Yorkshire Dales Wedding Photography – Emily & Pete

The Yorkshire Dales are one of the big attractions for me, as a resident of God’s own county, but Emily & Pete’s wedding was my first experience of Yorkshire Dales Wedding Photography. Of course, I’d shot at lots of venues in the area but Emily & Pete’s chosen location really was all about the great outdoors of Yorkshire, surrounded as we were by the beautiful hills of the Kilnsey Estate.

Alongside their Yorkshire Dales Wedding Photography, I’ve asked Emily to share some more details about their story and their wedding day, starting with when Pete decided to pop the question…

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The Proposal

We had just moved into our new house (the first house we bought together). We’d done the move ourselves (which was a mistake!) and we were both exhausted. We got a takeaway at the end of the day and sat eating like zombies in our new kitchen. Pete disappeared for a moment and the next then I knew he was on one knee beside me. Through a mouthful of chicken bhuna, I said yes!

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The Planning

We had 18 months to plan so it wasn’t stressful. We booked all the suppliers really early on and then didn’t plan anything else until a few months beforehand. I think you can choose to make it more or less difficult. There’s so much choice about every decision out there and it’s easy to indulge in all the different options – but making decisions quickly makes it a whole lot easier to plan and less stressful too.


There was an outdoorsy/Yorkshire theme to the day. The ceremony was outside and the reception was in a marquee in the most beautiful setting. We styled the marquee with lots of flowers hanging from the ceiling, and table decorations consisted of jam jars with flowers from both of our parents’ gardens and also a local Leeds supplier who grew them on her allotment.

My dress was lacey, off the shoulder (no idea what designer it was, if any!) and Pete’s suit was a woolen check. The grooms party just wore their own blue woolen suits with matching pocket hankies and ties that we gave them. We didn’t do the traiditonal hat and tails, and the bridesmaids wore lacey nude pink dresses with dropped hems and low backs.

Memorable Moments?

The whole day was incredible! But favourite moments probably include the ceremony itself, which was officiated by our close friend Phoebe rather than a traditional registrar. We wrote our own vows and the whole ceremony meant a lot to us. Other favourite moments include watching Pete’s dad tear up the dance floor, chasing sheep out of the marquee and simply seeing all of our friends and family in such a beautiful setting. It was quite overwhelming to think that everyone was there purely because of us.

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We love our photos. The whole process was great – Mark was really relaxed and appreciated that we wanted quite an informal feel to our photos, which he captured perfectly. We Skyped him a week beforehand which was the first time we met him, and on the day he fitted right in. He was darting around all over the place, lying on the ground narrowly avoiding sheep muck, hanging from the poles of our marquee and wading in rivers all to get a good photo! The results captured the day perfecty. Lots of belly laughter!

Wedding Tips

Don’t feel pressured to spend money on things you don’t want, spend it on what’s important to you.  We weren’t so bothered about the little details, and we didn’t even have a cake! Everyone’s priorities will be different, but if you go with your gut and don’t succomb to the crazy world of wedding planning then it will be money well spent.

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The Suppliers

Food – The Hog & Apple Food Company
Day music – Laura Kindelan –
Flowers – Yorkshire Petals
Band – Motown Gold
Marquee – Yorkshire Yurts

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