Falcon Manor Wedding Photographer | Catherine & Aaron

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All the weathers for this June wedding at Falcon Manor, Settle.

Falcon Manor wedding photographer. I was excited to be back at Falcon Manor for Catherine and Aaron’s wedding, had been a couple of years since I’d shot there and it’s SUCH a beautiful venue.

Getting ready.

Catherine & Aaron’s wedding took place at the end of the June heat wave and I was very happy to wake up to lower temperatures and a bit of a breeze that morning. In joined Catherine and her wonderful mum and bridesmaids where they were getting ready in the bridal suite at Falcon Manor bright and early in the morning. They are also booked videographer Jack Smithies for the day who I had never met before but was an absolute blast to work with and I highly recommend him!

Catherine was just getting into the makeup seat when I arrived. The lovely Emma Denton was in charge of make up and it was lovely to see her again, and Gemma from Bridal Hair by Gemma was working her magic on one of the bridesmaids in the meantime. It was a really relaxed morning, everybody was super chilled out and seemed able to just enjoy their time together which was really lovely to see.

I busied myself getting some detail shots of Catherine’s jewellery and shoes, plus some wedding stationery that she’d got together for photographs.I also got some shots of her gorgeous bridal gown hanging with the bridesmaids dresses over the doorway.  I kept an eye on Catherine’s makeup progress and grabbed some shots of Emma finishing off eyes, cheeks and lips as those are always my favourite parts.

Meanwhile Aaron and the guys were getting ready at The Tempest Arms near Skipton and my second shooter Matt joined them to capture them finishing off getting ready before they made their way to the church.

Catherine also saved her gifts from Aaron and his mum to open once we were there so we could capture that which was really sweet moment, and she gave her mum Jill a wonderful gift too – a poem that she had written about growing up with her and basically celebrating what a wonderful mum she is! Once everybody’s hair and makeup was finished it was time for the girls to get dressed and then for maid of honour Ashley to help Catherine into her gown. When she was in we rounded up the bridesmaids and Catherine’s mum and brought them in to see her all ready to go.


Jack and I then made our way over to St. Andrews Church in Gargrave to join up with Aaron and the guys as the guests were arriving and taking their seats for the ceremony. The weather had been beautiful all morning so naturally it started to rain not long before Catherine pulled up in the wedding car. Luckily wonderful vicar, maid of honour Ashley, AND the driver were all armed with massive umbrellas to get Catherine safely into the church without getting wet! Jack, Matt and I all took our places for the ceremony, with Jack and I at the front and Matt getting some shots from the back (which is one of the great things about having a second photographer – getting lots of different angles throughout the day).

Their vicar, Andrew, was an absolute legend – he made the ceremony so fun and lighthearted and personal. He was also really easy regarding the photography meaning that we could all stand where we needed to and move around if we wanted, without getting in the way, which meant we could get the best possible angles throughout the service for Catherine and Aaron. It was a really great service with two lovely readings and a great sermon from Andrew. Once the vows and rings were exchanged Catherine and Aaoron made things official with a kiss and it was time to sign the register. After a hymn and a prayer they made their way back up the aisle as husband and wife, and luckily the rain had stopped so that we could all get outside for a confetti line up.

Bridesmaids handed out the confetti as everybody filled outside and Catherine and Aaron went to the back of the church to have a few moments alone together. We got everybody organised either side of the path and brought Catherine and Aaron back around to be absolutely pelted with dried petals, and then they had some time to say hello to their friends and families. This was a lovely time for lots of candid photos of everybody looking really happy and excited for the newlyweds and giving big hugs all around. The guests then made their way to Falcon Manor, and Matt headed off with them to capture some candid shots of people starting the drinks reception.

Meanwhile I headed up to Langcliffe with Catherine and Aaron for shots of just the two of them in the North Yorkshire countryside. They had already found us a great location with beautiful views, and plenty of sheep! We hadn’t done an engagement shoot but it seemed like these two didn’t need any practice and we soon had loads of great pictures in the bag and we were able to head down to Falcon Manor to rejoin everybody for the rest of the drinks reception.


When we had been driving to Langcliffe the rain had been stopping and starting most of the way, luckily we got a dry spell while we were up there and skies stayed rain free for the rest of the afternoon! We got everybody outside as soon as we got there to enjoy the rest of their drinks and canapés on the terrace, and we quickly whipped through Catherine and Aaron’s group photo list. We had plenty of time then for lots of informal, candid shots of Catherine & Aaron getting to spend some time with their friends and family. I also nipped inside to get some shots of the wedding breakfast room which always looks amazing at Falcon Manor thanks to the huge feather covered light shades hanging from the ceiling! The tables looked beautiful covered in delicate vases filled with seasonal flowers in hues of pink blush and cream by Owl House Flowers. Her bouquets and floral displays are always amazing, so I highly recommend checking her out if you are looking for a florist for your wedding.


Soon guests were seated and it was on with the speeches. Catherine ‘s mum Jill gave her speech first, which was both funny and heartfelt. Then it was Aaron’s turn and he also knocked it out of the park, and the room rang with laughter. Finally it was the best men’s turn – they did a joint speech and Aaron suffered a mild roasting but I’ve seen worse! We left them then to enjoy their food and we headed over to the bar start backing up and to have a delicious meal ourselves (thank you Catherine and Aaron!).

Party time.

After dinner Catherine and Aaron cut their cake and then everyone headed back outside to enjoy their drinks on the terrace whilst the room was changed round for the evening reception. Jack and I took this opportunity to get some more shots of Catherine and Aaron alone together now that we were back at the venue. Catherine also through her bouquet to her very excited friends! Soon the room was ready and DJ was set up and it was time for the evening reception to start. Catherine and Aaron made an entrance and kicked things off with their first dance. Despite claiming to be dreading this part they did extremely well and even managed to execute some expert spins before calling everybody else to join them. The dance floor filled and I got loads of great shots of people throwing some shapes and enjoying the music. Thank you Catherine and Aaron for trusting me to photograph your wedding at Falcon Manor, it was a real treat and I loved spending the day with you all! Thank you for making me feel so welcome, and for being naturals in front of the camera and making it so easy for me!

If you’re looking for a Falcon Manor wedding photographer please do fill in my contact form so we can chat more!

Venue: @falcon_manor
Second photographer: @mattsimphoto
Videographer: @jacksmithiesfilms
Florist: @owlhouseflowers
Make up: @emmadenton_makeup
Hair: @bridalhairbygemma
Dress: @enzoani
Music: @beckyandjoshduo @thedfcexperience
Cake: @chloescakesnorthyorkshire
Car: @fobweddingcars

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    Oh, hey!I'm Laura.






    I live near Ilkley with my slightly* nutty 9 year old Rose, and I have had the honour of photographing weddings and families for 11 years now. I genuinely cannot believe how lucky I am that I get to call this my job.

    *she once told me that traffic lights are the bane of her life, and she went through a phase of naming everything "Cantameen". Send help!

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