It almost felt like a misty Autumn day as I arrived at the stunning Middleton Lodge, as the leaves on the trees are already beginning to turn.
I like this little card I spotted in the card chest on the staircase table
Upstairs the girls were drinking fizz and being pampered
Everyone seemed particularly relaxed.
Tracey’s dress by Essence of Australia was beautiful. Almost champagne in colour.
The lovely flora across the day was supplied by Simpsons in Richmond
Hair and Makeup were done beautifully by Simone Whitehead & Paula Pace
It always makes a fun photo seeing couples try not to cry when they receive gifts & cards from each other!
Meanwhile at Rockcliffe Hall, over in Darlington, Hamish joined the chaps on the golf course to knack a few balls off the driving range!
As it generally doesn’t take the guys any where near as long to get ready as the girls, it’s always nice for the chaps to have a bit of an activity to keep them out of trouble!
Matt’s gift from Tracey was a beautiful watch
Then it was time to head to St Michaels and All Angels church in Middleton Tyas to check everything was ship shape.
(After a shot of the funky socks of course)
One sharp looking dude, in his dappa Reiss suit
Back at Middleton Lodge, with the sun now blazing, the vintage 4L Bentley was in position, awaiting a bride.
It belongs to the Father of The Bride’s pal Colin, who was his best man back in the day!
One proud father!
Team bride, ready to rock!
After mingles, we all headed to the gate for a confetti bomb!
Always fun doing these shots!
And then it was time to head to the afternoon reception at the Lodge.
I really like this pic. I think it’s the way they’re holding each other and Tracey’s looking to the side. Sort of romantic and secure, if I can be so flowery!
We took a few moments while guests arrived to do a round of relaxed portraits around the grounds.
I always try to keep these quick, and it helps to have done a round of practice photos, like we did at Kirkstall Abbey a few weeks back (post here)
Then there was a good hour and a half for mingles, Pimms and canapés!
We quickly whistled through the family groups and wedding party teamshots
Then Tracey & Matt asked if we could do a shot of everyone in the lawn in the shape of a heart
The marquee was set out beautifully for the wedding meal, with a travel theme
Speeches were fun
Particularly when the best man got the groom up to show everyone his ‘Steps’ routine
All of a sudden it was evening time, and guests headed back down from the house to the marquee
And the cheese ‘cake’ was cut
Before the first dance to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by the near impossible to pronounce, hawaiian ukelele player Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole.
This tune was all the more fitting as they’re off to Hawaii next week!
Then the brilliant Purple Supper Band kicked off the evening’s entertainment!
So here’s wishing the very lovely Tracey & Matt a fantastic married life together and an amazing time in Hawaii!
Thanks for asking us along to join in the fun and document the day!
Barnaby & Hamish