Step inside this beautifully intimate wedding at the iconic Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.
Last August, I had the honour of being the wedding photographer at Fountains Abbey for a couple sealing their love in an intimate wedding – just for two.
This was a first for me. I have photographed many larger weddings and small weddings too but never a wedding where I was just one of seven people in attendance – the couple obviously, two witnesses (from the venue) and two registrars.
It’s resonating with me now as to whether this might be the face of weddings to come – at least in the shorter term until larger gatherings can safely take place. We are in unprecedented times – the industry in which I work as a Yorkshire wedding photographer, has literally been turned on its head. So how will we ever recover? Businesses like mine, that have taken years to build and establish with a reliable reputation are going nowhere. We will still be here when we are able to work at our full strength – when social gatherings are allowed and when those who work in the industry will be working their socks off to ensure all those postponed weddings are the best days they can possible be.
But until then, we may begin to see weddings such as Liz & Peter’s here, where love is all that matters. And those two people want to marry and that’s it. Maybe a celebration will happen later, maybe not at all and just maybe, we photographers may have to adapt to this smaller, quieter way of doing things.
Let me tell you, this was one of the most meaningful days I have ever captured.
Wedding photography at Fountains Abbey is always an absolute pleasure and a privilege. I have been a recommended photographer at this World Heritage site for a number of years now and I love it every time I get to work there.
I hadn’t met Liz & Peter before and with so few people at the wedding, I knew I would be a little more in the spotlight than I normally am as a wedding photographer. Gauging when to take a step away from the couple for their special moments whilst capturing their story at the same time took thought and consideration whilst doing my job as I always do. It was actually magical.
They had a select amount of flowers, certain special touches such as handmade wedding rings and Liz’s dress was so lovely – understated, elegant and with a contemporary style, whilst rocking her wedge heeled sandals.
An afternoon tea was served to them after we had a gentle stroll around the Herb Garden before we headed off to the Abbey itself for some of the more statement backdrops that this National Trust venue offers me as a wedding photographer.
We chatted and they worked with me brilliantly and I photographed in just the same way as I always do, with my couple’s portraits being relaxed, natural and all about them.
This wedding has stayed with me as a truly special one – and if you’re planning a more intimate celebration, then your wedding photography can be just as memorable and beautiful. For more information on my collections on small and intimate weddings in Yorkshire, do get in touch.