Bride and groom kiss in front of great building facade at East Riddlesden Hall
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East Riddlesden Hall weddings | Rebecca and Sam

East Riddlesden Hall weddings is a unique wedding venue just down the road from me and I was more than a little bit excited to be photographing Rebecca and Sam’s wedding at this beautiful venue.

Getting ready

Becky got ready with her mum Barbara and four beautiful bridesmaids at the family home, outnumbering her poor dad! Helen Armstrong – Distinct make up by Helen did the ladies make up and the girls looked stunning, Becky’s eyes looked amazing, her skin looked perfect and the make up lasted beautifully all day.

The flowers were delivered by the Greenhouse in Idle and fitted with Becky’s rustic theme, the buttonholes were really sweet, like miniature bouquets.

The girls presented Becky with some gifts, including an instant camera and an album from the hen do with pictures. The instant camera had been used to capture the memories of the hen do with a story that the girls had borrowed it so Becky didn’t suspect! The camera was loaded with film to photograph the wedding day and had spare film to be used on the honeymoon. My very first camera was a polaroid, they are great fun especially in the world of digital where we rarely see prints.

East Riddlesden Hall

Becky and her maids travelled to East Riddlesden Hall in two Beauford wedding cars.

East Riddlesden Hall weddings offers a unique historic wedding venue with a spectacular backdrop for photographs. The Airedale Barn offers a large, flexible rustic venue run by a passionate team who clearly love their jobs and the amazing space. The Airedale Barn is separate from the historic 17th century hall, which as part of the National Trust venue, keeps it separate from the visitors whilst it is open to the public. The gardens are beautifully kept throughout the year. From a photographers point of view, the venue is like a candy shop, offering a myriad of photographic opportunities in the expanse of land and eclectic historic buildings. My Something Borrowed provided rustic venue dressing with woodland elements, anemone flowers and candles, creating an intimate atmosphere.

Wedding Moments

The ceremony was very touching with both mums doing an emotionally charged reading before Becky and Sam said “I do”. The sun was shining brightly for the childhood sweethearts and they were showered with confetti before enjoying drinks supplied by the creative catering company Eat me Drink me. It was a super relaxed day allowing plenty of time for everyone to enjoy the sunshine and good company. I got some group shots and some shots of the newlyweds before heading back into the barn for the speeches. I love listening to the speeches, especially the father of the bride speech and was not disappointed! Sam kept his speech short and sweet and his brother had stepped in at the last minute as best man due to his best man being too unwell to attend. He did an excellent job, apart from not remembering all the bridesmaids names!

East Riddlesden Hall weddings recommended caterer Eat me Drink me ensured that everyone was well fed, Becky was so full she barely had room for her amazing desert!

East Riddlesden Hall Reception

The light was much lower and more beautiful after the meal, so we snuck off for some more pictures of the lovebirds and so they could have a bit of time together before the evening celebrations. I get a little bit excited by sun flare and star bursts and was blessed to be able to shoot in such breathtaking golden light with such an enamoured couple. Evening guests soon arrived as the sun set and the party got started with the cake cutting (wedding cake supplied by Cakes by Mitch) and first dance. After a bit or persuasion, the dance floor came alive with some cheesy tunes including one of Becky’s must haves, the Cha Cha slide. I grabbed a final reflection night shot in the lake before leaving the bride and groom to enjoy the rest of their evening.

Sadie x

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