Great Gatsby wedding pictures at Mitton Hall

January 28th, 2017
wedding prep at Mitton Hall

wedding day pictures at Mitton Hall – hair and makeup

 

Fun wedding pics

happy wedding day pictures at Mitton Hall – hair and makeup

 

Champagne wedding breakfast at Mitton Hall

wedding day pictures at Mitton Hall – the champagne and milk breakfast!

 

wedding day pictures at Mitton Hall in the Bridal Suite

Mums are special!

 

wedding pics in the bridal suite

natural wedding  pictures at Mitton Hall in the Bridal Suite

 

Groomsmen preparing for Great Gatsby wedding

wedding day pictures as the boys finalise their outfits with white handkerchiefs and button holes.

 

Wedding car driver arrives for Great Gatsby wedding

wedding day pictures at the groom’s family home

 

Wedding car outside Mitton Hall

wedding car pictures at Mitton Hall

wedding car outside Mitton Hall

The bride and her father head towards the wedding car in front of Mitton Hall

 

church wedding in Lancashire

Such a beautiful wedding service, and a great vicar!

 

wedding ceremony at St Mary Magdalene church in Clitheroe

Such a beautiful wedding service, and a great vicar!

unusual wedding shoes for men

The groom’s unusual wedding shoes

Back of bride's dress in church

The vicar blesses the newly-weds in St Mary Magdalene Church in Clitheroe

 

Natural church wedding pictures

Natural wedding pictures outside the church as the newly-weds head out into the winter’s sunshine on 1 January.

 

Great Gatsby wedding reception pictures at Mitton Hall

Great Gatsby wedding reception pictures at Mitton Hall

Great Gatsby Table Plan

Great Gatsby wedding reception pictures at Mitton Hall, as the bride and groom enter

 

top table at Great Gatsby wedding

as the bride puts down her bouquet onto the top table with black sequinned tablecloth

Toasts during wedding speeches at Mitton Hall

Great Gatsby wedding speeches at Mitton Hall

 

Black Sheikhs Band at Great Gatsby wedding

The Magnificent Black Sheikhs band in action.

wedding photos in the Great Hall at Mitton Hall

wedding reception pictures at Mitton Hall – Bride and groom in Great Hall

 

Mitton Hall at night

Mitton Hall at night

 

So much fun!  Think I shot over a thousand pictures at this wedding , so its been really hard just to select a few.  We were SO lucky with the weather as a sunny winter wedding on first of January is certainly not guaranteed!  If you are having an exciting wedding – anywhere in the world – get in touch with Elaine to see if we can also make your day! It doesn’t have to be a Great Gatsby wedding, but fun and laughter makes for fascinating, mainly natural wedding pictures .

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Storybook album design from a church wedding in Leeds, West Yorkshire

September 5th, 2016
Storybook album design from a wedding in Leeds - Oakwood Churh and The Village Hotel South Leeds

Storybook album design from wedding pictures in taken in Leeds – The front cover.

This lovely couple found some of the many wedding pictures I’ve taken on Reel Life Photos  on Facebook Page. They love photos so I was delighted to be their wedding photographer, and to have the opportunity to share their special day.  So much fun an laughter  – from them and all their wedding guests!  They were so keen, they came to see me almost straight after their wedding, as couldn’t wait to see their pictures!   They initially chose 650 favourites, which they would have loved to have had include in their wedding album, but gradually whittled them down to a more manageable 127 images.  I then added a few back in to use as backgrounds to make the story of their day more complete.

The church minister wouldn’t allow me to take photos from the from of the church as I normally do, but with my long lens from the organ loft at the rear, I still managed to get a few basic shots, though not the facial expressions I had hoped to capture.  The church warden put on a feast of tastefully arranged chocolate biscuits on every table in the church hall afterwards, at her own expense too, so can see the couple are much -loved here.

Storybook wedding album design - Leeds Oakwood Church

Start of the day at Oakwood Church in Leeds, as the wedding guests arrive.

 

Wedding-storybook page as the bride arrtives at the church in Leeds, UK

The bride arrives at the church in Leeds in a simply decorated wedding car with her father

 

Church wedding - a page in the wedding album - Wedding-storybook design , West Yorkshire

The groom and best man are patiently waiting inside the church , as the bride is met outside by her sister and flower girl

 

natural wedding photography in Leeds - page from storybook

Congratulations to the bride outside Oakwood church in Leeds on a lovely sunny August day.

Fun church wedding pictures in Leeds

The groom’s mother watch on from her wheelchair, enjoying all the excitement of the wedding in Leeds

 

Wedding-storybook design using a background from the bride's dress

The bride arrives and poses by the church door with her sister and family

 

Church wedding pictures and bride's bouquet

Everyone turns round to look as the bride arrives inside the church

 

Church wedding in Leeds, West Yorkshire

The bridesmaid, flower girl and page boys walk down the aisle first, as seen from up in the organ loft at Oakwood Church in Leeds.

wedding at Oakwood church in Italian storybook

Bride meets her groom at the front of Oakwood Church in Leeds

 

Romantic storybook wedding design

These romantic wedding pictures tell the story of the couple’s wedding day

 

Beautiful church wedding ceremony in Leeds

Beautiful church wedding ceremony in Leeds

 

Wedding-storybook pictures showing the rings

The rings!

 

The kiss and extra blessing pics in storybook wedding album.

The kiss and extra blessing pics in storybook wedding album.

 

Wedding-storybook pictures - signing the register

Fun and laughter by the wedding register

 

Wedding-storybook pictures showing the wedding rings

Reel Life Photos signature image showing the bride and groom’s hands and rings on the wedding register, next to the bouquet.

Wedding-storybook album design, UK

Smiles and a kiss!

 

Church wedding pictures in storybook album

Mums and witnesses!

 

Churtch wedding picture inside Oakwood Church in Leeds

Big group shot – inside the church!

 

Wedding-storybook pictures, Leeds, UK

The happy couple walk down the aisle

 

Wedding-storybook photos outside the church

Kiss for Dad!

Happy wedding pictureof the newly-weds walking down the aisle

Happy wedding pictureof the newly-weds walking down the aisle

 

natural wedding pictures

Congratulations! This is my favourite time to capture natural wedding pictures

 

natural wedding pictures

natural wedding pictures as everyone rushed to congratulate an hug the bride.

 

Fun wedding storybook

Happy wedding pics after the wedding ceremony

 

Confetti magic in storynook wedding album

Confetti magic!

 

Natural confetti pics

Love it when everyone throws confetti and the couple are enjoying the fun!

