This was our first visit providing Wedding photography at East Riddlesden Hall for Carly and Paul. Carly has an infectious personality, She’s loads of fun and a meticulous planner and this added up to a fantastic wedding. Carly had planned a Narnia wedding. We had met her before as she was the fourth wedding we had photographed from a great group of friends. It was lovely to see them all together again.
Carly and Pauls wedding was at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Ripponden. It’s in a lovely picturesque area and happens to benefit from being right next to the Bridge Inn. The Bridge Inn is one those great old country pubs with an open fire and a warm welcome. Carly’s parents own it, so it was certainly put to good use with mulled wine and tasty hors d’oeuvres for all the guests.
We met Carly and all the bridesmaids getting ready and having a ball at Carly’s grandparents gorgeous old house, only a few miles from the church. Having got all the getting ready photographs, we headed off to The Old Bridge Inn to meet up with the lucky groom Paul. Paul was right in the middle of a big scrum of wedding guests in the pub, the atmosphere was great with everyone enjoying some great beers and hospitality. Carly had even brewed her own wedding beer for the day (she really is that amazing!).
During the lovely ceremony one of the highlights was Carly’s old opera singing tutor singing Ave Maria during the register signing.
It was then back to the old Bridge for some more socialising whilst we grabbed half and hour with Paul and Carly for some shots nearby. A perfect wedding would not be complete without a vintage bus which really looked the part parked outside the church.
The bus took the guests off to East Riddleston Hall for the Nania inspired reception. We had never shot a wedding at East Riddleston Hall before, but we had visited for a look round so we knew it was going to be special. Everyone at East Riddlesden Hall and others had done a great job of constructing a huge pair of wardrobe doors to enter the venue . You then went through some fur coats into a winter wonderland! It was really unique and spectacular.
We left at around 10pm, after some light painting shots in the grounds.