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A Stunning Sledmere House & Burythorpe House Wedding – Alina & Vince

Alina & Vince Web-Ready-317Alina & Vince’s big day last month had all the ingredients from our perspective for a truly wonderful wedding:

1. Not one but two fantastic venues: grand, stunning, classic Sledmere House and intimate, beautiful Burythorpe House.

2. A wonderful, fun, easy-going couple who are a delight to photograph.

3. An intimate wedding of approx 30 guests (not that we don’t also love large weddings, but the smaller ones have their logistical advantages!).

4. A lovely early Summer’s day.


We first met Alina & Vince at their beautiful cottage in the York countryside last year and got on like a house on fire. They told us all about the plans they had for their wedding and we were hooked! We then had their engagement shoot around York this Spring which was great fun and it was lovely to hear how thrilled they were with both the experience and the results.

The wedding day started at Sledmere House where Alina & Vince were to have their wedding ceremony and part one of their Reception. We had never photographed there before and had therefore visited a few weeks earlier for a good nosey around. It’s the most magnificent stately country house and gardens displaying wonderful art & architecture and we had a real job narrowing down the possible photo locations!

Alina was getting ready with her flower girls in a beautiful bedroom next to the Library where the ceremony was to take place whilst Vince arrived with his ushers later in the morning.


The Library, in which the ceremony was to take place, is simply gorgeous and with Alina ready in good time it was the ideal spot for a few bridal portraits. Alina did a great job of holding down the nerves!


And so to the ceremony. Light, elegant and emotional, with moving readings and a beautiful recital of Claire de Lune on the piano. Just wonderful.


The guests made their way down the magnificent staircase, soon to be followed by Alina & Vince. No normal entrance this though – whilst the organist pumped out the Wedding March, Sledmere House staff dropped petals from the balcony. What a way to start the Wedding Reception. The guests were treated to the most elegant and delicious looking display of sandwiches, cakes and tea whilst we headed off around the venue and gardens for some photos of the newly-married Alina & Vince.


After a very competitive bouquet-toss it was time for Alina & Vince to depart to nearby Burythorpe House where the celebrations were to continue and the wedding breakfast was to be served. Burythorpe is perfect for intimate weddings like this one. It is a wonderfully atmospheric house that feels like home. The service from the fantastic staff is second-to-none and the gorgeous garden is ideal for sitting out with drinks on a late afternoon in Summer. And the food (which we were lucky enough to get our hands on)…!


After an outstanding meal, the speeches kicked off. Now there were a few and they lasted a while, but when they are as good as these were, everyone was transfixed. After Alina’s Stepfather and Vince had spoken, Alina bucked tradition to make her own speech – and this is the first time we have ever seen this done – she said something about every single guest in the room. It was such a lovely thing to do and there were plenty of tears. Vince’s brothers then rounded off with a hilarious performance that featured a drawing of Vince’s head and a deconstruction of everything that makes up his personality. Brilliant stuff.

The size of the wedding and the surroundings didn’t really fit a DJ/band so after dinner the guests relaxed in the lounge with coffee, wedding cake, drinks and were entertained by a little bit of magic.

For us the whole day had been magic and we enjoyed it hugely. We’re so pleased to have met Alina and Vince and had the opportunity to capture such a fabulous wedding day. We wish them every happiness in their married life!

Love, R&C x




Simon Dunster - 11/07/2014 - 10:35 pm

A lovely mixture of more formal and intimate photos. I’m sure it was a beautiful day. Alina, you looked radiant and the various settings looked wonderful. Always good to see so many smiling faces.

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Becky & Jeff’s Stunning York Wedding at Bedern Hall & St William’s College

Bedern Hall St WilliamIt was the hottest day of the year so far and a scorcher of a wedding in York for one of the loveliest couples we’ve had the pleasure of working with. We met Becky and Jeff back in 2012 and knew from the start that their wedding was going to be something special. The ceremony was to be held at Bedern Hall, a hidden gem in one of York’s higgledy-piggledy back streets, and the wedding reception at St William’s College next to York Minster. Jeff is Canadian and as many of his family were visiting York for the first time they built in time in the afternoon for them to explore some of the tourist attractions. This allowed us plenty of time for couple photos – a real luxury for us!

The morning preparations were all very calm with Becky and Jeff both getting ready at home (albeit on seperate floors) which meant both of us were working together in the morning for a change. Becky was having her hair and make-up done by one of our favourite hairdressers and make-up artists, Natalie Willingham. Jeff then headed off to Bedern Hall to prepare for the wedding ceremony whilst Becky got into her stunning, feather-clad, Pronovias dress.


