Emily & Mark

5 August 2023



To York

Chris and I have long wished to photograph destination weddings, to travel to our couples and see more of the world whilst documenting theirs. Our wish began to manifest this Summer, when we travelled to the Medieval walled city of York to photograph Emily and Mark’s wedding.

Their day began at The Fat Badger, nestled beneath York’s ancient walls. The Inn was a glorious setting for the couple’s preparations, with period features, art in gift frames and opulent wall colours. Emily was joined for the morning by her Sister and best friend. Her brother Ed, was to play several roles in the day, he was chauffeur in the bride’s own car, but also ‘Father of the Bride’, his third time in the role despite being yet to have had children! Mark enjoyed the morning with his best-woman sister.

The happy couple were wed at St John the Baptist Church in Kirk Hammerton. The church has great significance in Emily’s life having been their family’s church growing up and the resting place of her and her sibling’s Mother. Emily’s Mum was included in the day with her favourite colour and flowers as well as certain traditions that she had started, such as desert provided by all of the guests. The wedding party honoured her by placing sunflowers on her grave after the ceremony.

Cornfields and Stormy Skies

Emily and Mark chose to celebrate their wedding day with a reception at Barmbyfields Barn outside of York. In spite of being in the midst of a very damp August, the weather held. Whilst storms raged across the rest of the Country, the couple were simply treated to magnificent skies, pierced by occasional shafts of golden light.

Guests had a wonderful time with the games offered by this sport loving couple. Mini golf, badminton and the Yorkshire obsession of cricket allowed Chris to discover his inner sports photographer! Friends and family were incredibly well fed with Luxury Ice cream and Paella by Antonio. Asking guests to provide desert is a wonderful tradition and provides you with more cakes and puddings than you could ever need!

With music in abundance, love in droves and laughter resounding, Emily and Mark’s wedding was a day to remember. We were awed by the emotion on display and would like to thank Emily, Mark and their friends and family for the hospitality they displayed whilst we worked to capture their big day.

You can find a list of their vendors at the bottom of this page. We close this blog with the reading they chose:

Wild Awake

by Hilary T. Smith

“People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.”

Other Vendors

If any vendors would like photos of this wedding to use for their own promotion, the bride and groom have kindly given permission for them to be shared. Please use the contact form to give us your email and we will ensure that you receive them.Thank you for providing wonderful things for us to photograph!

Brides dress from Morilee at Confetti and Lace in Leeds; her shoes from Paradox at John Lewis; Bridemaids dress and shoes were from Karen Millen and Dune; Groom’s suits from M&S, shoes from Newman and Regent; Rings from Berry’s Jeweller in Leeds; The bride’s hair was styled by Reina Body from Joseph Ferraro Hair in Harrogate; Bouquets were created by the groom’s mother Jayne Broady, whilst the sunflowers were grown by the bride’s nephew Angus and her brother Ed; Cake was created by the bride and groom’s sisters, Aimee Aspinall and Rebekah Broady; On the day co-ordination was provided by Sophie at Barmbyfields; bridesmaids gift came from Gifted in Boston Spa; Photo Booth was from Boothomatic; Acoustic music was provided by Farino and evening band was The Good Habits.


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