A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Emma and Mark at St. Wilfrid’s in Calverley, Leeds, followed by their reception at the stunning Mansion in Roundhay Park. We met at a wedding event at Rise Hall early last year and soon after got to know each other much better during their engagement shoot at Fountains Abbey near Ripon. Mark is a Northern boy (despite being a frustrated Spurs supporter!) and Emma a Londoner. They both worked for the same company and having spoken on the phone almost every day at work for a year, they finally met in London – and the rest is history. They settled on The Mansion for their Reception and what an excellent choice they made. Set in the beautiful grounds of Roundhay Park in Leeds, the buiding’s interior oozes class and sophistication, with one of the most photogenic staircases in the Yorkshire wedding world.
Emma and the girls spent the night before the wedding at the boutique hotel Quebecs in Leeds City Centre and this was where I turned up bright and early in the morning for the bridal preparations. Caroline, meanwhile, knocked the boys into shape at Emma and Mark’s pad in Pudsey and then headed to St Wilfrid’s for some pre-service photos before the guests arrived in vintage and London buses (causing complete gridlock in Calverley!).
It was one of those Summer days where it was anyone’s guess what the weather would do next. Just as Emma’s car arrived at church the heavens opened and the chauffeur sensibly decided to do a few laps of the church before pulling up – while an extremely chivalrous usher with umbrella stood in the deluge waiting! As quickly as it had started, the rain stopped, the sun came out, and out of the car stepped Emma looking absolutely amazing. It was time for the serious bit – and the first time we had seen a bride given away by both her father and step-father. It was very touching.
Below is one of my favourite shots from the day!
It was such a lovely service. We came out again to another shower and juggled umbrellas and confetti at the church gates before heading off to the Mansion. During the journey the sun came out, the clouds cleared, and that’s the way it stayed for the rest of the day. Once the newly-married couple had grabbed a glass of something tasty we headed off into the nearby Roundhay Gardens for some romantic couple photos. We then sent them back to enjoy their Reception while we took plenty of candid images of guests enjoying themselves and detail shots of the venue and wedding breakfast room, dressed beautifully for the occasion, as well as family group photos. Watch out for the comedy moment of Mark sprinting after Emma’s veil that had been blown out by the wind. I’d like to tell you that he caught it with a spectacular leap and roll on the ground. But it ended up in the tree for a good few hours.
The speeches were of the “try to stop shaking with laughter so I can take some photos” variety, and then the band hit the floor and it was time for some dancing.
What a wonderful day it had been and we loved being there. Love and congratulations to Emma & Mark.