The festive spirit was still very much in the air at the beautiful Swinton Park in Masham just a couple of days after Christmas. Swinton Park is a great venue to photograph a wedding in if the weather is as dire as it was this day. Strong winds and horizontal rain encouraged us to explore the gorgeous interior of the hotel, decked out with twinkly lights and festive touches.We both arrived at Swinton Park together in the morning, unusually (but conveniently!) both bride and groom were getting ready at the same place; albeit in different rooms with scouting parties on patrol to make sure they didn’t bump into each other!
Rachael’s gorgeous bouquet by Sasha at Rose & Co
A stunning dress from Amelia Elliott Bridal
A special mention for David Fields, one of Swinton Park’s recommended hairdressers. One of the nicest, funniest, most helpful people we have had the pleasure of meeting. And he doesn’t just do hair, he opens champagne, helps fasten the dress and generally makes everyone laugh.
Rachael & Neil’s wedding was also to be the first time we had photographed an owl swooping down the aisle to deliver the rings to the best man. We had all sorts of visions of this huge Harry Potter style bird of prey until meeting the cute little thing back in November when we saw Rachael & Neil at Swinton Park for a catch-up, and all went to plan with the ring delivery as you can see below! It was a lovely, emotional ceremony with both Rachael and Neil having to bite their lips to get their words out. Before all that though, a few photos of a beautiful bride on a lovely staircase!
We did venture outside briefly for a shot of the newly-married couple with their very special ringbearer before continuing with bride and groom photos in the warmth of the Swinton Park corridors. After dinner, some lovely speeches (cue more tears), it did finally stop raining so we stole out for a few romantic shots in front of the impressive tower before it was time for their first dance.
Thanks to Rachael & Neil for involving us in such a brilliant day, and thanks for the wine & choccies (fine additions to the Christmas stash)!
Richard & Caroline xx