Fishlake Mill wedding venue in Doncaster

Wedding Venues in Doncaster

Getting married at the right wedding venue is one of the crucial requirements for a memorable wedding. At the very least, you need to be in a location with a fantastic atmosphere for your nuptial celebration. Somewhere that you and your partner both love. There are many beautiful wedding venues in Doncaster, but if you want to make sure your wedding is unforgettable, it's important to pick a venue you love.

Choosing the right wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you'll have to make when planning a wedding.

Deciding on the type of venue, whether you want an outdoor or indoor ceremony, venue capacity, guest accommodation and of course menu options..

Below is my list of some of the best Doncaster wedding venues.

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Cusworth Hall

Cusworth Hall is a public hall and park with beautiful landscapes and views over Doncaster. It offers couples a chance to hold wedding ceremonies inside and outside in marquees. You and your loved ones will love this Yorkshire wedding venue for its beautiful scenery and elegance. Other things you’ll love include the beautiful buildings, lovely landscape and gardens. There is also an option to have a marquee there for larger weddings.

See this wedding at Cusworth Hall on my blog if you'd like to view more from that place.

Bride and Groom at Cusworth Hall wedding venue
Cusworth Hall wedding venue

Fishlake Mill

Think of the magic you can make at a historic mill restored and transformed into a wedding venue. That place is Fishlake Mill, located in Fishlake outside Doncaster. Fishlake Mill gives you a venue that is uniquely beautiful in all seasons. Your own wedding ceremony here will be unique, magical and perfect. It's one of the best unusual wedding venues Doncaster has to offer when it comes to chilled and relaxed outdoor weddings. A fairytale setting.

Check out this gallery from a wedding at Fishlake Mill to see more photographs from this mill venue.

Fishlake Mill wedding venue in Doncaster

Priory Place

The Great Kitchen at Priory Place is one of the finest register office venues in Yorkshire. It was a fantastic move from Doncaster Council to open this place to the public and host wedding ceremonies there after the old one at Elmfield Park closed a few years ago. They only host ceremonies so you'll have to sort out your evening reception separately but it's one of the best small wedding venues Doncaster offers and it's a perfect place for those smaller or micro weddings.

Check out this wedding at Priory Place to see more photos from this venue.

Priory Place wedding Doncaster
Priory Place

Mansion House

Doncaster’s Mansion House offers couples elegant spaces for their wedding celebrations. Built in 1755 this grade 1 listed building is one of only four in the country and is located right in the centre of town. It also used to be the ex-mayor’s office. This majestic venue can cater to both intimate and large wedding celebrations. A wedding at the Mansion House would be one of splendour and beauty. It would undoubtedly be a day to remember.

Doncaster Mansion House wedding venue in Doncaster
Mansion House in Doncaster

The Earl of Doncaster Hotel

For our art lovers, the Earl of Doncaster Hotel is an art deco style hotel located in the centre of town. In existence since 1940, the Earl of Doncaster has been hosting weddings for over 50 years and has become one of the most iconic wedding venues in town. You can be sure that your wedding here will be a success. You’ll love the elegance, luxury and glamour at this wedding venue. The hotel offers plenty of accommodation for your guests as well.

The ballroom at The Earl of Doncaster Hotel wedding venue
Art deco ballroom at The Earl

Owston Hall

Owston Hall is a private hall and golf course where your dreams can come true. It gives couples a chance to celebrate in style as they say their vows while hosting their loved ones. With a hotel dating back to the 17th century, Owston Hall is excellent for holding all kinds of weddings. Owston church is literally over the fence if you're wanting to have a church wedding ceremony.

Here is an example gallery from a wedding at Owston Hall.

Owston Hall wedding venue in Doncaster
Owston Hall

Mount Pleasant Hotel

You can use three words to describe Mount Pleasant Hotel: Luxury, warmth, and hospitality. This family-run hotel is one of the finest wedding venues in the area. An absolute classic in the Doncaster area. It offers you a chance to celebrate your special day in a country house setting with gorgeous gardens and unspoiled woodland.

