The Fig House Middleton Lodge Wedding Photography | Sarah & James


fig house middleton lodge wedding photographyThe Fig House Middleton Lodge Wedding Photography | Sarah & James.

The Fig House Middleton Lodge Wedding Photography. Wedding number 2 of 3 in one weekend saw me at The Fig House at Middleton Lodge. It was my first wedding at this amazing venue and I was very excited to see the gardens in bloom. I was not disappointed!

It was another gloriously warm summer’s day – English weather at its best! I joined Sarah and the girls at The Castle House B&B in Richmond in the morning. Prep was well under way when I arrived with Beckie Stirk in charge of hair for everyone and make up for Sarah and her mum.

As I usually do I started by capturing all the lovely details of Sarah’s dress, shoes and accessories and then settled in to capture everyone getting ready. As so often happens we ran a little behind schedule but I always plan to be ready early to give us time to run over!

Once Sarah was dressed we let her dad and bridesmaids in to see her all ready to go – safe to say they were all a bit overwhelmed! I dashed off to the church leaving them all to pack and arrived in time to get a few shots of James and the guys before the ceremony. Once everyone was inside I headed back out to see Sarah and the girls arriving and walking up to the church, and then it was showtime!

Their vicar Jenny was lovely and I was able to photograph from the front of the church – always something worth checking with your vicar before the wedding! The ceremony was quite short for a church service but they had some lovely readings, especially from Sarah’s brother James who I think surprised even himself when he welled up! Sarah & James walked back up the aisle s husband and wife and waited outside in the sunshine to greet everyone. Confetti was handed out and we all made our way to the lych gate for a confetti tunnel and a few family photos.

I headed off to The Fig House first so that I could be ready when Sarah and James arrived. They ended up driving themselves to the venue and suffered a minor hiccup when James left Sarah’s bouquet on top of the car and set off so that it flew off somewhere near the church! Luckily the verger spotted it and very kindly brought it down to Sarah at The Fig House. I think that’s the quickest I’ve seen a groom get himself into trouble after the ceremony! 😀

The Fig House looked incredible setup for the meal with beautiful blooms on the tables by Briar House Flowers. Once Sarah was reunited with her bouquet we whipped through a few more family photos. The it was time for some shots of just Sarah & James – we were so spoiled for choice in the gardens at The Fig House. The flower beds around the edge of the lawn are split into four quadrants, each one filled with plants that bloom in a different season. Obvs we made straight for the “summer quadrant” which was full of foxgloves, roses, and blue geraniums which the bees were going mad for!

We hadn’t done an engagement shoot so I expected to have to ease Sarah & James into this bit for a while but I didn’t – they were complete naturals! We had a few minutes left for a final family pic and then everyone was called in for the speeches. Both Sarah and James’s dads said a few words, followed by James and then best man Sam. They were all hilarious, despite more than a few jitters beforehand!

I left them alone to eat and then popped back out for the ice cream van which Sarah and James had organised for everyone as dessert. The weather was still beautiful so most people stayed outside playing lawn games or just enjoying drinks and ice cream in the evening sun.

The sun started to sun golden so I grabbed Sarah & James for a few more photos in the “autumn quadrant” this time! Soon it was time for the cake to be cut followed by the first dance and then the ceilidh – I love a ceilidh! Prevents that awkward time when nobody is drunk enough to dance properly, because participation isn’t exactly optional!

Is stayed for quite a few dances and then moseyed on home when it was clear that people were getting too sweaty to continue!

Thank you so much Sarah and James for asking me to photograph your wonderful wedding; it was a joy! If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding at The Fig House please do get in touch! x


Venue: The Fig House at Middleton Lodge

Florist: Briar House Flowers

Hair and make up: Beckie Stirk

Dress: Enzoani from Scarlet Poppy Bridal

Cake: Ambers Little Cakery

Ice Cream Cart: Truly Scrumptious

Confetti: Shropshire Petals

Ceilidh band: Aluinn Ceilidh Band

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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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