Although I adore all the weddings I have the privilege of photographing there’s just something about these small intimate ceremonies that give me the happy tingles. I was with the incredible Rebecca & Matt Joy a little while back in York for their most awesome of days at Bedern Hall. I love it when a couple get ready together on their own on the morning of their wedding. Me & My wife hannah tried to do the traditional “No we mustn't see each other it's bad luck” thing but as we are both dirty smokers I ended up catching a glimpse of her in her PJ's devouring a morning Marlborough Red with no make up on & thinking "That's my girl"
For Rebecca and Matt though, they got to spend those precious moments with just each other (& me of course) at the The Churchill Hotel, York Before going on to their I do’s. Wowza I loved their room, just check out their frickin bath tub. That bad boy was just begging for some photographic awesomeness. So once they were ready Hell yeah I got them inside it. I have to admit by that time I’d already frequented said tub with my large photo taking arse as that dappled metal was just a treat for those detail shots.
After that we headed over to the beautiful Bedern hall for the ceremony with just 8 of the Bride & Grooms closest family in tow. I lived in York for 4 years back in the day but had never even heard of this hidden gem of a venue. Picturesque wooden beams & glorious walls aplenty were only a beaut of a backdrop for the truest of love that was shared within.
From hall to rainy streets these two adventured with me on a journey through one of my favourite cities. Cobbles & awesomeness beneath the freezing cold feet of this love struck pair.
& as I departed to leave the wedding party, the rain grew heavy but I walked on without a care. For the love of these two was the flame to warm all hearts.
Here’s to Rebecca & Matt
LOST & FOUND
It's time for another trip down memory lane for some moments of awesomeness that may not have otherwise materialised from the void. Yes it's time for another Lost & Found. This time we are heading to York. A city dear to my heart as it's where I went to Uni & spent 3 years doing a degree that has had as little effect on my life as when Brad & Angelina parted ways. It's also the place where me & my wife met & tied the knot ourselves. But that was indeed a long long time ago.
An entire decade has past since acquiring my Bachelors of Arts in "who gives a shit." & a decade too since I locked eyes with my to be Mrs across a call centre floor in a love struck moment fit for the fairytales. Now me & my wife enjoy eating too many crisps & prefer our looks for each other to contain only the deepest disdain within advert breaks. THAT'S A LIE... It's Rebecca & Matt's Lost & Found.
I absolutely adore when a Bride & Groom get ready together on the wedding morning & Rebecca & Matt did just that. Before saying their I Do's the Bride & Groom were at the The Churchill Hotel, York. Hence the awesome paintings of Sir Winston Churchill & Lizzy herself that graced the balcony. I couldn't resist getting Rebecca & Matt outside their room for this pre wedding portrait. I adored the symmetry of the scene but wanted to offset this by applying a hot & cold edit.
Photograph two just screams York to me. it's taken in one of those little alleys that are all over this old city. I adore the red brick & chose to meter off the bright surroundings rather than the couple to throw them into silhouette as they laughed. We did however ignore the vomit that was just by their feet. haha. Sorry guys. I left in the top part of the bike though. After all, what's a York City scene without a bicycle in the frame.
Number three is out of focus, technically shit & yet still easily my favourite from this weeks Lost & Found. After taking a portrait I saw the reflections of Matt's outstretched arm to help Rebecca over the puddle & click. It's just such a beautiful moment that it doesn't really matter if it was in focus or not.
The final image is another taken from a low angle. I've always had an attraction to road markings at weddings. In fact I would say it's probably one of my most used & loved shots within a lot of weddings. I'm always surveying the scene around the couple to not only go for that classic portrait but to find something funky from a different angle. I liked how the puddle by their feet showed the ripples of the falling raindrops at the time. The wether doesn't matter at your wedding, It's how you deal with it that counts. & Rebecca & Matt walked this city like they didn't even notice.
Until next time Xx