 

Wedding storybook design - after church wedding

Tea and biscuits after the wedding ceremony makes for relaxed family photos too!

happy wedding pictures

Mums are precious aren’t they! Lovely how both of the couple’s mothers managed to make it to the wedding!

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Fun bride and groom at their wedding reception in The Village Hotel Leeds South

Fun bride and groom at their wedding reception in The Village Hotel Leeds South

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Coco Ocean wedding pictures in the Gambia – storybook

July 19th, 2016
Coco Ocean beach wedding in Gambia

Storybook cover

This romantic couple met in The Gambia and kept in touch for 5 or 6 years before getting married at Coco Ocean Hotel in The Gambia, Christmas 2015.  I was lucky enough to be their wedding photographer, the 5th wedding I have photographed  in the Gambia since 2010.   The image above is the one they chose to be on the cover of their wedding album.  The bride really likes black and white wedding pictures, and this was the groom’s favourite photo from their wedding day at  Ocean hotel and Spa in Kololi.  I love beach weddings and this wedding venue in particular!

Gambian wedding pictures

Gambian groom and groomsmen getting ready in the Gambia

Gambian wedding pics in Storybook

Gambian groom in his wedding suit and his mother before she gets in her wedding outfit

 

Bride having her hair done in the salon at Coco Ocean Hotel in the Gambia and wedding accessories in the Royal Suite

Bride having her hair done in the salon at Coco Ocean Hotel in the Gambia and wedding accessories in the Royal Suite

 

Royal Suite and bathroom at Coco Ocean Hotel in the Gambia in wedding storybook

Royal Suite and bathroom with wedding dress at Coco Ocean Hotel in the Gambia in wedding storybook

 

Bedroom at the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa in the Gambia, West Africa and the bride's bouquet of lilies

Bedroom at the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa in the Gambia, West Africa and the bride’s bouquet of lilies

 

Coco Ocean storybook wedding album and bridesmaid's shies in the Royal Suite,

The Gambian groom breaks with tradition, seeing his wife to be at the Royal Suite on their wedding day, as he brings the little flower girl there. All the little flower girls; and bridesmaid’s shoes lined up neatly in a row on the black and white tiled floor in the  Suite’s cloakroom, ready to be worn at the wedding..

 

Natural black and white wedding pictures inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean.

Black and white wedding photos of the bride’s mother and the bride getting ready in the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa in The Gambia.

Private pool inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa

Private swimming pool inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa

 

 Bride and bridesmaibs ready for beach wedding at Coco Ocean in The Gambia Natural wedding photos of the bridesmaids getting ready inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean

Natural wedding photos of the bridesmaids getting ready inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean

Natura wedding picures inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean

Bride has her tiara on as she looks on at the little flower girl inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean before the start of her wedding.

Natural wedding photos of the bride getting ready inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean

Bride being helped on with her wedding dress, as her mum crawls underneath to sort out the underskirt in the Royal Suite before her wedding at Coco Ocean in The Gambia.

 

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Bride in her wedding dress inside the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean, all ready to set off for her wedding in the Gambia,

Coco-Ocean-wedding pictures in the-Gambia, as the bride and bridesmaids leave the Royal Suite

Bride and bridesmaids leave the Royal Suite to go to the wedding on the beach at Coco Ocean Hotel.

Bridal paerty off to wedding at Coco Ocean with natural photos as they walk

The wedding party walk through Coco Ocean to get to the beach wedding location

Gambian Engkish wedding at Coco-Ocean in The Gambia

The little bridesmaid tugs at the brides dress as she helps her down the steps towards the beach wedding at Coco Ocean

Coco-Ocean-wedding-photos as the groom waits for his bride to arrive at the beach wedding location.

Groom and bestman waiting for the bride.

 

Bride walks down the aisle at Coco Ocean for beach wedding

Bride walks down the aisle at Coco Ocean right by the sea

Bride and groom getting married at Coco-Ocean-beach wedding

The couple say their vows in a romantic beach wedding at Coco Ocean.

Outdoor wedding by the beach at Coco Ocean storybook pictures

Bride and groom’s mothers play a big role in this wedding.

 

Getting married in the Gambia at Coco-Ocean Hotel and Spa

Just married at Coco Ocean then the register is signed. Sheer joy!

Romantic beach wedding pictures at Coco-Ocean-in The Gambia

The romantic Gambian groom gets down on one knee to present the bride her ring

Gambian family showers the newly weds with confetti at Coco Ocean.

Gambian family showers the newly weds with confetti at Coco Ocean.

 

Wedding reception at Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa in the Gambia

Speeches and more Coco Ocean wedding pictures during the reception in a storybook album

 

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storybook wedding photography in Dewsbury Town Hall for a Nigerian-English couple

December 2nd, 2015

A lady called me from Nigeria to enquire about her wedding photography, but it turned out that she was actually getting married in the UK, in my home town of Dewsbury.  It was a beautiful wedding, with the tables dressed immaculately with a masses of flowers following a lilac colour scheme.  OK , like most African brides.she was nearly two hours late for her wedding, so its just as well it was in the middle of winter, or she may have missed out had the registrar been busy!

After the wedding she made an appointment to come and see her wedding photos, but somehow things caught up with her, and she forgot to contact me for nearly two years.  Her English husband was still working in Nigeria, but they had by now had a second baby, so also set up a home in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Now she wants to surprise her husband with the wedding album under the tree at Christmas, but here at least is the album I designed from the photos she chose from a selection of over 600 images that I had already shortlisted for her.

Dewsbury wedding photos in storybook

Storybook cover

wedding photos designed in an Italian storybook with pictures from the wedding in Dewsbury

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Italian storybook with wedding shoes and baby bridesmaid's flowers and pictures of the groom is getting ready before the wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages004-005 wedding shoes and baby bridesmaid’s flowers in Italian storybook with the groom is also getting ready for their wedding in Dewsbury

Graphistudio wedding book design showing the groom and groomsmen getting ready for the multicultural wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages006-007 groom and groomsmen getting ready – all smiles!

storybook wedding pictures of bride putting on her wedding dress and the baby chewing her white wedding shoes

Storybook Pages008-009 How to keep a baby bridesmaid happy while her mother is putting on her wedding dress: let the baby chew her new shoes!

How the wedding photographer keeps the bride's baby happy before the wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages010-011 Novel way to keep the baby happy – with the wedding photographer’s expensive light!

wedding storybook design with the bride ready to leave for her wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages012-013 – The bride puts on her pearl necklace and walks down the stairs holding her beautiful lilac and white bouquet.

wedding storybook design as the bride rushes into the limo to travel to Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages014-015 The bride carries her baby to the waiting limo with her female friends and family.

