Alison and Mat planned for their Yorkshire wedding to reflect their local area, to show Ali’s friends and family from her native Essex the beautiful part of Yorkshire they live in.
Upon arriving at Alison and Mat’s house, I received a warm welcome from her lovely parents and got some pictures of her dress before going to the salon. Alison had her make-up done at H Beauty in Baildon village and had her hair done at the salon downstairs at The Sanctuary Hair and Beauty Spa before going back to her house to get ready.
Sarah from Pink Ginger had delivered Alison’s exquisite bouquet, bursting with peonies and David Austin Roses.
Ali’s mum, helped her get into her wedding gown, watched with excitement from her best friend Jess, flower girl and Eric the dog.
I caught up with the boys in The Boathouse pub, across the river in Saltaire, before we headed to the church.
The United Reformed Church Saltaire
I am always very excited when I have a wedding to shoot at the beautiful United Reformed Church in Saltaire. Commissioned by Titus Salt in the mid 19th century for the workers of his model village of Saltaire, the Italianate Classical architecture is absolutely devine. It provides a fantastic backdrop for pictures both inside and out. An amazing place for a Yorkshire wedding. Reverend Caroline Andrews has to be my favourite vicar, her ceremonies are given with love and utmost respect for the couples she is marrying and she is the only vicar to ever let me photograph the real signing of the register. The real signing of the register captures the event beautifully, moments of elation and joy as a couple become legally married!
During the wedding ceremony, I had a third camera at the back of the church remotely triggered from to get the important shots I can’t always be in the right place for at the front, such as the first kiss.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds were greeted by a brass band outside the church, started the group shots just as it decided to rain. Luckily the shower soon passed and we headed on our journey to the reception.
Shipley Glen Tramway
Alison and Mat walked with their band playing through Roberts Park, to the bottom of Shipley Glen Tramway, where they caught a tram to the top. I ran up the path to take pictures of the journey and had most definitely forgotten how steep it is and how fast the tram goes. Built in 1895 for visitors to the various amusements of the time at the beauty spot of the Glen, it is now run by volunteers and is a very unique vintage transport. I caught up with them as they were disembarking the tram and Mat’s dad popped in the sweet shop at the top.
The Old Glen House
A short walk from the top of the tramway is the Old Glen House, a rustic countryside pub with beamed ceilings, Yorkshire flagstone floors and wood burning stoves set on the idyllic Shipley Glen.
The venue had been decorated with bunting, candle light and jars of flowers, which fitted in beautifully with the rustic interior. The speeches took place on the mezzanine with Ali’s brother Doug, Mat and Best man Mark captivating everyone.
The Old Glen House prides itself on home cooked food, which I can concur, was absolutely delicious.
It’s a fantastic intimate Yorkshire wedding venue, with the romance of the moorland on it’s doorstep. As a local (my Great Granny was born at the Old Glen House), Shipley Glen is one of my favourite areas for engagement shoots and portrait sessions because it offers such a vast array of backdrops in the breathtaking Yorkshire countryside.
Local DJ Gus Bousfield was on the decks, entertaining guests with his old school vinyl collection. The venue soon filled up for the first dance and the cutting of the cake. Mat’s mum had played a part in the traditional Yorkshire cheese to go with the fruit cake.
It was an amazing day full of so much fun and laughter. I am definitely blessed to be a part of such a lovely day.