Ripley Castle Wedding Photography | Beth + Ted | Papakata Wedding

Ripley Castle Wedding Photography | Beth + Ted | Papakata Wedding.

Ripley Castle Wedding Photography. Beth and Ted were married at Ripley Castle and then headed back to Ted’s family home outside Harrogate for their reception in a beautiful Papakata Sperry tent. I joined Beth and her bridesmaids and mum a couple of hours before the ceremony to capture all of the bridal preparations. It was a super relaxed morning and I spent a lovely couple of hours with them all photographing Beth’s beautiful Mori Lee dress and all the other little details, getting candid shots of all the hair and make up action, and getting to know them all a bit better.

Meanwhile, my second shooter Lissa met up with Ted and the boys at home in Harrogate to capture the other side of the preparations. Once they were dressed they all made their way to the Boar’s Head in Ripley for a pint or two and some photos before the ceremony.

Back at bridal HQ it was time for Beth to get dressed. I love this part – it’s always so exciting to see people’s reactions when it all comes together for the first time! We let her dad in to see her all ready to go and his reaction did not disappoint! We headed through the house to find the gorgeous flower girls who were equally impressed, and had time for some group shots before I made my way over to Ripley. I arrived in time to get some shots of the ceremony room set up before the last of the guests arrived and everyone took their seats.

We waited outside for Beth to arrive and then nipped upstairs to take our places! The page boys and flower girl walking down the aisle towards Ted is easily one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I had actually photographed one of the page boys when he was a few days old so it was so lovely to see him as a cheeky energetic two year old, and to meet his baby sister! Beth then made her entrance and I think it’s safe to say Ted was impressed! The ceremony was lovely, the little ones were all so well behaved, and I particularly enjoyed Beth’s fit of the giggles halfway through!

Afterwards Beth and Ted walked back up the aisle as husband and wife and we walked straight down into the grounds for some shots of the two of them, whilst Lissa followed their guests back to Harrogate for the reception.

Beth and Ted were complete naturals in front of the camera and we got loads of great shots of them down by the lake and in the walled gardens. I left ahead of Beth and Ted to give them some (much needed!) time alone, and gave Lissa a heads up so that she could organise the guests into lines for the confetti bombing.

Once Beth and Ted had arrived and been covered in confetti (along with half of the guests – it was a seriously windy day!), drinks and canapés were served and I let them have a break and say some hello’s before we started on the group photos.

A few family line ups and lots of candid shots of everyone enjoying themselves and it was time for people to take their seats for the speeches. Beth and Ted were announced into the tent to huge rounds of applause and Beth’s dad got the speeches started. They were all brilliant and the tent was soon full of cheers and laughter.

After dinner there was a nice break before the evening reception. The sky had clouded over during the course of the afternoon, but we could just catch a glimpse of the sun as it went down behind the trees so we got a few more shots with Beth and Ted outside before the cake cutting and first dance. The dance floor was heaving for a good while after that so I got loads of great shots of people busting a move before leaving them in peace.

Thank you Beth and Ted as always asking me to document your wedding! And if you are planning a wedding at Ripley Castle please do contact me! x


Venue: Ripley Castle

Sperry Tent: Papakata

Second Photographer: Lissa Alexandra

Florist: Boomerang Flowers (bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements at Ripley). All other flowers Ted’s mum and sister!

Make Up: Nicole Louise Make Up

Hair: Laura Lee from Kingsgrove Hair Salon

Dress: Mori Lee

Suits: Bridgewater Menswear

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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

    I can't wait to hear from you x