Wedding at Dewsbury Town Hall - storybook album design

Storybook Pages016-017 The photographer waiting outside in the cold for ages to make sure she didn’t miss the shot of the limo arriving outside Dewsbury Town Hall, but as the bride got out a car passed by, obscuring the limo and hurrying bride, as within seconds the bride was already inside the Town Hall.

Bride walking down the aisle at Dewsbury Town Hall in wedding storybook

Storybook Pages018-019 The bride walks down the aisle and her groom gets the first glimpse of her in her wedding dress and fur shrug

wedding rings and kiss at Dewsbury wedding in the storybook photo album

Storybook Pages020-021 The bestman fishes the rings out of his pocket and before we know it the wedding is sealed with a kiss!

Wedding in Dewsbury by photographer Elaine of Reel Life Photos

Storybook Pages022-023 The register signing photos can be such happy ones if the photographer is quick and experienced.

Storybook Pages024-025 The witnesses and Reel Life Photos’ signature shot of the newly-weds’ hands showing their rings by the register with the bouquet for decoration.

wedding pictures in a storybook album by Reel Life Photos wedding photographer in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages 26-27 The groom’s father poses with the happy couple be the wedding register, as the bride’s best friend in the red dress looks on, before the newly weds look at each other as the link arms to walk back down the aisle together.

traditional wedding pictures in Dewsbury Town Hall in storybook designed album

Storybook Pages 028-029 The groom just manages to appear in one pic as the bride enthusiastically poses with all her friends. Well I don’t know many grooms who enjoy posing for wedding pics after all! That’s why I love natural wedding photos…

wedding tiara and Nigerian bride's wedding pictures in a storybook album by Reel Life Photos wedding photographer in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages030-031 Couldn’t resist adding in this background pic of the bride’s gleaming tiara along with the black and white photo of the bride sitting on the floor with her dress spread out.

wedding photography in Dewsbury Town Hall after the wedding ceremony

Storybook Pages032-033 The happy bride poses with her friends. The groom as usual manages to escape the camera!

wedding cake and tables laid with the starter for the wedding breakfast at Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages034-035 Traditional 3 tier wedding cake and the beautifully decorated top table al ready to begin the wedding breakfast

Italian wedding book photography and storybook design in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages036-037 Happy days as the bride poses with her friends and the groom’s grown-up son.

The wedding decorations are first class at this wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages038-039 The wedding decorations are first class at this intimate family wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Nigerian English wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages040-041 Its good to capture all the guest when its a relatively small family wedding!

Beautiful wedding pohotography in Dewsbury, showing the table layout with wedding guests.

Storybook Pages042-043 Its always lovely to see the wedding guests enjoying themselves, and to remember who was there at your wedding.

The groom's speech - wedding pics captured by Elaine of Reel Life Photos

Storybook Pages044-045 The groom’s speech

fun wedding speeches - the groom

Storybook Pages046-047 Guests cracking themselves up with laughter during the groom’s speech.

wedding cake and wedding reception wedding breakfast pictures at Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages048-049 wedding guests and the splendid 3 tiered traditional wedding cake

wedding photographer Elaine is pictured in this Dewsbury wedding too!

Storybook Pages050-051 wedding guests pose for the camera, and oh, even the wedding photographer is snapped in her African outfit, far right in this storybook design.

The groom's family - grandkids and the like and tasty dessert

Storybook Pages052-053 Oh that delicious dessert is making me hungry!

wedding toast captured in pictures by Reel Life Photos in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages054-055 Cheers! The wedding toast!

First dance wedding photography by Reel Life Photos in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages056-057 First Dance and more dancing!

Fun wedding photography in Dewsbury during the evening wedding reception dancing.

Storybook Pages058-059 Time for some fun dancing pics!

Tradiotional wedding cake pictures in as the cake is cut for real.

Storybook Pages060-061 Cutting the cake – all traditional like!

wedding photos on the stairs of Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages062-063 bride and groom on the stairs of Dewsbury Town Hall

wedding photography in Dewsbury at the Town Hall

Storybook Pages064-065 wedding guests and the groom (!) pose for pictures at Dewsbury Town Hall

confetti pics in Dewsbury in wedding storybook

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happy bridemaid after catching the bouquet at wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages068-069 The groom’s son is pretty merry as he hug and kisses his father and jubilant bridemaid after catching the bouquet .

last page of Graphistudio wedding book storybook album as the bride shows off her garter

Storybook Pages070-071 the garter and last few wedding pics

To contact Reel Life Photos full time experienced professional wedding photographer in Dewsbury call 07990867058 or visit our website:

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natural and artistic pics by international wedding photographer Elaine

April 27th, 2015
natural wedding photographer

Wherever your wedding, be it on the beach in an exotic location, a church or simple hall, we can help create your memories, with snippets from your wedding day.

Everybody would love to have perfect wedding pictures and not to have to pay much.  We are not talking about getting friends on their mobiles or even friends with a nice camera to take them,  but to have an experienced professional with a great eye and creativity to fit in with you and what you want and maybe even to think of something you didn’t even know you would like.  I mean – how much experience do most brides-to-be have of contemporary wedding photography?  Most images from weddings are those they see on their friend’s Facebook pages the day after or even on the day of their wedding,  or have seen in older-styled wedding albums.  Not every picture is an award-winning shot, but combined together they tend to form a bridge between the actual event and wedding day memories that fade over the years.

See more on http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk or visit our Facebook page to see more than 20,00 photos! Enjoy! xx Elaine

Real Cuban wedding in Havana, Cuba

December 20th, 2014

Its not often I get to photograph a wedding in Cuba, so am excited to post these first few pics following my recent trip there for this wedding.  It isn’t set in a glamorous hotel or on an exotic beach, but the happiness in the couple’s faces shows the true meaning of a wedding day.

If you are planning to get married in Cuba, or are having your wedding reception abroad then get in touch , as we only charge the same as a UK wedding, other than a bit of hospitality if I don’t know anyone in the particular country your are getting married in.   I have places to stay in The Seychelles, The Gambia, Cyprus and Cuba, and possibly others in different countries, depending on the towns.  I am happy to travel anywhere really, and have already covered weddings in The Ice Hotel in Sweden, in Australia, Norway, Nigeria, Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, France, Southern Ireland, Cyprus, Gambia and The Seychelles.  We can come as a video-photography team or I can also shoot some video footage, as well as taking photos.

xx Elaine and Jorge

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Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Cuban wedding dress

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

The bride’s friends fuss round her as they arrive to help her get ready.

