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.
Ruth’s dress was a lovely Ian Stewart dress and her shoes were sparkly Jimmy Choo!
I placed Ruth’s bracelet on the layers of her underskirt to make this gentle photograph.
I knew the day was going to be fun as everyone was super relaxed…
Even dad was relaxing as I sneaked this photo…
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.
David didn’t have to wait too long before Ruth arrived…
He even resisted (for a while) a quick glance over his shoulder.
And when they saw each other they couldn’t contain their excitement.
After their vows they had a quick kiss…
…and their signing of the register.
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.
As the weather was so wonderful everybody went out in to the beautiful gardens to mingle and have canapés.
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.
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…
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!
We then went on a walk around the Hall taking photos at the different places along the way.
Again thank you to Mark for telling me about the hidden urns!
Goldsborough Hall has fantastic gardens and a stunning quarter mile Lime Tree Walk…
…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.
There was just enough time to take one last photo
…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.
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.
Speeches were fun with a plunger being pulled out at one point to embarrass David
I love to get character portraits of the bridal party and guests during the speeches.
…but the best wedding speech portrait was of this little cheeky baby.
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.
We hadn’t had time to take photos on the staircase before the meal so we took a moment for a few more photos.
Including one with with reflections that repeated in facing mirrors on the staircase.
Before I knew it the time had come for their first dance and I could tell that they had been practising.
For their second dance everybody joined in.
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.
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!
David looked on very proud of his new wife.
Then the dancing really started and I ducked and dived through the ceilidh dancers to record the fun.
A very big thank you, Ruth & David, for choosing me as your wedding photographer.
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!