JoanneGower
Wedding Photography

Category: Wedding Photography

Looking for a luxury wedding venue in Yorkshire?

You would do well to take a look at Allerton Castle. It is a magical place to celebrate your wedding!

On Sunday we attended the wedding fair and were able to take some photographs of this unique venue. This is a totally awe inspiring venue and is the perfect venue if you are looking for a fairytale backdrop to your special day.

The luxurious Palace Suite provides the perfect place for the bride to start her day. Whilst the groom can relax before the ceremony with his groomsmen in the grand Billiard Room.

The Great Hall is absolutely stunning and will provide the bride with an entrance with total wow factor. Imagine descending those magnificent stairs to greet your husband to be!

On Sunday, the great staircase was beautifully decorated by Joanna at The Rarified. Her floral decorations are breath taking and she is a delight to work with and comes highly recommended.

Once your ceremony is over, you can sign the register in the elegant Drawing Room. Afterwards as Mr and Mrs you can make a spectacular exit from the Great Hall into the delightful Memorial garden where you can enjoy celebratory drinks and guests can shower you with confetti.

Your guests will enjoy your wedding breakfast in the spectacular vaulted ballroom. Or for more intimate weddings, the Gothic dining room is the perfect choice with its dramatic oak walls, marble fireplace and stained glass windows.

This venue is a wonderful location for a wedding and provides an outstanding range places for outstanding photographs.

Yorkshire Region Wedding Photographer of the Year!

Looking for the very best wedding photographer? I am pleased to announce that I was awarded Yorkshire Region Wedding Photographer of the Year 2019!

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) is an internationally recognised body that exists to support and promote professional photography. It sets high standards for its members who have to qualify to a recognised standard to become a member.

In the summer of 2019, I entered the three images that are featured here in the Yorkshire Region print competition. I was delighted to take first second and third place in the classical wedding category. In addition, I was awarded the coveted title of Yorkshire Region Wedding Photographer of the year.

So why should you book a professional photographer from a recognised body? Well firstly, because you can be sure that you have booked a professional who can deliver a high standard of images and will be friendly and efficient.

Choosing a wedding photographer is an important decision. The choice can be overwhelming. To try and make things easy for couples I have put together some information here that is intended to make choosing easier.

Firstly, do your research! Have a good look around. Try and find a photographer whose style you like. Arrange a visit. Ask to see complete weddings.

Don’t be fobbed off with one off, wow factor shots. If you can see a complete wedding, you will see whether that person can handle all aspects of a wedding.

Also ask if the photographer can show you weddings in all weather conditions! Can they show their skill at working in sunshine and in rain? There are no guarantees with the weather and there is no second chance!

If you would like further information, give me a call on 01482 629430.

A Cave Castle Wedding with Augustine and Sam

Yesterday we had our first wedding of 2020. Augustine and Sam were married in the Sandringham Suite at Cave Castle Hotel, at 1pm.

We started our day with Sam and his best man Ben. Sam’s dad also joined us for the groom portraits and there was much laughter.

Afterwards, we headed inside to do a few pre wedding bridal portraits of Augustine. She was enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne with bridesmaids Clementine, Debbie, Shauna and Holly.

The ceremony took place in the Sandringham Suite which has lots of character but no natural light so it provides a bit of a challenge for photography. The reading was delivered by Augustine’s sister Clementine and afterwards the happy couple enjoyed a celebratory drink with their guests.

It was a little blustery and cold outside, so we worked quickly to ensure guests were not handing around for too long.

Augustine and Sam opted for traditional coverage. So once we had completed their bride portraits, it was time for us to leave.

We wish Augustine and Sam a very happy married life together and look forward to sharing their wedding photography with them very soon!

Rebecca and Ian’s Cave Castle Wedding

On Saturday we photographed our final wedding of the 2019 at Cave Castle! What a fabulous occasion it was!

