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Summer Wedding at Wood Hall

Right from shooting Jess and Chris pre wedding shoot (on the Cow and Calf and a few posts back on this blog) I knew I would have a lot fun photographing their wedding and so it proved! The sun shone all day; Wood Hall was at it’s best as the clouds danced across the blue sky and despite some arguments with Jess’s veil all went to plan. Things ran a little behind but after a rather frantic dash to the church in Wetherby I captured Jess’s arrival with her Father, despite my wrong turn down a one way Street!A fantastic day with a super couple who had the friendliest family and friends. Looking forward to putting together a gorgeous album for you guys.

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A Beautiful Wedding in the Heart of the Dales

This was a crazy, crazy day of wedding photography but the most fun at the same time.There was an awful lot of ground to cover as Ksenia and Joe needed to get married first at Skipton Registry Office followed by a blessing at St Wilfrid’s Church at Burnsall. The sun shone all day and Ksenia’s smile was radiant throughout. The day was all the more special as Ksenia’s parents and brother had made it over from Russia. Looking back at the photos, preparing this post, I am struck by just how happy everyone looks! What a wonderful day with lots of “wedding moments” to look back upon.
Ksenia and Joe held their reception at the Devonshire Fell Hotel http://devonshirefell.co.uk overlooking the River Wharfe above Burnsall. Below are but a selection of images from their wonderful wedding. I love to be documentary in my approach and this was a wedding which really leant itself to this style.
Favourite parts of the day included our stroll through Burnsall photographing Ksenia and Joe as they walked by the river amidst the day trippers, the shots of them under the bridge, not to mention throwing the bouquet and popping champagne corks! Wishing you both, your families and friends all the very best for the future.

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Ina and Ben’s Yorkshire Wedding

In July I joined Ina and Ben to shoot their wedding; they both live and work in Dubai and as Ina is from Australia they made the decision to marry in Yorkshire as Ben’s family are from Bingley. I’d skyped a couple of times with Ina and knew that we would get along really well and I finally met Ben a couple of days before the wedding.
The day started with inclement but typically Yorkshire weather but we didn’t let the rain spoil the fun. Ina and Ben married in St Mary’s Parish church at Burley in Wharfedale and afterwards held their reception at the Metropole hotel in Leeds. Interior styling for the wedding breakfast was by my talented friend Jane Sanderson http://janesandersondesign.com and I was assisted by the very able Mr Tom Arber.
This was a truly super wedding, lovely people (and great to catch up with Vicky and Matt whose wedding I photographed a few years back),lots of laughter and emotion- all the right components for a fantastic day!

Wishing you both all the very best of luck, joy and happiness and a wonderful life together.

Here is but a small selection of images from their day

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The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel – Katy and Ben

It’s always a delight shooting a wedding at the The Devonshire Arms…it’s the quintesensially Yorkshire Country House Hotel and popular with so many of my brides. It has that super mix of old world but sophisticated charm inside, much of the artwork within the hotel coming from the collection at Chatsworth House and all set in fantastic grounds within the MOST gorgeous English Countryside. Perfect for a wedding!

Katy stole the show in her beautiful gown by London designer Naomi Neoh

We had sunshine on and off throughout the day but we contended with rain, thunderstorms and a high wind but thanks to careful planning and foresight we managed most of the photography outside in the hotel’s beautiful grounds. Just take a look at the skies during the “wellie wanging” though and you’ll see just what we had to work with!

This was a super wedding, Katy and Ben were a joy to work with, their friends and families great fun! A great team of bestmen and ushers too!

I think the party really got started after the first dance…thanks to Munch!

Many thanks to Louise at Yorkshire Bridal Hair , Louisa at Make up Elegance

Gorgeous floristry as always by Vanessa at Wildflowers

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Bolton Abbey and Sperri Wedding

What a wedding…..and such a dream to shoot,surrounded by stunning countryside,fun people and a great sense of Joie De Vivre. Hannah and Will booked me to photograph their wedding last year and I had been awaiting it with anticipation.It did not disappoint.Their wedding day was the only time I’d seen the farm and river bathed in sunshine – a serendipitous choice of date! There is so much I could rave about with this fantastic wedding but I think the photographs convey more than my words. Many congratulations guys and looking forward to working with you on your wedding album.

Wedding Dress:- Caroline Castigliano
Flowers:- Susie Hart of Hart Company
Make up:- Mel England
Videography:_Ray McShane Films http://www.raymcshanefilms.com

All images copyright Suzy Mitchell Photography

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Vijaya and David- Bolton Abbey Wedding Photographer

“Sensational!”That is the word which comes to mind when I look at Vijaya in her stunning Roland Joyce wedding gown and judging by the many sidelong glances David gave her I am absolutely certain that he thought so too!These guys were a joy to photograph, they seemed to get the whole photography thing by osmosis with very little guidance whatsoever- naturals before the camera! After the beautiful service at Bolton Abbey Priory we went for a wander around the ruins of the Priory in the idyllic surroundings, took in the views and shot some photos….Vjaya’s radiant smile would have warmed the coldest day and their happiness was a joy to see even prompting an elderly lady to tell Vijaya that she too had wed at the Abbey 50 years ago! Vijay and David held their reception at The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel just down the road form the Abbey. Glorious sunshine for the drinks reception and the opportunity to take some extra photos of Vijaya on the country lane behind the hotel so we could take advantage of the warm early evening light. A great day!

