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The Fig House Wedding photography at Middleton Lodge – Yorkshire

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Jill and Tim’s summer wedding at the Fig House, Middleton Lodge

How this wedding was 8 months ago I’ll never know!?!

Last July, Jill and Tim took us back to one of our very favourite wedding venues in celebration of their wedding; The Fig House at Middleton Lodge in Yorkshire. If you are planning your wedding and are yet to choose a venue, then make sure you head there and check it out. The walled garden and the Fig House are beautiful settings for any Spring, Summer or Autumn wedding, and we are yet to photograph there in the Winter months but, if the rest of the year is anything to go by then I can imagine that the grounds do not disappoint.

Jill and Tim’s day started separately with Tim choosing to get ready in one of the homely cottages on the Middleton Lodge site, and Jill and her bridesmaids enjoyed their bridal preparations at her family home in a nearby village. When the time came, both parties hopped into their wedding cars and headed to a nearby church for their wedding ceremony. Confetti was thrown in the church grounds by the litch gate and the whole party made their way to Middleton Lodge to be welcomed with drinks and canapes. 

The weather Gods were playing ball that day in July and as the sun beamed down, the guests were able to enjoy the full afternoon and some of the evening in the superb walled gardens filled to the brim with plants and flowers. To this day, we have never seen as many butterflies and bees working away pollinating those gardens as we did then. It was truly, a sight to behold. 

As always, Middleton Lodge pulled out all the stops for us as the setting sun slipped into golden hour and we strolled through the grounds with Jill & Tim soaking in the last rays of summer sun and exploring a handful of creative sun kissed photo-shoot locations. 

As evening set in, the band struck up, the tunes started flowing and it wasn’t long before Grandma was leading the conga line in her wheelchair. 

Jill & Tim, you threw a wedding celebration to challenge all other wedding celebrations, you injected your vision and made the Fig House at Middleton Lodge your own, and you had a toasted marshmallow station!! (Absolute wedding genius).

Thank you for inviting us to be your wedding photographers, we loved every second of your wedding day. Should you ever want to repeat the occasion exactly as it was (minus the bee sting hey Jill!) then we will be there in a heartbeat.

Here is a collection of our favourite photographs from this extra special wedding day in July at Middleton Lodge in Yorkshire.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Crayke Manor – Yorkshire

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Peter & Fiona’s Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Crayke Manor

Please can we just take a minute to allow me to fan-girl about this venue. Peter and Fiona chose to have an outdoor wedding ceremony at Crayke Manor in Yorkshire and wow, they didn’t half choose well. 

Crayke Manor is a venue that is relatively new to hosting weddings and we can’t help but wonder why they have been hiding this beauty from us? 

Red brick barn arches, stable doors, festoon lights, hanging ivy, full greenery walls, a manor house, surrounding Yorkshire countryside and the ability to host outdoor ceremonies, what is not to love!?! 

Now, we have nothing against rainy weddings, we have been part of many weddings that were just made even more awesome because of the rain, but this day, at this venue, with this setup was just made for the sun, and on that day, Peter and Fiona did a deal with the weather Gods and the sun brought it!

The wedding party enjoyed an outdoor wedding ceremony, an outdoor confetti walkway, outdoor canapés and drinks, outdoor partying in the evening and an impromptu outdoor midnight field rave with the New York Brass Band. (One of our very favourite moments from any wedding ever!) In fact the only part of the day that was spent inside was the wedding meal and the speeches. 

The inside of the beautiful red brick barn stables were decorated with festoon lights, long wooden banqueting tables, candles and personalised Polaroid photographs for each of the guests. A pop up bar was situated in the corner and a speeches sweepstake was passed around the tables. (Top tip – everyone loves a sweepstake! Whether it be the length of the speeches, how many times the groom says ‘thank you’ or what the first dance song will be, people just love it!)

A hilarious set of speeches rounded up the wedding breakfast and as the sweepstake champion collected their winnings, the Groomsmen set to work removing the chairs and tables and readying the barn for the evening celebrations. 

Peter and Fiona a big heartfelt thank you for inviting us to be your wedding photographers, we had an absolute blast and still find ourselves reminiscing about your wedding half a year on.  

