain cells. Difficult for any man!
After a lovely BBQ the rain had stopped and there was time for some group photos and the couple joined me for some pictures in this amazing countryside. Paul and I had worked out some great spots the evening before. Before I knew it the couple were cutting the cake and it was time for the first dance. My day was done, although I had to stop on the way home to shoot a couple of landscapes in some of the most beautiful evening sunlight I’ve ever seen.
Wishing Helen & Paul all the very best for the future as husband and wife. Thanks so much for including me in your celebrations, I really was very honoured to be a part of your wonderful weekend. I hope you enjoy this selection of pictures…..