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Bowcliffe Hall wedding photographyThis weekend saw us packing our passports as we travelled out of county to photograph Emma & Michael’s splendid wedding at a new venue for us – Bowcliffe Hall.
Out of county wedding photography Groomsman wedding photography
We first met Emma and Michael at one of our previous weddings at Allerton Castle and it was a lovely surprise when they got in touch to talk about us photographing their big day.  As the couple live near to Brighton, we conducted a Skype consultation and sealed the deal with a ‘virtual high five’ and we were signed as their wedding photographers to help capture what would become a classic Yorkshire Wedding!
Groomsman wedding photography Groomsman wedding photography
Emma and Michael described their dream venue, Bowcliffe Hall, which we had never heard of and consequently had never visited but my oh my – were we in for a treat!  When we met for our pre-wedding consultation back in April, I was absolutely blown away by the venue.  In my previous life as a hotel/restaurant professional, I worked in some rather amazing places – particularly in Canada – Bowcliffe Hall was right up there with some of the best I ever worked in.
Groomsman wedding photography
It’s quite hard to describe what Bowcliffe hall ‘is’ – but I suppose ‘A Driver’s Club cum Luxury Event Venue’ starts to paint the picture but a visit is absolutely essential to really get ones head around the setup – I was literally in awe of the perfection of this place’s decor, presentation and general atmosphere.  With vintage motoring memorabilia and curated fine art adorning the walls and lush interiors, it was a feast for a photographer’s eyes.
Bridal wedding photography Pre-wedding photoshoot
Micheal and Emma fell in love with the Hall when they were tipped off about it as it is somewhat of a hidden gem in the landscape of Yorkshire Wedding Venues.
Bridal wedding photography
Our day started as usual with the groom’s preparations and we were greeted by Michael in a pretty chilled out state as he has had his apartment to himself the night before – no stinky, noisy groomsmen to contend with!  The boys arrived as we did and we had a great time getting to know each other and helping them with ties, button hole flowers and general grooming.  A stroll around the adjoining farm gave us some great opportunities for hero shots and we then left the gents behind to bumble their way through the rest of the morning as gents do!
Pre-wedding bridal photography
A short drive around the corner, we were at Bowcliffe Hall and there we stayed for the rest of the day.  Emma and her girlies were on top form and greeted us with great excitement in the Morning Room.  In fact, I don’t think I have encountered such a giddy, excited, awesomely humoured bride in a very long time – Emma was such a joy to photograph as her smile and energy filled up every corner of the room to the brim.
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Once Emma was dressed and ready to go – it was ‘Game On’ as they say and we were transported back in time to the Art Deco indulgence of the Bowcliffe Room where a lovely civil ceremony took place where Emma and Michael ‘tied the knot’.  If you look carefully at the images, you should see that Emma floated about 6 inches off the ground all the way down the aisle and her beaming smile provided energy to half of Yorkshire’s households!
Wedding party photography
The weather was stunning so after the ceremony, it was into the perfectly manicured gardens for canapés, fizz and family photos which we took care of in our usual signature style – fast, fun and semi formal!  ‘Insight 1’ our trusty drone took to the skyies and provided some great aerial views for us – always awesome when we get to put the ‘bird’ up – and as we are licensed and insured with the CAA we are ‘street legal’ to do so – something we are very proud of.
Post-wedding photography
This day whizzed by like the speed of the racing cars that were such a big themes of the day’s venue – before we knew it, we were ushered in to the Ballroom for dinner and speeches.  the usual suspects delivered perfect vernaculars and then we were treated to a bride’s speech – we don’t see this very often but Emma certainly wanted to get a few words in!
Post-wedding photography

After dinner, we spent some lovely time with Emma and Michael exploring the grounds and creating some lovely portraits before evening guests began to arrive and it was time for the evening reception which was held in the Blackburn Wing – a triumph of architectural design and the winner of multiple awards – a tribute to aviation Hero Robert Blackburn who introduced the  first scheduled air service in Great Britain.  You just have to see this to really get a sense of the incredible design achievement so here’s a video showcasing the space – I love architecture and I was just totally blown away by this incredible building.  You should get a sense of what I’m talking about with this video below.

Emma and Michael cut their cake, shimmied around the dance floor during their first dance and then the party got well under way – we even made a few shapes ourselves!  i have to say, this was one hell of a wedding – talk about fun, beauty, class, style, grace and smiles – we had it all.  We want to thank Emma & Michael, their families and friends for making us feel so welcome and included and for gifting us the opportunity to shoot at such a fabulous Yorkshire venue.
Wedding party photography
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