Mount Pleasant Hotel Wedding Photographer Doncaster
Mount Pleasant Hotel

Warmsworth Hall

Warmsworth Hall is a premier wedding venue set within the walls of the Holiday Inn Doncaster. It adds an elegant historical field to every ceremony. It’s a favourite for couples who love historical romance. It is also exclusive, and you can work with a dedicated wedding coordinator provided by this venue to make your wedding dreams come true.

Warmsworth Hall Doncaster wedding venue
Warmsworth Hall

Rossington Hall

Rossington Hall is a luxury wedding venue just outside Doncaster that is unique and is sure to impress you and your guests. You’ll love the beautiful Victorian vibes of this venue and the numerous wedding packages available on offer. It is a family-run space with attention to detail. At Rossington Hall, you can be sure of a fantastic wedding celebration.

Unique Occasions at Loversall

If you're looking for barn wedding venues in Doncaster then Loversall Farm is a place you need to check out, A fine rustic combo of an ancient stone built barn and a marquee to host your wedding ceremony and reception.

The Crown Hotel

Located in Bawtry, The Crown Hotel is an ideal wedding venue for a chic and elegant wedding and the private and enclosed garden will serve as a backdrop to your family and group photos.

Hilton Garden Inn

Fantastic view and effortless elegance are some of the things that attract couples to the Hilton Garden Inn. Located on the Doncaster Racecourse with views of the course, hosting your celebrations here is sure to make it a success. This venue is also located quite close to the city center and also offers accommodation for you and your guests.

Mercure Hotel Doncaster

Located in the middle of the Doncaster, Mercure Doncaster is the perfect place to start your happily ever after. It has been hosting weddings for over 100 years so you can be sure that your wedding is in good hands. The venue is also very scenic and has a team dedicated to giving you a fantastic experience. It can host weddings of up to 180 guests.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park offers couples a chance to have the wedding of their dreams with no stress. Exotic and amazing endangered animals will surround you at this award-winning venue; what could be better than that? You also get to choose between the Outlook Suite that can host up to 100 guests and the Tsavo Lodge with a capacity for 180 people. You can be sure that your big day here will be filled with incredible memories.

Thornhurst Manor

Some of the things that stand out about Thornhurst Manor as a wedding venue are its elegance and beauty. You’ll love your wedding at this countryside location. It offers the perfect backdrop for your day. You’ll love the private gardens, enchanting woodland, and ponds.

Thornhurst Manor

Hooton Pagnell Hall

You will love the truly unique setting that Hooton Pagnell Hall offers. There are many lovely places where you can hold your ceremony, drinks reception and dining. Your wedding pictures from this venue are sure to be breathtaking too. At Hooton Pagnell Hall, couples have the chance to curate their own wedding experience, ensuring that they and their guests have a great time. A truly magical place for a wedding.

Christ Church

Another Doncaster's landmark. A beautiful church right in the middle of town, you can't miss it.

Christ Church, a beautiful place for a church wedding in Doncaster
Christ Church

Bear in mind that this is not a full list of available places to get married in Doncaster. This is not a wedding directory. I just wanted to use my blog to put a short list of local Doncaster wedding venues together to give brides and grooms an idea of what's available. You will also find example weddings from these venues on my blog.

FAQs about wedding venues in Doncaster

Choosing a wedding venue can be a challenging task as there are several choices to make, from menu options to size of the room. There are plenty of things to remember when looking for venues in Doncaster.

Where to get married in Doncaster?

Where can you get married in Doncaster? I hope you liked my list of the local Doncaster wedding venues and you can find your dream place to get married here All of these places can host your wedding ceremony but only some can serve as a wedding reception venue. Here you can find the full list of buildings licensed for civil marriages in Doncaster.

Wedding venue prices in Doncaster

One of the first thing I would recommend is deciding on a budget. Which will give you a rough idea of what's available. There are lots of choices, just make sure you find the venue one that's right for you and that fits within your budget

Guest accommodation in Doncaster

Some of these Doncaster wedding venues provide accommodation for your guests but some can only host your wedding ceremony. It hugely depends on the type of the venue. If you're planning a hotel wedding then chances are there will be plenty of guest accommodation there. In other case where you have to search for places for your wedding guests to stay, Doncaster boasts many hotels and B&Bs.

