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Ellingham Hall Winter Wedding

This was a much anticipated wedding…I love a winter wedding with it’s low light throwing shadows all over the place and this was just what we got for Becs and Chris’s wedding back in December. What a perfect way to round off a very busy wedding season.

I loved, loved, loved this wedding, it was such a joy to shoot. Becs and Chris were really relaxed and fun to be around with Ellingham Hall making the perfect backdrop to the relaxed, unposed photography which they wanted and which is always my aim to provide for my clients.

Those who know my wedding work will be surprised to see so many colour images in this post; All this “christmassy” imagery, with the beautiful warm ambient light and rich tones somehow needs rendering in colour- it seems to lose something in the black and white ( and I rarely say that!)

It was my first time at Ellingham which was built in the 17th Century and was used as a boys’ preparatory school from the 1950’s until the 1980’s. Always love a bit of history!

Becs wowed everyone as she walked into the ceremony on her Father’s arm in her stunning Suzanne Neville gown from the Harrogate Wedding Lounge to music by the talented Kendal String Quartet

A huge thank you to all involved; The day was orchestrated by Ellingham’s brilliant in- house wedding co-ordinator Wendy who made sure everything ran to time.

Videography by Wayne from Green Biscuit. Can’t wait to see the film!

Bridal bouquet and all the other floral fabulousness by C and C floral design

Wedding Cake by local company The Master Cakesmith

These guys certainly know how to throw a party. Check out the speech and first dance photos towards the end of the blog. Live music provided by Faye Shearer at AMV Live Music

An awesome wedding but at the end of the day the Images speak for themselves.Loved being a part of your day guys!

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Suzy Mitchell Photography -The Best of 2016!

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With one more wedding to shoot before the end of the month it seems like the perfect time to write this post. 2016 has been my busiest wedding year to date, combined with a manic personal life with teens, frenetic household, busy husband has made for some interesting times,but I wouldn’t change things for the world; I feel I have risen to the challenges (and they have been tough) and somehow out of it all my imagery has got stronger and I’ve have thrived. Photography has been my escape, my passion and when I am in ” the zone” it is all consuming and that for me is it’s lure. With the help of my wonderfully supportive husband, I have managed to have probably the best year ever photographically …..I seem to have hit my stride, found my photographic niche and really motored when it comes to recording and yet simultaneously creating images under the stress of the wedding day environment and it is when those two elements combine the magic happens. I try never to direct my clients preferring the observational approach but as a wedding day unfolds I will be there creatively seeking the best angles, positions and approaches.

As a family we have had some of the best times in 2016, an amazing trip to New York being a highlight, where I took time out to recharge and fill my visual soul with lots and lots ( far too many if you ask our girls) art galleries and exhibitions. My favourite photos were the snaps we took of us all skating together with our American friends at the Rockefeller ice rink, laughing and catching up and it is this interaction between families and loved ones which I want to capture for my clients…. I may occasionally dabble in a few posed couple shots with dramatic skies and lots of photoshop but for me the real essence of a great photo is the capturing of the emotion and joy between people…a wedding is an amazing place for a photographer! Looking through this year’s weddings the most successful images by far are the ones which tell a story, my first image shows a bride’s anticipation and apprehension in those last few seconds before she walks into church.

Once again I reached the final of the Guild of Photographers wedding image of the year, I didn’t win but getting on that shortlist was pretty exciting and attending the awards dinner was a blast. Achieving a GOLD bar for a non wedding image which formed part of my personal work was pretty much up there too.

Perhaps my work is best described as “a quiet and gentle observation of emotion.”

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Bolton Abbey and Papakata Wedding October 2016

What a crazy crazy day! In the dark depths of Winter, when I need cheering up, I shall simply look at Vicky and Howard’s wedding photographs. A big smile spreads over my face when I relive Vicky’s morning getting ready with her 8 bridesmaids having the most fun- such energy and passion in the pursuit of having the very best of times. That little black and white montage as Vicky watched the video her bridesmaids had made to surprise her ( with Howard’s help) pretty much sums up the mood of the day! This was a high octane, high energy wedding, with changes of location, changes in weather and also changes of mood, especially during the heartfelt speeches.

I loved shooting this wedding; it was such a pleasure to spend the day with Vicky and Howard, their friends and families….this was one group of friends who certainly know how to party and their happiness and delight for the couple is evident in the images.The Priory church at Bolton Abbey is such a beautiful church in which to photograph, it’s grandeur evident, the alter a perfect back drop for images taken from the back of the church.

Many thanks to Vicky’s brothers, all the bridesmaids, best men and ushers for all their help …especially in light of the inclement weather which arrived just as we reached the Papakata tent….Check out those louring skies in some of the group shots. Some of the best documentary images come when the weather is a little unkind- billowing veils, dark skies, horizontal rain and umbrellas all add drama and atmosphere to the imagery…Viky and Howard took it all in their stride and the weather improved in the early evening allowing for some sparkler shots!

Thanks also to Sally of Priceless weddings for her meticulous planning and organisation.

Stunning bouquets and floral arrangements by the very talented Vanessa at Wildflowers Ilkley.

Marquee supplied by Papakata

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Snowy Winter Shoot Ilkley

So, how cute are these guys…I photographed the twins when they were first born (see the very first image) and now they are almost three. These are the images of children I aim to capture for parents,nothing posed but just their kids having lots of fun and being entirely natural. It’s such a pleasure having an on going relationship with various families in Ilkley and enjoying the privilege of watching their children grow and to record it for them in a consistent way over the years as they slip by.


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The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel- Becky and Lawrence

From shooting their pre wed on a dark wet evening I knew I was going to enjoy shooting Becky and Lawrence’s wedding…they are naturals in front of the camera and happy to experiment with a few ideas, see later in the post for the photos of Becky with their dogs! This was an action packed day, gorgeous weather, lovely families and guests and one of my favourite venues! These guys work so well together, as an added bonus they made great photographic subjects and are sure to have a wonderfully happy married life!Thanks to John, Lawrence’s best man, for all his help on the day and also to my friend Tom Arber who assisted me in photographing the boys getting ready and throughout the day.

Becky’s gown by Caroline Castigliano

Flowers by Vanessa at Wildflowers

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Stunning Summer Bolton Abbey Wedding and Marquee Reception

Sarah and Antony’s wedding took place on one of those perfect English days…the sun shone, the sky was blue and everyone let themselves go and had a great party! Marquee weddings are probably my favourite sort of wedding to photograph and particularly on such a glorious day. Cricket was a big theme at the wedding (see the marquee interior shots), Antony loves the game, a passion he is passing on to his and Sarah’s little boy. One of my favourite shots I took at the wedding was of the little boys playing cricket with their own miniature bats!
Sarah look stunning in her Suzanne Neville gown, her hair and make up had been expertly done by Tiempo , Ilkley and Annabel Bailey, make up artist. Her stunning bouquet and flowers were from the talented girls at Paperwhite in Spofforth.
This was such a super wedding, you can really see the joy at such a lovely couple tying the knot reflected in the faces of all their guests.

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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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