It’s funny how quickly you come to think of a place as ‘home’. Neither Verity nor myself are from Yorkshire, yet having lived here for over a decade we both think of this beautiful county as our home. Maybe it was our shared love of the area, or maybe it was just their incredible connection that we found so magnetising about Sophie and David. Either way, when we first met them in a café in Otley we knew their wedding would be a highlight of our year. As the day drew closer and we learned more about their plans for the day, from the procession from Bolton Abbey up to the Tithe Barn led by the hugely entertaining Back Chat Brass band, to the inclusion of Bronte the dog courtesy of our good friend Bex at Bow Wow Vow, it became clear that our high hopes for the day wouldn’t be let down!
Sophie and David both chose to get ready on the Bolton Abbey estate, David with his children in a beautiful cottage overlooking the abbey, and Sophie just down the road at the ever impressive Devonshire Arms. After a night of thunderstorms they would have been forgiven for a little worry but their relaxed attitudes were rewarded with one of the hottest days of the year. The truth is that I’m not sure anything would have shaken this pair, they are the kind of couple who would have looked at thunderstorms as another exciting part of their day!
The Tithe Barn felt like the perfect venue for Sophie and David, set in a part of the country that is hard to rival, elegant yet relaxed enough for everyone to let their hair down and have fun. Truly a fantastic venue to have on our doorstep. As we looked through the images to select our favourites for the blog we got to thinking about what it was that we found so compelling about this couple. Ok, so all photographers love couples who look great together on camera, and over the years we’ve made our love of Yorkshire wedding venues abundantly clear. But really it had nothing to do with the venue, or the way they looked, or the weather, or the outfits, or anything else that made their day look great through the lens. It was all down to the way they looked at each other during that first chat over a coffee in Otley, the way David helped Sophie down from the rocks in Almscliffe knowing full well she didn’t really need his help at all. What we found so compelling about Sophie and David was that yes, they are both fantastic individuals who are a pleasure to be around, but they each bring out the best in one another and as a couple they really are unstoppable.
– Chris & Verity