Bedern Hall dates back to the 14th century and has close links to York Minster. It is a stunning setting for a wedding ceremony and Becky looked incredible as she walked down the aisle with her Dad.

Tea, cakes and mingling in Bedern Hall’s quaint little courtyard was the order of the day after the ceremony (and after a bit of confetti of course). It was such a beautiful day and the guests really enjoyed relaxing in the sun.


Many of the Canadian guests then set off on a sightseeing tour of beautiful York with orders to reconvene later that afternoon for the champagne reception at St William’s college. And for Becky, Jeff and ourselves it was time to head out into the city for some bride and groom photos. Not only was it a Saturday, but it was a hot and sunny Saturday in peak tourist season, and the city was teaming with people. Becky attracted a lot of attention as you can imagine, particularly when she decided it was time to indulge her favourite pastime – visiting Starbucks!


Then it was time to head back to St William’s College in the shadow of York Minster. Whilst Becky, Jeff and guests were sipping champagne, we took the opportunity to capture some of the beautiful details in the wedding breakfast room. After a few family photos we grabbed another few minutes with Becky and Jeff, this time in Dean’s Park and in front of the Minster.


The speeches were lovely and there was a surprise for Jeff’s brother who was inconsiderate enough to have his birthday on the same day as his brother’s wedding day ;-).


So….on to the first dance – well, the dancing in general really. This is definitely a case of last but not least. Both Becky and Jeff are keen Salsa dancers, in fact Becky teaches it in her spare time. Many of the evening guests were friends from Salsa dancing so the floor was filled with twirling couples. Becky changed into something a little more suitable for the first dance and what a routine it was! Then, at midnight, Jeff announced to Becky where they would be going on honeymoon – by means of a slideshow and an acoustic, and very impressive rendition of “Leaving on a Jet Plane”.  The answer?……..




What a wonderful day. Thanks so much to Becky and Jeff for asking us to be part of it. We wish you every imaginable happiness in your future together. Love, R&C x

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A Wonderful Spring Wood Hall Wedding: Kerry & James

Wood Hall Wedding Photographer Richard Wynn-Davies-50We’re not sure what we’ve done to deserve it, but the weather has been pretty kind to us lately. The forecast for Saturday and Kerry and James’ wedding at Wood Hall in Wetherby was nothing short of atrocious – you know when you can’t actually see the UK on the weather map due to the masses of dark blue? However the day dawned bright and beautiful for me to join Kerry, bridesmaids and family at Wood Hall and for Caroline to meet up with the boys not too far away. Spring was well and truly in the air and it was going to be a wonderful day.





For the second time in a couple of weeks we were back at the beautiful All Hallows church in Bardsey, Wetherby. The vicar, Clive, has to be one of our favourites to date, because he is so accommodating in helping us to get great photos of the service and because he gives a really touching and funny sermon that has the congregation really engaged…..but mainly because he lets us park on the Vicarage driveway :-). Kerry looked absolutely stunning in her Maggie Sottero dress and a beautiful bouquet by Kate Mell as she headed to church where James was nervously waiting…

Yes…..Kevin the best man actually dropped one of the rings on the floor. Luckily… grate. Phew!

Whilst inside the church it had absolutely pelted it down outside, however as we came out the clouds parted and we made a dash back to Wood Hall to make sure we got at least a few photos of Kerry & James outdoors. In the end it was a mainly beautiful Spring afternoon.


The speeches were wonderful. Kerry’s Dad told some fantastic stories about his daughter and new son-in-law. James did a very manly job in holding back the tears while saying some beautiful words about his wife, and the best man – well we’ve seen a lot but this was a first. They had all been in the same class at school in France and Kevin and managed to find an old email that James had sent to Kerry just as they were first getting together (and had foolishly forwarded to his best friend in a “and this is what I sent her” manner). There was a copy in an envelope on every table – and let’s just say it went down very well. See below!


James’ French family gave an impromtu rendition at the piano following the speeches.


So to the evening party, the first dance and some brilliant live music. Although first time for a cheeky couple shot on the stairs.



