Goldsborough Hall wedding – Ruth & David

Goldsborough Hall wedding – Ruth & David

Last month I had the pleasure to photograph Ruth & David Liddicoat’s wedding at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate. The day was gloriously sunny and unusually warm for May. Ruth arrived a little after noon to have her make-up and to get ready with her bridesmaids.

goldsborough hall wedding bridal makeup

Ruth’s dress was a lovely Ian Stewart dress and her shoes were sparkly Jimmy Choo!

ian stewart wedding dress

jimmy choo wedding shoes sparkly

I placed Ruth’s bracelet on the layers of her underskirt to make this gentle photograph.

wedding detail bracelet

I knew the day was going to be fun as everyone was super relaxed…

bride with bridesmaids fun at goldsborough hall

Even dad was relaxing as I sneaked this photo…

father of the bride with flowers

The wedding ceremony was held in the Sir Richard Hutton room and I think while waiting for Ruth David may have been a little nervous, even if he wasn’t showing it too much.

groom and ushers waiting goldsborough hall

David didn’t have to wait too long before Ruth arrived…

bride arriving to sir richard hutton dining room goldsborough hall

He even resisted (for a while) a quick glance over his shoulder.

photo of groom when bride walking down aisle

And when they saw each other they couldn’t contain their excitement.

getting married sir richard hutton dining room goldsborough hall

After their vows they had a quick kiss…

wedding kiss goldsborough hall

…and their signing of the register.

signing wedding register sir richard hutton dining room goldsborough hall

As they walked out from the ceremony they glanced across to me for a quick photo framed by the arch way and with the chandelier and their waiting champagne in the background.

getting married at goldsborough hall

As the weather was so wonderful everybody went out in to the beautiful gardens to mingle and have canapés.

goldsborough hall wedding gardens

The Sun was moving around quickly so I changed my plans and decided to take the big group photo while they were all backlit. From a 2nd floor window I was able to get a shot of all the guests and the wonderful gardens and woodland of Goldsborough Hall.

big group landscaped gardens goldsborough hall

I could tell a few of the guests were now itching to throw their confetti so we made our way around to the main entrance…

confetti goldsborough hall

Previously, when I was looking around the Hall for spots to take photos, I had met Mark Oglesby who owns the family home of Goldsborough Hall. Mark told me about a few of the lesser known photo spots, one of them an old twisted tree….I think I found it!

wedding couple under tree

We then went on a walk around the Hall taking photos at the different places along the way.

wedding couple walking goldsborough hall

Again thank you to Mark for telling me about the hidden urns!

bride groom glancing away in garden with urn

bride sitting on grooms lap

wedding couple sitting on bench goldsborough hall

Goldsborough Hall has fantastic gardens and a stunning quarter mile Lime Tree Walk…

wedding couple royal gardens goldsborough hall

…each planted by Royalty and on this plaque it reads Tilia Europaea var. Handsworthensis, planted by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales 27th May 1923.

goldsborough hall royal lime tress

There was just enough time to take one last photo

goldsborough hall wedding arch

…before it was time for the guests to be seated. I took the opportunity to shoot a few of the details in the Princess Mary’s drawing room.

wedding luggage tags

wedding flowers harrogate goldsborough hall

wedding details old photos

Their cake was from an Italian deli in York called Le Langhe with the top and bottom layers a plum and almond tart and the middle layer a rich raspberry tart.

wedding fruit tarts

Speeches were fun with a plunger being pulled out at one point to embarrass David

wedding speeches goldsborough hall

friends laughing wedding speeches

wedding couple laughing during meal

I love to get character portraits of the bridal party and guests during the speeches.

bridesmaid laughing during wedding speeches

…but the best wedding speech portrait was of this little cheeky baby.

cute baby portrait at wedding

During the speeches I learned that Ruth was quite musical and liked to play, amongst other instruments, the piano. So I borrowed their wedding rings for this shot on the piano keys.

wedding rings on piano

We hadn’t had time to take photos on the staircase before the meal so we took a moment for a few more photos.

wedding photo staircase goldsborough hall

Including one with with reflections that repeated in facing mirrors on the staircase.

wedding couple reflection in mirror goldsborough hall

Before I knew it the time had come for their first dance and I could tell that they had been practising.

wedding first dance goldsborough hall oak panel library

wedding first dance love

wedding first dance kiss goldsborough hall

For their second dance everybody joined in.

wedding dancing in jacobean library goldsborough hall

The evening entertainment was Ceilidh dancing with the Yorkshire ceilidh band Dogsbody

There was a surprise when Ruth’s mum pulled out her daughters violin and asked her to join the band in playing a couple of songs dear to their heart.

surprise bride playing violin on wedding day

friends watching bride playing violin

Ruth played Callum’s Road and Mrs Macleod of Raasay. Her family knew Callum about whom the song Callum’s Road was written and her grandfather is from the island of Raasay in the Hebrides in Scotland….it is also where David proposed!

wedding day bride and violin

David looked on very proud of his new wife.

proud groom on wedding day

surprise bride playing violin on wedding day

Then the dancing really started and I ducked and dived through the ceilidh dancers to record the fun.

ceilidh goldsborough hall

ceilidh dancing fun bride

ceilidh dancing bridesmaid fun

ceilidh band dancing bride and groom

A very big thank you, Ruth & David, for choosing me as your wedding photographer.

classic wedding shot chandelier



Ruth’s make-up was by Bonita B, the beautiful flowers were supplied by Angie Walker (01423 358471/07803 596625), the bridesmaids dresses were a Mori Lee design from Confetti and Lace in Harrogate, the wedding cake was by Le Langhe in York, and of course the Ceilidh band!

  1. Liz and Robin Millar(Ruth's parents)
    June 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you for helping to make the day so special. You managed to combine being hugely enthusiastic with being totally unobtrusive and your presence added greatly to the sense of a very special occasion. The photographs are stunning – we loved their informality – and they have really captured the essence of the day. They will afford us many joyful memories for years to come. Everyone we have spoken to has felt the same. We wish you great success in your future career.

    Liz and Robin

  2. Ruth and Dave Liddicoat
    June 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Brian,

    We just wanted to say thank you for your brilliant photos of our wedding. We both absolutely love them – they just capture all the special moments and little details from our day so perfectly – I get really emotional reliving it all every time I look at them (which is a lot!) and I’m sure they will help to keep the wonderful memories alive over the years to come. You really have a great eye for composition and capturing people in a relaxed, natural way, which is exactly what we wanted. It was a pleasure having both you and Sam at our wedding – thank you both for working so hard to get us these amazing photos and, at the same time, for being so friendly and enthusiastic, yet unobtrusive – we can’t recommend you enough and we are so happy that we chose you to capture the best day of our lives.

    All the best,
    Ruth (and Dave)

  3. June 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you! I had a great time with you both (and your friends & family). I am so glad you love the photos.