Last Saturday I photographed Anna & Lee Chapman’s wedding. Anna was one of the guests at Bethan & James’ wedding in August last year and booked me soon after… I finished Bethan’s photos for her wedding at East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley.
East Riddlesden is a 17th century National Trust hall open to the public and also available for weddings.
The day started when I arrived at her fathers house to take some morning photos, some details and a few getting ready photos.
…and of course the lovely flower girl!
Anna had her sister and best friend to give her a hand getting ready and at one stage both were under her dress helping her attach her underskirt.
I hastily jumped in to my car and zoomed to the church arriving only moments before Anna arrived in a wonderful old Bentley.
Anna was walked down the aisle of the packed church by her father.
Lee & Anna had so much fun together…
…especially Lee who’s humour I discovered, as they day unfolded, beginning with “help” written on the soles of his shoes!
Once married all their friends formed along the path to throw confetti which was good fun.
As all the guests arrived at East Riddlesden Hall we took the opportunity to take a few photos with the Bentley and the Hall (and the Pimms!)
After Pimms the bestmen helped organise the family member and bridal party for a few group photos. I got a feeling that the bridal party were a bit mad so I took their photos a little further and had some fun.
Musician Tristian Mackay played some music while the guests mingled and the children played on the lawn.
…and Anna had no shortage of helpers with her dress.
I also discovered that Lee is not just a funny guy but that he is creative too. He made the table plan along with many of the unique details at the Hall.
The speeches were a little different as after saying a few words Anna’s father offered the microphone around to friends to add their stories. It was full of fun, laughter, tears and emotion.
Lee & Anna’s wedding cake was decorated very delicately
…and it was made by their friend wedding cake maker Nicky. I took a photo of them all just before Lee & Anna cut their cake.
Time was tight before sitting for a meal so we had to abandon a group shot of everyone. After cutting the cake the weather and light were still looking good so I fetched my super telescopic ladders to climb and take a photos with everyone involved.
We then went on a whistle-stop tour of East Riddlesden Hall taking photos in all the different places it has to offer from The Airedale Barns…
…to the gardens…
…and to the Lake which looked back on the barn and to their friends.
Before their first dance Anna asked me for a photo of her with all her hen party friends.
…but don’t even ask me what they were doing as they went a bit crazy!
It wasn’t long before everyone gathered around for the first dance…
…and their friends joined them.
An impromptu kiss could have been the perfect closing shot of their wedding photos…
…but there was more to come. I picked up one of the handmade romantic signs and asked for one more!
Happily ever after Mr & Mrs Chapman!!
Anna’s wedding dress is an Ian Stewart design from Hayley Dennison in Harrogate and the bridesmaids dresses handmade by Jaz Oldham in Addingham (07814 098678, [email protected] and apparently she as worked on dresses for Cheryl Coles dancers!). The flowers were from Bloemist the Dutch florist in Skipton, the cake was made by Nicky at Seriously Scrumptious. The hog roast caterers were Chapman Holmes and the Jive band in the evening were Jive O’Clock.