Rachael & Mark’s chateau in France wedding

I’ve been very excited about sharing some of the many images from Rachael and Mark’s amazing wedding at Chateau de Blavou in Normandy, France. As well as being a really gorgeous couple, they were tremendous fun and great sports – they got in a boat, jumped on and off hay bales and Rachael even hitched up her wedding dress and went for a ride on a cool pink bike! They wanted their wedding to be completely relaxed, so instead of a sit-down meal they had a hog-roast picnic on the lawn. There were games, boating and dancing (that went on for several days afterwards apparently) and this fantastic atmosphere, combined with the effort Rachael had made with the details and of course the great venue and French weather, made it a really special day. I felt very lucky to photograph it for them, even though I broke one of my toes the night before so had to suffer for my art! Their civil ceremony at Leeds Town Hall was absolutely lovely too but this was something else…

 




 

 

Nicola Streader - I stumbled across your blog a few months ago, your photography is absolutely amazing. I could learn so much from you. These pictures are stunning, as is the wedding!

Civil wedding – Leeds Town Hall – Rachael & Mark

Rachael and Mark are getting married in France next week, at Chateau de Blavou in Normandy to be exact. And I’m the lucky one who gets to photograph it too. It’s going to be fabulous so look out for the photographs coming soon. But as anyone who has been married in France or who intends to will know, it doesn’t actually stand legally unless you are technically married here first (unless of course you are French in which case you will obviously need a French civil ceremony!). A lot of people chose not to make anything of it at all but Rachael and Mark invited a handful of their closest family including those who couldn’t make it to France, to attend the lovely civil ceremony they had at Leeds Town Hall. We treated it as a kind of wedding shoot/pre-wedding shoot all rolled into one! So we grabbed a few shots on the steps of the Town Hall, had a cheeky encounter with a Henry Moore statue and finished up in the beautiful Tiled Hall Cafe at Leeds Art Gallery. Having had such a great time photographing this element of their wedding, I’m so excited about the big party they’re having at the amazing chateau in France. Imagine these two lovely people and their families and friends in a spectacular setting, with lots of gorgeous details and maybe even a hint of sunshine thrown in. Heaven.



 

Three boys and a dog

These portraits need little in the way of explanation. Lovely lovely boys, cute dog, good sports for a mum and dad and the gorgeous setting of Bolton Abbey. Skimming pebbles, tackling the stepping stones and rounding it off with a yummy ice-cream made for a fun relaxed morning and nobody cared that the sun didn’t shine. When does it ever in Yorkshire these days!

Jubilee weekend seaside portraits

These portraits have a Queen’s Jubilee theme rather by chance than design if I’m honest. I went to the Dorset seaside to photograph my friends beautiful children Imani and Jai last weekend and we came across a monument on Weymouth’s promenade, put up to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. It seemed a fitting bit of history though. Imani and Jai were tremendous sports, letting me photograph them on the beach, in the amusement arcade, paddling in the sea (which was cold but they didn’t complain), messing about with boats, as well as in a meadow and at home at the end of the day when Imani cooked a fantastic meal for us all. It was a wonderful, summery day, picture-postcard perfect. 

Nicola Streader - Love how you have toned down the red and blue in these shots, very effective!

Flying the nest

Having a set of portraits to mark the stage when your children are growing up and starting to make their own way in the world is really special. Ben is already in his second year at university and Georgie is in the midst of her A levels and will be going away to study very soon too. So their parents made the most of a visit from Ben at Easter to capture them all together. We ventured up to the Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor for some relaxed photography. It was very windy! But I think hair blowing around and the sense of fun we got by squelching around the boggy bits and climbing up rocks all add to the charm of the resulting shots. I hope Ben and Georgie’s mum and dad will love that they’ve got a lasting record of what Ben and Georgie are like as they become adults.