Kate and Chris chose January 2017 for their wedding at The Halfway House Function suite in Baildon.
For bridal prep, I arrived early at Kate’s parents house in Halifax where Kate and her 4 bridesmaids were getting ready. Make-up was done by the talented Cerise Makeup – by Laura Power for the bridal party and Kate’s mum. Her dad was completely outnumbered by all the women!
The flowers were provided by Kate’s cousin and were velvety red roses to match the red bridesmaid dresses. Kate’s wedding dress fitted her beautifully and showed off her fantastic figure both her mum and dad were overwhelmed seeing how amazing she looked in her bridal gown.
Kate had allowed plenty of time for her vintage wedding cars to take herself, parents and bridesmaids to Baildon.
The Halfway House function suite is a tented marquee style function suite run by Caroline and Adam in Baildon, which I am very familiar with as the recommended wedding photographer for this venue and a regular visitor.
When I arrived at the function suite I spotted the amazingly talented Sarah Wippup who is a local acoustic singer songwriter. Chris, his best man and ushers were having a drink at the bar and dining part of the Halfway House with friends and family and the nerves soon kicked in.
Sarah sang the bridal party down the aisle and during the signing of the register in what was a lovely civil ceremony. I caught Chris’ mum shedding a tear or two during the ceremony.
The charming chauffeurs from Cartwright Cars were most helpful in allowing us time away in the car for pictures. we drove to Roberts Park and found the gate open which meant Chris and Kate didn’t have much walking to do! The weather was a little dull with the threat of rain so we enjoyed some moments in the natural soft light it created as well as some more dramatic off camera flash pictures. Roberts Park is part of the Saltaire World Heritage site, having undergone substantial refurbishments in recent years and is beautifully maintained by Bradford council.
Upon our return, the function suite had been transformed for the wedding breakfast. The bride and groom enjoyed a drink before greeting all their guests before the speeches. I love listening to the speeches because you really get to know the couple a lot more. My favourite speech is always the father of the bride’s speech because it’s so sweet to see how proud a father can be of his daughter. Chris had a heartfelt speech for his new wife and his best man had the guests in stitches with his good-humoured speech.
In between courses, I spotted a dramatic sky that I knew would lend itself particularly well to an off camera flash portrait and aided by a bridesmaid grabbed an additional couple portrait.
Kate and Chris had a band called Blind Tiger for their evening reception, they were amazing and got the dance floor rocking after performing for the first dance. Chris and Kate had a selection of photo booth style props that entertained the guests along with a sweet table which included my favourite white mice!
Just as I was about to leave, Chris told me what a wonderful day he’d had and how much he loved Kate and all about their honeymoon plans to return to their favourite restaurant in Gran Canaria where Chris proposed.
Thanks so much for having me guys, it was a wonderful day to be a part of. There’s a lot of love for you both in your awesome friends and family. I wish you all the best in your married life (but know that you are super sweet and in love).