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On Friday I joined the lovely Julia & Paul for their wedding photography at Priory Cottages in Syningthwaite near Wetherby.

It’s not the first time I’ve photographed at this beautiful Yorkshire Barn venue – you see all my weddings at Priory Cottages here!

But here’s the story of Julia & Paul’s fab big day!

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Can’t complain about the weather eh?!

Whether it’s mid-summer, autumn or winter, the only thing you can’t book is the ol’weather; so it’s always a joy to shoot a sun-soaked big day!

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The Priory bar area was set, complete with excellent Mr & Mrs letters!

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In the beautiful cottages the girls and guys were enjoying their morning preparations.

While I headed over to the girls, my pal Chris Price (a fellow ‘tog, who’d travelled all the way up from Pembrokeshire) took 2nd shooter wingman duties and joined the gents.

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Julia and the girls were impressively calm & relaxed!

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I loved the detailing in the Watters wedding gown

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The wild flowers in the bouquets by Wendy at Paperwhite Flowers looked fab!  She also had a massive hand in styling the flora throughout the venue.

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The groomsmen were keeping Paul out of sight of Julia, so set up breakfast outside…

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…and had an impromptu windfall juggling competition!

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Time to suit up!

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*HADOOKEN*

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Meanwhile, while Julia had her hair finished off & switched her engagement ring onto the other hand, the girls got into their brilliant ultramarine bridesmaid dresses!

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The little flowergirls Isabel & Lottie looked ace!

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Then it was time for the bridal gown!

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All morning, Julia had amusingly run away at from any situation where emotions had roused tears, but it all got a bit much when dad came down and saw her!

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Loving the team groom socks!

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Paul greeted the guests as they took their place and wedding drew close!

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A quick handshake of support from the best man before the bride entered!

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Sealed with a kiss!

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Outside I set up my signature confetti bomb!

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And it’s great to have a 2nd shooter for another interesting angle!

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Then the relaxed afternoon celebrations took place over pimms and champagne!

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A quick shot of everyone

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And a few semi-formal family lineups

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Then I get to have some fun with the wedding party…

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Paul had said he liked the idea of these cartoon-ish fight scenes!

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Don’t these girls look amazing!?

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Then I took Julia & Paul for a quick round of relaxed portraits around The Priory grounds.

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We’d done a round of practice portraits a few weeks back in Hollingworth, to help Julia & Paul get used to the process of being photographed (on my blog here)

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The upstairs room in the Barn was beautifully decorated with a travel theme for the wedding breakfast.

A big high 5 goes out both Serena, who runs the show at The Priory, & to Noel at Taste Cuisine, who supplied us with the delicious catering the guests received!

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Speeches were hilarious, and it was lovely to hear the grooms mum lay out an amusing photo slideshow of Paul’s life!)

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The cake had been put together by their auntie Ina!

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As the autumnal nights are beginning to draw in, after the meal the skies were darkening, so I asked Julia & Paul out for another round of pics with Chris & I

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Because the Priory is a working farm, each time I visit there are different random items to photograph in front of, including a monster tractor wheel…

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And higglydy-piggledy piles of potato pallets to have a smooch behind!

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Then we headed back inside in time for first dance to Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’.  An excellent musical decision indeed!

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As the function band Munch rocked the crowds, we bid our farewell and left the gang to party

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In our experience, weddings at The Priory have always been ace, and this one was no exception.  A lovely relaxed day, shared with a brilliant bunch of friends and family.

Here’s hoping Julia & Paul have a fab life together and have a brilliant time in Bali on their honeymoon!

Cheers guys,

Barns & Chris

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