As soon as I met Victoria and Martin, I knew we’d get on well; they’re down to earth, chatty and thoroughly nice people. They had such a fun and relaxed wedding day back in the autumnal month of October at the Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey – a beautiful Yorkshire Dales wedding venue just down the road from me. Victoria and Martin also live in the village I was brought up in so I felt very much on home ground in photographing this wedding.

I started off with some getting ready shots with Victoria on the morning of her big day. This is always a very busy time on a wedding day with lots of emotion and excited energy in the mix. I spent some time with Victoria before leaving her and her team plus children to finish off their preparations for the day.

I then headed off to the Devonshire – oh I didn’t mention that this was the day that a hurricane was forecast – so I had my eye very firmly on the weather and hoped and prayed we would be able to get those autumnal countryside shots I knew Victoria and Martin wanted. Let me tell you, this was the quickest bride and groom portrait session I have ever done! And Victoria and Martin were brilliant! We had already got to know each other on their pre-wedding shoot so this really helped on the day itself.

As a wedding photographer working in the Yorkshire Dales, I love to capture relaxed wedding days where a bride doesn’t panic too much about her shoes getting a little bit muddy – Victoria just went with the flow of being outside and this resulted in some beautifully natural and at ease portraits of the two of them.

With a vintage-inspired theme, Victoria’s beautiful dress and Martin’s tweed styling just looked perfect amongst the autumn leaves. The car Victoria arrived in was supplied by Victoria’s Dad and it fit with the theme perfectly.

Laughter-filled speeches including a game of Mr & Mrs (where their shoes were their buzzers)! just added to the fun of this very Yorkshire, very relaxed wedding day.

If you’d like to chat about your wedding photography at the Devonshire Arms, I’d love to hear from you.