Types of wedding venues in Doncaster

There are so many types of wedding venues in Doncaster; both indoor and outdoor spaces where you can have your Doncaster wedding. It boasts of beautiful churches, hotels, historic halls, mills, barns and farms,

Photographer for your wedding in Doncaster

I've been a wedding photographer in Doncaster for years I visited some of these places many times. If you'd like to speak to me about your wedding at one of these venues then please get in touch.

Thanks for stopping by!


A beach wedding setup using wooden pallets

Beach wedding - how to plan and what to wear?

Beach weddings are very popular among UK couples, with many choosing to travel abroad to white-sand beaches and sunshine for their big day. However, it’s important to realise that beach weddings are not limited to tropical destinations; beaches come in all shapes and sizes. From pebble beaches in the UK, to black-sand beaches in Iceland, the possibilities for beach weddings are truly endless!

If you have dreamt about saying ‘I do’ on a beach but have lots of questions, hopefully this blog will provide some of the answers.

Married couple after a beach wedding

How to plan a beach wedding?

If you have just begun the wedding planning process, your first thoughts will probably be the venue. Will you choose to marry in a grand stately home? Perhaps barn weddings are your kind of vibe? Or maybe you’ve always quite liked the idea of a beach wedding?

Are beach weddings expensive?

The great thing about beach weddings is that they can be as expensive or as cheap as you want them to be. Standing on a beach with the natural landscape behind you means that you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds on ceremony décor; you already have the perfect backdrop!

Destination also plays a big role in answering this question! If you dream of having a destination beach wedding in the Maldives, then of course that will be expensive. However, there are some stunning beaches in less obvious wedding destinations in Europe that would cost a fraction of the price. Or even cheaper still, have you considered a wedding on the good old British coast? Devon and Cornwall are just two of the places in the UK with beaches that could rival those in Europe. What better way to keep your guests happy than with fish and chips on the beach?

In short, the cost of a beach wedding depends on the destination. Don’t forget to factor in the cost for your guests; a Maldivian wedding may be within your budget, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily affordable for your guests. Be open to alternative ideas and you could have a very unique beach wedding that doesn’t break the bank for yourselves (or your guests!)

Inexpensive beach wedding decor

How do you plan a beach wedding?

The best beach weddings begin with lots of research. You want to find out what the weather is like at different times of the year, if you can legally marry on the beach and how you go about securing suppliers and a celebrant.

If you discover that a legal ceremony on your beach of choice is not possible, don’t threat! Have you considered having a legal ceremony first and then a symbolic ceremony on the beach? Or perhaps you could visit the beach for photos with your guests after the ceremony?

If you are hoping to have a beach wedding abroad, you may wish to hire the help of a Wedding Planner. They can be costly, however, if there is a language barrier with your destination of choice or if you won’t be able to travel there freely before the big day to meet with suppliers, a Wedding Planner could save you a lot of stress and ensure the planning process runs smoothly.

Our advice would be to factor in the cost of travelling to the destination at least once before the wedding (even if you have enlisted a Wedding Planner) as you may be required to meet face-to-face to sort out the legal side of the marriage. Plus, it would be a shame to miss out on cake-tasting and menu-tasting as these are arguably the highlights of planning a wedding!

Bride and groom - beach wedding

How to dress for a beach wedding?

Once you have settled on where to get married, you will start to wonder about what to wear. Again, this answer depends on the destination of your beach wedding but a general rule is to not wear stilettos! Many couples choose to have a barefoot ceremony as the beach is one of the few places this is possible and it creates a lovely, relaxed atmosphere.

If you have chosen a hot destination for your wedding on the beach, you will want to avoid any materials that will make you too hot. For the groom, a light material for his suit is a must or maybe he will decide to lose the suit jacket altogether and opt for a cool shirt. For the bride, lightweight chiffon or silk is what you want to look for and with beach weddings, it’s all about ‘less is more’.

If you are getting married on a beach in the UK, chunky blankets that match your colour scheme and umbrellas for your guests will be the perfect finishing touch to a truly authentic Great British wedding!

