Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photographer for Kate & Mark

I could have started this couple’s wedding photography post with, “Let me look at that elbow for you”, which is how their love story began but I’ve gone with the much less intriguing, ‘I was Kate & Mark’s Hazlewood Castle wedding photographer’ instead. I promise I’ll come back and explain the elbow comment which was from Mark to Kate. I am fortunate to have worked at this Leeds wedding venue several times and have come to know it and its staff rather well. I was of course delighted to be one of the recommended Hazlewood Castle wedding photographers and this is how Mark found me. Often it’s the bride-to-be who contacts me, but in this case, it was the groom-to-be. We clicked straight away on the phone and when we all met, it was very relaxed and we were in tune all the way through.

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Their wedding colours were subtly toned and their decorations stylishly understated. The amazing Vernon Sisters sung and played at their blessing in the chapel at Hazlewood Castle and carried on throughout the wedding breakfast. They sang, ‘All of Me’ by John Legend for Kate & Mark’s first dance and a few more swing numbers after that. Wonderful sounds! There was a magician to entertain their guests during the drinks’ reception and the food was first class dining. What a memorable wedding day.

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After their marriage ceremony in Hazlewood’s Castle, Victoria Room, it was over to the chapel for the blessing by Father Ian

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Because the eye is distracted by bold colours, a black and white photograph can work better because the absence of strong colours makes the eyes focus on people’s expressions and emotions.

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Nothing that you chose to wear and display on your wedding day, ever looks the same once your day is over. This is one of the reasons why I like photographing a couple’s wedding day details. It might be a female wedding photographer’s trait.

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Kate told me that they knew pretty soon that they wanted to be together. They met whilst walking their dogs. Mark noticed that she had a tubigrip on her elbow and then he made his offer to have a look at it for her. On a weekend in Brighton, they bought her engagement ring.

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Kate’s wedding dress was amazing! It was a Parisian design and it’s subtle champagne colour suited her colouring perfectly. Her daughter who gave her away, took a part of its design and had a wedding hair ornament made for the day.


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More of Kate & Mark’s wedding day celebrations will be shared with you soon.

If you were Mark & Kate’s wedding guest and would like to see their full wedding galleries, please contact me or the couple for the access link, which will be available from Wednesday morning.