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Caroline & Charles’ Wedding Day / Middlethorpe Hall Wedding Photography / York Wedding Photographer

An absolutely beautiful wedding day in York on my blog today! Caroline and Charles’ wedding day took place in Bishopthorpe in York at the village church, with their reception a stones throw away at the stunning Middlethorpe Hall hotel. I first met Caroline and Charles last summer down in London won their pre-wedding shoot and we hit it off straight away and I had a whole year to look forward to their wedding day as I knew it would be a great day as they are such a fun couple to photograph! I had my good friend Paul along for the day to second shoot with me and he headed to Middlethorpe  Hall in the morning where Charles and his groomsmen were getting ready, and I took a very short drive down the road to Caroline’s mum’s house, literally just over the road from St Andrew’s church. We had a great team of suppliers along with us for the day, with their super cute convertible Morris Minor wedding car supplied by Classic Car Hire Yorkshire, which Charles had a lot of fun driving to and from the church! The floral arrangements were by the fab Lucy MacNicoll Floral Design, who provided the bridal party bouquets, church, and marquee chandelier flowers. and it was great to work with the guys from Story of Your Day who were covering the videography duties. The night time entertainment went with a bang, starting the show was Gary Grace and his swing band who were just fantastic, and we were treated to a cracking firework show and the guests danced the night away until the early hours!   This was such a lovely moment, Charles had arranged for a barbershop quartet to come and sing a few songs for Caroline on the morning of the wedding as a surprise!                   Middlethorpe Hall Wedding Photography Wedding Photography by Chris Milner Photography Venue: Middlethorpe Hall York

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Middlethorpe Hall Wedding Photography / Zita & Paddy’s Wedding Day / York Wedding Photographer

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!

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