Hopefully this blog has opened your eyes to the many possibilities that a beach wedding can bring. Beach weddings are not just limited to high-end, white-sand occasions in the Maldives! A beach wedding can be tailored to suit a range of budgets and tastes and can take place almost anywhere in the world! Whatever venue you decide on for your big day, we hope that all your wedding dreams come true!


Sheffield City Centre post wedding shoot with Jess and Tom

This photoshoot took place on a spring evening in Sheffield city centre, a few months after our Christmas wedding at Sheffield Town Hall. On the day of our actual wedding, a combination of terrible match-day traffic, busy Christmas markets and drizzly weather meant that some key photo ideas we had planned to do were sadly missed.

While planning our Sheffield Town Hall wedding we wanted to have some urban and alternative wedding photos taken on the way to the reception venue and we had a chance finally do it during this city centre photo walk.

But more importantly, this extra wedding shoot meant that Tom and I could do something a little bit more ‘alternative’ than we went for on our actual day, and Michal was able to capture some interesting shots using Sheffield murals and more urban backdrops.

Urban post wedding shoot in Sheffield City Centre

Although we wore similar outfits – of course my wedding dress was going to feature, I would wear it every day if I could and so I was thrilled to be able to put it back on for more photos! – a few tweaks to toughen up our looks echoed the more grungy, alternative feel of the photoshoot compared with the festive glitz of our wedding day. I went heavier on the makeup, finished with a burgundy lip instead of the classic red. We wore our Dr Marten boots, which was something we did consider for the wedding day but ended up with more elegant footwear in the end. Tom wore his leather jacket to match mine, and I switched my dainty emerald jewellery for bigger, statement gem earrings.

Putting our wedding outfits back on did feel a little strange, but it was so fun, and we are so glad we did! A few passers-by congratulated us, which was funny, but we just went with it! Because we’d already had so many photos done with Michal on the day, we felt even more at ease in front of the camera by this point and I think this meant we were able to take some shots which were more serious which comes less naturally to us. Saying that though, there are still plenty of us laughing at ourselves, it’s hard to take it seriously all the time! This makes me think it would be really helpful to have an engagement shoot if it’s something you can stretch your budget for, because it would mean you are more relaxed in front of the camera when it comes to your wedding day.

We had a few murals in mind to go to, and Michal mapped out a little route for us to walk round, but we also wandered down Milton Street to our old haunt Corporation, somewhere we have spent many a night having maybe a few too many coloured pints! It must have been meant to be because the owner was just leaving as we were taking photos outside, and he kindly invited us into the courtyard so we could take a few photos there. Those images in front of the Sonic mural are some of my favourites, the bright colours of the mural really contrast with the moody, darker tones of our outfits and the rest of the picture.

Smoke bomb wedding photos in Sheffield City Centre

Using the smoke bombs for our final photos was probably the most fun part, and I think all three of us were pleased to be able to get some photos with them as we didn’t end up taking any on our day back in December (we were enjoying our evening party too much to go back outside!). The colours look amazing, and because you only get one go at pulling the pin, you’ve just got to go for it which is so exciting!

It was great for us to have been able to explore a more alternative, rock ‘n’ roll style wedding vibe with this photoshoot, pay homage to our favourite city, and end up with some photos in which we look much cooler than we really are.

-Jess

Wedding photos with Sheffield murals

Sheffield murals in wedding photos

Bride and groom dancing during a post wedding shoot in Sheffield

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed photographing Jess and Tom. If you are looking for a Sheffield wedding photographer for your fun post wedding shoot then please message me. Thank you!

Dress: Tilly by Brighton Belle, bought at Blushes bridal in Sheffield.

Shoes: Dr Martens

Makeup: Done by myself!  jessicakatemakeup.co.uk

Necklaces: Debenhams

Groom’s attire: Reece Ford suit hire, Dronfield

Waistcoat: Noose & Monkey

Flowers: Faux from The Bride’s Bouquet


Owston Hall wedding

Owston Hall wedding - Jen and Matt

Today’s post takes me back to another fabulous Owston Hall wedding. Not that I’m complaining, because it is always a pleasure to be there and it’s such a great venue to hold a wedding. Also being a Doncaster wedding photographer I’m only few minutes away rom this fabulous venue. This time it was a November wedding full of autumnal colours and warmth. Maybe the fact that it was this part of the year somehow made the day feel more relaxed and chilled out, although I have a feeling that is more to do with Jen & Matt’s planning!

