Elizabeth and Martin tied the knot at Hoylandswaine Church before having their wedding reception at Smallshaw Farm Cottages

I love local weddings – not because they’re down the road, but because I know the area well and love where I live. So when I got the opportunity to photograph Elizabeth and Martin’s wedding I jumped at the chance!

I pass the beautiful Hoylandswaine Church all the time as it’s on the route to mum and dads. I’ve always thought it was a really pretty church and the inside was just as lovely – as was the Revd Maureen Browell who was looking after us all.


Elizabeth and her family spent the morning getting ready at Smallshaw Farm Cottages in Millhouse Green – literally 5 minutes up the road from me. I arrived early morning to a very chilled and homely atmosphere, Elizabeth was very relaxed and spending time reading to their boy, Teddy. So I went about taking some detail shots and getting ready photos. Her beautiful dress was by Enzoani, which Elizabeth had bought from Emily Bridal in Sheffield.

Soon enough Campbell’s Flowers arrived with the beautiful bouquets and top table arrangement. I’ve worked with Tracey on a few occasions and love her style – so much texture and variety in her arrangements, they’re always a pleasure to photograph.

The marquee, provided by Black Cherry Events looked fabulous and had some beautiful styling touches and details. There was a table full of sweets – each with a special reason why they’d been chosen, and for the adults a “pimp your proscecco” stand which went down a storm later in the day.

The tables were each named after special places which meant something to Elizabeth and Martin – from Mount Snowden to Wharncliffe Woods!

The cake was provided by Jade’s Heavenly Buns, while the cheese was from The Cheeseboard in Harrogate.

Elizabeth and Martin chose Smallshaw for their reception because it allowed them to have a totally unique and personal day – all in an outstanding setting. With so many children at the wedding there was loads of space for them to run around a play, while the adults could relax in the sun and enjoy the view, and I could get some fantastic candid shots of all the fun!

Jim and Mary who own the cottages were fantastic and really welcoming to everyone, but that’s what we’re like around here! 🙂

Music was a theme throughout the day and we were treated to the vocals of Leon Pashley and the amazing saxophonist Cat Miles – with a name like that what else could she play?

Having watched the moves on the dancefloor that went down (tunes courtesy of Club Class DJs), I’m not surprised our lovely couple needed time to recuperate in the outdoor hot tub with a glass of bubbly the next day – the best way to prepare for their honeymoon in beautiful Santorini. Seeing the quite frankly stunning photos of the island they posted on Facebook (not to mention the truffles!) got me more than a bit excited as I’m flying out to photograph a wedding there next year!

I couldn’t wait to edit their photos and my jaw ached from smiling by the time I had done them, ready for when they got back from their honeymoon.

“You’re an absolute star! We LOVE the photos. What a brilliant, beautiful record of the day.”