Michael Cartwright Photography
Latest Work From Our Most Recent Weddings...
I had a great time shooting for Carmel and Michael back in August, on a beautiful day in the North Yorkshire countryside.
Carmel and Michael had booked the stunning St Oswald's Church at Newton Under Roseberry as their ceremony venue, with a reception at the equally fabulous Whinstone View, two of my absolute favourite places to shoot. So with two gorgeous venues and a gorgeous couple, I really couldn't of asked for anything more!
Carmel and her Bridesmaids spent the morning preparing in one of the beautiful lodges at Whinstone View, I arrived just as the girls were having make up applied to a nice, relaxed atmosphere in the lodge. We captured the candid moments and grabbed a handful of portraits and still life shots before heading over to see the boys at St Oswald's.
Michael didn't seem too stressed or flustered (he's a laid back character, I honestly couldn't imagine him being anything but chilled out), so we grabbed a few shots of the boys before waiting for the arrival of Carmel in Juno, her VW Camper!
A wonderful ceremony ensued, with local legend Reverend Paul Peverell (Rev Pev to those that know him) providing a highly entertaining service much to the delight of the congregation. The new Mr and Mrs Lamb made their way out of St Oswald's and were greeted by a shower of confetti and a seriously loud cheer before making their way to the foot of Roseberry Topping for photographs.
My aim on a wedding day is to capture the natural moments that are constantly occurring, while also being on hand to help things to run smoothly and to be in the right place at the right time for the big moments (having someone around on your wedding day who has experience with managing people, managing time and making sure that you make the most out of your day can be a huge help).
Back at Whinstone View the party was quickly in full swing, with guests enjoying music from saxophonist Matt Case (he's amazing) and games on the lawn, while I photographed the candid moments alongside shots of the venue and Carmel's tasteful table decor. Whinstone View looked as fantastic as ever, with a centrepiece of light-up LOVE letters adorning the dance floor. The scene was set for an excellent set of speeches and the lads did not disappoint!
With the guests relaxing, Carmel, Michael and I took the opportunity to take a walk around the beautiful grounds of Whinstone View to shoot a series of portrait photographs. I love having these few moments with a couple, it's an opportunity for us to create some extra special pictures and a chance for the Bride and Groom to spend a few minutes together, away from the crowd.....and the photos are always some of our clients favourites. We didn't keep the guys away from their guest for too long, just a few minutes spent making some beautiful memories.
As the evening guests began to arrive and the lights began to dim, I spent my time photographing more candid moments before awaiting the first dance. Carmel also danced with her Father which was a lovely moment.
My day ended a few songs after the first dance, by which time I had photographed literally hundreds and hundreds of memories for Mr and Mrs Lamb. The day seemed to fly by, as they always do, probably even more so for Carmel and Michael. Hopefully the moments that we have caught on camera will help them to preserve the memory of a wonderful day for many happy years together.
Congratulations guys, it really was my pleasure to work with you xxx
I had a great time working with Lucy and Paul, a lovely couple who became husband and wife at Middleton Lodge, it's easy to see why Brides and Grooms fall in love with this beautiful place on the edge of Middleton Tyas in North Yorkshire, with manicured lawns surrounding a stunning house and marquee.
As soon as I met Lucy and Paul it was easy to tell that their upcoming wedding would be a sophisticated and stylish affair, I instantly wanted to be a part of their celebrations and was so pleased when they decided to book.
When I arrived for bridal preparations, there was an air of excitement in the Bridal suite as the girls readied themselves for a huge day ahead, while the boys were also fine tuning their outfits and making last minute adjustments to their speeches!
It's always great working with a couple who have worked so hard to create their dream wedding. Lucy and Paul's wedding day came together perfectly, their hard work paid off beautifully.
A heartfelt and emotional outdoor ceremony set the scene for the remainder of the day, with guests in high spirits enjoying the event with gusto! There was a party atmosphere throughout the entire day that remained well into the evening.
The guys wanted a relaxed feel to their photographs while still retaining some of the more traditional wedding pictures, capturing the spontaneous moments together with stress free portraits of the family and guests.
