Everyone needs friends like James & Harriet, they brighten lives.
Very fortunate to be able to photograph their wedding at such a unique (or it would be if Harriet didn’t have 5 sisters) wedding venue but time was running short for a walk up the hill, through their woods and into the fields and heather. With not a lot of time its fortunate that (despite James being very tall) they fit together perfectly for photos. I didn’t try and pose these images, the only credit I take is that I gave the freedom and confidence to be themselves.

James & Harriets notes:
Theme & Locations: We both wanted a wedding with as little faff as possible, so a country wedding seemed perfect. Harriet’s parents live on a farm with a large garden which her sisters have previously used as the location for their wedding receptions; this made it a perfect location for us. The marquee and the food for the reception were supplied by Poppy Caterers, who are based in York. We had the ceremony at Moorhouse Methodist Church, which James has been a part of since birth. This made it the ideal place for us to have the ceremony, even if it was a little small…

Flowers: we wanted fresh and simple flowers that looked liked they could’ve just been picked from the garden. We chose to use our local florist (House Of Flowers, Milnrow) who we knew were great at weddings and could do anything we required. We told them exactly what we wanted and they surpassed our greatest expectations. They did a fantastic job!

As part of our wedding reception we had a Ceilidh which was great fun for everyone, even if they couldn’t dance. We had hysterical laughter as people went dizzily spinning about.

Andrew was brilliant. As soon as we met him we knew he would be perfect for our wedding. Before the wedding, he came to see the farm and had a good look around, scouting out the perfect photo opportunities for the day. On the day he was there bright and early, and seemed to be in multiple locations at once! He captured every aspect of our day without being obtrusive. We really don’t like posing for pictures and can feel awkward when people start taking photos, but with Andrew, he really made us feel comfortable. The majority of the shots happened naturally and we didn’t have to think about posing so could just enjoy the day.

Thank you Andrew for capturing our special day perfectly and providing us with some wonderful pictures to go with our happy memories.


I selected these images some time ago. Looking through them after getting Ashley’s notes for the post I remembered I’d missed one.
Ashley & Dad obviously have a strong bond. You could hear it the word of his speech and in his voice.
So I’m ready for Dad to see Ashley in her dress and he won’t go close for holding back the tears. I get this shot:

But I hadn’t selected that image because its only when you look much closer at the photo that you see it:

More pixels won’t make a bad photo more interesting but they can make a good one great.


Ashley’s wedding notes:
Michael was due to be 30 on bank holiday Monday so we decided to have our wedding on the Sunday so that we could celebrate with all our family and friends and what a fab weekend we had. A lot of our family and friends stayed with us at The Mere the night before the wedding so we made a weekend of it although it was touch and go as to whether the wedding would go ahead as Michael works out at sea and got delayed. It was a very stressful run up to the wedding but he made it back the night before.

Michael left the majority of the wedding planning to me although he did chip in and make the invitations! I decided to go for a vintage theme for the wedding. Mine, the bridesmaids dresses and my mum’s outfit were from Blush in Uppermill who did a fab job. I absolutely loved my dress (I didn’t want to take it off) and the bridesmaids and mum looked stunning. The flowers were by the amazing Red Floral Architecture and Matt did a fab job of my bouquet, the bridesmaids’ flowers, all corsages and the room was gorgeously decorated by him. Hair & make up for myself and the bridesmaids was done by the lovely Heidi Chatterton.

I knew The Mere was the perfect venue as soon as I saw it. The grounds for pictures were beautiful and luckily the weather was nice on the day. A massive thank you to Andrew at Photoluminaire for our pictures, they are all amazing and so many of them, it’s so hard to choose.

I wouldn’t change anything about the day. Lots of brilliant memories from what was the best day of my life. We both enjoyed every second of our day and wish we could do it all again. Lots of tears (mainly from my dad) and laughs with all our family and friends and we want to thank everyone who was part of our special day.