Hello and welcome to Jenny and Jay’s online gallery of images taken pre- Wedding photography. These photographs were taken at the Jude Gidney Photography studio and then hand edited individually. Please enjoy them ( and Jenny and Jay, if you’d like larger versions they are available for a small cost on request – contact Jude. ) I look forward to your big day and shooting your Wedding Photographs!
I recently was asked to photograph a Wedding at the Huntsman Inn, Holmfirth, the ceremony at Friezland Church. The day started off with rain bucketing down, and me starting to photograph at the church. Concerns were for my equipment getting wet, but these were unfounded after years of practice, and the use of a very large umbrella left in the porch of the church.
The bride arrived in a ribboned cream Beetle with a smiling chauffeur. She ran to the church protecting her flowing chiffon dress from the rain with a delicate ivory umbrella.
Once the ceremony was over, we ventured outside to clearing skies, which allowed for some group photographs on the steps of the church.
Once at the Huntsman Inn I continued to take photographs of people simply enjoying themselves and then asked the ‘top’ usher to help me gather people for a handful more group images, as requested by the couple, and then one large group of all the guests.
I continued to take photographs of details in the Wedding breakfast room, of the children having a whale of a time skidding and playing with balloons on the dance floor, and then proceeded to photograph the speeches.
I was struck especially with the lighting in the Huntsman Inn, having photographed here a number of times before, I did remember the large picture window that the bride and groom were seated at during their meal and the wonderful natural light and shade it offers, but I really appreciated it this time. It really added strength and clarity to the images, a quality that was very much reflected in the bride and how she organised the occasion and held herself on the day.
The Fisherman’s Retreat is a relatively new venue for Weddings having only opened a couple of years ago. It’s a beautiful location in a bowl of hills, so spectacular views from most angles outside. Inside the Fisherman’s Retreat, there is a wonderful warm feeling, and you would be forgiven for thinking you were in Scotland. Staff, architecture, lighting and views are all wonderful to work with to make a wonderful set of Wedding Photographs.
The Wedding ceremony was held in the main dining hall, with fantastic views across the hills, and lending to perfect side lighting, soft and beautiful for Wedding Photography. The guests then moved down to the bar on the lower level and spilled out onto the patio for drinks, canapes and photos.
They then returned to the dining room, that was bedecked with pumpkins and candles, a perfect setting for their Autumn Wedding Breakfast.
The Fisherman’s Retreat has just made it into my top 5 locations for Wedding Photography, and the food definitely top 2!
A recent Wedding took me to the Broadfield Hotel in Rochdale. It was beautiful weather and we couldn’t have asked for a better day – well apart from the quite contrasty conditions that made photography an exciting challenge .
I started out by photographing the bride at home in Royton, with her 3 bridesmaids. The hairdresser was the bride’s good friend from the Hair Lounge in Oldham, her hair being a tousle of curls framing her beautiful face. It was fascinating watching how she worked.
I then hotfooted it to Thornton St James’ Church in Royton in anticipation of the Ceremony. The Church was beautiful to photograph in, with sunshine streaming in through the windows and causing pools of light. The Vicar was also extremely accommodating and helpful in discussing the Ceremony Photography. I was asked to photograph from the front of the church, so to catch the reaction of the groom as his bride slowing floated down the aisle. And I was rewarded with some very emotional images – he failed to keep a dry eye as did a lot of the members of the congregation.
After the ceremony the Wedding party then left for the Broadfield Hotel, where a real family party broke out, and most sat enjoying the sunshine outside, whilst I took the couple and the bridal party into Rochdale Park opposite. I hope these images reflect how the day felt.