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Allerton Castle wedding photographer – Antony and Kristy’s wedding at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

Each morning before I leave for a wedding I check the day’s forecast and  hourly  breakdown  so I can plan the photo shoot timings to best take advantage of any dry weather. Saturday morning the Met Office forecast wasn’t really showing anything good, scattered and occasionally heavy showers from lunchtime with the odd infrequent dry spell before finally clearing up at dusk. Thankfully the venue for today’s wedding of Antony and Kristy was Allerton Castle, a venue I know well with lots of stunning indoor locations for when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

We joined Kristy upstairs at Allerton Castle for preparation photographs including the wedding details and of course Kristy’s dress which looked stunning hanging on the bed in the Palace Suite. Antony and his best men were arriving from nearby Aldwark Manor in a New York taxi which made a great backdrop for photographs, further enhanced by the blue sky and sun. We then headed indoors and whilst the guys played billiards and fastened button holes we managed a few relaxed photographs before rejoining Kristy who was about to step into the dress.

Often at a wedding the bride will be running late, slightly flustered and at some point the father of the bride enters the room and sees the bride still not quite ready, being fastened into the dress or even not yet dressed. Today Kristy ensured she had plenty of time in preparation and that David her father would only see her once she was dressed and ready. As David entered the room we were there to capture his reaction, sadly something far too many brides miss out on the opportunity of seeing.

With the ceremony taking place in Allerton Castle’s great Hall we took positions at the front and back to photograph from both angles including some photos from high up on the gallery. With the registers signed Antony and Kristy made their exit whilst guests headed into the conservatory ready to go outside, sadly the threatened rain had arrived and quickly the drinks reception was switched to the Great Hall. The weather did finally break and so we were lucky enough to organise confetti throwing and take a large group photo in the memorial garden before the rain came back with a  vengeance and we were once again forced indoors.

After the wedding breakfast we kept a close eye on the weather, as the wind dropped the rain stopped moving sideways and  we were able to shoot under the entrance pillars at the front of the castle. The rain was turning into a fine drizzle and Kristy agreeing it would be great to get some outdoor shots with Allerton Castle in the background, we decided to chance our arm. So armed with two brollies for Kristy and a lot of cloths to wipe my lenses we ventured out. For the next ten minutes we played cat and mouse with the weather before finally arriving at the memorial garden with no rain. After a couple of photos around the pond I was setting up the next photograph when a large rainbow appeared right behind the bride and groom. As the first spots of rain started falling I quickly changed my position and fired off a few images of Kirsty and Antony with the rainbow before we were dashing back under cover!

As predicted an hour later the weather broke and we were treated to a sunset before a calm warm evening allowed the firework display to take place as planned.

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