My first visit to The Old Swan Harrogate was exceptional. It’s a superb venue just outside the centre of Harrogate, with impressive architecture full of Victorian splendour and impeccably furnished.
David and Daniel opted for a black tie themed nuptial celebration, befitting of the venue. Upon arrival, both the Penthouse ceremony room and the garden room were undergoing their final touches with Priceless Weddings, ready for the big day. Dave and Dan had been staying at the hotel the night before their wedding and had chosen to get ready together in the elegant four-poster bridal suite. The grooms wore matching tuxedo suites with individual handmade waistcoats matching the black and white theming of the day. After a YouTube demonstration, Dave and Dan tied each other’s bow ties which looked a little tricky! They had a few minutes together for window portraits before the rest of the bridal party appeared for buttonholes and corsages.
The ceremony took place in the Penthouse Suite, a unique ceremony room with low brass lights and festooned ceiling. It was dressed in its own black tied curtains to match the colour scheme for the wedding. Daniel entered the ceremony room first, closely followed by an emotional David. The ceremony was elegant with a reading from one of the happy couple’s friends. After the ceremony, guests congratulated the two grooms before we popped outside for some portraits.
We were lucky to have an unexpected burst of sunshine on what had started as a wet day and spot of colour in the sky just in time for the couple shots. We had a short wander through the gardens and took advantage of the beautiful winter light, before grabbing some group shots and warming up inside.
The wedding breakfast was set up in the tastefully decorated garden room with an impressive array of venue lighting from Wedding Venue Lighting with large Mr & Mr light up letters. Dan and Dave had made the wedding favours of glittery marmalade themselves, the spot of colour in their muted palette. Dave’s emotive speech was first, followed by his Best Man who eluded to how the couple first met. We left them to eat (because photographs of people eating are not pretty).
I am always looking for creative ideas for wedding photographs and spotted some beautiful options for reflections with the addition of some lighting. Once the newlyweds had finished eating, we grabbed a couple of reflection shots in the central bar area.
During the room turnaround time, the venue lighting company returned and amended the lighting for the evening with magenta uplighters transforming the room.
The couple took their first dance on a black and white starlight dance floor with a fantastic choreographed routine they had been learning for this occasion. The dance floor soon filled up, and the party indeed started. We managed to capture the couple outside for a parting shot and left them to enjoy the rest of their night.
With many thanks to Lynsey for second shooting.