I’ve walked, run, and driven by Middlethorpe Hall in York so many times, but before Zita and Paddy’s wedding day I had not had the pleasure of venturing inside. Middlethorpe Hall is one stunning venue inside and out, it sits proudly amongst 20 acres of landscaped gardens on the outskirts of York city centre next to the race course. Built in 1699 as a private manor house, it was renovated in the 80’s and turned into a luxury hotel which is now looked after by the National Trust. The average number of guests at weddings that I photograph are around 70-80. I always do my best to try and photograph as many people as I possibly can but this often isn’t an easy task. Zita and Paddy’s wedding day was a refreshing change for the norm, and my smallest (in guest numbers) of the year. A very intimate day with close family and friends, plus me with a load of kit trying to remain as invisible as possible! The sun shone for us all day long, the atmosphere was laid back and relaxed, and we got the chance to take a few walks through the amazing grounds, and the day was topped off by releasing Chinese lanterns over the sky line of York. I was very pleased when Zita said that Helen Guy would be doing her hair and make up. I’ve known Helen for a couple of years now but so far I hadn’t had the chance to work with her on a wedding day. The intricacy of Zita’s hair was incredible!