Monday, 30 May 2011

Nostell Priory Wedding | Gemma & Lee

Groom's Preparations: Village Hotel, Morley, West Yorkshire
Ceremony: Nostell Priory, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Reception: Marquee, Nostell Priory, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Second shooting with Gav Harrison

Wedding number 4 in just over a week!

When I met Lee at the hotel early on Saturday morning, he'd already been down to Nostell Priory to set the cake up so I wasn't surprised that the schedule was getting a bit stretched. We did a few quick shots in the hotel room and reception, despite it being the darkest hotel I've ever been in, and then it was in the cars and off we went!

Nostell Priory is a beautiful location, owned by the National Trust. Normally, weddings are held in the Riding School annex but the ongoing renovation work there meant that the ceremony (during which I managed to noisily kick an antique coal scuttle) was held in the Priory itself and the reception in a marquee in the grounds.

Thankfully, the weather was kinder to us than yesterday and we managed to have a really good wander around the grounds with Gemma and Lee and take some nice intimate shots.

The kitchen staff treated us to some (I hesitate to call them) leftovers while the guests were tucking in to their meals - the tastiest lamb I've ever had and what the chef called a chorizo stew, which was amazing.

The evening entertainment was kicked off by an incredible street musician, Tristan MacKay, who Lee found busking in Leeds. Have a search for him on YouTube. There are plenty of videos of him but, if I were you, I'd go straight to one of him performing Stevie Wonder's "Superstition", you'll be amazed!

Gemma & Lee were very easy to photograph and didn't take much directing to get some great results and, of course, Nostell Priory is a stunning backdrop.

Congratulations to a wonderful couple and a big thank-you for a most enjoyable day. Also, a huge thank-you to Danielle & the staff at Nostell Priory, who were all fantastic (compliments to the chef and sorry about the coal scuttle!).

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