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Jude & Mark | Danby Castle wedding | North Yorkshire, England

Before I start gushing, let me say a huge thank you to the amazing Kari Bellamy, who let me tag along at Jude and Mark's wedding. If you're a long-time follower of the blog, you might recall that I spent a good month in England and Belgium last year. As luck would have it, Kari needed a second photographer in that timeframe for a wedding in Yorkshire. In a castle. With an incredible couple. With a vintage tea party theme. Are you excited yet? Oh my god, this wedding. Also, it was in the English countryside and the heather was in bloom. Seriously, guys, this wedding. bride and groom portraits in the heather These are the kinds of venues wedding photographers get to work in England. This is Danby Castle, in North Yorkshire. It's the place where Catherine Parr moved after Henry VIII died. No, really. danby castle wedding wedding guests at danby castle ceremony flower girls at danby castle wedding wedding ceremony at danby castle north yorkshire wedding ceremony in a castle I learned all about English weddings, which are surprisingly different from American ones. For instance, there's a part of the ceremony you're not allowed to photograph - something legal. first kiss at north yorkshire england wedding being introduced at danby castle wedding little girl looking at the bride and groom at danby castle wedding danby castle wedding recessional danby castle wedding scenery One of the great things about this day was that Jude and Mark hadn't hired a second, so I was "off the book" so to speak. Which means I could take whatever photos I wanted all day, without worrying about "getting the shot" or making anyone happy other than myself. little girl running into the camera at danby castle wedding bride and groom in front of castle ruins in north yorkshire guests laughing at danby castle wedding wedding reception in north yorkshire, england little girl playing with blocks at danby castle wedding watching the cat go by at danby castle wedding animals at danby castle in north yorkshire, england little girls walking hand-in-hand at danby castle wedding groomsmen at danby castle wedding portrait of the groom at danby castle wedding bartenders at danby castle wedding reception little girl in castle ruins in north yorkshire, england random scenes from a wedding at danby castle in north yorkshire Also, vintage tea party theme. I mean, could a wedding have a cuter set of decorations? I'm not sure it could. vintage tea party theme wedding wedding with a vintage tea party theme love with pennant decorations love decorations at danby castle wedding So another different tradition, is you have the ceremony (which has to take place under very specific regulations), then you have a "wedding breakfast", regardless of what time the meal actually takes place. Later, there's dancing and then another meal is served - weddings are allllll day affairs in England. speeches at danby castle wedding reception best man making a speech at danby castle wedding In fact, the time to do portraits, rather than between ceremony and the meal, is between the "breakfast" and the "reception." We got to steal Jude and Mark away to go do portraits... bride and groom portraits in castle ruins in north yorkshire, england wedding portraits at danby castle ... in the freakin' English countryside, which was covered in heather. Yes, I was freaking out. wedding portraits in the english countryside bride and groom portraits in north yorkshire, england Seriously. bride and groom photos taking in the heather in the english countryside Picking flowers for his bride. picking heather for his bride relaxed wedding portraits in north yorkshire, england Seriously. landscape photo of the english countryside playing with lawn games at danby castle wedding cutting the cake at danby castle wedding Then after the breakfast, after portraits and some more hanging around in a "cocktail hour" type setting, you have the reception with a "disco." first dance with purple dj lights first dance with her hand on his butt at danby castle wedding first dance photographs from danby castle wedding little girl dancing at danby castle wedding guests dancing at danby castle wedding little girl jumping off the stage at danby castle wedding kids dancing at danby castle wedding reception bride dancing with the kids at danby castle wedding reception dancing at the danby castle wedding reception dramatic dance photo from danby castle wedding Yeah just in case you can't tell, I loved this wedding. Loved this wedding. I can't thank Kari enough for having me along and Jude and Mark for not minding another photographer hanging around on their day. Maybe some day I'll have my very own English wedding clients (hint hint y'all).

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