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Yorkshire Wedding – Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey – Clare and Neil

yorkshire wedding photography The Devonshire Arms, Skipton

11 April 2012

Wow. What can I say. Clare and Neil got married on Bonfire Night last year and it was beautiful and emotional and fun and just a pleasure to be part of. The venue for all this gloriousness was The Devonshire Arms next door to Bolton Abbey, near Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. Great venue and it’s about 5 mins from where I proposed to Anna and where we just spent our 3rd wedding anniversary, so it’s special to me too!

First off I met Clare in the bustling metropolis that is Skipton for a little hair salon action…

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Back at the Devonshire, and time to shoot the shoes.Devonshire arms wedding photography (8)

Love moments like this. This is Clare’s dad. Can’t tell you exactly what they were talking about, but it made me smile too.Devonshire arms wedding photography (9)

Too early for champers? Never!Devonshire arms wedding photography (10)

This is Chester Clare and Neil’s faithful companion, we’re going to see more of him later…Devonshire arms wedding photography (11) Devonshire arms wedding photography (12) Devonshire arms wedding photography (13) Devonshire arms wedding photography (14)

This is Neil, the epitome of a calm, relaxed, unstressed groom. The camera does lie, don’t believe a word of it.Devonshire arms wedding photography (15)

Neil tells me that the Autumnal, pumpkin based floral arrangements were all his idea. Not sure I believe him but they looked great.Devonshire arms wedding photography (16)

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and the dress, oooo frilly.Devonshire arms wedding photography (19) Devonshire arms wedding photography (20) Devonshire arms wedding photography (21) Devonshire arms wedding photography (22) Devonshire arms wedding photography (23) Devonshire arms wedding photography (24) Devonshire arms wedding photography (25) Devonshire arms wedding photography (26) Devonshire arms wedding photography (27) Devonshire arms wedding photography (28)

The Devonshire has a bit of a higgledy piggledy layout, this is Clare with the registrars, shot through a mirror in the corridor.Devonshire arms wedding photography (29)

All the bridal party are now really nervous and stressed. Not.Devonshire arms wedding photography (30)

Unlike some people we could mention. Bless Neil, he’d already been in tears earlier in the morning and as I watched him waiting for Clare, it reminded me of how I’d felt in that same situation. Brilliant, don’t give me any of that macho nonsense, Neil was emotional, he was about to marry the woman of his dreams and he wasn’t afraid to show it. Hats off to him.Devonshire arms wedding photography (31) Devonshire arms wedding photography (32) Devonshire arms wedding photography (33) Devonshire arms wedding photography (34) Devonshire arms wedding photography (35)

It was a very emotional ceremony all together, and I don’t mind admitting I may have had something in my eye more than once.Devonshire arms wedding photography (36) Devonshire arms wedding photography (37)

A quick moment to reflect before the guests descend.Devonshire arms wedding photography (38) Devonshire arms wedding photography (39) Devonshire arms wedding photography (40) Devonshire arms wedding photography (41)

I’m not going to comment on the artistic merits of dog flock wallpaper, I just thought this painting looked a lot like Chester so deserved an image.Devonshire arms wedding photography (42) Devonshire arms wedding photography (43) Devonshire arms wedding photography (44)

Gotta love orange as an autumn wedding colour.Devonshire arms wedding photography wellies

After some mingling a glass or two I took Clare and Neil out for a few bride and groom portraits, they did brilliantly, these have to be some of my favourites of the whole year. They were so open and willing to share their love in front of an idiot with a camera and I think it shines out through the images. There were so many images that I loved I could’ve made a separate blog of just this part of the wedding to be honest.Devonshire arms wedding photography (46) Devonshire arms wedding photography (47) Devonshire arms wedding photography (48) Devonshire arms wedding photography (49) Devonshire arms wedding photography (50) Devonshire arms wedding photography (51) Devonshire arms wedding photography (52) Devonshire arms wedding photography (53) Devonshire arms wedding photography (54) Devonshire arms wedding photography (55)

As they were enjoying themselves so much, I even tried a few shots with some smoke. Gotta love a cheeky bum grab too :-) Devonshire arms wedding photography (56) Devonshire arms wedding photography (57) Devonshire arms wedding photography (58) Devonshire arms wedding photography (59) As the sun went down, we went for something a little more dramatic!Devonshire arms wedding photography (60) Devonshire arms wedding photography (61) Devonshire arms wedding photography (62)

Time for speeches and they still couldn’t keep their hand off each other. Which is just how it’s supposed to be.Devonshire arms wedding photography (63)

Neil gave his all in the speeches, although bestman was left unimpressed.Devonshire arms wedding photography (64) Devonshire arms wedding photography (65)

Here’s Chester again in his best bib and tucker, time for some pics with him too then.Devonshire arms wedding photography (66) Devonshire arms wedding photography (67) Devonshire arms wedding photography (68) Devonshire arms wedding photography (69)

It wouldn’t be bonfire night without fireworks, and it was a great display.Devonshire arms wedding photography (70)

Really great to go back through these photographs again, I think we’ll end with a few of the first dance.Devonshire arms wedding photography (71) Devonshire arms wedding photography (72) Devonshire arms wedding photography (73) Devonshire arms wedding photography (74) Devonshire arms wedding photography (75) Devonshire arms wedding photography (76) Devonshire arms wedding photography (77)

Clare and Neil (and Chester), you were amazing. Thank you so much for having me as part of your big day, for sharing yourselves so completely, for making me so welcome and putting up with my craziness, you made me feel very lucky to be there.

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sandysandy April 20, 2012 at 16:20

oh wow, fabulous, she has a an infectious giggle! Love the dress frills shot and the ones through the window

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Sofie Hughes April 22, 2012 at 09:48

awesome! looks like such an amazing wedding! love the red shoe shots, and the wellies!

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Kari Bellamy April 22, 2012 at 17:20

Beautiful wedding!! The Dog is awesome. Love the shot of the silhouette during the sunset

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matt stanton April 23, 2012 at 13:44

Great work Andy, fun, laughter and beauty captured throughout their special day

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kenny April 24, 2012 at 09:07

Enjoyed looking through the pictures of this wedding. You captured their personalities really well. Love the purple orange silhouette shot of the couple. Too, the latter images of the bonfire ( firework bokeh, cool! ) and the backlighting for their slow first dance is really well done.

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Jason May 3, 2012 at 07:22

Great stuff Andy – love those sunset shots especially.

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Joseph May 3, 2012 at 23:22

Clare’s smile throughout these pictures is fantastic, excellent work and congrats to Clare and Neil.

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Hannah May 7, 2012 at 22:59

Wow Andy, what an amazing wedding & stunning images! Some fantastic documentary coverage of the day – those moments capturing Clare’s dad, the ceremony, the time with the registrar…love them all!

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Andy May 8, 2012 at 10:31

Thanks everyone, much appreciated!

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Stephen Rotondo May 8, 2012 at 18:09

Beautful set, great coverage – and AMAZING portrait shots! Love it!

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Trevor King May 18, 2012 at 21:58

Beautiful throughout Andy! Really like them.

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