Meet Laura + Patrick. Their Utopia at Broughton Hall Wedding was our last of May and it was a beauty. We had the most fun ever on their Pre wedding Shoot in Whitby back in November 2013 and we couldn’t wait to see these two lovely people tie the knot.
Laura made use of the lovely house Eden on the Broughton Hall estate for her bridal preps. The house has so much to offer with its varying styles and decor in each of the rooms you enter. One minute your in a room with a very 70’s Scandinavian decor the next you are in a room which wouldn’t look out of place in Broughton Hall itself. Very grand with candles and oil paintings adorning the walls. Eden is truly amazing and we’ll be back there this weekend.
Kelly met up with Patrick and his crew for lunch at The Tempest Arms before they were collected in the cool dub camper van to head to the church.
Laura + Patrick hand picked some very talented wedding suppliers (links at the bottom of the post). Laura’s gorgeous Essence of Australia Dress was from the local lasses at Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, the flowers were sculptured and set perfectly by Lynnie at Stems Design, Rachel Simpson Shoes (if you read this blog then you will know how much we love these beauties), The Retrosettes which we have worked with before on Natalie + Steve’s New Ellington Leeds Wedding and GFS Catering who we get to work with regularly at Utopia and love. Lastly and by no means least we discovered a new awesome talent in Laura’s sister Rachel who is the head honcho at Paper Arrow Press. Rachel creates beautiful wedding stationery and we will be recommending her services to our future brides. With a line up like this and Laura + Patrick’s love for each other we knew that we were in for fun, loving, happy wedding day.
The styling for the wedding was great. Informal, light and summery. There were festoon lights, paper lanterns, ribbons, a coconut shy, gin, more gin, Percy the peacock kept the guests entertained and even saw Laura off as she headed off to church.
Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to shoot from the front of the church during the wedding ceremony and that disappointed us terribly as we love to capture those smiley glimpses at each other or that shed tear or three and we know there were plenty during L+P’s service. We find it happening in churches more and more lately which is frustrating and something we may discuss on here soon.
After the ceremony Laura and Patrick were given the customary showering of confetti at the church gates before hopping aboard Jeremy the dub split screen camper and headed off back to walled gardens of Utopia for drinks and canapé’s on the terrace.
For us, Broughton Hall is amazing when it comes to couple portraits. With it being a glorious summer filled day we split the wedding portraits up into two sessions. Some between the ceremony and meal and then between the meal and evening celebrations just as the sun was setting. The second session is often our favourite session of the two. The couple are usually more relaxed as they have usually done the formal parts of the day by then. The light is much better as it isn’t so high in the sky and we often get told after the day that, the couple love the second portrait session. It gives them a chance to spend some time alone with each other which unbelievably is a rarity for a couple on their wedding day. We headed to the fields and around the log piles for the first session and then as the sun was coming down over Skipton we headed towards Broughton Hall. I don’t think we have seen a sunset like it. Golden sun covered the estate for a short time and it was breathtaking.
Into the evening the Retrosettes boomed out their awesome beats and kept everyone on the dance floor. GFS catering laid on the most delicious sweet and savoury Crepes for the guests to supper on before winding their way back to the dance floor to show us how to move.
Here are a selection of our favourites…