Yesterday I had the very great pleasure of photographing the wedding of Maria and Craig at St Mary’s RC Church in Knaresborough followed by their reception at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. The Old Swan Hotel is a traditional style of hotel with period art deco features which make it a lovely venue for wedding. Based very near the centre of Harrogate town, close to Valley Gardens, we made the most of the location to take some lovely photographs of the couple enjoying the afternoon sunshine. Who would have expected the day to turn out so nice when the morning was so wet, but on cue as the wedding got underway out came the sun for a lovely sunny winter wedding day. Although it is seen that bright sunlight is not ideal for wedding photography, being a Harrogate Wedding Photographer I love it when it is bright sunlight. As a photographer it is more challenging, but the results are so much more vibrant. It allows a photographer to be much more creative and to know and understand how to use and control a camera in order to get the best out the bright light.
Maria and Craig are a lovely couple who I have very much enjoyed getting to know a little. You may recall they had their pre-wedding photoshoot in the grounds of Ampleforth Abbey and College a few weeks ago as there is a link between Ampleforth and St Mary’s RC Church in Knaresborough. Fr William from Ampleforth is the parish priest at St Mary’s so their pre-wedding photoshoot location was well considered and appropriate to tie in with their wedding day. It was also lovely to meet Anna again, their daughter, who despite being very young, coped remarkably well for the entire wedding day and was not phased by all the attention she received. It was also nice for Maria to have her sister Charlotte as her Maid of Honour, and Craig his brother Sean as his best man. Their wedding cars were also a highlight being a stretch limo VW Beetle, and a VW Camper Bus very tastefully converted specifically to cater for weddings, provided by The Yorkshire Wedding Car Company.
Maria and Craig are to have a few days in the Lakes and I wish them a wonderful honeymoon. I look forward to hearing from them in due course regarding the photographs they would like for their wedding album. In the meantime here is a selection of highlights from their wedding day for you to enjoy.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography, Harrogate Wedding Photographer