bride walks down aisle to groom during wedding ceremony at Woodstock Weddings in York

Woodstock Weddings & Events York | Zoe + Alex

bride and groom cheering with confetti being thrown

Zoe and Alex booked me to photograph their wedding at Woodstock Weddings and Events in York last year. I was super excited for their wedding because they were such a fun couple and I always love working at new venues. Woodstock Weddings is a huge barn wedding venue just outside the centre of York. Once a traditional horse stud, Woodstock has been converted into a unique event and wedding venue, nestled in 20 acres of beautiful, secluded countryside. With oak beamed ceilings, impressive picture windows with panoramic views and a combination of contemporary features.

I also got to work with my lovely videographer friend Josh Wilson. Josh had recommended me to Zoe as he’d been at school with her. When it come to videographers, I always recommend Josh because he’s great at what he does and lovely to work with.

I am so British that I will always talk about the weather. Whilst I shoot very much in a documentary style, I like to have a plan of action and often the weather affect any plans on a wedding day. On Zoe and Alex’s wedding day we had thunder and the forecast was absolutely terrible for the majority of the day. Other than thunder during bridal prep, rain when Zoe and the girls arrived at Woodstock Weddings and some crazy wind during group shots it was perfect when we needed it to be. A venue like Woodstock weddings has plenty of space. We could have used the indoor space for the group shots and couple portraits if there was sideways rain. On a typical wedding day there is an hour and a half to photograph the natural moments, organise and shoot group shots and take the couple away for some pictures on their own. I try to keep the couple sessions short and sweet because it’s a wedding day to spend time with guests, it’s not a photoshoot.

The girls had got ready at an AirBNB not far from the venue and were incredibly organised to be ready early. We knew that it was race day at nearby Yorks racecourse, which would have an affect on the traffic. When they arrived at Woodstock Weddings, they dodged the rain waiting in the bridal preparation room before the ceremony.

I always aim to meet the groom around half an hour before the ceremony and do not usually take posed photographs at this time. It’s just relaxed photography of the day as it unfolds. For the wedding ceremony at Woodstock Weddings, part of the barn area is separated to form a ceremony area which meant the guests could enjoy a drink or two at the bar before the ceremony. Zoe’s 4 year old nephew was the ring bearer and was so cute and well behaved during the ceremony, taking his role very seriously!

bride laughing on the dance floor Woodstock Weddings York

After the speeches, I was pre warned about “Gary” doing something race themed. Zoe’s Uncle Gary had incorporated York race day into the mix and put each of the tables in teams based on the actual results with cash prizes for the winners.

The evening reception was a huge party with the band Truly Medley Deeply entertaining everyone. And a huge box of glasses and flower garlands came out and were devoured by the crowd – including myself and Josh!

Because my full day weddings last way beyond the first dance, even at the peak of summer there is the opportunity to do something a bit different with some flash photography when the sun goes down. At Woodstock Weddings they have some really funky lights on the fountain that I wanted to play with.

Thanks so much for having me Zoe and Alex, it was so much fun I didn’t want to leave. If you’re looking for a documentary wedding photographer at Woodstock Weddings and events, please get in touch I would love to return!

Zoe’s dress – Mark Lesley
Shoes – John Lewis

Alex’s suits – Slaters

Bridesmaids – Wed2B

Josh Wilson

Dolled by Macey

CPW Chauffeur

F4D Events

Wild Floral Couture

Truly Medley Deeply band

Paper Pastry (Etsy)

Cake Belle Vue Bakery

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