A male friend sits by as he knows he can't do much at this stage to help the bride get ready

A male friend sits by as he knows he can’t do much at this stage to help the bride get ready.  As you can see it is Christmas time too – 14th December in fact .

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Bride’s wedding shoes hanging on the base of an old sewing machine, in this lovely house in Cuba.

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Simple makeup.

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Artistic room in Havana where the Cuban bride is getting ready for her wedding, as a friend applies her makeup for her.

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Hair tweaking as the tiara goes on

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Hairspray lovingly applied and duplicated in the mirror reflection. The natural light adds to the magic.

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Now the male family friend can help out by doing up the bride’s shoes.

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Look at your shoes. You look so pretty.

Real Cuban wedding in Havana , Cuba

Happy bride in Cuba!

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Black and White wedding Photography

November 25th, 2014

I am, above all else, a colourist.  From way back in the days I started out as an artist, living and painting in Greece, colour dawned on me like a thunderbolt: strong ultramarine brush strokes, vibrant reds and contrasting areas of light and shade became my trademark.  Yesterday however, I was challenged to post a series of black and white photos on my Facebook site, to show off the potential of that medium.

Black and white used to be the only medium available for photographers when I first started out.  I spent hours and hours with my Brownie Box Camera – a present from my father for my first ever school trip to London when I was 11 – sticking the family photos I shot into an album, using gold photo corners and labelling them in white ink on black card with a dip in pen.  Sadly these photos albums no longer exist, as my parents, blessed with a large family – of whom I am the eldest – completed various moves after I left home, so I guess they were abandoned in an uncleared loft space loft space, or found their way accidentally, in the bin.  I do however, still have the photos my grandfather took of my parents on their wedding day, and two pictures of me with my grandmother, as a baby.

So, now my art has come fill circle – allowing the images to speak for themselves, not from lack of colour, but from the unconstrained and uncluttered emotions, that become the focus of pure black and white.

 

Natural black and white wedding photography

Natural black and white wedding photography – shows off the smiles and emotions.

nature black and white wedding photography in Yorkshire - the champagne

Black and white wedding picture of the froth flowing from a freshly popped champagne bottle

An emotional moment captured ina black and white photo, as a little girl hugs her cousin during a wedding.

Hugs from the bride;s son to his little cousin, – an emotional moment in time.

 

Coincidentally. these three wedding pictures are all from the same wedding story.

 

xx Elaine Borges-Ibanez

 

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Gypsy first birthday party in Wakefield

October 26th, 2014

Yesterday – Saturday 25 October 2014 – I photographed  an Asian wedding in Dewsbury,  and today a gypsy family’s little girl’s  first birthday party: two very different events!  Face-painting and balloons, are to be expected, but the huge castle cake was something only  a traveller’s family would think of: very creative!

Asian and gipsy wedding cakes

Two very different cakes: Asian wedding cake in Dewsbury, and Gipsy castle birthday cake in Wakefield

Both events were similar in that they booked last minute – the Asian wedding three weeks before,

but the traveller little girl’s birthday party just an hour or so beforehand, so extremely last minute!

 

Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

Face painting at The Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

Face painting at The Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

 

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traveller’s first birthday at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield with the kids having their faces painted.

Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

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Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

   This little monkey is hiding his face, but peeking through his fingers at me.

first birthday party photography in Wakefield

Gypsy children with face paints at a traveller first birthday party

 

The little kids were just like all small children, but from 5 years upwards their characters were already strong and unruly, but hopefully they all had fun.

 

first birthday pictures by castle cake

Traveller family by elaborate gipsy-style castle birthday cake

Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

Birthday girl, dressed up like a princess, sitting on a throne next to her castle birthday cake.

gipsy baby at her first birthday party in Wakefield

The birthday girl.

Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

castle cake at gipsy birthday party in Wakefield

Latina’s first birthday party cake at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

Children’s birthday party fun in the party house at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

Little figures from the castle first birthday cake

Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

 

Well, what’s the use of a party if you don’t get to eat your own birthday cake!

 

Latina's first birthday party at Cheeky Monkeys in Wakefield

Happy birthday Latina!  Hope you had as much fun as I did taking these pictures!  xx Elaine

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Wedding pictures of Nawaab’s in Manchester, set for Asian wedding reception

June 27th, 2014

Asian wedding pictures

Pictures of Nawaab Asian wedding venue in Manchester

Asian wedding pictures at Nawaab’s – details of tables and stage at Nawaab’s Indian Restaurant in Manchester

Asian wedding photography at Nawaab's in Manchester

View of the entrance hall from the balcony by the Ottoman Suite at Nawaab’s wedding venue in Manchester, then pictures of confetti and petals thrown to greet the bride and groom at their Walimah.

Asian wedding photography at Nawaab's in Manchester

Just a glimpse of a gorgeous bride at her Asian wedding

Gypsy wedding in West Yorkshire

April 15th, 2014

I’ve always wanted to photograph a gypsy wedding – way, way before all the TV programs started.  Having been a professional wedding photographer since 2000, travelled to wedding venues as different as the Ice Hotel in Sweden, a beach wedding in the Seychelles, a luxury liner sailing round Sydney, high society and grass roots African weddings in The Gambia, an Orthodox wedding in Egypt, many Asian, Hindu and Sikh weddings, weddings in Pakistan and Nigeria as well as a Bedouin wedding in black tents in Jordan, I have now had my wish come true.

Traveller wedding dress in West Yorkshire

Traveller wedding dress is being fluffed up by the bride’s family

 

Gypsy wedding documentary photo

Love the story going on here, as the family wait in the bar before heading off to the wedding, and the bride’s little sister is doing up the shoes.

After waiting nearly an hour for the groom and his family to turn up,  they suddenly realise they have forgotten the rings!  The bride, in the meantime, has already arrived, but the limo driver is told to keep driving on past the church.

Gypsy wedding - the bride'e elegant sister.

 

Gipsy wedding in Castleford

The groom arrives, at last, with his pint of beer in hand.

 

Gypsy wedding - black and white documentary picture

The groom ‘s family are celebrating gypsy-style, with a good natter and a pint, before the church ceremony has even begun.

 

Gipsy wedding as the Hummer arrives

Two gipsy boys lean out of the windows of the wedding limo as it pulls up outside the church

 

Traveller wedding pageboy crying

This little gypsy pageboy has had enough! The wedding car arrives, not a moment too soon for this little page boy, who is being consoled by his cousin.

