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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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