This week has been charity week for me. Not only have I been involved with the Ilkley Candlelighters Christmas Fair, I was also delighted to attend and take photographs for Anita Massarella’s evening of glamour and entertainment which raised money for The Acorn Charity.
Anita is celebrating her 20th year as a leading fashion designer and the evening was compered by Gaynor Barnes from Yorkshire Television.
After a Champagne reception everyone was ushered in to the Radcliffe Room. The Fashion show kicked off with a catwalk show of Anita’s new and old designs from both her wedding and evening wear collections.
Being a people photographer I like to see faces in photos but some of these dresses have to be seen from the back to really appreciate them.
The dresses were perfect for the models to enjoy swirling around…
And sometimes there was so much dress I got lost in the material!
Moving around gave me a chance to use the light to make a more atmospheric photograph.
The models were great but the real stars of the night were the past clients and brides of Anita who graciously offered to model their wedding and evening dresses one more time.
The show ended with a human beatbox group playing out the models.
The night was organised in aid of the Acorn charity who are a local charity supporting those affected by dementia and scleroderma.
As well as the fashion show there was a charity raffle with many donated prizes.
Once the show had finished the dresses were packed away.
But the night was still you and many people stayed on to party…
…with music performed by the Jazz trio Around Midnight (01484 608388).
If my eye’s don’t deceive me the trio turned in to a 5 piece band for the evening!
I had a great evening and as I was leaving I took a photo of the impressive entrance to Rudding Park.
The fashion show urn flowers were generously supplied by Joanna McCrea from Twisted Willow flowers.