Holdsworth House, Halifax, wedding photography

Holdsworth House, Halifax, Wedding photography

Wedding photography for Malin & Liam in Halifax, West Yorkshire

I had been looking forward to Malin and Liam’s wedding at the fabulous Holdsworth House in Halifax, West Yorkshire, for quite some time. In fact, it was a few years due to a particular pandemic, but the day didn’t disappoint.

Feeling special

As soon as I arrived and went into Malin’s room, I was greeted with a cheer which was new for me. I was also handed a fantastic “John’s Snack basket”, which was a basket with loads of treats, sweets, chocolates, drinks, biscuits, snacks and cakes to make sure that I didn’t get hungry. What a start to a wedding day.


The morning was great; there was loads of excitement in Malin’s room as Stacey (Liam’s sister) did the hair for team bride. We had music, snacks and loads of fun. I am a documentary wedding photographer, so I wait for moments and capture them to tell the true story of a wedding.

The beauty of Holdsworth House is that it enables both the bride and groom to get ready at the same time on different sides of the hotel.

Between capturing hair and makeup, I would head down and see Liam and the boys. 

Liam and the boys were chilling out and steadying their nerves with a few drinks. I could see that Liam was nervous but that always adds to the wedding.


There was a short wait for the ceremony to begin as one of the page boys had a little shoe malfunction, and I could see that Liam was getting increasingly nervous. Eventually, the bridal procession started, and the boys walked down the aisle, sprinkling flowers everywhere. Malin and her dad walked in, and she looked stunning. The ceremony was short and sweet, and very emotional.


I haven’t mentioned that Liam is my cousin, so it was a pleasure to photograph his wedding day. When I am in this position, I am always a photographer first and a guest second. In fact, the only difference is I will allow myself to eat a couple of canapes, and for the meal, I will sit at a table (next to my mum). But other than that, I work just as hard as any other wedding.


We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day in early October. A sunny day can be pretty harsh light, but I’m a seasoned pro, so I can usually cope. It was beautiful to see some blue skies. Canapes were consumed, candid pictures were taken, the group shots were done, and I even had five minutes of couple time.

Wedding breakfast

I managed to sit and have a fabulous meal with my family; I can never fully relax as I am always waiting for those special moments. There was a wonderful moment when Fred, the bride and groom’s son, started entertaining the audience, which I loved capturing. After the meal, it was time for the speeches. I knew they would be very emotional, and I wasn’t wrong. I love to capture these special moments, and there are lots to choose from.


In the evening, other guests arrived, the cake was cut, and the first dance happened. The rest of the night, all of the guests jumped onto the dance floor and threw some shapes. I love to photograph dancing. There is no more pressure, all the moments have been captured, and the guests have been driving all day and are relaxed, so I get in there and try and create fab moments.

Congratulations to Malin & Liam; thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer.

If you are interested in a documentary wedding photographer to capture your wedding, then please get in touch john@johnsteelphotography.com

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John Steel

Apparently a bio here is good for my SEO, so.... I'm John Steel and I am your Yorkshire photographer, from Weddings to family shoots or commercial shots to gym photos, I'm ready to make you look amazing.