Documentary wedding photography and the importance of finding context
Wedding Location: Northallerton, UK
Reception Venue: East Harlsey Village Hall (East Harlsey, Northallerton DL6 2BL)
Ceremony Venue: St Eloy’s Church (Northallerton DL6 2ERL)
The Couple: Thomas & Vanessa
In brief: A village hall with a local theatre twist complete with a spot-lit first dance!
THOMAS & VANESSA // EAST HARLSEY VILLAGE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOM & LIAM
When our couples ask us what time we are going to arrive in the morning we always answer “as early as you like!” This is not just to get photographs of all the bride and groom preparations (although obviously that is very important!) but because we want to understand not just the relationship between the bride and groom but between all of the key characters of the wedding. We’re always looking to give our imagery as much context in a single frame as we possibly can and arriving early for Vanessa & Thomas’s wedding proved vital in informing that context and, in turn, providing some interesting photographic opportunities that were hugely personal to the couple…
The vicar is generally a relatively peripheral figure in a wedding day – hugely important to the ceremony of course but usually absent from the rest of the day. In Vanessa and Thomas’s case though the vicar that would marry them was in fact Thomas’s father and this knowledge gave a whole new dimension to the story to focus on through the course of the morning, ceremony and beyond.
Not only was the ceremony especially beautiful and personal with this added close relationship and new meaning to many of the words spoken; the whole day outside of the ceremony proved to be something very special indeed! The reception took place at East Harlsey Village Hall (a stunning 1930’s community space) with a traditional (and always fun!) Chinese tea ceremony taking place in the marquee before the guests finally moved into the local theatre for some fantastic speeches and a stunning confetti-blasting, spot-lit first dance!
In short it was an absolute joy to be a part of Vanessa & Thomas’s celebrations and capture their very special, very personal story. Below are just a few of our favourites.
Dom & Liam
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East Harlsey Village Hall Wedding Photography by York Place Studios. Dominique Shaw and Liam Shaw are the creative partnership behind York Place Studios and strive to create emotional, storytelling photography that captures the real moments of your wedding day. Based near York and Leeds, the destination documentary wedding photographers travel across their home county of Yorkshire, the UK, Europe and worldwide to capture your special moments.