 

gipsy wedding picture of bride with her father at church in West Yorkshire

Gipsy bride at the door of the church with her father at the start of her wedding

 

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Nigerian bride at her wedding in St Peter’s Baptist Church in Worcester

November 17th, 2013
Emotional Nigerian weddingat St Peter's Baptist Church in Worcester

pictures from a beautiful Nigerian couple's wedding

 

If you want to see more from this wedding have a look in the various albums on our Facebook page .  To contact Elaine  or see more from other weddings also visit our site

Coco Ocean exotic wedding storybook pictures in The Gambia

November 12th, 2013
storybook wedding pictures at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

View of one of the swimming pools at Coco Ocean hotel in the Gambia - pages 2-3 in storybook design, taken the day before the wedding

The bride and groom contacted me when researching their wedding, after coming across photos that I had shot at previous couple’s wedding in the Gambia.  I also will be returning to The Gambia in  early Spring 2014 to photograph a Gambian wedding for another couple.

Their chosen wedding venue – Coco Ocean Hotel  –   is this magnificent luxury hotel in the Gambia in West Africa.  The couple themselves are based in the UK, but have family connections to The Gambia, so it was the perfect choice for them.  I stayed a full week, so was able to capture their cultural wedding ceremony – based on traditions in Sierra Leone – as well as general pics of themselves around the hotel prior to the actual legal ceremony in their private Royal Suite by their private pool, followed by a religious church-style ceremony outside by another huge swimming pool next to the sea.

This combined wedding and honeymoon, is a popular solution for many couples, particularly for those with family connections abroad, as it guarantees lovely weather, and a fabulous location for the wedding pictures.  In this case it also made it easier for their family and friends who live in Sierra Leone to travel  to a nearby country within Africa.  By booking Reel Life Photos for their wedding they also were able to get the quality of storybook album their wedding deserved.  Hope you enjoy looking, as there are many lovely portraits of all their special people, and unusually for my brides and grooms, I was given complete creative freedom, not only to create the design, but also to choose the images I knew they would like.  Most couples spend hours choosing, but they trusted me to choose for them, which was wonderful.

 

If you are planning your wedding abroad or a multicultural wedding in the UK  contact Elaine – wedding photographer at Reel Life Photos .

Cocoa Ocean Hotel wedding in the Gambia - night time view towards the sea

cover of storybook showing the main avenue from the hotel down towards the sea at night

 

photos of Cocoa Ocean Hotel in the Gambia

Inside the Royal Suite

 

pictures of Coco Ocean Hotel in the Gambia

Bride and groom's family enjoying their holiday at Coco Ocean

Exotic sunset pictures

Romantic sunset and palm trees - what more could you want!

private pool in Royal Suite at Coco Ocean

private pool in Royal Suite at Coco Ocean

 

Civil marriage ceremony in the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean in Gambia

Civil marriage ceremony in the Royal Suite

 

getting ready for the wedding in Royal Suite at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

The couple's daughter helps her mummy get ready for the wedding

contemporary wedding storybook album design at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

Love this page in as it floats in black and white and a touch of colour.

 

The Royal Suite at Coco Ocean on wedding day

bride leaves the Royal Suite with her father to go to her church style wedding ceremony by the pool at Coco Ocean

 

wedding by the sea in an exotic hotel abroad at Coco Ocean wedding venue in The Gambia

The bride is given a lift with her father and children to the poolside where the wedding blessing will take place

 

Coco Ocean - magnificent wedding venue in The Gambia by UK photographer

wedding guests waiting as the bride arrives and joins the groom

wedding outside by the sea and pool at Coco Ocean in Gambia

This is just magical! Everyone seated as if in a church - but outside in brilliant light of day, protected by white parasols, with the water sparkling alongside the guests and a see view.

 

church wedding in the Gambia but at Coco Ocean Hotel

The reverend conducts the wedding blessing by the pool

 

wedding abroad at Coco Ocean

Getting married here by the side of that pool , facing the sea, must be a dream come true

 

 

getting married in the Gambia at Coco Ocean

pictures of Coco Ocean wedding in The Gambia

 

wedding blessing the rings at Gambian hotel, Coco Ocean.

The rings are blessed.

 

 

exchange of rings at wedding by the sea in Gambia

So romantic!

 

wedding bouquet of bougainvillea at Coco Ocean in Gambia

Bridesmaids hold a bouquet of simple bougainvillea as hymns are sung and the couple's children watch impatiently.

 

romantic wedding abroad by the sea at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

Sunlight and shadows, fan and foliage. Magic!

 

Coco Ocean romantic wedding picture by the sea of bride and groom and the rings

Such a romantic place to get married!

 

dream wedding abroad at Coco Ocean

This minute could last forever in their minds as we look at this picture of such a happy moment.

 

wedding storybook photography in the Gambia by UK wedding photographer

Groomsmen take it easy during the ceremony.

 

exotic wedding abroad in the Gambia by uk photographer who travels

Love the sight of the yellow bridesmaids dresses against the exotic foliage as the bride and groom walk out together

 

Happy wedding photography in the Gambia at Coco Ocean

Lots going on as the wedding ceremony finishes...

 

exotic wedding reception in the Gambia

"Now what shall I choose", thinks the bride and groom's son, when offered an array of nibbles by not one, but two waiters.

 

wedding pictures by the pool at Coco Ocean

A big group shot all round the pool - so colourful!

 

wedding photos of muticultural wedding guests in Gambia around the pool at Coco Ocean

Such great colours and so many happy people!

 

Multicultural wedding pictures in Gambian hotel by the pool

Perfect location for family wedding pictures.

 

Sierra Leone bride and groom and their family wedding pictures in the Gambia

Family wedding photos at Coco Ocean

 

photos by the pool then off to the wedding reception inside Coco Ocean

photos by the pool then off to the wedding reception

 

luxury wedding pictures at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

Love this reception area with the dynamic stripey floor, so organised this pic of all the guests taken from the mezzanine floor above

 

wedding photos inside Coco Ocean reception area

bride and her family and close friends inside Coco Ocean reception area

 

wedding photos inside Coco Ocean hotel reception in the Gambia

Can you imagine having your wedding here? Such a brilliant family in an equally exciting wedding venue.

 

wedding reception pictures at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

The couple enter their wedding reception dancing, and gather their children to dance with them.

 

bride and groom at their wedding reception in The Gambia

Time to celebrate over a wonderful meal!

 

wedding reception pictures at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

Amazing food and culinary delights at Coco Ocean. Just a shame I had to leave to catch a plane that evening on the last Thomas Cook flight out of the Gambia before the rainy season started, and also to photograph another wedding in the UK the very next day!

 

evening wedding pictures at night in the Gambia

Night has fallen so I grab the bride and groom before the dessert course and take pictures of them within the delightful geometric designs of the contemporary architecture.

