East Riddlesden Hall wedding – Anna & Lee

East Riddlesden Hall wedding – Anna & Lee

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.

wedding this way sign

 

The day started when I arrived at her fathers house to take some morning photos, some details and a few getting ready photos.

cream wedding shoes

wedding jewellery

wedding flowers pink rose

…and of course the lovely flower girl!

flower girl with teddy bear

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.

photography of bride getting ready

I hastily jumped in to my car and zoomed to the church arriving only moments before Anna arrived in a wonderful old Bentley.

father and bride arriving at church in old bentley

father and bride arriving at churchin old bentley laughing

Anna was walked down the aisle of the packed church by her father.

father and bride walking down aisle

Lee & Anna had so much fun together…

wedding photo church laughing

photograph of bride groom holding hands

wedding photo church laughing

…especially Lee who’s humour I discovered, as they day unfolded, beginning with “help” written on the soles of his shoes!

groom wedding shoes help

Once married all their friends formed along the path to throw confetti which was good fun.

wedding couple confetti

wedding couple confetti

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!)

wedding couple at east riddlesden hall in old bentley

wedding couple at east riddlesden hall toasting with 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.

fun bride and bridesmaids photo

fun bride and bridesmaids photo

fun bride and bridesmaids photo

bridal party group photo

Musician Tristian Mackay played some music while the guests mingled and the children played on the lawn.

Tristan Mackay playing music at east riddlesden hall wedding

wedding bunting with wedding guests

children playing at wedding

children playing at wedding

…and Anna had no shortage of helpers with her dress.

children holding wedding 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.

homemade wedding table plan

photograph of wedding lantern at east riddlesden 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.

bride and groom wedding speeches

wedding speeches in The Airedale Barn bridesmaid tearswedding speeches in The Airedale Barn

wedding speeches in The Airedale Barn bride tears

wedding speeches in The Airedale Barn

wedding speeches in The Airedale Barn

bestmens speech at east riddlesden hall The Airedale Barn

wedding speeches in The Airedale Barn bride

wedding speeches in The Airedale Barn

wedding speeches in The Airedale Barn bridesmaid

Lee & Anna’s wedding cake was decorated very delicately

beautiful wedding cake

…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.

wedding couple with cake designer

wedding couple cutting the cake in The Airedale Barn

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.

big group wedding photo

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…

bride and groom photo east riddlesden hall barn doors

wedding photography east riddlesden hall kissing

wedding photography east riddlesden hall dramatic

…to the gardens…

wedding photography east riddlesden hall gardens walking

wedding photography east riddlesden hall holding hands

wedding photography east riddlesden hall dancing

wedding photography east riddlesden hall embrace

…and to the Lake which looked back on the barn and to their friends.

wedding photography east riddlesden hall lake

Before their first dance Anna asked me for a photo of her with all her hen party friends.

hen party wedding photo fun

…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…

wedding band west yorkshire

first dance in The Airedale Barn East Riddlesden Hall

bride and groom first dance east riddlesden hall

…and their friends joined them.

east riddlesden hall dancing

An impromptu kiss could have been the perfect closing shot of their wedding photos…

bride and groom first dance kiss east riddlesden hall

bride and groom first dance kiss east riddlesden hall 2

…but there was more to come. I picked up one of the handmade romantic signs and asked for one more!

happily ever after starts here wedding photo

happily ever after starts here wedding photo kiss

Happily ever after Mr & Mrs Chapman!!

Details update…

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.

  1. June 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Hi Brian

    Nice to see you blogging again! A beautiful venue and an equally beautiful set of images. Some nice candids and lovely relaxed shots of the happy couple!
    PS: Tristan played at a wedding I covered at Nostell Priory a couple of weeks ago and he was amazing!

    Andrew

  2. June 1, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Brian this is a fantastic blog – you have captured the day SO well. Thank you x

  3. February 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Some really beautiful images, love the shot of the bride & bridesmaid, looks so much fun, emotion of the day really captured, love your work, Steve & Sandra.

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