One warm, but overcast afternoon a few weeks back, I joined the lovely Sarah & Graham, for their pre-wedding meeting at their venue Holdsworth House near Halifax!

It’s a wonderful venue I’ve enjoyed shooting at a whole bunch of times before, and I always look forward to working there.

There’s a fairytale quality to the building, that reminds me of the house made of food in Hansel & Gretel!  It almost looks like the building itself has taken a deep sigh and sunk in on itself!  In reality it’s an ancient Jacobean Manor dating back to in 1633, filled with character-filled, low-beamed rooms with massive fireplaces & tiny windows.  That and the amazing topiary gardens gardens at the old building entrance add English real charm to a wedding.

Anyhoos – the point of the pre-wedding meeting with these fine kids wasn’t to get all giddy about the heritage of the building, but to get Sarah & Graham used to being in front of the camera!

So we dived in and got snuggly around the gardens!

Graham even found a little prop!

I love scattering guests around this hedgey maze for a giant group shot of everyone

I actually photographed Graham’s sister, Angie & Chris’ wedding back in 2009.  You can check out their post here.

I bumped into them in IKEA a while ago when Angie was heavily pregnant, so it’ll be great to meet their little one at the wedding!

Looking back at the post, before I made on-the-day slideshows, it’s interesting to see how my style hasn’t really changed that drastically.  Whether that’s a good or a bad thing, you decide!  But apart from sharpening my skills a bit more, and shooting through more expensive glass, fundamentally, I’m still looking to create images that tell a story, champion fun & catch people looking natural.

I like this natural moment.

And I like how Sarah’s on tip toes to reach for a kiss!

They are really sweet together, and their day’s shaping up to be lots of fun.

I like this little detail of the ring.

And finally, in the back to back ‘lovers chair’ they have.

Bring on Sunday!  I’ll be posting their on the day highlights early on next week, so stay tuned!

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