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Engagement Shoot on Ilkley Moor

This was our third attempt to get up and running with Jess and Chris’s pre wedding shoot….inclement weather had got in the way twice and even last Friday, despite the gorgeous sunshine all day long, we were dogged by rain which started to fall just as Jess and Chris set off for Ilkley. We were not however deterred! The dark skies made for some moody shots and we even had a spell of warm sunny weather on top of the Moor when Jess and Chris posed on the “sand dunes.” How deceptively balmy it looks!Loved the skies and the colours of this shoot….the neutrals all fitted with the rocky outcrops, stone slabs etc of the Cow and Calf. What a fabulous location!
My wedding photography is pretty much documentary, meaning that I photograph couples as their day folds with the minimum of intervention or direction. The only part of the day I like to direct a little is the few minutes I have alone with my clients to take some beautiful images of them together as newly weds….. this is where a pre wedding shoot can come in helpful. I can show you a few of the ideas I will have on your wedding day and let you have a little practice so that it is more seamless and less stressful on the actual day. Equally importantly it is a very useful opportunity for us to get to know one another ……

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Middleton Lodge Wedding

Louise and Rees came to see me last winter with their little girl and told me of their plans to marry at Middleton Lodge. The Lodge is a Georgian Country Estate set in it’s own stunning grounds near Richmond, North Yorkshire and incorporates the Coach House which is where Louise and Rees held their wedding breakfast.The ceremony was held outside in the grounds of the main house and the drinks reception and dancing were inside. I loved Louise’s Boho vibe for the wedding; she had made great choices about her style of dress, the flowers and the decision to keep the detailing relaxed but yet so well coordinated and consistently carried through to the styling at the outdoor ceremony and the Coach House. Emma from Emma Taylor wedding and Events provided the MOST gorgeous bouquets, the floral details in the Coach House were exquisite and the flowers decorating the arbor for the ceremony were simply stunning.

The thing I remember most about these guys were their smiles…they wore them all day long! My favourite set of images were taken of Louise and Rees during the speeches, the light was behind them and their laughter so natural and spontaneous; these are the images I love to capture.. This was an intimate wedding with around 6o guests but the impression was very much that all of these people meant a great deal to Louise and Rees, there was an awful lot of laughter and banter; thank you for including me so fully in your day and also for feeding me so well! A wonderful wedding with the loveliest of people and one which I shall remember for a long time.

Dress by Rembo Styling
Flowers by Emma Taylor at Emma Taylor Wedding and Events
Acoustic Singers Georgia Dee and Michael MulhollandĀ http://www.michaelmulhollandacoustic.com

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Story Telling- the Documentary Way.

I love a full on styled shoot as much as the next photographer, in fact I revel in them, getting all creative, playing with ideas, being adventurous, shooting to a theme- all fun and VERY fulfilling, all fine “arty” with washed out soft greens and whites. Completely Gorgeous……..but somehow it’s not quite me. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place in my portfolio for this kind of shot, I often take soft, romantic shots of a couple together at their wedding, just the two of them away from the bustle of their guests but I have a feeling these aren’t the shots they book me for.

My 2016 wedding season starts next week and I was thinking about the up and coming weddings,the couples who have entrusted me with capturing such an decisive day in their lives and how different they all are but how there was one common thread in their discussions with me, particularly at their initial appointments, which was along the lines of we want very natural images, “We don’t want any of this posed stuff,” “we don’t like having our photo taken,” “we came to see you as you don’t do weird skies.” Often they cite images they have seen on my web site as what they are looking for. So, when I am tempted to stray from my documentary style I pull myself back to my observational role and do what I enjoy doing most, capturing “everyday” people at their best, having the most fantastic time, in the most natural way so that when they see their images they are transported back to that moment, remembering how they felt, what had made them laugh or cry….

A couple of years ago I was having a creative wobble. It’s so easy to be influenced by other photographers’ work and think you have to emulate the current visual trend. A friend of mine who is an artist said something very perceptive when I was chatting to her about it,”But everyone loves your photos because they are so natural… you must see my wedding photographs.” Laura’s wedding had been photographed a decade earlier by French photographer Fred Marigaux. There, in front of me, was the proof of the timelessness of the black and white photograph. So little was posed. It’s true to say that this was the moment when I realised it was just fine to take the images I wanted to take and after that the whole style thing just took care of itself. Looking at the photos I selected to illustrate this post I can see they are consistent in feel and it’s this consistency which I think has helped me to have booked out the whole of this wedding season ……I make no excuse for the colour image, it just didn’t look quite as summery in BW!

Among my favourites are the late guests with the bridal car fast approaching, the bride and her father on the church path yet she is smiling in the rain and the selfie kiss which was completely spontaneous!

For all the weddings I shoot images are supplied in both Black and White and Colour so I can give my couples choice, but I know, from keeping in touch with so many of them, that it is the black and white photographs which resonate the most; It is just so much better at cutting to the core, showing the emotion and editing out the extraneous.

I am so excited to see what I’ll shoot this year but I know it’ll be in the documentary style!

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New Blog!

Despite my love of the documentary wedding style it is sometimes really fun to work with other suppliers, share ideas, explore new locations and actually direct as opposed to anticipating and reacting which tend to be the norm when I shoot a “real’ wedding.So, when I joined my old friend Andrea Pickering at the Belsfield Hotel in Bowness last Autumn we set out to create some beautiful imagery and enjoy ourselves in the process. Here are a few from that day. Great fun to work in collaboration with Elizabeth at Meers Ghyll Bridal Rooms and Megan at Typical Type

 

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