The Hawkhills Wedding Photographer

Stunning Yorkshire Wedding Venue

The Hawkhills is such an incredible wedding venue set within 240 acres of beautiful, North Yorkshire countryside. The country house itself is stunning with a mix of Victorian and Georgian architecture blended with a modern style. It was originally the home of the Love family, a very apt name for a wedding venue. I feel so lucky that Amanda and Duncan asked me to be their photographer for their wedding at The Hawkhills and so happy that the venue itself now recommend me as one of their preferred suppliers. It was great to work with some amazing wedding suppliers on the day including Barney Shortman who filmed Amanda and Duncan’s big day.

The weather on Amanda and Duncan’s wedding day could not have contrasted any more with their pre-wedding photo shoot. We had glorious sunshine all day as apposed to the bitter wind and snow on their engagement shoot.

Bridal Preparations

When I arrived at The Hawkhills, the preparations for Amanda and Duncan’s wedding were in full swing. First, I headed off to photograph Amanda and her bridesmaids who were getting ready in one of the amazing bedrooms. The light coming in through the windows was amazing. Then it was down to the Hawkhills bar to meet up with Duncan who was greeting the wedding guests as they arrived

The Wedding Ceremony

After Amanda’s dad arrived to collect her, she and her bridesmaids made their way down the amazing wooden staircase to the wedding ceremony room where Duncan was nervously waiting. After the emotional ceremony it was out into the glorious sunshine to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Hawkhills with a glass of champagne.

Drinks Reception

As Amanda and Duncan’s wedding guests chatted and sipped their wedding drinks during the drinks reception, they were kept entertained by of of their friends, also known as The Magic Marine who showed off his magic skills with magic tricks.

The Wedding Speeches

After the guests were seated inside The Hawkhills it was time for the speeches. Duncan gave his speech first and even got a tad emotional, as well as making Amanda and their Wedding Guests laugh. Next up were the Flower Girl’s who did an amazing job together. The Flower Girl’s were then made to wear noise cancelling headphones and occasionally had to cover their eyes when it was the 3 Best Men’s turn to make their speeches. Two of the best men served with Duncan in the Marines so you can probably imaging the stories!

Photographs at The Hawkhills

I like to photograph weddings in the most relaxed and natural way that I can. That includes any couple photographs that I take. At Amanda and Duncan’s wedding at The Hawkhills we were lucky enough to have some beautiful light falling through the trees so we nipped off two or three times throughout the day for around 5 minutes to get some really relaxed wedding portraits. Then it was back to the party.

Party Time

After Amanda and Duncan had their first dance, their Wedding Guests joined them of the dance floor to throw some shapes and dance the night away. What an amazing way to end an amazing wedding day. I had such an awesome time photographing at The Hawkhills.

Here are some of my favourite photographs from Amanda and Duncan’s Hawkhills wedding. Thank you so much for asking me to be your wedding photographer:

Wide photograph of the exterior of The Hawkhills wedding venueBride smiling while holding her bouquet of wedding flowersFlower girl hugging the brides motherBride putting lipstick onFlower girl looking out a windowFlower girl waving out of a windowWedding Guest putting the Grooms flower on his jacketWedding Guests smiling and huggingBridesmaid putting another Bridesmaids shoe onBride putting hairspray on her hairYoung flower girls looking bored during the bridal preparationsBride putting some lipstick on a flower girlA flower girl laughing during the bridal preparationBridesmaid spraying hairspray on the Brides hairBridesmaid doing the Brides wedding dress upBridesmaid dabbing the Brides tears from her eyesBride laughing with her BridesmaidsBridesmaid smiling as she dabs tears away from another Bridesmaids eyeBride putting her wedding veil in her hairBride on the window light of one of the bedrooms at the HawkhillsBrides father getting emotional as he sees her for the first time in her wedding dressBride stood, looking out of a window at The HawkhillsLow angle photograph of the Bridesmaids coming down the stairsBride and her father coming down the stairs on their way tho the wedding ceremonyGroom nervously waiting for the Bride before their wedding ceremonyBride and her father walking up the aisleBride walking up the aisle with her father to get marriedBride looking at the Groom during their wedding ceremonyBridesmaid wiping a tear away during the wedding ceremonyBridesmaids laughing during the wedding ceremonyBride and Groom walking back up the aisle after their wedding ceremonyChampagne flutes ready for the Wedding Guests during the drinks receptionWedding Guest laughing during the wedding drinks receptionWedding Guests throwing confetti over the Bride and GroomWedding Guests chatting to each otherWedding Guests laughing during the drinks receptionA Wedding Guest playing table tennisFlower girl playing table tennisWedding Guests laughing a magicianPhoto of a wedding magician showing a card trick to guestsWedding Guests reacting to the magicians card trickWedding Guests reacting as the magician shows them a magic trickYoung boy goes to hit a gongBride and Groom entering the wedding reception room while the guests clapGroom giving his speechBride as the Groom gives his speechPhotograph of someones camera as they film the speechesWedding Guests laughing at the speechesFlower girls giving a speechClose up of the flower girls speech written on a piece of paperFlower girls smiling and hugging the Groom after they have given their speechWedding Guest laughing at the speechesWedding Guests smiling at the speechesBest man stood next to a tv monitor to give his speechSilhouette of one of the best men holding a microphoneBride and Groom laughing at the speechesBride and Groom watching the speeches and laughing as they are surrounded by their Wedding GuestsA Wedding Guest covering the eyes of a Flower Girl who is also wearing headphonesThe Hawkhills Wedding PhotographerBo kicking a football towards the goalWedding Guests playing football taken from a low angleWedding Guests laughing after the speechesWedding Guests chatting and laughingWedding Guests laughingWedding Guests taking a selfieBridesmaid pouting as she takes a selfieBrides veil blowing in the wind as she stands in beautiful lightThe Hawkhills wedding photographerBride and Groom stood close together in beautiful golden lightPhoto of the Bride and Groom walking together as the golden sunlight shines behind themBride and Groom with the golden light coming through the trees behind themFlower Girl twirling her dress on the dance floorBride and Groom during their first danceBride and Groom having their first danceWedding Guests dancing togetherFlower Girl smiling and dancing th the evening wedding receptionWedding Guests throwing some shapes out on the dance floorWedding Guest flipping her hair on the dance floorWedding Guest dancing on the dance floorTwo Wedding Guests making up some dance movesFlower Girl spinning around on the dance floorBride dancing with her friends on the dance floorFlower Girl doing some breakdancing on the dance floorThe Hawkhills wedding photography

How did you both meet?
On the school run, Duncan was living in Somerset at the time before we met and I lived in the high peak. Duncan’s friend and business partner, Pete said he should come along at school pick up to collect his daughters as there were some ‘fit mums’ on the school run. That’s where we apparently first met… Duncan was sure we smiled at each other but I was pretty sure I’d never seen him before in my life 😂 this was what he told me once he’d got talking to a friend of mine about me.

What was the proposal like?
Originally it was meant to have been in New York but the ring didn’t turn up on time so Duncan not wanting to propose without a ring just didn’t propose until a couple months later on Xmas day at the top of Eccles pike- this was also where Kyle did our pre wedding photo shoot on one of the most bitterly cold snowy days!

How did you find wedding planning?
I found the wedding planning quite easy, the only stressful thing I found was the table plan for the sit down meal trying to please everyone and keep people that didn’t get on away from each other etc.

Why did you choose The Hawkhills as your wedding venue?
Although our venue was gorgeous and had lovely gardens to it ‘The Hawkhills’ we chose it as Duncan works through there and they did us a good deal!

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
We both enjoyed the whole day I can’t really choose a favourite part. The weather was so amazing everyone was just so happy and relaxed.just seeing everything come together after so many months of planning was great.

What song did you have for your first dance and why did you choose it?
We had ‘Freedom’ by Nizlopi, Duncan chose all the music for our wedding but apparently this song is about when love is real it feels free, not a game etc, something alongs those lines anyway!

My favourite wedding suppliers were Shindig! Events, Cristel was
amazing with organising my flower wall, table decorations and seat sashes.
Suzanne (It’s All About The Cake) made my wedding cake and it was exactly how I imagined it to be.
Maria Modes in Macclesfield where I got my dress from, my Ian Stuart ‘Copacabana’ dress 😍

 

 

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