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Not too long ago I joined Kristina & Dan for their pre-wedding practice shoot in the centre of Harrogate

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It was such a lovely sunny afternoon that before joining them, Clare & I followed afternoon tea at Betty’s with a few hours sunbathing with the masses on the stray!

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I love visiting Harrogate, with all the pomp of it’s grand Victorian architecture.

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They’re actually getting married at Priory Cottages near Wetherby, but as I’ve photographed there loads of times before, Kristina & Dan chose to have their practice pictures in the beautiful  Valley Gardens…

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…where the masses had also decided to go hang out!

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After our catch up about the big day logistics, we snuck off to find some quieter spots to do a few practice portraits.

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For me, it’s so important to put couples through a round of practice pictures, just to iron out any anxieties they may have about being photographed before the wedding!

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Nothing like a few public displays of affection to get a couple squirming!

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The light was so lovely that evening!

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And nice to have a sea of blossom to shoot against!

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We found this cool area of wood carvings, that I later discovered were by a chainsaw artist named Jonathan Sherwood

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We wrapped up the shoot with a few pictures under the broken trellis shadows around the Collonades

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It was great to see how photogenic these kids were together!

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This was one of my faves of the shoot.

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Really looking forward to joining these guys in early June!

Stay tuned for their official highlights the day after their wedding…

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