Hazlewood Castle, wedding photography, North Yorkshire
Yvonne and Lee’s wedding at Hazlewood Castle
Yvonne and Lee chose the fabulous Hazlewood Castle near Leeds and York. It was great to get the booking from Yvonne, I actually went to school with her over 30 years ago (wow, that makes me sound really old). I knew that it would be a fab wedding and I was really looking forward to catching up with people who I grew up with.
I headed over to Hazlewood Castle in the morning for the bridal prep and Keelie Moorby was busy working her magic. I always enjoy the bridal preparations of a wedding, it’s a great opportunity to meet and get to know a lot of the main family members. The morning was very relaxed and chilled which is always a lovely way to start a wedding.
It was a nice change to head over to Hazlewood Castle as I hadn’t been for quite some time and I was really impressed by Pete who made sure the wedding ran with precision. During bridal prep I made sure to have a bit of a wander around, it’s always nice to have a little recce around the venue on the same day as the wedding.
The wedding day was fantastic. I met up with Lee the groom and he was very excited! Guests arrived and I bumped into lots of lost friends so it was great to chat with them. There is a time in the morning of every wedding when all of a sudden things seem real. Panic sets in and the day shifts into a higher gear. This was certainly the case and time seemed to creep up. Yvonne looked stunning in her dress which she purchased from my friends at Ever After Bridal. There was a lovely moment when Yvonne and her dad burst into tears, I love moments like these.
Now it was time, I headed to the ceremony room where Lee was nervously waiting. The ceremony was lovely, we had some very nice registrars (which is always good) there was a moment where I saw the father of the bride trip up over the bride’s dress whilst walking her down the aisle but he recovered well.
After the ceremony, it was a little drinks reception followed by the group photos. The groups went well (despite Yvonne’s brother heading the bar) and the rest of the reception was spent photographing everyone mingling.
After the wedding breakfast, it was time for the speeches. The speeches were perfect, nothing too short/long delivered from the heart with a few funny stories chucked in for good measure. It was great to see everyone just having a nice relaxed time, that’s how a wedding should be.
After the wedding breakfast, I managed to grab 10 minutes with the bride and groom to capture some portraits (it doesn’t have to take long) and then it was time for the party to start. The bride and groom set things off with their first dance Queen’s “You’re my best friend” which was a fabulous song. Kids went outside played limbo had sack races and had loads of fun. Everyone else stayed and partied the night away.
It was a fantastic wedding and I was so glad to be a part of it. Congratulations Yvonne and Lee and thank you for having me.
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