Garden Wedding Photography

Garden Wedding Photography

A Garden can provide the perfect setting for a wedding and can have lots of personal associations which can personalise the whole experience even more. Aesthetically they are great spaces during fine weather to create some colourful images from your wedding.

Fountains Abbey Wedding Photographer

David + Stuart booked me for three hours to cover their wedding ceremony and reception in August 2018. The couple held their celebration at Fountains Abbey, which is located close to Ripon and is one of the most spectacular settings to get married in Yorkshire.

The ceremony was held in the walled gardens and with the attendance of close friends and family, the couple said ‘I do’ with beautiful views and blue skies over head. The ceremony had a few laughs and a few tears, which always make great photographs for the couple to remember their day by.

After the ceremony drinks and canapés were served in the gardens and I mingled with the guests before I went with the newly weds to the ruins of the abbey to spend ten minutes getting a few photo’s of the both together before we said our good byes.

I received this message from David when the couple got their photo’s back:

“Thank you SO much for these; they’re everything we wanted – absolutely stunning!

Last Friday was a dream; we can’t thank you enough for capturing it so beautifully and fitting into the day so well. You also get the star prize for capturing photos of my mum with her eyes open and my dad with a smile… a very rare occurrence!!”

Alex Abbott is a Leeds Wedding Photographer. Please click here to get in touch.

 Church + Marquee Wedding Photography | Yorkshire Wedding Photographer

Luke + Lucy got married near York, holding their ceremony in the local family church and then hosting their reception in Lucy’s parents garden, which had plenty of space for the marquee and afternoon drinks reception.

I started the day with Lucy and her bridal party and spent a couple of hours mingling with all of the banter that was going on. Outside the heavens were opening, but inside the mood more than made up for any misery in the sky. As I was setting off to the church to be ready to capture Lucy’s arrival, the sky cleared and bright sunshine emerged and dried up all of the rain. This set the mood for the rest of the day and ensured that the grass was ready for the arrival of 100+ guests after the wedding ceremony.

I really enjoy church ceremonies; you always get a good sing a long, often get some great light to work with and more generally I am afforded more time than a ceremony conducted by registrars, meaning that  I can look for some variety in my coverage. The church setting also adds some tradition to the wedding day, and even if you don’t believe in the story of Jesus, I think that its a great place to express the spiritual aspect of the wedding vows.

I received this message from Lucy + Luke when they looked through their pics:

“Alex we LOVE them Thank you so so much! I especially love the ones with my dad. All our family and friends love the pics, thank you for all your hard work!”

Here is a small selection of photo’s from this wedding to demonstrate the style of my Wedding Photography.

Alex Abbott is a Leeds based Yorkshire Wedding Photographer. Please click here to get in touch about your wedding photography.

Farm Wedding Photography | Harrogate Wedding Photographer

Naomi + Duncan booked me to cover their not a wedding celebration in August. Not wanting all of the fuss associated with a large wedding, the couple married in a small ceremony earlier in the day and celebrated with a meal with close family afterwards. Meanwhile on their small farmyard, their friends set up a festival themed reception complete with multiple bars, camping, cows, chickens, their cat and an anthemic soundtrack to match.

I arrived slightly before the couple did to allow me familiarise myself with the layout and get some establishing shots of the environment and then managed to catch the couple and their immediate family walking across the landscape as I was doing so. The atmosphere was really relaxed with the sun glaring and people sat around chatting, playing cards and participating in the quiz. As the afternoon unfolded more guests arrived and the drinks began to flow. The location gave me a really unique backdrop to work against and the events that took place lent themselves to images that you might not normally associate with a wedding day, with the resident mother hen attacking guests that she perceived to be too close to her chicks, to the cows that needed feeding, but fortunately for Naomi and Duncan, one of the guests took care of this duty, allowing them a day off to literally enjoy the fruits of their labour, having spent over a year preparing the place for the big event.

Despite being a day without the formalities of a typical wedding day, Naomi’s dad couldn’t resist giving a toast to his daughter, which was a beautiful moment to throw in, despite it falling under the banner of a formality! Here is a small selection of images to demonstrate the style of my wedding photography.

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Alex Abbott is a documentary Wedding Photographer based in Leeds and covering Yorkshire. Please click here to get in touch about your wedding photography.

Teepee Wedding Photography Yorkshire

Jemma & Kenny got married in the height of summer, doing the legal bit during the week and holding their celebration on a Saturday in Jemma’s sister’s back garden overlooking the North Yorkshire countryside near to Whitby. The couple hired a large teepee and some soul singers and the day was then set for a full on party with catering on hand with a fully stocked bar and BBQ. The day started with the promise of strong sunshine and sure enough it materialised on que as the ceremony began. This created a bit of a hurdle in terms of working with the light to produce images of a strong standard, however I was given the freedom to move around and take full advantage of the moments when the sun disappeared behind a cloud; at one point I was able to shoot into the sun and hide the it behind on of the lamp shades that decorated the aisle.

I started the day with Jemma and her bridal party at the family home, while Kenny got ready at a nearby pub. Given the close proximity of everything, I was able to meet Kenny for a few minutes as he finished his preparations before heading back to capture Jemma’s final preparations as she got into her dress. After the ceremony the couple requested a photo of them both against the view of Whitby from the churchyard near to the Abbey, and on the walk back noticed a young girl dancing on the grave of some one, which gave me an image with an interesting context to it. The rest of the day unfolded at a very casual pace with the soul singers providing some of the best entertainment that Ive seen at a wedding before everyone filled the dance floor and danced the night away.

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

Wold Top Brewery Wedding Photography York

Sam + Kris held their wedding celebration at Wold Top Brewery, located in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire dales and not too far from Driffield. The venue is a working brewery and commissions a  special brew for each wedding that it hosts, made to the exact specifications of the bride and groom. With beautiful gardens and a large indoor marquee, it is perhaps one of the most unique locations to host a wedding. The couple wanted to have the ceremony in the gardens, and as the clouds rolled in, this decision was left until the last minute. The couple had married earlier in the week and had a humanist ceremony conducted by Sam’s uncle on the day, which makes the whole process more intimate and also gives me a bit of free reign when it comes to taking photos.

Sam got ready at some cottages close to the venue and had a leisurely morning with her bridesmaids before her step-mum arrived to do her make-up. After she got into her dress I set off to meet up with Kris and the arriving guests. When I arrived Kris and his best man were in the gardens enjoying a break in the weather. This break continued and the couple were able to have their ceremony outside and even enjoyed some of the ceremony there before the heavens literally opened and emptied what felt like its entire contents. This didn’t put a damper on any of the festivities, with a well stocked bar, the guests were more than taken care of. After the speeches, there was a bit of time to digest everything before the band started and everyone danced the night away.

Here are a few photos from Sam and Kris’ wedding to demonstrate the documentary approach I take to photographing weddings.

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