I met with Daniel from Dine catering earlier this year at Nostell Priory. Daniel couldn’t contain his excitement about his new venue in Yorkshire and his excitement quickly rubbed off on me as I agreed to shoot some photos for their up coming brochure.
I hadn’t known about The Mansion House in Roundhay Park, Leeds and the state of disrepair it had fallen into however what I do know is that it will become one of the best wedding venues (also corporate meetings & events) in Leeds.
At the side of the house is the stunning colonnades which make a great feature for photos.
I had a bit of fun shooting this photo…I don’t know what Susannah was thinking but lying on the floor shouting and whooping certainly made her smile.
Here Susannah was playing with her dress while the wind was blowing.
Using the colonnades I was able to shield Susannah from the direct sun and get some beautiful light in her eyes.
The interior of the house is very fresh and vibrant with a lovely symmetrical staircase.
I made great use of the staircase to frame Helen (who also modelled for me) lounging on one of the funky chairs.
Daniel had told me that he thought the photos should be elegant and I pulled out my portable flash equipment for this shot to see how elegant I could take it.
The detailing inside is simply stunning…
And here is one of the funky chairs with a diamond in the middle of the cushion, how cool…
The walls are decorated with framed photos showing the history of The Mansion House…
Even the rest rooms are gorgeous. I spent about 20 minutes taking a multitude of photos including using the reflection in the full length mirror.
I had to be careful not to get myself in the reflections…although I couldn’t help taking this one as I don’t often get to feature in photos!
The Colonnades Room where your ceremony is held has fantastic light for photos with a beautiful warm glow.
With a little bit of furniture re-arranging I was able to take a few photos of my bride too…
For larger wedding functions The Mansion room is just the ticket and with a permanent dance floor at one end there is no need to leave the room and then come back in at the end of your meal.
With several rooms available The Mansion can also cater for smaller weddings including this room set up for the very intimate wedding breakfast.
All of the rooms have fantastic views of Roundhay Park.
Susannah an I took a trip out in to Roundhay Park to see what we could find as a location for photos and as we were The Roundhay Land Train pulled up and we did the done thing and hitched a ride!
The light in park is great for some natural photos…
…and only a few minutes away we found a band stand.
I love the mirror in the lobby and it’s positioned quite high which is a bonus for me as at 5’6″ there is little chance of my reflection appearing in the photo!
I normally dont like completely defocused pictures however as I had a bit of time I had an experiment and took one of their crystal chandelier that works well.
I would like to thank Helen and Susannah for their time, Anita Massarella Design Couture of Leeds for the loan of her wonderful dresses and Kath from The Wedding Flower Company Leeds for arranging a bouquet of flowers at super short notice.
I would also like to thank Richard the head butler at The Mansion who not only doubled up as my assistant from time to time but also made sure I was supplied with all The Mansion’s own bottled water I could want (some say they have their own spring?)
Richard is ace….he reminds me of Alfred the butler in Batman.
If you would like to know more about weddings or corporate events at The Mansion Dine can be contacted on 0345 450 4545.