Owston Hall Wedding – Jen and Matt

Jen and Matt met in York on a night out, and had a first date at Nandos which was the first time Matt had been. Matt proposed in Cuba in 2017. ‘I’d even taken receipt of my ring from the postman and he told me it was cufflinks for his dad!’ – said Jen.

‘I was SO lucky’ – says Jen.  ‘My sister’s Mother in Law, Mary owned a bridal shop in York, and she was retiring. So she asked me if I wanted a dress. Weirdly before we got engaged. So I had to call Matt and say, this is weird and I know we aren’t getting married but Mary’s offered me a free wedding dress. What do you think? Matt told me to go for it (apparently we could ebay it or use it as halloween dress up) – but unbeknown to me, he’d ordered my engagement ring. So I went off with my mum and sister to Mary’s shop trying on dresses when I wasn’t even engaged. The dress was a Benjamin Roberts. I loved the simplicity of it.’

‘The most important thing that it was important for us to have our friends and family present and have a relaxing, fun day. We were fortunate that we have handy friends and family who made all of the table decorations. In terms of the colours – I ok’d a pink with the bridesmaids and they were happy so the men just had to go along with it!’ – says Jen.

Jen spent the night before the wedding at home with two of her bridesmaids (Mel and Jo) and Matt was at Owston Hall with Dave and Andy the best men. Jen went to her friends salon (Steph at Blush) as they have a bridal part where they all had drinks and nibbles and their hair done. Matt had a couple of beers at the bar! All very relaxed. Jens uncle drove her to church – he did the same for Jenn’s sister Kate so it’s now a family tradition. Jen looked stunning in her Benjamin Roberts wedding gown!

Owston Church Wedding – same place different time

The ceremony took place at Owston Church, which happens to be the same church that Jen’s grandparents got married in too – a very special ceremony in front of close friends and family. Here is a same place different time wedding photo of Jen with her dad under the lamp at the gate outside All Saints. Jen’s nan had a similar photo taken 55 years earlier.

Same place different time wedding photo - Jen and her grandparents at Owston Hall in Doncaster
A special Owston Church wedding – Jen married Matt at the same church her grandparents married years ago.

‘My dear Nan married my Grandad here and so it was so important to me (Jen) that I got married here. Nan was sick on the day, but knew we got married at ‘her’ church. Owston Hall is pretty – we chose to have the reception here purely as it was next door to the church. We had guests coming from far and wide and so we wanted everything to be easy and in one place.’ – says the bride.

They didn’t decorate the church. Firstly because it was beautiful and secondly because it was Remembrance Sunday the next day and the church had been decorated with poppies. They felt it would be wrong to try and cover up the poppies given what they stand for.

Jen and Matt wanted a religious and a contemporary reading. Mel and Jo picked these out as their input into the ceremony. They’ve know Jen for 26 years so they knew what she’d like. Hymns they picked because they thought them popular and remembered them from school.

After the ‘I dos’ they left the church to ‘All you need is love’ by the Beatles which really is so true!

Owston Hall Wedding

A beautiful sunny November day welcomed Jen & Matt’s guests to South Yorkshire – a fine day for a wedding! After the ceremony the newlyweds led their guests to Owston Hall, one of the finest wedding venues in Doncaster, for drinks and canapes.  It was a lovely day and the sunshine made it feel very summery. We completed all of the family and group photographs outside Owston Hall in plenty of time allowing the guests to relax and enjoy the afternoon.

The guests were called to the dining room all set out in its splendour. Jen went for DIY decorations for the reception and stuck with the pink theme. She had candle jars made by Mel and sweet trees with Lindt balls on each table made by her dad’s partner Gill and daughter Amy which replaced favours and table decorations. Place names were wooden laser cut outs organised by Kate, Jen’s sister. Balloons around the room, were organised and blown up by the groomsmen.

