I had a magical time at Kate and Lee’s Village Hall wedding in Bardsey, Leeds. Even the rain could not dampen the spirits on the day and the brooding clouds made for some spectacular backdrops.

View of the front of Bardsey Village Hall with bunting around the entrance

The early bird…

The plan on the day was for me to start at the church to get plenty of snaps of the guests arriving. Fortunately, the couple were having their wedding reception just a short stroll down the road from All Hallows Church in Bardsey. This meant that I could get a sneak peek, and plenty of snaps, of the Village Hall which the couple had beautifully decorated, and still make it back to the church in plenty of time for the guests arriving.

View of the church from the churchyard in Bardsey Village. There is a large green tree to the right of the picture.

And relax

By getting all of the detailed shots of the table settings, decorations and cake(s) done in the morning, it takes the pressure off once all of the wedding party guests start arriving in the afternoon. It ensured that I got a clear view of all of the hard work the couple had put into furnishing the village hall.

A table plan mounted on a board surrounded by flowers to the right of a doorway which looks into a room set out for a wedding reception at Bardsey Village HallVillage Hall dressed ready for a wedding reception with white material on the ceiling lined with white fairy lights. There are circular tables surrounded by wooden chairs

Village Hall wedding – a perfect choice

A village hall can make for a fantastic wedding reception venue. You can really put your stamp on it and personalise it however you wish. It also allows you to have complete control over who caters your wedding. Village halls tend to have a real community feel about them, therefore a perfect match for a wedding.

View of the stone village hall in Bardsey with bunting across the windows with a view of a blue sky and white clouds in the background.

Nature at its best

Kate arrived at the church in style in a vintage VW Campervan which seemed to blend in perfectly with the surrounding stone cottages in the village. After a beautiful ceremony at the church, I whisked the couple off to some nearby woodland to take some shots of the two of them. Thankfully the weather was kind to us and I managed to capture a stunning shot of a natural confetti moment when a nearby Hawthorn showered the happy couple with its blossoms.

View of stone buildings to the left of the picture and a vintage white VW Campervan driving up the road on the right of the picture with blue skies and white clouds in the background

A tale of two cakes

It was then back to the village hall for the rest of the day’s celebrations. I was particularly enamoured by their two unconventional wedding cakes. The sweet ombré Macaron cake was lovingly made by the bride’s mum, and the savoury Pork Pie wedding cake was from Appleton’s of Yorkshire.

Wedding cake made up of five tiers of Macarons in pink hues from red to cream with flowers around the base and on top

A brooding sky

Thankfully we got some respite from the rain in the late afternoon. I managed to sneak the couple out for some more shots in a stunning wheat field nearby. The brooding early evening sky made for a perfect backdrop against the lush green of the field. A quick warm through and we were back for an evening of fun filled dancing into the night.

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They are stood by the roadside in Bardsey Village, LeedsView from the doorway at Bardsey Village Hall, Leeds as the Bride and Groom walk in hand in hand up the pathwayStone building with blue doors and bunting across the window in Bardesy Village, Leeds. There are large trees either side of the building and a cloudy sky in the backgroundThree young girls looking towards a black dog which one of the girls is about to stroke. There are two women in the background also looking towards the dog, smilingBride and groom seated looking at each other smiling at their wedding reception in Bardsey Village Hall, LeedsBride and groom holding hands with outstretched arms walking through a green wheat field with a dark cloudy sky above them with trees in the backgroundBride and groom facing each other holing hands in a green wheat field with a large green tree to the left of the picture in the background and a dark cloudy sky above.Groom giving the bride a piggyback walking through a green wheat field in Bardsey, Leeds with a dark cloudy sky above themBride walking away from the camera down a blossom lined path with green foliage surrounding her. The groom is walking in front of her and only his head and right arm can be seen. 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