We started the day bright and early with bride Rebecca and her mum Gail, and bridesmaid Jade. The ladies were busy getting ready when we arrived. Kim Shanks did Rebecca’s hair and Toni Naylor did her make up. As the preparations were underway, we photographed Rebecca’s beautiful dress that she bought from Molly Browns of York.

We were very happy to find that not only Rebecca was ready early for her bridal portraits, but Ian also arrived early for his session as well! This meant that we had plenty of time to create some special photographs for both of them.

Ian had three best men; Alex, Scott and Tom, and when we arrived to photograph Ian, they were busy writing their speech outside on the terrace!

The wedding service was lovely. However, due to the rules of the East Riding Registrars, we were only permitted to take a few photographs. However, we were permitted to take some photos of the readings and ring exchange. Afterwards everyone enjoyed a celebratory drink on the lawn whilst we got on with the family formal photographs. This was completed quickly, thanks to the support of toastmaster Michael.

Rebecca and Ian opted for a traditional line up so that they were able to greet their guests before the wedding breakfast. During the meal, pianist Phil Culkin entertained everyone. Before the speeches, Ian opened a bottle of champagne with a saber, a technique known as Sabrage. The pop of the cork received a big cheer!

Speeches were delivered by both dads, the bride and groom and all three best men, to much laughter and applause. The Charm Offensive delivered the evening entertainment whilst guests partied.

We had a wonderful day with Rebecca and Ian, and their family and friends. we wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Laura and Adam’s Elsham Hall Wedding

On Saturday we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Laura and Adam who were married at the fabulous Elsham Hall in Lincolnshire. The forecast for the day was a little unpredictable with heavy rain forecast, and the start of the day was very wet indeed! Laura and her bridesmaids began the day at the Forest Pines Hotel and we arrived in driving rain. All was calm inside, with hair and make up well under way when we arrived. Laura was calm and collected and was ready in her beautiful dress from Webtobe early enough for us to do her bridal portraits. Sometimes things run over at this part of the day, and it is such a shame because it can result in few, or in some cases no, bridal portraits. This was not the case for Laura who gave us exactly the amount of time we needed to capture her in all her glory. The room was a little small for the grandeur of our bride but we still managed to create some stunning portraits for her! Afterwards we headed outside to take our journey to Elsham. Once more the rain came down and when we arrived, the team at Bride Beautiful had everything under control with a bucket of umbrellas at the ready! We did our photographs of the groom and his best man Lee and usher Mark, under the recently constructed pergola entrance, so’s to protect them from the rain. Guests began to arrive and we waited excitedly at the bottom of the drive for the first sight of the wedding car which was provided by Silver Star Wedding Cars. The bride arrived and was escorted by dad Arthur and mum Pauline. The ceremony took place in the beautiful barn and afterwards the happy couple took a celebratory drive so that they could enjoy a few quiet moments together. By this time the rain had ceased and we were lucky to have some autumn sunshine to do the all important family group photographs. Afterwards we took a brief walk in the gardens with Laura and Adam, in order to do their couple portraits before they headed back into the barn to greet their guests, and start the celebrations. The barn looked stunning for the meal that was provided by Chris and the team at Your Chef, with guests from the wedding party undertaking carving duties in expert fashion! The traditional speeches followed the main course and after desert, guests headed into the Garden room to take tea, whilst the team from Bride Beautiful prepared the Barn for the evening celebrations. Laura and Adam cut their stunning cake from Dotty Cakes before taking to the floor for their first dance with music supplied by Power Play Discotheques Grimsby. Our thanks to Emma, Lynne, Tanya and Alex at Bride Beautiful who looked after everyone including us, perfectly. A big shout out to Chris from Your Chef who not only gave us a little bit of wriggle room when things ran over, but also provided us with a delicious hot meal, that was very welcome after nine hours on our feet! We had a lovely day with Adam and Laura, and we wish them every happiness in their future life together.

JoanneGower
Wedding Photography