Paul & Caroline's Ripley Castle wedding.
Paul Contacted us from the Big Apple, which is where both Caroline and himself live. It felt really strange to be chatting across the other side of the world to a client. But I've done it twice now, the first was for a wedding happening not far from the studio, but the client resides in Australia (blog to follow in august).
It was the first time I'd worked at Ripley Castle, I'd heard of the venue via social media and it looked out of this world.
Travelling down on the morning I drove through some of the most horrendous rain I have ever experienced on the way to a wedding. My mind drifted into creative ideas I could use the rain for whilst trying to not to upset Caroline by damaging her dress ( well not too much anyway).
The wedding started at the very grand Cairn hotel, in Harrogate. Upon my arrival, there stood proudly at the entrance, a fantastic double decker bus. A give away I was in the right hotel, Paul had hire it to take everyone from the hotel to Ripley Castle.
Now, you have probably worked out that I have never met either Paul or Caroline, which made it a little awkward when i turned up. I didn't know who I was looking for. Once I had worked out who I was looking for I settled into my stride. Capturing Caroline and her Brides maids getting ready, before heading to capture the guests and Paul leaving on the double decker.
Ripley castle, what can I say? Having never worked there before I didn't know what to expect. Although I had googled images it didn't prepare me for the shear elegance of the place. I get to work in some wonderful venues, but been surrounded by the rawness of the history was amazing. It certainly gave a perfect backdrop to the wedding, even though it was still raining heavy. The what little light that was available really set the scene.
The mini locations with in the castle made for some great shots. Which was was a good job, given the weather outside. One of the main reception rooms made for some great family and set up shots.
Once the set up shots were done it was time for the Paul and Caroline to relax a little and get a break from the hustle of the guests, for some fabulous Bride and Groom shots. I was almost spoilt for choice with Ripley Castle, So much so I could of work with Paul and Caroline all day snapping shot... Of course it helped that Paul looked very dapper and Caroline looked positively stunning.....