Here is a collection of our favourite photographs from this chart topper, outdoor wedding ceremony at Crayke Manor in Yorkshire.

Brick Barn Wedding Photography at Delbury Hall – Shropshire

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Sian and Tom’s Brick Barn Wedding

There’s something about wedding party dance floors that drag those eccentric dance moves out of the closet like no other occasion can. Be it the all day party vibes, the socialising, the good food, the rooms full of love and laughter or the alcohol (there’s a very good chance that it is the alcohol!) Everything seems to build up into one big crazy crescendo, and you haven’t witnessed true, un-tamed, free dancing until you have celebrated into the early hours with a wedding party who have spent the day in the brick barn grounds of Delbury Hall, in the Shropshire sun with a drink in their hand.

In the case of Sian and Tom, I have a sneaky suspicion that it had something to do with the Russian Rakia shots that they gave each and every guest during the mid afternoon speeches. 

But who knows, I suppose it could have just been the good vibes? 

Sian and Tom chose to marry in the Holy Trinity Church in the pretty little village of Much Wenlock in Shropshire. A quaint little village full of cobbled streets, trinket shops and characterful pubs. If you haven’t been there before, stick it on your bucket list and go there!

The ceremony got off to a great start with Sian’s father attempting to calm Sian’s nerves with a packet of love heart sweets. The first sweet he pulled out and gave to his daughter read ‘I’m sorry’, and that was it. The fits of giggles followed us all day and rippled throughout the full wedding party. 

Confetti was thrown outside the church and the bus journey to the reception venue was accompanied with cans of Gin and Tonic and cupcakes. 

It was the first time for us photographing at the stunning Delbury Hall in Shropshire, but we had done our ‘Googling’ before hand and the venue in person did not disappoint! The red brick barn and cobbled courtyard made for the perfect early November wedding setting, and as we took Sian & Tom for a short stroll around the grounds we were blessed with all the autumnal colours and that elusive low November sun. 

As the sun set over the red bricks of Delbury Hall in Shropshire,  the group enjoyed a hilarious and heartfelt set of speeches and as the band struck up, the dance floor kicked into gear and was fit to bursting from the very get go. Crazy dance moves, drinking games and so much hugging surrounded Sian and Tom as they partied the night away as newlyweds. 

As the end of the night drew in we found it difficult to leave. A combination of getting hilarious dance-floor photographs and pure fomo of what might happen inside that brick wedding barn once the cameras left, but one thing’s for sure, Sian and Tom are absolute wedding rockstars and know how to throw one hell of a party!! 

Wedding Photography Highlights 2019

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Blimey! How is it the 23rd December already? It seems like just yesterday that we were rounding up 2018, yet here we are again, looking back on this roadrunner of a year and thinking ‘wow, what a year that was!’.

2019 brought us new lenses, new adventures, new USB and prints products, new friends, new venues and the new title of ‘newlyweds!’. Yayyy, this year we too got married. It’s been a bonkers year, from celebrating our own wedding, to helicopter rides, photoshoots with cows, brass band conga lines to Russian Rakia drinking games. We have seen the wedding dance floor roof lifted to new heights and have had the pleasure of exploring more new wedding venues this year than ever before.

A huge thank you goes out to the 30 couples that chose us as their wedding photographers. You know who you are! We never underestimate how much of a difficult choice it is choosing your wedding photographers (there’s a heck of a lot of us out there!) and to trust us with capturing the memories of one of the most important days of your lives. We feel humbled and appreciative that you put your faith in us and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for trusting in us. It is thanks to you guys that we have had such an incredible year. To us, you are wedding rockstars!

So as our cameras bunk down for a short hibernation, the last few galleries hop on their sleighs and head out to our newest newlyweds and we don our most festive outfits for the party season, we will take a little wander down the 2019 highlights lane.

And to kick start this wander, if you are not partying like the guy below, over the next couple of weeks, then you are doing it wrong!

Merry Christmas everyone and a very happy New Year.
2020 couples, your big day will be here in no time!!

