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When Jill and Gareth enquired about extending their wedding coverage over two days, I was excited at the opportunity to spend two days in one of my favourite parts of the country. After a quiet intimate ceremony and reception overlooking Ullswater we returned to Jill and Gareth’s home for a humanist ceremony at the village hall culminating in a beautiful sunset and Ceilidh. Here are some of my favourite images:

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When Kate and Dan told me about their wedding plans, I prepared myself for a fantastic tour of Leeds including one of my favourite bars, The Reliance. What I wasn’t prepared for was the amazing hidden gem that is Thwaites Mill which was transformed in to a wonderful wedding venue filled with lots of DIY touches.

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One of my favourite ideas was Dan’s beer swap, where he invited guests to bring in their chosen beers, to share and provide and exchange for other brands and flavours. However, with an early start over at the town hall, Dan had to settle for coffee before the ceremony as all the pubs were closed. Here are some of my favourite images.

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It’s that time of year when the phone starts ringing with couples looking to book their wedding photographer, and on recent calls I’ve been trying my best to articulate what it is I’m looking to achieve with my photography on your wedding day.

Camera’s are everywhere at weddings. It’s something that has crept in with the proliferation of smart phones and I think it is safe to say that they are here to stay. I’m not writing this post to explore the rights and wrongs of camera’s at wedding’s or the ‘unplugged wedding’ concept. I do my best to embrace guest photography and make sure we all get the images we want at a wedding.

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Nevertheless, I do think that all those cameras have changed what it means to be a wedding photographer.

You will no doubt spend hours on the key decisions that go in to your wedding day; the dress, the suit, the flowers etc, and its important to have pictures of these things. I often have guests alongside me grabbing shots of the cake, the back of the dress or the bouquet. That’s cool, but if guests can just as easily grab these shots then why am I there?

The answer for me is simple. I don’t just want my images to remind you who and what was there on your wedding day. I want you to remember how it felt. 

Remember what your dress looked like:

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But also remember how it felt to finally be wearing it moments before entering the ceremony:

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Have a picture with your Granddad:

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But also see how much it means to him, to be with you on your wedding day:

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Remember where you were when you finally signed on the dotted line:

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But don’t forget how it felt to be declared Husband & Wife:

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In the age of the smartphone, for me, that is what wedding photography is all about.

If you’re starting to put together plans for your wedding day, I’d love to help you remember how it will feel when all that hard work pays off. Get in touch

 

Last December I held my first ever Mark Dolby Photography Christmas Do! Well that’s what I called my Spa day at Wood Hall in Wetherby, to say thank you to Rache for all her support and get us in the festive spirit. It was a reminder of our first yuletide visit when I was eager to impress my then new girlfriend with a stay at a posh hotel before we parted to spend Christmas with our own families. Needless to say I’m a big fan of the place!

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Alice and Chris’s wedding provided another opportunity to enjoy the Wood Hall hospitality after preparations and the ceremony over in Leeds. Later in the evening we were joined by Jonny Ross and his band to bring the party to a close in style! Here are some of my favourite images.

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