 

romantic wedding picture on the beach by the sea in Gambia at night

With the whole day being behind schedule after the Gambian registrar arrived one hour late, the daylight hours vanished so night time pictures of the bride and groom were the only solution.

 

fun black and white wedding photography in the Gambia at Coco Ocean at night

Such a happy wedding picture on the beach at night!

 

natural wedding pictures on the beach at night in the Gambia

Fun wedding pic on the beach at night

 

Coco Ocean wedding at night

The night air is warm and the ambience delightful, but the bride and groom need to get back to their wedding reception and I need to head off soon for the airport!

 

Goodnight! Time to say goodbye to this wonderful couple in this amazing wedding venue in the Gambia, to fly back to the UK for an Asian wedding in Bradford in the morning!

 

If you are planning your wedding abroad or a multicultural wedding in the UK  contact Elaine – wedding photographer at Reel Life Photos  or keep up to date with recent weddings on Facebook

Modern Asian wedding at Davenport Green Hall and helicopter

November 4th, 2013
Bride and Groom arrive at wedding by helicopter

Lovely way to arrive at their wedding – by helicopter – through blue skies

Davenport Green Asian wedding venue in Cheshire

Beautifully presented wedding at Davenport Green Hall

Modern Asian wedding at Davenport Green Hall in Cheshire

Details of the wedding venue at Davenport Green Hall in Cheshire

 

I knew this was going to be a very unusual Asian wedding as first of all there was no stage – just a traditional top table, and beautifully presented tables, in a lovely old barn in Cheshire.   If you are planning your wedding and need any help, happy to do what I can, as have been a wedding photographer since 2000! See more on our website and Facebook page too.

xx Elaine

http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk  +44 7990867058

Holdsworth House wedding storybook album – pictures and design

November 2nd, 2013
Italian wedding storybook cover

Confetti and smiles!

storybook cover picture of bride and groom, Helen and Bryn.

Helen and Bryn booked me well in advance for their wedding at Holdsworth House, to ensure they got what they wanted – a fun day, and happy wedding pics.  They made sure even the youngest of the children there were catered for, with a ball pool, and games form the older ones to play, as well as delicious ice cream and candy floss provided by a great couple who run http://www.theicicletricyclecompany.co.uk/ice-cream-tricycle/

 

This is the design for their Italian storybook album.

Italian wedding storybook

First two pages of the storybook, with wedding rings on a white cushion

Wedding flowers in storybook album

pages 4-5

 

Holdsworth House Storybook Wedding Album

Pictures inside Holdsworth House before the wedding starts pages 6-7

creative storybook

Helen and Bryn’s wedding album pages 8-9

 

Holdsworth House in Halifax wedding pic

Groomsmen

 

wedding ceremony at Holdsworth House in Halifax

All ready for the wedding ceremony

 

storybook wedding album

pages 14-15 – ceremony page

Holdsworth House wedding ceremony pictures

Holdsworth House wedding ceremony pictures – pages 16-17

artistic black and white wedding photos with colour tints

wedding bouquet and rings on register  – storybook pages 18-19

wedding picture inside Holdsworth House in Halifax

Almost black and white with a touch of colour  – beautiful window light…  storybook pages 20-21

 

wedding pictures inside Holdsworth House wedding venue in Halifax

Such a beautiful location for wedding photography! pages 22-23

 

storybook

confetti pages 24-25

 

 

The maze and gardens at Holdsworth House during a wedding

Great wedding venue as its gardens are perfect for an intimate family wedding. pages 26-27

 storybook wedding album

bride and bridesmaids in the gardens at Holdsworth House pages 28-29

Holdsworth House wedding

Great place to relax on a gorgeous summer’s day! pages 30-31

 

candyfloss, live music and icecreams in storybook weddding album

candyfloss, live music and icecreams pages 32-33

 

fun wedding pictures

ball pool children, and ice cream – perfect recipe for a fun family wedding   – storybook pages 34-35

 

relaxed family wedding pictures

relaxed family wedding pictures in the gardens at Holdsworth House in Halifax

 

romantic wedding pictures

Bit of romance on a wedding day is good! storybook pages 38-39

 

Holdsworth House wedding

Big group photo – pages 40-41

 

wedding pictures by the tudor arched doorway at Holdsworth House

wedding pictures by the Tudor arched doorway at Holdsworth House pages 42-43

 

wedding kiss

wedding kiss – storybook pages 44-45

 

top table with flowers at Holdsworth House wedding

top table with flowers at Holdsworth House wedding – storybook pages 46-47

 

table layout at Holdsworth House wedding

Beautifully presented tables! A real, pleasure to photograph! storybook pages 48-49

 Holdsworth House wedding pictures

Its so beautiful here, so the photos evoke all the memories of a wonderful wedding day in Halifax – storybook pages 50-51

 

storybook wedding album design

wedding decorations – flowers, sweets and cake – pages 52-53

 

wedding reception at Holdsworth House in Halifax

wedding reception with top quality food. storybook pages 54-55

 

Holdsworth House wedding pictures

speeches and gifts of flowers storybook wedding pages 56-57

 

wedding speeches

fun wedding reception! storybook pages 58-59

 

fun wedding photos in the gardens at Holdsworth House in Halifax

fun wedding photos in the gardens at Holdsworth House in Halifax pages 60-61

 

Icicle Tricycle Company

Bryn has a go at “driving” the tricycle full of ice cream! pages 62-63

 

fun with a ballpool at Holdsworth House wedding

fun with a ballpool at Holdsworth House wedding storybook pages 64-65

 

 maze and wedding pictures

Nice and chilled after a lovely meal. storybook pages 66-67

 

romantic wedding pictures

kisses in between the pink flowers  – storybook pages 68-69

 

reportage wedding pictures by wedding photographer in West Yorkshire

Relaxed wedding pics in the gardens at Holdsworth House in Halifax pages 70-71

 

candyfloss fun wedding pictures

candyfloss fun wedding pictures – storybook pages 72-73

 

evening wedding reception pictures

evening wedding reception pictures – storybook pages 74-75

 

storybook pages 76-77 - cutting the wedding cake

cutting the wedding cake – storybook pages 76-77

 

More info  for your wedding on Reel Life Photos main website

and loads of interesting , and very varied wedding pictures on Facebook.  – over 30.000 pictures  in fact!  xx Elaine

Storybook wedding album of Ponderosa and church wedding pictures

August 3rd, 2013
wedding storybook  - cover of Italian weddingbook with hands on the wedding register

Cover of Italian wedding book

Paula and Wayne approached me before they had even secured their preferred wedding venue – the Lakeside Restaurant at Ponderosa in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.  They were over the moon when they managed to get not only  the church on the date they wanted – the 16 June, but also their chosen wedding venue and  ideal wedding photographer for their lively personalities!  These images below are all wedding pictures they chose to have in their storybook wedding album which will be printed in Italy by Graphistudio.

