Have you visited Saltmarshe Hall? Have you been to a wedding or event there? If you havn’t – you should start asking the universe to deliver you an invite! This truly is one of the most special places to get wed in East Yorkshire – without a doubt.
Team Insight had the pleasure and honour of covering Victoria and Mike’s big day there this weekend just past and it was so special we just can’t stop talking about! Saltmarshe Hall is tucked away on the banks of the River Ouse not far from York, Hull and Leeds – it’s a grade II listed 19th-century country house built on land which has been in the Saltmarshe family since the Norman Conquest.
Mike and Victoria live not too far way from Saltmarshe Hall in the village of Kilpin and fell in love with the house and estate when they were searching for their wedding venue. With 17 acres of beautifully maintained grounds, exquisite walled gardens and a recently completed internal renovation – Saltmarshe was a perfect choice!
Our day started with Mike and his groomsmen at the Best Man’s house in Hull. Mike and his Dad (who was also his best man) are MAHOOSIVE petrolheads! Their car of ultimate desire is the Lotus Elise, a 2 door supercar and both our Groom and his Dad have one. Mike’s example in purple is the apple of his ‘non human’ eye and if you get him talking about these cars you should be prepared with a flask of tea!
We helped the boys get ready and photographed the laughs of attempts to put in cuff-links and tie cravats – we often are responsible for dressing men on wedding days but the pictures always look like they knew what they were doing! After dressing, it was time to get some cool street photography and feature Mike’s beloved Lotus. We had a great time with the boys and it really set the tone for the rest of the day.
Leaving the groom and groomsmen behind, Hannah and I travelled to Kilpin, about 40 minutes drive from Hull to meet our Bride, Victoria, who was finishing up with hair and make up as we arrived. Ably assisted by her 4 bridesmaids, Victoria was having a great time during her preparations – no stress, no hassles – just fun! The girls were VERY organised, that gave me the time I like to make carefully considered images that tell an intimate story.
Once the bride was dressed in her perfectly fitted gown, I spent some time creating portraits and then it was off to Saltmarshe to get wed – transportation in a Austin 18 York was provided The Alternative Wedding Car Company and their ace driver, Mick (who was on top form as per usual).
The wedding was a lovely affair, enhanced with 2 readings. Starting at 3pm, it was later than most weddings but I always think this gives couples a much more relaxed morning and if that is what they are looking for then it’s a perfect choice!
On the way in to the venue, I noticed a fabulous tree with perfectly fields on either side so a drive out to get some dramatic landscape images with the bride and groom was on the cards. i love it when couples trust me in this way and I know Victoria and Mike will be delighted with the results. I had to get very low to get the shot I wanted and got completely ravaged by ants in the process – it’s all about the shot though!
We took care of formal group shots in the gardens of Saltmarshe Hall in our usual laid back fashion and got guests back to the bar in about 25 minutes! Victoria, Mike and I then took the opportunity to go for a wander as guests were being invited to dinner. The gardens get better and better every time I go to Saltmarshe and they had developed even more since I photographed my last wedding late last year. The landscaping really has to be experienced to be fully appreciated so hopefully some of my images will do the gardens a little bit of justice!
Dinner was served and Hannah and I took time to enjoy the delightful picnic that Victoria’s Mum had put together for us – you can’t beat a Scotch Egg! Speeches took place between the main course and dessert and there were certainly a few tears flying around the room! These families were true with their emotions and open with their love and that was lovely to witness.
The wedding breakfast flowed seamlessly into the evening do and after the bride and groom had cut their cake, they danced their first dance – I’d never seen a bride and groom enjoy their first dance as much as these two! Any Rollin of Ace Disco Party Sounds provided the soundscape – he smashed it as per usual! Most grooms are petrified of dancing with the new wives in front of guests – not Mike – he was all over it and it was if nobody else was in the room for these 2 – lost in their connection – just lovely to photograph.
This Saltmarshe Hall wedding was a true joy to not only photograph, but simply to witness through the camera. We wish Mike and Victoria all the very best for a very long and happy marriage and we can’t wait to share their story with them in a couple of weeks time.
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