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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
The room was set out to perfection with different Roses on each table.
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.
Chris, a friend to Ashley & Katrina, embraced to role of Master of Ceremonies…
linking all the toasts and speeches with some witty humour.
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.
I love the light in this shot with Katrina and friends.
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!
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.
I stepped outside to take this shot as the sun set with the party going full swing inside.
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.
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!