Matt’s mum Pauline made our wedding cake. We asked for something simple and she delivered, it was beautiful! They danced to Tom O’Dell’s ‘Grow old with me’. ‘Just the words are exactly us’ said Jen.

Jen says their favourite moment of the day was coming down the aisle and seeing each other at the end and everyone that came. As a piece of advice for all brides and grooms to be, Jen says to take a few minutes to yourselves and stand back, watch everyone and absorb it all in as the day flies by.

Here are a few photos from that day…All Saints in Owston

Bride and groom at Owston Hall golf course Wedding venue

Groom with Groomsmen

Bride and groom on stairs kissing outside Owston Hall

Bride with veil outside Owston Hall Wedding venue in Doncaster

Bride outside Owston Hall

Owston Hall wedding photos inside

Owston hall wedding photos internal

Wedding sitting plan

Wedding table decorations at Owston Hall

Wedding cake

Bride and groom at Owston Hall Wedding venue

Bride with blowing veil at Owston Hall

Autumn woodland wedding photos at Owston Hall

Autumn colours Owston Hall Wedding

Owston Hall Golf Course Wedding photos

Bride andgroom dancing at a goulf course at Owston Hall in Doncaster

Autumn wedding at Owston Hall in Doncaster

Wedding Photography at Owston Hall in Doncaster

Bride and groom wallking

Owston Hall wedding venue in Doncaster

List of suppliers:

Venue: Owston Hall, www.owstonhall.com

Wedding dress and accessories: Benjamin Roberts, alterations were done by Nicole at Elise designs in York. I had my sisters veil, and mum got my earrings – a vintage like look. I had two bracelets – one matched the earrings and the other was what Matt had given me the day before.

Bride’s shoes: for the ceremony some Vivienne Westwood x Melissa silver globe heels – for later on (my feet hurt) some jewel encrusted pointed flat shoes.

Makeup: Elouise at Blush, Carcroft

Hair: Steph Hirst at Blush, Carcroft

Bridesmaid dress: Adult bridesmaids – ASOS , flower girl marks and spencer.

Bridesmaid shoes: Debenhams

Groom’s attire: ASOS and Next

Favours: Sweet treat with Lindt balls and white ferrero rocher

Flowers: Maxines florist (harworth)

Cake: Matts Mum, Pauline

Food/catering: Owston Hall

Ceremony music: I know he’s called Rich and does the DJ at the Regent Hotel Doncaster – he’s my sisters friends partner

Table decorations: Hand made by Melissa, Amy and Gill.
Wedding car/transport: My uncle took me to church, as he did with Kate my sister. We didn’t need anymore transport as we then walked next door to the reception

Rings: Ernest Jones

Photobooth: Giggle box


Wedding day timeline

Wedding day timeline - a typical order of the day

Are you planning your wedding day timeline and don’t know where to start? I’ll try to show you a typical order of the day from a photographer’s perspective.

Anyone who has ever been to a wedding will know that there really are never two alike. As a wedding photographer this means being able to react to situations as they arise without compromising on the quality of your photography.

Typical wedding day timeline UK

Wedding day order - typical vintage palette timeline
A creative football themed vintage pallet wedding timeline.

Fortunately most weddings follow a similar structure, even if the details are very different, therefore I have put together a diary of a ‘typical wedding’ to give you an idea of what I would be aiming for during your wedding day. My typical wedding day timeline broken down looks like this:

Order of the day – wedding day schedule

  • Getting ready
  • Ceremony
  • Family and group photos
  • Wedding breakfast
  • Couples portraits
  • Evening reception

1. Preparation

Weddings are all about preparation, so it makes sense that you would want to record this in your wedding photography.

At this stage the house is normally buzzing with people – Bridesmaids, Parents, Hair & Make-Up artists, maybe even a Videographer, and of course the Bride herself.

At this point I aim to capture the atmosphere and energy that is going on all around us. This may include final touches to hair & make-up, the Bride’s dress and shoes, perhaps a little note from the Groom.