Love, Abbie & Lee xx

2018 Wedding Photography Highlights

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2018 Wedding Photography Highlights

Just like that, we find ourselves delivering the last of this years wedding albums, laying our cameras down to bed and putting our feet up ready to welcome the New Year in with style. It is with overly stuffed bellies, a Whisky in Lee’s hand and an Amaretto in my own, that we sit back and reflect on the epic’ness of 2018. Wow, what an incredible year it has been!

We kick off this years highlights with a photograph that has gone down in both of our all time favourites as, hands down, our favourite EVER blurry photo. Robecca & Tom, thank you for bringing us this moment!

The rest of the year was thankfully a little less blurry 🙂

Here is a collection of our highlights from a year that has easily been our busiest to date. It has thrown the craziest weather at us, shown us the biggest wedding parties, it has been our most exciting, adventurous and inspiring.

2018, you have taught us, rewarded us, chewed us up a little and have spit us out the other end feeling very fortunate and very ready for a spot of relaxation.

A humongous thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of our 2018 couples. It is thanks to you guys that we have had such an amazing and memorable year.

And a big shout out to our 2019 couples, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year everyone, we hope that you have the most relaxing and enjoyable time. We will see you in 2019!

Love, Abbie & Lee xx

Middleton Lodge Wedding Photography, Yorkshire – Dougie & Jordan

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Middleton Lodge Wedding Photography, Yorkshire – Dougie & Jordan

There’s no business like show business, like no business I know.

Except this isn’t show business, this, ladies and gentlemen is the star studded wedding of the drop dead gorgeous, Dougie and Jordan. A wedding that holds its own, that is inspiring and creative, spirited and exciting. A wedding that was action-packed from the very beginning and had us skipping flamboyantly home at the end of the evening eager to process the images and relive everything that just happened all over again.

Every year as the bookings start to pile in we see the same pattern repeating. July, August and September fill up first, closely followed by April, May and June. Then arrive the winter bookings with December and February being in demand, but then it quietens down and we find ourselves looking at a much quieter October. It is a month that seems to get a little overlooked in the ‘I’m planning a wedding stage’. Seen by many as an in-between month; not summer, not Christmas, not spring nor valentines, just simply the 10th month of the year, almost a forgotten month.

Now it’s time for a change.

We head into 2019 as strong advocates for this more subdued month. We encourage all you newly engaged couples to relook at that calendar and consider October, it is unique, colourful, exciting and October is the new black (does that work? Hmmm I’ll go with it anyway) and if my ramblings still aren’t persuading you, then just take a look at this wedding, the colours, the richness, the depth.

Ahhhh October weddings…

Dougie and Jordan considered October, Dougie and Jordan chose October and boy, what a choice that was.

The venue for this Autumnal wedding was Middleton Lodge in Richmond. A midday ceremony took place at the Lodges main house followed by drinks, canapés and a champagne tower in their bar space and library room. The guests then took a short walk through the gorgeous, leafy grounds to enjoy the wedding meal, speeches and the evening celebrations in the newly refurbished Fig House. It would be fair to assume that this day had been planned precisely on the time of the sun setting; as the guests strolled through the pretty grounds the sun reached it’s ideal golden hour height and the Middleton Lodge grounds became engulfed in golden hour gorgeousness. The low setting sun, that only offers these early evening treats in the later months, drenched the grounds in a rich glowing light. The guests enjoyed an autumnal wonderland with crunchy leaves under their feet and the warm glow of the sun on their faces. As the newlyweds took a romantic moment aside, we snapped a few opportunities that were too good be missed.

Moving into the evening celebrations now and we can honestly say that we were bowled over by this groups wedding speeches. Dougie himself is a professional actor and we can only assume that his art runs in his family genes and throughout his friends as all the speeches were delivered to absolute perfection. They had us bent over double laughing and crying at all the right times.

After the wedding speeches we were surprised with an all singing, all dancing performance from the Groom and his Ushers (Not bad the things you can do when all of your friends are in show business!). As we moved later into the evening and the party started a dance-floor to beat all dance floors erupted because not only was our Groom an actor but our beautiful bride, a professional dancer and let’s just say that we would have felt awfully inadequate doing our two step. Instead, we stuck to what we know and captured the whole thing on camera so that they can relive all those insane dance offs, the performances, the silly dance moves, the professional dance moves and the time that Dad ‘decked it’ for years to come.

