Papakata wedding – Suzanne & Ben in West Yorkshire

Papakata wedding – Suzanne & Ben in West Yorkshire

When Suzanne & Ben came to see me at the beginning of this year I was not only excited because they were a lovely funky couple…they were also having their wedding reception in Papakata tipi’s which are really unique to photograph.

With Suzanne’s job in events management wedding details were always going feature heavily.

For a start there was her Jimmy Choo shoes!

jimmy choo wedding shoes

There was also some seasonal details which complimented the colours and natural feel of the tipi’s…

wedding details pumpkins

….and of course her colourful wedding bouquet (supplied by Floristeria, 01274 871 341).

colourful wedding bouquet

Suzanne was wearing a beautiful dress from Hayley Dennison Bridal Collection in Harrogate and I caught a lovely shot of her dress as she was spinning around getting ready.

beautiful wedding dress Hayley Dennison The Bridal Collection Harrogate

Suzanne was radiant and glowing almost as much as her flowers.

bride suzanne with orange and yellow flowers

and her dad was also beaming too.

the bride suzanne with father of the bride

Ben is a pretty cool guy and as I was parking my car near the church I noticed a gnarly brick wall and thought it might form an edgy background for a few photos.

the groom ben chilling

groom and bestman walking

Suzanne arrived with a Ice cream van in tow. I don’t know who was more excited…me thinking it was another cool detail Suzanne had organised or her nephew who thought he might be able to get one before the ceremony started!

bride arriving with ice cream van

bride arriving with bridesmaids

Before everyone lined up to go in I managed to grab some order of ceremonies and shoot a nice keepsake photo.

suzanne ellingham and ben davies wedding

With a little ducking and diving I managed to get a fab shot of Suzanne walking down the aisle shot between the shoulders of Ben and his bestman.

bride walking down aisle

The ceremony was very personal as Suzanne had grown up in the area and had attended the church.

wedding couple ben and suzanne smiling

ben and suzanne wedding holding hands

Glancing over my should I saw the organist had organ written on their book. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised but it was quirky enough for me to shoot.

church organist

Before we knew it the ceremony was over and they were walking down the aisle a married pair.

funky wedding couple walking down aisle

wedding bride and groom in archway

and then all their friends lined up to throw confetti.

wedding couple confetti throwing

We stopped off at The Red House gardens for a few photos so that all the guests could get to the reception.

wedding couple red house gardens

When they arrived back I clambered up on to the roof to take a shot showing the Papakata tipi’s in their very personal setting.

papakata marquee tents in garden

Everyone had their photo taken…

big wedding group shot beautiful view

wedding couple looking at each other in group shot

…including the Mariachi band who had travelled up from London!

mariachi band at wedding

The Mariachi band were not the only musicians to play there was also a contemporary violinist playing complex pieces on an electric violin.

wedding solo violinist

Kate has played private functions and events all over Europe. She also plays in Leeds which is where Suzanne saw her and asked if she’d come to her wedding.

bride and groom arrive at papakta tent

Once in the tipi’s the light dropped quickly and this is where the warm ambience of the Papakata tipi’s came to life.

inside a papaktata tent

With the open fires keeping everyone toasty.

papakata tent open fire

hypnotic flames open fire

Ben and his bestman did not disappoint in their speeches with everyone in stitches.

bride laughs at grooms speech

wedding speeches inside papakata tent

wedding gifts interior of papakata tent

After the speeches I had time to pop out to shoot their rings on one of the cushions…

wedding rings on red cushion

…a few more details…

heart shaped pumpkin lantern

beer garden and buena vista sign post

…and a few of Suzanne and Ben.

wedding couple photo in papakata tipi with open pit fire

wedding couple outside papakata tents at night

The night’s partying kicked off with Suzanne and Ben’s first dance.


And then somehow Ben and his bestman’s first dance??

groom and bestman dancing

Before everyone was dancing…

brides mum fun on dance floor

…and having fun.

bride carried by groom bestman and friends

bride fun with friends

I had a fab time with Suzanne and Ben who really invited me in to their day and it was a pleasure to record their day.

papakata tipis in garden at night

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