Leeds Town Hall Wedding Photography

Leeds Town Hall Wedding Photography

The Town Hall in Leeds is one of the city’s landmark buildings and premier wedding ceremony venues. Set amongst the modern landscape of Leeds town centre, the historic architecture of the Town Hall makes a grand juxtaposition.

 

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Nicola + Mark had a small and intimate wedding in the centre of Leeds, marrying at Leeds Town Hall and then holding their reception at The Leeds Club, a grade 2 listed Victorian building that covers events in West Yorkshire and is only a short walk away from the Town Hall. The couple live down in London and came back just for the wedding and arranged everything through email so on the day I was expecting a bride in a white dress to be arriving and was slightly anxious that I didn’t know what she looked like. The wedding was at Halloween and before Nicola and Mark, couples queued to get married in fancy dress and I wondered what I would be photographing that afternoon. As I awaited a bride in a white dress I casually caught some photos of a lady in a green dress who turned out to be Nicola, not wearing white but also not in fancy dress either.

Id already captured Mark and both families arriving and the bridesmaids waited in the comfort of the shade as it was unusually warm and sunny for an autumn afternoon. After Nicolas arrival we spent some time in the entrance to the hall where the grim reaper also waited for his turn with the registrar, the array of morbid characters providing a strong juxtaposition with the elegance of Nicola and the wedding party.

After a brief ceremony I accompanied the couple to the reception venue where some group shots were completed before drinks and canapés were served. I was booked to cover the reception and left as everyone sat down for their meal. A shorter day than usual but for a mid week wedding, a great afternoon and an alternative take on the 12-16 hour days that I often cover.

Here are a few of my favourite photos from Nicola + Marks wedding to demonstrate the candid style I aim to achieve with my Yorkshire Wedding Photography.

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Alex Abbott is a Leeds based Yorkshire Documentary Wedding Photographer, working throughout the UK. Please click here to get in touch about your wedding Photography.

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Eleanor and Rich got married at Leeds Town Hall and then held their reception at Kirkstall Abbey in the Gate house, which has a ideal room for the meal and evening party, and is beautifully illuminated with considerate lighting and a large window that is a real centre piece. There is also the option to go into the attached museum which I have done on a previous wedding and this created some very different wedding photography as the museum is a cobbled victorian street complete with shops that you can go into. The abbey is conveniently located just over the road also and this lends itself to some great photo opportunities too. The emphasis of my work at weddings however is to document the people and events that unfold before me. To do this well I need to become a part of the wedding party and experience the day as though an active guest. Everyone at this wedding was so relaxed and intent on enjoying themselves that within five minutes they had forgotten that I was taking photos and this adds even more fun to my work.

I met Eleanor and her bridal party at her home before heading up to the ceremony. The atmosphere was very calm in the morning with a hint of mischief as the bride and her bridesmaids got ready together upstairs, while the rest of the family mingled, ate and slowly prepared for their daughters wedding. I love this initial period spent with families as it give me chance to win over the bridesmaids (perhaps the social key to the smooth flowing of the rest of the day) and also endear myself to parents, who are hopefully there too. This cheeky charm offensive isn’t necessarily intended to win friends and influence people, although that does help in this line of work! It means however that later on in the day when the there is a more solomn or intimate moment, that that person will be more open to sharing it with me as the photographer and this means great photos for the couples that I work with.

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Alex Abbott is a Leeds Wedding Photographer working throughput the UK. Please click here to get in touch about your wedding photography.