Katrina & Ashley’s wedding at Swinton Park

Katrina & Ashley’s wedding at Swinton Park

Katrina booked me for their Swinton Park wedding last year after meeting up for afternoon tea at the castle. I have been looking forward to shooting their wedding since their engagement shoot when the were telling me about the different flowers.

I was also looking forward to Ashley’s speech after having a taste of his jokes during the engagement photos!

Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

 

When the day began I was a little worried about the weather. I wasn’t worried for me because I know that I can get fab photos even on the wettest day, I was more worried that the guests wouldn’t get the chance to make the most out of the amazing grounds around the castle.

The ducks seemed to be enjoying the rain…

Ducks enjoying the rain at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

Katrina had told me about the flowers and orchids. The bridemaids each wore an orchid in their hair as well as a white orchid bouquet.

Orchid button hole at a North Yorkshire Wedding. Wedding flowers by Lynda Moss

White orchid wedding flower in bridesmaids hair

Katrina took a few moments to relax before rushing to Swinton as she remembered the registrar had said she couldn’t be late!

Katrina & Ashley got married in the Library which had the most beautiful light.

Swinton Park was overflowing with flowers and Katrina’s sister Emma read a passage from Winnie Pooh.

Orchid flowers at a Swinton park wedding, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle. Wedding flowers by Lynda Moss

Little Ben was the Bestman for the day and he did a stunning job. During the meal he kept popping in to the drawing room to keep me company by telling me stories and crack a few jokes.

Just married. Wedding couple kiss at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

After the ceremony Katrina and Ashley relaxed with their friends on the lawn. Then they had a few photographs…

 

The cars were supplied by Keith Snowden and were stunning. I managed to get their details before I left… tel. 01765 604417 or their Wedding Cars in Harrogate and Ripon website

A wedding couple kissing in colourful arch at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

The room was set out to perfection with different Roses on each table.

Wedding menu, table decorations and roses at Swinton park wedding breakfast, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle. Wedding flowers by Lynda Moss

Wedding flowers and table decorations at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle. Wedding flowers by Lynda Moss

A guest joked that with The Chelsea flower show on the same weekend that Chelsea had been left short of roses for their displays!…(I hope they were joking) The wedding flowers were from Lynda Moss Flowers in Harrogate.

With the guests taking their places Katrina took a few moments out in the drawing room.

Bride holding bouquet of orchids at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle. Wedding flowers by Lynda Moss

Bride looking at her groom at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

Chris, a friend to Ashley & Katrina, embraced to role of Master of Ceremonies…

Master of ceremonies during the wedding breakfast at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

linking all the toasts and speeches with some witty humour.

Wedding couple toast at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

The food was a work of art…I overheard the kitchen speaking in french which could have been one of the reasons the standards were so high.

French chef wedding food at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

I love the light in this shot with Katrina and friends.

Reportage photograph of bride and wedding guests at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

I didn’t stop taking photos and even borrowed their wedding rings to take a shot using the reflection on the piano surface. Ashley joked that having given me the rings it might be last he saw of me!

Wedding rings with flowers at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

Katrina had told me all day that she had a second dress which she was planning to do the first dance as she was worried about tripping on her train. In the end she didn’t need it as they spun each other in circles on the dance floor.

Wedding first dance at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

Wedding couple dancing during first dance at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

I stepped outside to take this shot as the sun set with the party going full swing inside.

Sunset over the turrets at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

The night ended, for me at least, with seven minutes of fireworks. I got some great photos of which my favourite is this one with the warm glow of the castle.

Great Northern Fireworks display during a wedding at Swinton park, Masham near Ripon. A North Yorkshire castle

I really enjoyed shooting Katrina & Ashley’s wedding photos and can’t wait to meet up with them again.

It was my first time at Swinton I realise now how special it is as a wedding venue. Katrina & Ashley had booked exclusive use which meant they could really let their hair down and enjoy getting married in a real english castle!

If you’d like to know more about weddings at Swinton Park you can contact Hannah Hinchcliffe on 01765 680971 or [email protected]

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