It was a tough job whittling this wedding down but here are a selection of our favourite photographs from the wedding of Dougie and Jordan at Middleton Lodge.

Falling Foss, Woodland Wedding, Whitby, UK – Liam & Natalie

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Falling Foss, Woodland Wedding, Whitby – Liam & Natalie

Time to dust off our blogging gloves, AGAIN, that ‘blog regularly’ rhythm is hard to get in the swing of.

Anyway, as we sit here in post-production we find ourselves looking at a woodland wedding which screams, ‘make a blog out of me, I need a page of my own, tell everyone about me!’ and so here we are.

It is safe to say that Liam and Natalie have been our number one fans since they booked us to photograph their wedding back in 2016. Any Facebook post, any Instagram post, they have been there, waving their flags and supporting us. In fact, we have grown so used to it guys that we may need to bribe you to keep it up; a slice of cake, a bottle of red berry Bulmers, name your price.

It is also safe to say that all the flattery secured a soft spot for them in our hearts (flattery gets you everywhere!) So when their big day arrived, after what felt like the longest wait, our excitement was through the roof.

Falling Foss Tea Gardens was the venue of choice for these two love birds. A bittersweet twist in the plot as it was our very first time photographing at this stunning venue and it will be our very last as they are closing their wedding venue doors and focusing all their energies on their picture perfect tea gardens.

An excited buzz filled the woodland air, the sun was out (a relief for any outdoor wedding) and the decorations were in place. The venue were ready for their big blowout last ever wedding, the guests were ready for a big blowout day drinking, eating and partying and we were ready for a big blowout woodland wedding. All we needed now was the bride.

Hushed tones swept over the forest floor and the music started up, she was here.

Tears, laughter, confetti, romance, Bulmers, cake, more laughter, flowers, football chanting, food, food more food, more drink, polaroid photographs, one very special wooden barrel, bare feet, an insane dress, a murder on the dance floor (wait for the photographs), Jeeps, Jager shots, picnic benches, waistcoats, woodland walks, cheese, more laughter and Michael Jackson filled the next 9 hours. A blow out that exceeded all blowouts.

Wow, Liam and Natalie, WHAT A WEDDING. Thank you for inviting us to be  a part of your special day, we had an absolute blast! We will be going forward promoting outdoor woodland weddings to anyone who will listen. It has been a tough job whittling this collection down, but here we have it, here is a sneak peek at our very favourite images from your wedding day.

Whitby Wedding, North Yorkshire, UK – Paul & Jen

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Whitby Wedding, North Yorkshire – Paul & Jen

Jen and Paul wanted a wedding that broke all the stereotypes of a typical wedding. They didn’t want to follow the traditions and instead wanted to think outside the box, push the ‘classic wedding’ boundaries and come up with a unique and individual wedding.

Jen wasn’t even sure that she wanted a photographer at first, until (thankfully for us) Paul persuaded her.

Their choice of wedding preparation venue was La Rosa Hotel in Whitby. A hotel that is well worth a visit if you are looking for a truly unique weekend break. Full to the brim with curiosities, it is a hotel based on escapism and fantasy and is nothing like anywhere we have ever been before.

Jen and Paul decided to share their preparations with each other, clinking their champagne glasses and discussing what the day ahead was going to be like. It made a refreshing change to witness a couple approach their wedding day together, it even had me questioning why, generally, we stick to this archaic rule based on superstition, of not seeing each other from the evening before? 

As Jen’s Mum and Sister helped her into her stunning, cropped wedding dress and Vivian Westwood royal blue heels, Paul sipped on Whisky downstairs with his Father and Brother.

It was a glorious sunny day so the Bride, Groom and their handful of wedding guests walked to their reception at Whitby Registry Office and as the couple said ‘I do’ their guests waited outside to throw confetti.

After the well wishes were said, the group and I took a stroll down to the Whitby Whale bones for a handful of important photographs and chance for the guests to relax and enjoy being outdoors with the views of the couples favourite town.

