Painting the Town Red: Cara & Chris’ Harrogate Wedding at Ripley Church & The Old Swan

17th April 2015
Holdsworth House Wedding Photographer Night

Cover-Image-Old-Swan-Military-Wedding-Cara-&-ChrisParts of Harrogate were brought to a standstill yesterday as one beautiful bride and more than half a dozen resplendent Guardsmen attracted far more than their fair share of attention. It was the wedding of Cara & Chris at All Saint’s Ripley followed by a Reception at The Old Swan in Harrogate – and it was beautiful in every way.

We split up in the morning and as Richard was photographing the girls getting ready in The Old Swan, Caroline (at four foot eleven) had the task of keeping up with a group of rather tall Coldstream Guards – to be fair she’d been looking forward to it for ages! Wedding services at Ripley church are special for us as this is where we were also married, and this was no exception. It was made even more special by a magnificent guard of honour as Cara and Chris stepped out into the sunshine as a married couple.

The quote of the morning goes to the couple of elderly ladies who were sitting in The Boar’s Head in Ripley when the boys walked in for a quick pre-church drink. They suddenly stopped chatting and one of them whispered to the other (well she thought it was a whisper) “gosh, it’s suddenly got very warm in here”…


Cara and many of her friends used to work together at Disney, and the little blue Mickey on the bottom of the shoe has become a bit of a tradition.


A surprise pre-church visit from Cara & Chris’ puppy had Cara fighting to protect her mascara.


On the way back to The Old Swan we stopped off in the centre of Harrogate for a few couple portraits around the Pumphouse and in the Valley Gardens. With Chris’ red uniform and Cara’s red shoes contrasting her stunning dress, they looked simply amazing and everyone stopped to watch. It was then back to the hotel for the celebrations to begin in earnest. Lots of fun and laughter at the drinks Reception, fantastic speeches after dinner with some hilarious stories from Chris’ military colleagues and a serious party in the evening.


We loved every minute of it and have so enjoyed working though some of the highlights to share with you today. Congratulations to Cara & Chris!

R&C x


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