…Lauren & Neil
A Scottish-Yorkshire Union….
It’s always a bit nerve wracking being asked by a colleague to come and help shoot a wedding. Usually I build up a relationship with the bride and groom before to wedding day and have a good idea of how their relationship clicks and how a bit about the reasons behind their wedding and styling decisions. However I jumped at the chance when Carlo Paloni from Glasgow invited me to work with him at the Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey.
Built in the 1500s, The Tithe Barn is located in one of the most romantic settings in England, with a breath-taking backdrop overlooking the Priory ruins and the River Wharfe. And being one of the biggest timbered aisled barns in the north of England, the barn provides one of the largest, most spectacular exclusive-use spaces in which to get married. As part of the Cripps Barn Group, you can be assured that the hospitality, food and wedding co-ordination will be amazing.
I needn’t have worried about meeting the groom Neil. I was asked to join them for the groomsmen pre-wedding drinks in Ikley at the Wheatley Arms. I got such a warm welcome I felt like a long lost friend! All dressed in kilts, the groom and his friends relaxed and swapped gifts ahead of the ceremony. The choices that had been made for the botton holes and attire, all had a nod to Neil’s Scottish roots.
The wedding and the barn had so many personal touches. Neil and Lauren with lived and worked in Dubai, where they met, and returning to the UK to get married meant so much to their family. Grandparents had made the table decorations, pimping up jars and gin bottles with lace, and an amazing wooden wheelbarrow filled with decor in the doorway. Cookies and shortbread were made by Granny-Mac to everyones delight. But the nicest touch was that Neil and Lauren chose there wedding day to be the same date as Lauren’s Grandparents, so the most heartfelt toast was to them.
The day was absolutely filled with love. Lauren and Neil did not leave each others side, you could tell how smitten they were with each other and how special their life together was. I welled up with tears (occupational hazard) at the speeches, where the families strong bonds were so apparent. Lauren’s Dad was just so so proud of his daughter, and his memories of her as a child were absolutely crystal clear in his mind like it was yesterday.
It is an absolute measure of a couple when you, as a supplier to a wedding, as made to feel as a part of the family. I left the celebrations with a tear in my eye, wishing the happy couple all the best for their future together, and knowing that being surrounded by such lovely family and friends that they had enormous support for the years to come.
These images are my take on the day, as associate photographer to Carlo Paloni.
With thanks to Neil and Lauren
Wedding Co-ordinator Gillian at The Tithe Barn Bolton Abbey
Lauren’s Dress by San Patrick
Flowers by Darling and Bloom of Shipley