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Last Saturday I joined Kate & Sam for their pre-wedding shoot in the pretty Yorkshire market town of Bedale ahead of their wedding at Bedale Hall.

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…

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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.

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Kate grew up in Bedale and it clearly has a special place in her heart

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Then it was over to Bedale Hall, which is essentially a Grade 1 listed Country House put in a town!

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Grand eh?!  It’s recently been massively refurbished to it’s former glory!

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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!

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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!

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It seemed rude not to have a play on the zip line.

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I broke out the ol’ 45mm Tilt Shift lens for a bit of selective blur. After really enjoying using it in Paris (blog here), I’m starting to use this lens more and more

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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.

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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!]

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Fun times all round eh?  Stay tuned in a few weeks for their Spring themed big day!

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