I had the very great pleasure of photographing the wedding of Claudia and Piers on Saturday and what a lovely day it was. You could not have asked for a better day in a more idyllic setting. On the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Claudia and Piers married at St Michael’s Church, an impressive church with an unusual octagonal tower in the very pretty village of Coxwold. Their wedding reception was only a mile away in a marquee in the grounds of Newburgh Priory, originally an Augustinian Priory and now a family home and exclusive rural wedding venue. The setting as a whole was just so picturesque and the couple were just lovely to work with and photograph. You may recall their pre-wedding photoshoot at Castle Howard a few months ago. 
Piers grew up in Helperby, a lovely traditional village, and his parents still live there. I visited Piers first on Saturday to capture some of his detail shots as well as him getting ready and preparing for the wedding. He was very calm and relaxed, somewhat nervous but excited. 
My next stop was to visit Claudia and her bridesmaids at her parents house in Carlton Husthwaite. Again another pretty picturesque village. Claudia was extremely well organised and ready for me to arrive to capture her details shots, and some photographs of her relaxing with her bridesmaids in the preparation of the wedding ceremony. Everything went to time and I was able to leave Claudia 30 minutes or so before she was due to leave to get to the church to meet with the vicar and once again photograph Piers, this time with his best man before Claudia arrived. 
Claudia looked stunning in her dress. It really was very elegant and stylish and suited her so well. She made quite an entrance with her six bridesmaids, flower girl, page boy and her father. The Reverend Liz Hassall conducted a well-planned and thought-out service, and when Piers held out his right hand for Claudia to place the ring on his finger, the mood was one of laughter, which really made for some lovely photographs capturing that moment. 
Newburgh Priory was exceptionally well presented and made for a grand entrance to the wedding reception and marquee. Drinks and canapés were served in the priory ruins which have been well maintained, and offered some shade and respite from the sun in the height of the afternoon heat. Group photographs followed before Claudia and Piers had some time to take in day and have a casual stroll together down to the lakeside while I captured some lovely natural candid moments between them. The sun was in an ideal position me to produce a stunning set of photographs. 
The wedding breakfast followed allowing guests a chance to sit down and catch up with relatives and friends before the lighthearted speeches commenced. This was another time in the day for me to capture some lovely moments where funny tales were told and embarrassing moments were relived. 
Before the cutting of the cake and first dance, there was a break in proceedings for guests to enjoy the evening sunshine and location, as the evening was so tranquil, and the light was so lovely. We took this opportunity to capture a large group photograph of everyone enjoying this evening sunshine before the dancing ensued. 
I personally really had an amazing day, and both Claudia and Piers did also. This was a wedding to remember, not only for Claudia and Piers, but for their family and friends, and I wish them all the very best for their married lives together. 
Claudia and Piers are on honeymoon now in the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and I look forward to hearing from them when they return as I look forward to creating their wedding album. In the meantime here is a selection of highlights from their wedding day for you to enjoy. 
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