The style of the following photographs represent what our photography is all about.... a fusion of reportage, candid moments along with classic group shots..... all done in a relaxed way. It was a great day to be behind my camera, with the happy couple and their family offering me plenty of candid opportunities for great moments.
I'd like to extend a huge congratulations to Mr and Mrs Snowden and wish them a very happy future together, they're a lovely couple with a great group of family and friends, who crossed counties to come together in celebration of their marriage. It was a real pleasure to be a part of a wonderful occasion.
Congratulations guys, thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to shoot for you! xx
Nicola and Carl married at a beautiful church ceremony in Kirklevington, followed by a reception at Gisborough Hall, with guests enjoying relaxing drinks in the glass conservatory.
The venue proved to be a brilliant choice for Nicola and Carl, who wanted a relaxed, fun filled day without feeling too formal. The "Al-Fresco" speeches on the terrace only helped to emphasise that this was a laid back occasion .
This was a day filled with candid moments, authentic emotions and plenty of laughter (particularly during the speeches)!
I was asked to capture plenty of natural images along with a selection of family portraits in a relaxed style that suited Nicola and Carl as a couple.
We had to dodge the persistent rain throughout the day (when I arrived at the cottage on the morning it was absolutely lashing down), but we managed to shoot plenty of outdoor portraits, making the most of the beautiful grounds at Gisborough Hall.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Riley, it was wonderful to be a part of your day and I wish you all the happiness in your future xx
On a warm day in July, Helen and Leon married at The Stables, just outside of Whitby in beautiful North Yorkshire. It's a fabulous venue, with panoramic countryside views, a huge marquee for entertaining guests and self contained cottages, perfect for morning preparations.
Helen and her two daughters, along with her parents and bridesmaids prepared for the wedding ceremony in a stunning wooden lodge, just a stones throw away from the reception venue, that proved to be a fabulous space for photographs. We shot candid moments along with a handful of posed portraits, making the best out of the natural light streaming through the windows and doors.
The ceremony took place within the walls of the venue, in a beautifully converted space with rustic brick walls and wooden beams. A heartfelt wedding service ensued, culminating in Helen and Leon leading their guests out into the sunshine, showered in confetti and to a rapturous applause.
We used the grounds of The Stables to shoot photographs of Helen and Leon immediately after the ceremony, capturing those first moments together as husband and wife. The remainder of the day (aside from a handful of group shots) was photographed in a reportage style, with particular highlights being the highly entertaining speeches. Magician Luke Howells was also on hand to dazzle the wedding party with his wonderful magic! With the temperature being so warm, guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn with light music in the background, before a DJ arrived to bring the party atmosphere indoors.
I left the party a little while after Helen and Leon's first dance, feeling confident that I had captured the love and laughter of a wonderful occasion for a lovely couple.
It was a pleasure to shoot for Helen and Leon, and a pleasure as always to be back at The Stables.
Francesca and Chris married on a hot day in June at Whinstone View. With the weather being beautifully warm, the congregation of family and friends gathered in the courtyard of Wray's Barn, for a stunning outdoor ceremony in the sunshine, accompanied by Matt Case on the saxophone.
As with so many of my clients, Francesca and Chris mainly wanted natural shots of the day as it unfolded. We still made time for a handful of group photos and spent some time after the ceremony shooting around the North Yorkshire countryside to the wonderful backdrop of Roseberry Topping.
With lots of children in attendance and with a party atmosphere in full swing, their were certainly lots of little moments happening, perfect for candid wedding photography.
As the guys entered the Barn to be seated for their wedding breakfast, The Singing Waiters rolled into action and the full wedding party exploded into song! It was such a high energy 30 minutes with everyone laughing, smiling, singing and dancing!
The atmosphere continued right through the day and late into the night, with everyone in high spirits, determined to give Francesca and Chris a day they would never forget.
For me, it was wonderful to be able to catch all of these moments with my camera, and to be a part of such a fun filled day.
Congratulations Francesca and Chris, it was my pleasure to shoot for you. XX