We left the party in full swing with a final glance back down to Wood Hall as we headed home to catch up with Eurovision! It had been such a wonderful day and we’re very happy to have been a part of it. Love and congratulations to Kerry and James and here’s to a well-deserved honeymoon in the Caribbean x

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The Day Brazil Came to Yorkshire: Francine & Harry’s Denton Hall Wedding

Denton Hall Yorkshire Wedding Photography by Richard Wynn-Davies-33What comes to mind when you imagine a country Yorkshire Wedding on the first day of Spring at Denton Hall? Daffodils, baby lambs and very unreliable weather would be among most people’s thoughts – and we had all of that (especially the weather). However…..we also had a tiny part of Brazil complete with Brazilian wedding traditions, speeches in Portuguese and plenty of colourful Samba party action. We absolutely loved it!

We met Francine & Harry about a year ago. Francine had moved to London a number of years ago – initially for a 6 month stay…..but that soon changed when she met a boy from Holmfirth called Harry! They both now live and work in London – Francine as a freshly qualified architect and Harry…..well what that man doesn’t know about street maps isn’t worth knowing. We spent a lovely sunny Winter’s day with them in London in January on their pre-wedding shoot – taking in some of the sights (and crowds) of the South Bank on a Saturday.

Now unfortunately the Brazilian contingent, despite their best efforts, failed to bring along the South American weather and instead we were subjected to plenty of Ilkley Spring rain. They did bring plenty of sunshine and colour in other ways though. So let’s get cracking with some of the highlights, starting with the morning preparations of both parties…

A bit of Portuguese pronunciation practice for the speeches!

Thankfully the rain didn’t set in until after everyone had arrived at the beautiful little church in Denton for what was a really lovely ceremony. It was then umbrellas at the ready for the dash back to Denton Hall for the reception, canapes, plenty of hugs, kisses and laughter and…of course….a few photos.


We don’t usually include photos of the receiving line in the blog post – but this one was just lovely, made all the more so by all the hand gestures used to overcome the language barriers! As always, the wedding breakfast room at Denton Hall looked stunning, decorated with the utmost care and attention to detail. All the flowers for the day were put together by the brilliant team at Leafy Couture. The linguistic complications also added wonderfully to the speeches. Francine’s father delivered his speech in Portuguese with her sister translating into English. Harry gave his groom’s speech in English AND Portuguese (impressive!) and the best man also had a translator on hand. It all made for great fun.

During the wedding breakfast the kids had been busy in the creche making their own masks for the evening’s Samba party……super cute.


So….all that remained was for the evening Reception to get underway. Hang on though, this was no normal evening Reception. Francine and Harry had bussed an ENTIRE Samba band plus dancers up from London to add a very special touch to the end of the day. All we need say is that our ears were still buzzing from the immense noice of the drums two days later! Just a fantastic end to such a lovely wedding. We loved getting to know Francine and Harry and really enjoyed their special day. Here’s wishing them every happiness for their future together.

R&C xx


Marlene Sanches Prado - 18/04/2014 - 3:14 am

Sou Brasileira, Tia da Francine estive no casamento e estou achando o seu trabalho como fotógrafo maravilhoso!
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Jess and Graeme’s Beautiful Cheshire Wedding: Sandhole Oak Barn

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Feature PhotoOur third wedding of 2014 took us over the Penines to Cheshire for Jess & Graeme’s big day. Since we met these two at a wedding show last February we’ve got to know them very well and we were really looking forward to seeing them tie the knot. We were also pretty certain that we were going to get some serious emotion out of Graeme having witnessed his reaction when he saw the results of their pre-wedding shoot! To be fair though he held it together really well, even though it did take him about five minutes to finally look across the aisle to Jess in church!

The wedding service was held at St Mary’s in Cheadle-Hulme, but before that we joined up with both of them, and their families, as the preparations got into full swing.

Jess’ beautiful dress by So Sassy and from The Bridal Gown in Otley

Stunning flowers by Precious Things of Poynton


After a beautiful service, Jess & Graeme jumped in the car and led the way to the beautiful venue they had chosen for their Wedding Reception. Sandhole Oak Barn is a beautifully designed wedding barn, sitting on the shores of a lake, set in the rolling Cheshire countryside. The interior is large, bright and airy, and the landscaped gardens and patio overlooking the lake make a stunning setting for a drinks reception. Although the weather on the day was far from perfect, the rain had done its worst in the morning and while it was dry we headed off for some couple portraits before the family & group photos.



The barn was decorated to perfection – simple and elegant – with the majority of the work having been done by Jess’ Mum and sister Lucy. The speeches, after dinner, were heartwarming and funny, and then what felt like as many guests again descended on the Barn for a serious evening party, not before we grabbed Graeme and Jess for one last photo out on the patio.


We drove back to Yorkshire very tired, but very happy after such a lovely day. We wish Jess & Graeme the best of everything in their future together!

R&C xx

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