Bowcliffe Hall Wedding Photography | Emily + Sam

bowcliffe hall wedding photography

Bowcliffe Hall Wedding Photography | Emily + Sam.

Bowcliffe Hall Wedding Photography. My second wedding of July was at a new venue for me – Bowcliffe Hall near Wetherby. It’s an incredible building with beautiful gardens, plus the evening reception is held in an aeroplane wing!

I met up with Emily and her parents and bridesmaids at her family home in Harrogate. We were also joined by fab videographer Suze of Applewood Films. I started with some shots of Emily’s amazing Enzoani gown (look at that train!) and other details and then headed upstairs to where the girls were busy finishing off their hair and make up. Emily then made her way down to the dining room where everything was ready for her to get dressed.

Meanwhile my lovely second shooter Lissa joined Sam and his family at their home to capture a bit of the boys getting ready (and enjoying a bacon sandwich, obviously!).

Once Emily was dressed we had time for a couple of shots of her and her bridesmaids before I went to meet Lissa and the boys at the church. It was my first time at St. Wilfrid’s and what an amazing building it is – it’s massive for. Start! I managed a quick hello to a very nervous Sam and the vicar, and then waited out back for Emily’s arrival.

We were asked not to shoot from the front of the church during the ceremony but did manage to sneak down the side aisles so I could get a bit closer during the vows  and ring exchange. Lissa also spotted a balcony which overlooked the altar so nipped up there to get a lovely wide shot from the side. That’s the great thing about having two photographers if it’s something you’re thinking about!

After the ceremony Emily and Sam walked back up the aisle and went to the back of the church for some time alone whilst everyone else headed out to the front to grab some confetti. We herded them all to the gates at the end of the church path (churches like confetti-sweeping to be the council’s problem so I’m told!) and then Emily & Sam joined us to be bombed with petals. We had a bit of time before the bus arrived to take the guests to Bowcliffe so we cracked on with some family photos outside the church and also got lots of lovely candid shots of everyone congratulating the newlyweds!

Lissa left to get in place at Bowcliffe for when Emily & Sam arrived whilst I captured them leaving the church (another pro for two photographers!). Emily and Sam wanted to wait for al of their guests to arrive before they joined them for drinks on the terrace so we took them around to the old chapel at the side of Bowcliffe for a few photos of the two of them. It’s possible that I got a little too excited about all the foxgloves. But then I love white foxgloves, so… We wandered back to the front of the building for some shots with the car and them headed through to the south lawn to rejoin the guests. Whilst Lissa captured everyone enjoying drinks and canapés in the sunshine I finished off the group photos with Emily & Sam and then went inside to shoot the lovely details in the Ballroom. It looked amazing filled with white flowers and succulents by Petals by Louise which went perfectly with the turquoise walls. It was a nice long drinks reception which was perfect as it meant that Emily and Sam could spend plenty of time with their friends and family as well as have lots more photos of the two of them in Bowcliffe’s amazing gardens.

Just before guests were called in for the wedding breakfast Sam’s sister sang a couple of beautiful songs for Emily and Sam (with her dad encouraging her in the distance!) which had everyone in tears. It was then time to head inside (into the beautifully air conditioned room!) for the wedding breakfast. Speeches were between courses, with Emily and her mum both saying a few words – love it when the girls get involved!

After dinner everyone piled out into the gardens for more drinks before the evening reception. Just as the sun started to disappear behind the trees we grabbed Emily and Sam for some photos and then everyone made their way to the Blackburn Wing (an actual wing!) for the evening reception.

Emily and Sam started things off by cutting the cake followed by their first dance which looked amazing with their names in lights behind them and the coloured lights on the ceiling. Soon everyone joined them on the dance floor. I stayed for some embarrassing photo of people getting their groove thang on and then left them alone!

Thank you Emily & Sam for letting me share your wonderful day! If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding at Bowcliffe Hall please do contact me, I’d love to hear more! x


Venue: Bowcliffe Hall

Second photographer: Lissa Alexandra

Florist: Petals by Louise

Hair & make up: the bride

Videographer: Applewood Films

Cake: family friend

Dress: Enzoani from Scarlet Poppy Bridal Boutique

Lights: Love Lights The Way

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    Oh, hey!I'm Laura.





    I live near Ilkley with my slightly* nutty 4 year old Rose, and I have had the honour of photographing weddings and families for 6 years now. I genuinely cannot believe how lucky I am that I get to call this my job.

    *I say slightly, she recently told me that traffic lights are the bane of her life, and she names everything "Cantameen". Send help!

    I love photographing people. Whether it's your wedding day, you're expecting or have just had a baby, or you simply want to capture your loved ones the way they are right now, my aim is to document unique moments in time to create a beautiful set of images that you will treasure for many years to come. My style combines photojournalism with beautiful portraits, and my fun and relaxed approach makes you feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera – I want you to actually enjoy having your photograph taken!

    Although I’m based near Ilkley I cover all of Yorkshire and I’m actually happy to travel anywhere for weddings and portrait shoots. So if you have any questions then please get in touch using one of my contact forms. In the meantime, grab a cuppa and browse through my wedding or portrait galleries, or take a look at my most recent work on the blog

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