Depending upon the timescale of the preparation we may have opportunity for a few Bridal portraits before departing for the ceremony venue, however experience has shown that often this is best left until we reach the ceremony venue due to the ‘wedding fever’ that descends as the ceremony draws near.

Wedding day order - getting ready photos
A typical wedding day timeline starts with getting ready photos.

2. Ceremony

The Wedding Ceremony, or Marriage, is the centerpiece for the whole day. This is the point where two people make a promise to spend the rest of their lives together.

I like to arrive at the ceremony venue ahead of the Bride to capture some shots of the venue before the guests arrive. This means I am able to meet the Groom and his party for a few portaits before they become too busy / nervous to stand for a photograph.

Being at the wedding venue also allows me to capture the arrival of the Bride in her chosen mode of transport. Upon her arrival there is normally a very short window for us to capture a few portraits of the Bride with her party before she is sequestered by the officials conducting the wedding. During the ceremony I try to remain as anonymous and invisible as possible so as not to distract from the ceremony itself, while still capturing the key moments.

The ceremony concludes with the signing of the register and the exit of the Bride & Groom, which is normally followed by a period of congratulations from your family & friends.

Wedding ceremony at The Normans near York
Laura and Adam during their wedding ceremony. Photo from this wedding at The Normans.

3. Family and group portraits

Traditional wedding photography was based upon family portraiture, and this is still an important part of your wedding timeline.

This is the part of the day where I work with you beforehand to decide which photos you would like to include and how long to set aside for this portion of the day. This is one of the only times where we would ‘assume control’ of your wedding for a few minutes to organise your family photos.

Many people are unsure of how many photos to request or how long this will take to complete. My rule of thumb is approximately 10-15 group shots will normally take around 30 minutes to arrange. This is usually a reasonable time for guests to chat, have a drink and enjoy whatever entertainment you have arranged.

I would suggest that if you require more group photos than this then it may be best to arrange more formal entertainment for guests so that they feel included while photos are taking place. It’s also important to allow more time for those in your wedding day itinerary.

Group photos as part of a wedding day timeline
Group photos are an important part on your wedding day timeline.

4. The wedding breakfast

Although I use the term ‘wedding breakfast’ this really relates to the activities that surround your afternoon reception, such as the speeches & cutting your wedding cake.

Your wedding breakfast is the most relaxed part of your wedding day in terms of photography. I use this time to move around observing and capturing yourself and your guests as you take part in the festivities that follow your marriage.

Highlights from this part of the day tend to be the speeches, and the cutting of the wedding cake.

5. Couple portraits

Aside from your Wedding Ceremony, your portraits as a couple are some of the most important photographs that I produce on your wedding day. These will be the images that will describe you as a newly married couple when you look back on your wedding with your family.

Although I will spend almost the whole day taking photographs of you individually and together, your Bride & Groom portrait session provides the opportunity for you to spend a little time together away from your guests. During this session we will work together to produce a series of portraits of your both in a calm and relaxed environment while your guests entertain themselves.

Do not worry though. I don’t do too much unnecessary posing. I will make sure that you are comfortable and confident now that all the formal elements of your wedding day have been completed, so that your portraits reflect you in the best possible way.

Instead of doing it all in one go I tend to take my couples for a few short photo walks around the venue. The exact times of these sessions may also be affected by the time of year if we are hoping to use natural light for your portraits. Usually 2-3 short sessions (approx 10 minds each) is enough to produce a good amount of photos. This way your guests don’t feel like they are left on their own for a long period of time.

Whirlowbrook Hall wedding
Couples portraits don't have to interfere with your wedding day order. Photo from this wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall.

6. Evening reception

Time to relax and enjoy yourselves with your family and friends on the dance floor.

The culmination of our coverage is your first dance together as a newly married couple. This is a tradition that family and friends love to watch and makes a great way to complete your photography.

During this time I work in a very fluid way to capture you as a couple. I do not pose you for your dance, instead I capture this part of your day as it is seen by your guests.

After your first dance I will stay for a while to capture some boogie woogie and then I will quietly pack away and say goodbye to let you enjoy the rest of your evening with your family and friends.

