Yorkshire Wedding Photography | Leeds Wedding Photographer

Kaye & Wayne had a winter wedding at The Old Deanery in Ripon, North Yorkshire. With a ceremony later on in the afternoon and without the stresses of any real formalities, this wedding started off as it meant to carry on, with a relaxed lie in and a later start to the day. Kaye got ready largely by herself as her bridesmaids all got ready at their own pace in adjoining rooms, and later joined her just before she descended the staircase to the wedding ceremony. I used this time before the service to flit between the arriving guests and bride and without a list of formal shots to complete, was able to naturally document the people and events and blend in as though one of the guests. I love working like this as Im often assumed to be a friend of the bride and groom with a camera, which instantly reduces some of the evident anxiety that becomes noticeable as soon as you are introduced as a professional photographer to some folk.

After the ceremony the rest of the day revolved around a warm and intimate reception set in front of a roaring fire and flowing mulled wine. Snow fluttered gently outside and this reinforced the cosiness of the gathering inside. The meal was candle lit and this added to the ambience and the soft focus of the open aperture that I used in the low light created a beautiful aesthetic to the images captured during the speeches. As I started a bit later that day I stayed into the evening when a band took over and the newlyweds and their friends and family danced the evening away.

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Alex Abbott is a documentary wedding photographer based in Leeds. Please click here to get in touch about your wedding photography.