VILLAGE HALL WEDDING IN RIPON, YORKSHIRE - JO & JAMES - 6TH OCTOBER 2018

I absolutely love how many dog crazy couples I get since I started offering my Autumn/Winter dog shoots! People stumble those shots, see how much I love dogs and know that they’re getting a huge dog lover in their wedding photographer which I never anticipated happening, but I’m so glad it does! Since adding my dog shoots page to my website I’ve booked SO many couples who want to involve their dog(s) in their big day! Jo & James were one such couple! We hadn’t actually met before the wedding but we had Skyped and I think I had our dog Jackson on my knee at the time! Having their pups Maya and Polly involved in their day was super important to them.

Jo & James’s wedding was so chilled out. They got ready together in the morning at their house surrounded by family & friends (& dogs!) and both the ceremony and reception took place at Sawley Village Hall near Ripon. A vintage bus took everyone between the two and the hall was decorated with hay bales, colourful lanterns and bunting. Nomad Catering provided amazing canapés in the afternoon and fish & chips in the evening. Scroll down to keep reading…!

A golden retriever lying asleep on the floor
A black and white image of a bridesmaid having her mascara applied by a makeup artist
A little girl looking up at the glass of wine her mum is drinking
A bride having her makeup done at home
A bride and groom holding hands
A bride taking a selfie with her friends in the kitchen
A bride taking her wedding dress off the wardrobe
A bride hugging her bridesmaid
A little girl looking out the window at a vintage bus
A bride stepping off a vintage bus
A man and woman sat waving across the room
A little boy looking grumpy at a wedding

I honestly couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome by these guys. Jo is just an absolute sweetheart and was a dream of a bride. The review she left me is one of my all time favourites…

“Laura photographed our wedding a couple of weeks ago, we chose Laura because of her relaxed approach and mostly because she loves dogs! 
Laura was there when we needed to speak to her during wedding prep, she always responded quickly and was really flexible when we decided to add an extra hour to facilitate more dog photos! On the day Laura was AWESOME, she was there when I was getting ready and didn’t miss a thing. At the village hall she even disposed of my prawn tail when I couldn’t find anywhere to put it! 
We wanted the documentary style photographs we had seen on her website but on the day we elected to do a couple of quick group shots too to capture family we don’t see very often. Laura was happy to roll with this. The results are way beyond what we expected. First photo she sent us looked like it could have been in a magazine! When the slide show arrived we sat in Italy overlooking the coast laughing and crying at the wonderful images we saw. We’ve watched it so many times that the song goes round and round in my head when I run!!!! We got the final edits last week and we really couldn’t be happier she’s truly captured the fun love, laughter and relaxed atmosphere of the day. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Laura for weddings and dog shots. We’d love to work with her again! We’d give her six stars if we could! Thank you Laura xxx”

So basically if you’re planning on involving prawns in your wedding, I’m a good person to have around 😂

A bride and groom stood saying their vows
A bride and groom laughing as they get married
A young boy tying colourful ribbon around a bride and groom's hands during a hand fasting ceremony

Alternative Ceremonies UK conducted the wedding which involved passing the rings around all of the guests and a hand fasting with lots of colourful ribbons, and of course a doggy ring bearer! Afterwards we nipped outside to grab a few portraits on the vintage bus which had kindly stuck around for us to make use of. There was face painting, live music all day and an incredible vintage swing band playing into the evening! During the band’s break, Jo & James did their first dance to N-Trance’s Set You Free!

Amazing fun was clearly had by all, including me, and these two deserve all the happiness in the world!

A black and white image of a groom reading his vows
A bride reading her vows to a groom
A dog looking at a celebrant during a wedding ceremony
A young boy doing a reading during a village hall wedding
A bride and groom sat on a vintage bus kissing with their dog at their feet
A bride and groom with their eyes closed smiling and snuggling on a vintage bus
A bride and groom kissing on a vintage bus
A bride dancing with a guest as a little girl takes a photo of them
A little girl watching a ladybird crawl up her arm
A laughing woman showing friends a photo of her puppy at a wedding
Guests at a wedding clinking their glasses and cheers-ing
Wedding guests talking and laughing
A wedding guest having her face painted
A bride and groom kissing during speeches
A groom doing his speech into a microphone
The best man giving his speech
A bride and groom hugging the best man
A band member playing the trumpet
guests dancing at a wedding
A bridesmaid dancing as everyone claps and cheers around her
A vintage band playing at a wedding
Two girls dancing at a wedding
A bride hugging her friend
A wedding guest saluting the band as he wears a sailor's hat
A bride and groom doing their first dance with guests gathered behind them
A groom pulling a funny face as he dances