I photographed a wedding for their pals (entertainingly called ‘Katie & Sam’), who thew a brilliant shotgun, quad bike & horse-centric country knees up (check out the blog highlights here) and now it’s their turn! So after arriving in Bedale and having a snoop around the pretty Market Square, we had a coffee & a catch up, took a quick tour of Bedale Hall, then did a round of practice portraits to show them how it’ll feel on their big day in a couple of weeks! Here’s are my faves from the meet…
I love that the town is still so full of local butchers, bakers & candle-stick makers. Maybe not the candle dudes, but it did have the feel of a traditional bustling market square, proudly peddling Yorkshire produce.
Kate grew up in Bedale and it clearly has a special place in her heart
Then it was over to Bedale Hall, which is essentially a Grade 1 listed Country House put in a town!
Grand eh?! It’s recently been massively refurbished to it’s former glory!
Turns out Kate’s Grandad was Mayor of Bedale a few years back! He & Gran popped by to say hi while we were having a look around!
Then we set about the practice shoot, starting at an ancient tree Kate used to climb as a kid, which after a brutal prune, has been fitted with a giant wooden heart!
It seemed rude not to have a play on the zip line.
The sequence down the left is generally how most people feel under the glass for the first time!
But it makes such a difference to have done a practice before the big day, and shows it’s nothing to worry about and can even be a laugh.
Sam’s a joiner and has the impressively battered hands of a man who works with them! My grandad was a farmer and had similarly strong fingers!
[Apparently he had to sandpaper his fingers to tidy them up for the shoot!]
Fun times all round eh? Stay tuned in a few weeks for their Spring themed big day!