The call to photograph Rachel and Edward’s ceremony at The Chapel Harrogate came with less than a week to go to their wedding day. Edward explained they were having a cosy, intimate wedding at a renovated Wesleyan Chapel just over the road from where they live in Harrogate. Edward also said the chapel was amazing and that he had seen nothing like it. When I arrived, I began to get an inkling of what he meant just from the outside.
Readers… this isn’t just any renovated chapel…
With much smiling, and plenty of warm hugs, their guests arrived in turn. As they walked into the atrium you could see they were bowled over with its unique style and impeccable details. This ornate chapel in harrogate was built in 1896. Following a lack of use in the twenty first century, it fell into disrepair. In 2009 it was given Grade 2 listed status by Heritage England. A few years later, a guy from Yorkshire called Mark Hinchcliffe came along, and amazing, creative changes began.
Rachel’s soft pale pink wedding dress was made bespoke. An admirer of beautiful, unique dresses, photographing its texture and skilled details made me extra happy. Edward’s design choices for his bow tie and gold yellow pocket handkerchief were also admired.
Rachel and Edward met for the first time at The Fat Badger in Harrogate. Edward shared with me that it was love at first sight! Just one year later, they made a home together with their children.
Thank you newly-weds for choosing me to photograph your wedding at The Chapel Harrogate. This was its first wedding! Mark was a fantastic and thoughtful host, the registrar, Karen, was brilliant – it was team work from start to finish… and, I can confirm that the food and drink provided and served by Stuzzi, the Italian restaurant in Harrogate was excellent. What a fantastic wedding day – please let there be more.
The Chapel Harrogate Weddings, Xox
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