Going back to Ripley Castle is always special for us. It’s where we celebrated our wedding four years ago, and one week after our anniversary we were there on the most beautiful of Spring afternoons for Louise & Mark’s very special day. We met this lovely couple back in 2011 and spent a great day at Robin Hood’s Bay for their engagement shoot where the weather (in November) wasn’t quite as warm but was equally sunny. Just a couple of hours strolling around the seaside streets with them told us it was going to be a very special wedding.
18 months flew by and before we knew it the morning of the wedding was upon us. The sun was out and everything sparkled. Caroline headed over to the boys who were getting ready around the corner from the church in Tadcaster where the marriage service was to take place, while I spent a really enjoyable couple of hours joining in the banter and excitement with Lou and the bridesmaids.
The guys arrived at St Mary’s Church in Tadcaster looking super sharp in stylish suits and shades to greet the guests as they arrived and then on the stroke of midday, Louise and her Dad pulled up in a gorgeous vintage Jaguar. The service was beautiful, moving and not without a couple of hilarious moments!
Once the confetti was thrown it was off to the Reception and the festivities. Ripley Castle is one of THE perfect venues for wedding photography. The lake and the waterfall are of course beautiful and make for iconic shots, however the gardens and the Orangerie are gems that are often overlooked. We’d decided with Louise and Mark that we would focus on the latter during the afternoon Recepetion and then, as the forecast was perfect, that we’d head out to the lake after dinner. Great decision!
After the bride and groom shoot and some family photos we got to grips with documenting the beautiful details around the venue and specifically the wedding breakfast room. Everything was stunning and clearly very carefully thought through with beautiful pastel Spring colours everywhere. After dinner came the speeches: Louise’s Dad’s and Mark’s speeches were both very touching and tears were flowing around the room. And as for the best men and the slideshow they had prepared – well, I laughed so hard I almost did myself a mischief. One of the best men, a teacher, had even shown members of his class photos of Mark and asked them questions about what they thought he would be like. A brilliant idea with spectacularly funny results!
We just had time before the evening reception started to head back out into the beautiful Spring evening light for some photos down by the lake. Then it was time to get the party going with the first dance and the classic Ben E King’s “Stand by Me”.
What a wonderful wedding and what a beautiful day it had been. We loved it! Thanks to Louise & Mark for having us there and our best wishes for every possible happiness in the future.