Jen, Paul and I stepped aside for 10 – 15 minutes to enjoy some quiet time and as we did so the guests were encouraged to head off to explore Whitby. The pair wanted very relaxed, unposed and natural photographs which was music to my ears as I always prefer the natural look when it comes to wedding photography. Photographs that tell the true story of your day, capturing real moments and creating real memories. Jen, Paul and I took a little stroll along West Cliff to see the views and even popped back into La Rosa to have a nosey at what other weird and wonderful things we could find.

As late afternoon began to set in, the couple and their guests met alongside Whitby harbour for some drinks and their evening meal at The Marine. I headed off into the night eager to look back on the photographs that I had just captured of their wedding day.

This wedding will go down in the favourite files for me, it was unique and intimate and both Jen and Paul looked like rockstars in their wedding day outfits. If their response to receiving their wedding photographs is anything to go by, I think I even managed to win Jen over into thinking that hiring a wedding photographer was worth it after all.

It was a tough one to narrow down, but here are a collection of my favourite images from Paul and Jens Whitby Wedding day.

Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, UK – Danny & Sarah

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Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, UK – Danny & Sarah

“From start to finish Abbie and Lee were amazing as our wedding photographers. I hate having my photo taken and my husband is known for his grumpiness! We are not your stereotypical lovey dovey couple but Abbie and Lee got some amazing shots which captured our relationship perfectly. From our rainy engagement shoot to the glorious sunshine of our February wedding. It was an extremely long day and, whilst they were such an important part of it, they also went unnoticed capturing candid shots. Many guests commented about how lovely our photographers were and we definitely both agree! It’s a big decision to trust a random pair of strangers to photograph your wedding day (& for a very reasonable price may I add!) but we are so glad we chose Abbie and Lee. Thank you so much! xx”

Sarah and Danny do everything together; from working together, to living together, to planning a wedding together so when we first met, they warned us that as the wedding stress was beginning to kick in, we may struggle to get lovey dovey smiley photos of them together.

They were wrong.

Arriving at the shoot, it would be fair to say that the pair were dubious. Their families had teased them about urban photography and how their backdrops would consist of power lines and metal railings rather than the more traditional green field, but it was clear from the offset, that this was a pair ready to push the boundaries of tradition. We chatted over their wedding plans, their takeaway flyer style invites, their record place names and their handmade wedding favours and as the bitingly cold weather drew in, so did the photo opportunities and those power station backdrops soon became pretty dramatic and exciting. We love an engagement shoot location with a lot of character! In fact, though he will never admit it, I think Danny quite enjoyed the shoot too!

The engagement shoot lead onto the wedding and very uncharacteristically for Manchester, the sun was out. Bright blue glorious skies welcomed the couple on their early February wedding day. Sarah’s preparations were a lively affair, there can be nothing more fun than getting all your best friends together to help you prepare for the day ahead, even when that does lead to the champagne top ricocheting off the low roof and spraying champagne all over floor, walls, TV and flowers. (Champagne scented bouquets yummy). The girls makeup was done by the brilliantly talented ‘Leanne Jackson Makeup’ and whilst Sarah and the girls pampered themselves, Danny and his best man welcomed guests downstairs in the hotel bar.

If you are looking for a stylish city centre wedding then ‘The Great John Street Hotel’ in Manchester is the hotel for you. The wedding space is decorated in a very modern, city chic style and the layout of the bar and dancefloor works brilliantly for a great wedding evening party. Then there is the roof terrace, in our opinion this is the hotels golden nugget. if you are lucky enough to catch it on a nice day then you are spoilt with brilliant views over the Manchester City centre skyline and if it is drizzly (in true Manchester style) then you still get brilliant city skyline views from under the heated parasols.

Sarah and Danny’s guests got to enjoy their afternoon drinks and canapes in the glorious sunshine on the roof terrace. A brilliant set of speeches followed, featuring the line ‘only Danny would pick a fight with the weather’ and a moment where Sarah had everyone (including the photographers) in tears. Then as the sun set over the city cobbles, the band kicked in and we were played into the night to the sound of the Beatles and Bowie.

Danny and Sarah were a dream; A couple who dreamt of photographs that captured the story of their day. Not too many posed formal photographs and were both happy to have a short stroll around the nearby streets of Manchester to get some cracking urban style photographs.

Here are some of our very favourites from their wedding day.