Sandburn Hall Wedding Photographer | Amy & Mark

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Sandburn Hall Wedding Photographer | Amy & Mark.

Sandburn Hall Wedding Photographer. What can I say about this pair?! I had so much fun with them and their family and friends; it was a perfect day! I first met Amy & Mark early in 2018 after the lovely Georgia & Ryan recommended me (thank you! Absolutely my favourite way to book a wedding, referrals mean the world to me!). They were married at Sandburn Hall on one of the hottest days of the year. It was cooler than the day before but still everyone was melting by mid morning! I joined Amy and the girls at her parents house outside Leeds where hair and make up were in full swing downstairs. I captured lots of detail shots of Amy’s dress and so on upstairs and out in the garden, making sureI didn’t miss Amy’s amazing red lippy being applied! I’m so jealous – I can’t pull off a red lip!

We were joined by fab videographer Bradley Green who was so lovely to work with – highly recommend him! Once hair and make up were done it was time to get Amy dressed. We opted for the living room since it was so light and there was plenty of space for Amy in her huge dress! When the many tiny buttons were finally dine up (I really should keep a crochet hook in my bag for that!) we coordinated my’s dad and bridesmaids in the hallway ready to see the finished product. They were all suitably impressed!

Bradley and I headed off to Sandburn, which took a little longer than usual thanks to the York Races. The ceremony and wedding breakfast at Sandburn take place upstairs in a huge bar-style room overlooking the golf course. Amy & Mark had clearly put so much time and thought into all of the little details and the room looked amazing. I got loads of detail shots and then made my way down to the bar to capture guests arriving whilst a very nervous Mark saw the registrar!

Soon everyone was called up to take their seats and I waited outside for Amy to arrive. Which she did not long after with the most enormous smile on her face, which didn’t fade all day long! It was a wonderfully personal (and emotional!) ceremony, with Mark’s brother reading a hilarious and very touching poem that he had written for them. Am y and Mark were pronounced husband and wife and the room erupted with cheers and applause. After they signed the register the bridal party lined up either side of them and they were bombed with confetti as they walked back up the aisle. I’ve seen quite a few confetti aisle walks this year and I must say I love it!

Amy and mark grabbed a drink and led everyone back down to the bar to start the drinks reception. We had loads of time so I let them relax and chat to people for a while before we started the group photos. Of course it was at this point that the rain started! Luckily the entrance at Sandburn is undercover and big enough for about 6 people so we started off with the smaller groups in there, and then happily the rain stopped and stayed away until the evening. So we moved back to the terrace for the bigger family groups and even managed a shot of everyone from the balcony. Sadly the course was still covered in golfers at this point so we took Amy and Mark into the rose garden for some pictures of the two of them in the peace and quiet! As so often happens they claimed to be awkward in front of the camera and to have no idea what they were doing, only to end up being total naturals (in my opinion anyway; I’m sure they would disagree!).

It was coming up to speech time so I dashed inside to get some shots of the tables set up for the wedding breakfast. And it looked incredible, again! I love that I can get a room shot from above at Sandburn, although the ascent to the balcony is not my favourite! Amy and Mark soon joined us and the receiving line started. Receiving lines seem to be a bit like Marmite – you either love them or hate them! I actually quite like them (depending on the light, dahling!); it’s a great time to get loads of candid photos of guests looking happy!

Once everyone was in and seated Mr and Mrs W were announced and the speeches could start. Nerves all around but they all pulled it out of the bag as usual (with Mark’s dad even earning some top notch husband points with his lovely comments about her mum – well played Steve!). Sadly they were all out-shined by Mark’s nephew who stepped up for an unscripted toast at the end and put them all to shame with his sweet words and mockery of Amy’s brother, Liam!

Food was served so we left them alone for awhile. It was ridiculously hot still when the meal ended so everyone spilled back out onto the terrace for more drinks after dinner. We made a couple of attempts at getting some shots of Amy and Mark on the golf course with Sandburn in the background but jeez the golfers were keen that day! We were booted off the first time but managed to sneak back on half an hour later when they’d buggered off to a hole further around (so to speak, hahaha!).

Amy through her bouquet from the balcony and then we all headed upstairs for the evening reception. The cake was cut and it was lovely to see Amy and Mark get quite into the first dance, despite again claiming not to know what they were doing! The dance floor was briefly packed with sweaty dancers but the heat was too much for most people. I spent some time capturing people chatting out in the cooler evening air and popping inside to throw some brief shapes, and then left them to party!

Amy & Mark thank you for asking me to photograph your wonderful wedding day! If you’re planning a wedding at Sandburn Hall and looking for a photographer then please do contact me! x


Venue: Sandburn Hall

Florist: Tiger Lily Floral Art

Hair: Suzie Weston

Make up: Olivia Stevens

Dress: Hoops A Daisy

Cake: Blush Cake Co

Venue Styling: Shindig Events

Videographer: Bradley Green

Musician: JJ Acoustic

Band: Friends of the Bride

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    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.

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