 

Italian wedding storybook design with creative wedding pictures

pages 2-3 of Paula and Wayne's wedding album

Italian wedding storybook with wedding dreess and shoes

My lovely bride bride loves red

wedding photography in Heckmondwike

All ready to go to the church!

St James church wedding photography in West Yorkshire

Guests arriving at St James Church in Heckmondwike are greeted by the smiling groom

church wedding pictures in West Yorkshire - St James in Heckmondwike

the last guests are still arriving as the wedding car pulls up with the bridesmaids and they march swiftly up the slope to the church

wedding photography in West Yorkshire - St James Church wedding pictures

bride arrives with her father-in-law but the ushers are all ready and the guests seated now.

church wedding photography in Heckmondwike - St James church wedding pictures

The bride's daughter rushes to take up her position as the bride is ready to go into the church and stands laughing in the door arch of St James Church in Heckmondwike

church wedding pictures by West Yorkshire wedding photographer, bride in red dress

Time to hand over the bouquet to her bridesmaid as the church ceremony begins

storybook wedding pictures by wedding photographer in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

The bride and groom look round and laugh as the vicar asks if anyone knows of any lawful reason why they should not get married today!

wedding ceremony photos inside St James Church in Heckmondwike

The bride and groom are married as they exchange rings inside St James Church

Wedding photography in Heckmondwike, at St James Church in West Yorksshire

Real signing of the register with the witnesses

Rainy day wedding pictures, so the wedding photographer takes the big group photo inside the church

Its raining so Reel Life Photos takes the big group shot inside the church

storybook wedding album design, with pictures from inside St James Church

Now that was quick and easy wasn't it... The bride takes the lead and marches out down the aisle!

wedding photos outside St James Church by wedding photographer in West Yorkshire

Few pics of parents and groom's gran, then off to Ponderosa, as it is raining!

Ponderosa wedding pictures with confetti

Welcome drinks always seem to coincide with confetti... Great fun though!

storybook wedding pictures inside Lakeside Restaurant at Ponderosa in Heckmondwike

Entrance of the bride and groom - at Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant wedding venue

wedding reception venue at Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant, in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire

Inside the Lakeside Restaurant at Ponderosa

champagne bucket at wedding reception venue Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant in Heckmondwike

The top table looks so beautiful!

Black and white wedding photo of bride and groom by West Yorkshire wedding photographer

They look SO happy, and full of fun!

Ponderosa Lakeside wedding pictures

Like mushrooms sprouting after the rain, up pop the family wedding photos!

traditional wedding photography

Family group for grandma

Exclusive wedding venue in West Yorkshire - Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant

"Yes, the restaurant is shut to the public for us - see! "

wedding reception pictures inside Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant

Family and friends all enjoying the wedding party at Ponderosa

wedding photography using off camera flash

Quick its stopped raining - so lets get a few pics of the happy couple!

Real wedding photography which shows of the natural relationships

Paula and Wayne are definitely made for each other with their fun sense of humour

wedding pictures by the lake at Ponderosa in Heckmondwike

Now am sure they are only play fighting...

dramatic wedding photography at Ponderosa

The little girl in the background, makes this image on the right!

Black and white wedding photography as well as dramatic colour at Ponderosa

The groom and his groomsmen know how to party!

This lovely June wedding day at Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant was also blessed with a rainbow to add to the dramatic skies. See on the pictures of the groomsmen outside the wedding venue getting “Fresh Air” .

wedding reception pictures at Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant

The children enjoyed their day, as much as the adults.

evening wedding reception pictures

More fun at their evening wedding reception with first dance and more dancing

pictures of wedding with a rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow...

rainbow and wedding cake

Rainbow and wedding cake - great combination!

evening wedding reception pictures

Big surprise along with the groom's karaoke performance...

Fun wedding pictures of dancing at the evening wedding reception in Heckmondwike

Fun time as the lights go down...

summer wedding with evening reception pictures in storybook album

The party goes on ...

If you are getting married at Ponderosa Lakeside Restaurant – or any other wedding venue in West Yorkshire or beyond, and want  fun wedding photographers, give Elaine a call on 07990867058

or visit our website  for more info.  If you would like a wedding album designing  for you and fancy something creative, happy to use a mixture of your ideas, as well as mine.

xx Elaine

 

Natural wedding photos

April 9th, 2013
Natural picture at wedding reception in Leeds

Little girl crying real tears

natural wedding picture of small children playing

What have you here on your shirt…

 

 

natural wedding photo at The Woodlands wedding venue in Leeds

The little flower girl-bridesmaid had fallen down so was running to her mummy to kiss her better, as she had grazed her knee. A mother is always a mother – even if it is her wedding day!

Real wedding kiss outside Three Villages Hall in Arrochar, Scotland by Loch Fyne

The newly-weds can’t hold back their kiss any longer as they walk out from their wedding ceremony in Arrochar Three Villages Hall towards Loch Fyne and the Scottish mountains

 

 

Unusual wedding in Leeds Gledhow woods

This is the first time I have ever photographed a wedding ceremony in the woods, and it was in the winter too, so the couple were very brave!

If you want to see more natural wedding photos then have a look on our Facebook Page and website or call Elaine on 07990 867058 or 01924 430115

 

 

Fun wedding at Gretna Green in Scotland

February 6th, 2013
Fun wedding pictures

Is this a dagger I see before me....

It just so happened that one of the bride’s friends brought a rather late Christmas present for the little boy, the bride and groom’s son Adam,  and that was a joke box full of tricks.  It kept everyone amused too, as you can see…!

fun wedding photo

I think they liked playing on the steps while all the adults got on with wedding stuff!

cute wedding picture

Just lovely!

fun wedding at Gretna Green

Such a happy couple!

fun wedding picture

Guess where she is...

fun wedding picture

Such fun photographing this loving couple!

natural wedding photography

Wow what a kiss!

Gretna Green wedding

Amazing how beautiful the bride looks just while sitting on the bed in the Thistle Suite at Smiths Hotel in Gretna Green.

Lesya was the first bride Elaine ever photographed in 2000, so no wonder it was super special to have the opportunity to capture her again! Contact Elaine  of Reel Life Photos if you fancy having her to photograph your special day too!

