Ollie and Katie’s wedding at the family farm in Thornton, near York, was one of the most unique and personal weddings that I have had the pleasure of photographing.
I got a nervous text from Jonny a few days before their wedding day as England were leading Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals asking if I had a TV screen I could bring with me to show the final if England were to get through, a match which would be played at the same time they were due to be married - not something they had been able to predict two years ago when they booked the date!
It was my first time shooting at The Normans, a new'ish wedding venue near York which has been set up by husband and wife team, Oliver and Laura Robinson, and what a fabulous job they have done of transforming the family farm into a stylish and unique place to get married. They have thought of every detail, adding some really lovely touches, my favourite being the old cow shed which they have converted in a warm and cosy "snug" for guests to sit and relax in.
It was great meeting up with Steph and Andy for their pre-wedding shoot. The couple live in Woodthorpe, just outside York and suggested that we go to their local nature reserve, Acomb Wood, for the shoot. I always let couples choose the location of their pre-wedding shoot so that it is somewhere special to them, and Acomb Woods is a place that Steph and Andy spend a lot of time together walking their dog, Paddy - A special mention should go to Paddy who was such a star, until that is when he took the opportunity whilst I was lying down to get a shot to kick dirt up into my face! It was very funny and did provide some great shots of Steph and Andy laughing.