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.