Wedding day timeline UK


Rogerthorpe manor wedding - bride and groom

A rustic autumn wedding at Rogerthorpe Manor - Amy & Wesley

These two are like Link and Zelda, a perfect fit, made to be together. A wedding day is a present day, kind of. You get yourself a new hubby or a new wife. You’re about to do the rest of your lives together. It doesn’t get any better. Well, maybe when The Almighty sends you a little bit of sunshine when he previously decided it was gonna be a wet day. Check out these photos from Amy and Wes’s Rogerthorpe Manor wedding.

Rogerthorpe Manor wedding – Amy and Wes

We met 2014 after being set up by a couple we both knew. After a few weeks of texting, we went to Bella Italian for our first date and followed by the cinema to see American Hustle and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

Wes proposed whilst we were on a mini break to a very wet east coast. It was a really wet and miserable week but we tried to make the most of it with various outings to Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough. I often joke that Wes had to do something to save the holiday!

The planning was for the most part pretty easy. Both being very laid back people, we didn’t get caught up in the insignificant details. We knew we wanted to get married after the summer and autumn is a beautiful season.

The venue is one we had been to before for a wedding and loved, so it didn’t take long for everything to start falling into place.

How would you best describe your wedding theme?

A rustic autumn theme. Lots of use of burnt orange and teal colours.

Ceremony music

The music before the ceremony were songs from musicians we both like that were somewhat on the mushy side (Mumford & Sons, Muse, Snow Patrol, The Lumineers).

Amy walked down the aisle with her father to ‘Northern Wind’ by City and Colour. City and Colour is her favourite artist and the opening verse was fitting for the autumn theme of the wedding.

The ceremony was perfect. It helped that the registrar was so lovely and laid back, she put our minds at easy and made the whole thing go smoothly (no fluffing up of lines!). We had one reading, which the registrar read which was taken from The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman, a light hearted poke at how horrible love is.

The closing ceremony music was much more upbeat and light hearted, taking inspiration from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie soundtrack.

‘You + Me’ by You + Me. This is a collaboration between Dallas Green and P!nk. The song is a love realistic look on love and how people just are just meant for each other – flaws and all.

Favourite moment of the day?

When we went to the front of the venue to take some photos following the ceremony and the mingling and group photos. It was the first time we really got to be alone (plus Michal) and talk.

Any advice for couples planning their wedding day?

It sounds cliche but don’t stress the little things. They really won’t matter!

Pictures from Amy and Wes’s wedding at Rogerthorpe Manor

Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue in West Yorkshire

Wedding rings in a rustic wooden box

Wedding converse shoes

Bride getting ready

Groom getting ready

Wedding ceremont at Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue

Wedding ar Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue

Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue

Group wedding photo

Rogerthorpe manor wedding - bride and groom

Wedding photos at Rogerthorpe manor

Rogerthorpe manor wedding - Amy and Wes

Rogerthorpe manor wedding photos

Rogerthorpe manor wedding day

Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue in Pontefract

Bride and groom with a smartphone

Autumn wedding seating plan

Table plan at Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue

Autumn wedding cake at Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue

Autumn wedding cake at Rogerthorpe manor wedding

Autumn wedding details

Autumn wedding decorations

Married couple at Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue

Bride and groom at Rogerthorpe manor

Rogerthorpe manor wedding images

Bride and groom at Rogerthorpe manor wedding venue

Autumn wedding decorations

Bride and groom cutting cake

Rogerthorpe Manor wedding suppliers

A shout out to some other talented humans that helped to make this wedding at Rogerthorpe Manor special:

Venue: Rogerthorpe Manor

Bride’s gown: Highstreet dress with minor alterations made. I wanted a lace dress with a vintage style this was perfect.

Bride’s shoes: Lace Converse which I added teal ribbons to for laces. I bought the shoes before I bought the dress!

Makeup: Laura Harrison

Hair: Euphoria Hairdesign

Groom’s attire: Tickled Pink

Favours: Alziheimer’ Society

Flowers: MKendraWedding @ Etsy

Cake: Vintage Cake Fairy

Photobooth: Viva La Booth

Photographer, me, Leeds wedding photographer