I recently joined the lovely Jo & Joe for their fun-filled pre-wedding practice shoot at The Priory in (the impressively hard-to-spell…) Syningthwaite.

They’re getting married at Leeds Cathedral, which is a church I’ve wanted to photograph in for ages.  But afterwards, they’re bussing their guests to The Priory for the reception. It’s basically a wicked new wedding/events venue surrounded by pimp holiday cottages.  Once run down farm buildings in a farm containing a derelict priory deep the fields of North Yorkshire, it’s now a super stylish events space, decorated to an extremely high spec; ideal for a wedding you can put our own mark on.  It’s also a family run business

Check out a great review of it on the Boho Weddings & Events site here.

Opposite the swankily furbished cottages and renovated farm buildings is the ancient Priory, which is also in the process of conversion.

I learnt on this trip that a Priory’s are where nuns practiced and a monastery’s & abbey’s are where monk’s did their thing.

Every day’s a school day, hey?

Anyhoos – after a good nosey around the spaces Jo & Joe are using for their wedding, we all dived into the practice photohshoot.

I loved this bold red-painted wall, round the side of the old farmhouse, for a cheeky cuddle.

In front of the ol’Priory

A closer detail of excellent footwear and a lovely leafy heart

It’s all about showing a couple how it feels in front of my camera…

…and me talking a load of rubbish till I work out what makes people laugh!

Once you’ve got that, and a couple chill out & relax, you get cracking pics.

But I do also like to catch a bit of passion, and this door was the perfect backdrop for it.

Another wicked backdrop I spotted on the way up the long drive was a sea of poppies.

So it seemed wrong not to climb in!

I don’t know which I prefer of these 3 images.

I think they all look ace!  ‘Specially Mr Joe’s face in the last one!

I can’t wait to join these two for their big day.  It was great fun hanging out & checking out their fabulous venue.

Bring it on!

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