I was super excited to be photographing Bethany and John’s wedding at The Woodlands Hotel in Leeds. We’d met up 4 months before for their engagement shoot on Ilkley moor and I couldn’t wait for their wedding day.
The bride and her bridesmaids got ready at the Guidepost hotel in Bradford, not far from their church with the lovely Megan Tallent makeup artist beautifying the ladies and Bethany’s mum. Bethany had some thoughtful gifts for her bridesmaids and flower girls and her husband to be had sent her a delightful engraved bracelet.
Bethany’s wedding gown was an unusual spotty Ian Stuart bridal dress from Ava Rose Hamilton and her shoes were Melissa by Vivienne Westwood – the only perfumed shoes I have ever smelled!
Westfield Chauffeur Drive collected the bridesmaids in a Beaufort convertible, followed by Bethany and the father of the bride to transport them to the church.
I arrived at the Church to catch up with John, his two Best Men and Ushers. The ceremony took place at St Mary’s church in Wyke, performed by the Reverend Margaret Lyon. Hetty the family dog attended the ceremony. The camera I had set up at the back of the church captured Hetty during the ceremony when she decided to do her own thing!
After the ceremony, the newlyweds were treated to a confetti exit before the journey to the Woodlands Hotel.
Bethany and John had chosen nearby Leeds Woodlands hotel for their wedding reception and were greeted with champagne for their drinks reception. We took a walk in the grounds of Woodlands for some natural couple shots before they joined the guests for the wedding breakfast.
I had been prewarned that they had the Undercover Waiters during the wedding breakfast, so I was on standby waiting for the action to begin before the deserts were served. Adam and Andy were absolutely fantastic in providing some surprise entertainment to the guests. They had everyone on their feet dancing and singing along. Please check out their website http://www.theundercoverwaitersuk.co.uk to see what they do!
After the meal, we popped outside for a few more couple shots before the evening reception began. The bride and groom took to the dance floor for their first dance and the party began.
I would like to wish Bethany and John an amazing lifetime of love together. Thank you so much for having me to photograph your wedding day.