The Photography Parlour is a fab new website for both pro and aspiring photographers run by the ever so talented Ms Rosie Parsons.....
Rosie got in touch asking if I would like to be featured in their 'My First Assignment' section.... errrrr YES PLEASE! She sent me over some questions and it was so therapeutic answering them! It actually made me sit back and really appreciate the last 5 months as they have actually flown by so fast that I'm still trying to gather my arse most of the time.
Can I just start off by saying that I am an extremely lucky girl! I am seriously getting THE best weddings and (I would put money on it) THE best couples too. Helene and Simon were sooo lovely and generous and down to earth that they made me feel like one of their guests... and what a wedding to be a guest at!
Once again we hadn't managed to meet beforehand (as they lived quite far up North and we were living very far down South) but once again, it didn't matter one little bit. I arrived and immediately was welcomed by Helene as if we'd known each other for years. She is one beautiful lady and when I saw her hand made vintage style dress from Dresses at N.o 9 I was internally squealing with excitement. Add to the fact that I knew that Helene wanted to walk with her Dad and her siblings (3 stunning sisters and a brother) across the little bridge in the village to the chapel this was all turning out to be pretty much a photographers dream!
The wedding itself was held at the most wonderful, romantic and sweet little Fountaines Hospital Chapel in Linton-in-Craven in Yorkshire and I honestly don't think I'll ever find a chapel that enchanting anywhere... ever.
Dinner and dancing was then followed at The Craven Arms & Cruck Barn in Appletreewick just up the road. The gorgeous barn was decorated with full rustic charm with fairy lights, gorgeous wild flowers, candles and home made parcel tag name places and everyone talked and laughed and helped themselves to bowls of sausage, mash and roasted vegetables. Now if anyone is ever passing that neck of the woods... you have to go to The Craven Arms. Their food is just incredible. Proper English, hearty food... and sooo tasty.... ohh and the roasted parsnips were to die for!
After the food the speeches and a brilliant slide show from the Best Man had everyone laughing and ready for some fabulous music from the band and some spectacular (kosak) dancing from the Groom (who split his trousers in the process).
The night was finished off with some more Photo Booth madness where Helene came into her own... that girl can pull anything off... glasses, hats, beards... they all looked hot!
So a huge thank you to both Helene and Simon for letting me both enjoy and capture your most beautiful day. It was such a perfect day and I think it's the most fabulous start to what looks to be a most fabulous marriage. I wish you every success and happiness and when I'm next up North lets go for a beer!
All of this is actually found in her house..... all of it. Just waiting to be photographed....
Zoe has just set up her own business selling antique furniture just like the gorgeous dresser above!! It's now become very dangerous for me to visit! She currently has an ebay shop where you can drool and bid to your hearts content! Designed a little logo for her too.....
by Andrew Muir and Definitely Theatre, directed by Paula Garfield
Cast: Emma Case, Matthew Gurney, Wayne Jemmott and TBC
The UK's foremost Deaf-led Theatre company is going back on tour with their provocative play focusing on the experiences of a deaf man in prison.
Check out the website for dates and where we'll be.... I do know that we'll be in LONDON, LEEDS, COLCHESTER, LIVERPOOL, DERBY and HOVE... so if you're nearby then come along and then we can have a drink after!
Ohh I'm feeling all generous and giving lately so you're getting another sneak preview, this time from Suzanne and Alan's wedding... I think we made some firm friends yesterday and now they've gone and abandoned us for Mexico... no fair. There will be more to follow.......