Storybook wedding album from North Yorkshire summer wedding

December 11th, 2012

Emma and Steve touched our hearts with their love and dedication to each other.  Steve cut a dashing figure in his army uniform, and Emma with her radiant smile and slinky wedding dress at their summer’s wedding in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

wedding shoes at start of wedding photos before the ceremony in storybook

Emma’s spectacular blue-grey shoes and a glass of orange juice to start the day!

storybook wedding album

Now for the dress…

storybook wedding album

P4-5

storybook wedding album

P6-7

wedding storybook pages 8-9, Kings Head, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Emma – wow!

wedding storybook

wedding vows P10-11

storybook wedding album

P12-13 Sheer happiness!

wedding storybook photos coming out down the aisle

Congratulations! P14-15

Wedding storybook album design

P16-17 – kissy kissy!

storybook wedding album

P18-19

storybook album design

p20-21 The red door…

reportage wedding photos in storybook album

P22-23 Off to the park…

wedding storybook album pages 24-25

P24-25 Emma and Steve on park bench in Richmond

storybook of traditional wedding photography but with fun smiles

P26-27 Family wedding pics

storybook wedding album - classical pics with a modern twist

P28-29 Group,pic like fairies round the flowers…/ double page spread

storybook

Bride and groom with father

beautiful bridal wedding photo storybook

P32-33 Emma – with a smile so beautiful…

wedding storybook photos

P34-35 with Emma and Steve

storybook wedding album pages designed by Reel Life Photos

P 36-37 Such tender love!

romantic wedding pictures in storybook album

p38-39

storybook

p40-41 Dashing Steve and Elegant Emma

wedding album phootos

P42-43 time to go and join the guests

wedding album pictures

“Just smelling Emma’s hair.” – How sweet!

weding photos in Richmond

P46-47 Emma and her Mum

wedding venue for the reception in Richmond at Kings Head

beautifully presented tables!

First dance

First Dance and wedding cake

Emma and Steve really struggled to cut down their images to fit this 50 paged storybook !  It was initially only going to be 36 pages too!

xx Elaine  See more wedding pictures from hundreds of very different weddings all over the world on our main site http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk, or on our Facebook Page.

Miyaan (Mayaan) Hindu wedding ceremony

November 29th, 2012

This is the second wedding we have covered for the same family of boys in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley, so now we feel part of their extended family: many hours work – but all great fun.

Its a bit like a Stag-Do where the bridegroom is smothered in a turmeric paste and coloured powders, but in front of all his family and close friends in the garden of their family home.

Hindu wedding photography of Mayan tradition with coloured powders

Vibrantly coloured pigments ready for use in creating a Mayan wedding design

Hindu wedding photography showing Mayan traditional ceremony

Wonder what this is going to be used for...

Hindu wedding snack before the Mayaan ceremony

Let's start with a little snack before the ceremony starts

detail from Hindu Mayan wedding ceremony

Such rich colours...

Hindu wedding henna Mehndi on hands

beautiful henna designs

Hindu wedding henna on hands at Mayan ceremony

hands fit for a magazine..

 hands with henna at Hindu wedding Mayaan ceremony

more beautiful henna designs

Preparing for a Hindu Mayan wedding ceremony

The women start to get ready for the ceremony.

Hindu women preparing for the Mayan wedding ritual

The arty bit begins...

Hindu wedding art

beautiful little detail...

setting up a Miyaan Hindu wedding ceremony

birds-eye view of the art in progress

Mayaan Hindu wedding ceremony artwork

Art in the making...

Hindu wedding art  nrealy completed

Almost ready...

Hindu wedding photo of Mayan art being created by the Indian women in Barnsley

One of my favourite shots of the artists at work

Hindu women put the finishing touches to their artwork for the Mayan wedding ceremony

Now we see the artists too...

Hindu wedding ritual

All set!

The groom's mother make the first move. Here she is about to smear him with thick turmeric paste

Hindu wedding ritual of painting the groom with yellow turmeric paste

Oh how they are loving it!

The girls are loving this HIndu wedding ritual!

The groom's torment hots up!"

Hindu Mayan wedding  tradition with turmeric paste

Oh such fun!

Hindu groom is smeared in yellow turmeric paste at his first wedding ceremony ritual

How carefully they avoid his eyes and mouth. Seems they all love him!

Groom gets stripped off to allow more turmeric paste to be rubbed onto his bare skin

Ooh this is getting a bit daring!

I actually won first prize in an international  wedding  photography  competition – $1,000, from the Professional Wedding Photographers’ Network and was awarded the top wedding photographer excellence award for pictures from this couple’s Hindu wedding this year 2012, just days after the wedding had taken place!

More pics and wedding info on www.LeedsWeddingPhotographers.com

Evening wedding reception pictures in Gateshead with DJ lights

September 11th, 2012

Interesting lighting makes all the difference when photographing an evening wedding reception.  or any other subject for that matter.  Its not easy to capture light within dark locations though. A compact camera flash will just white out all the beautiful colours and leave the image totally flat, so you can’t rely on family and friends to get good evening wedding reception pictures, though most professional wedding photographers will know how to capture the colours by underexposing  and bouncing the flash, so if you appreciate beautiful photos, it is a good idea to use an all-day wedding photographer to get these kinds of images.

Evening wedding reception pictures

Girl with balloons in colourful light

Evening wedding reception pictures

bride with DJ lighting at evening wedding reception

Evening wedding reception pictures

Such fun!

Evening wedding reception pictures

Almost like an impressionist oil painting! Like Mediterranean sun shining through a bamboo trellis...

Well, that is how my artistic mind views these images, comparing them to memories of sunlight streaming through the vine leaves and clusters of grapes hanging on a slatted  bamboo or wooden pergola in Greece, with the light patterns cast creating oil paintings in my mind – and even in reality (one of mine of such a theme is in a private collection in Germany) – as the shadows cast dramatise the remaining light.

Evening wedding reception pictures by creative wedding photographer Elaine

A mother bends double to follow her small child through their obvious delight on the illuminated dance floor.

Evening wedding reception pictures

DJ-lit dance-floor which leads to the bride, as they follow the patterns of swirling light.

Evening wedding reception pictures

A mother twists the balloon string into her little boy's hand: so sweet!

Evening wedding reception pictures with young girls dancing with balloons

Dancing with balloons...

Evening wedding reception pictures

These evening wedding guests sit peacefully in the semi-darkness, punctuated occasionally by bursts of light. They seem a little sad, or maybe just reflective on the day's events...

Evening wedding reception pictures

More fun with balloons chasing the lighting swirls...

Evening wedding reception pictures with girls chasing balloons in DJ lighting

Dancing through the light...through the night...endless enjoyment for young minds...

Wow! Caught in mid action, as the young girl races into the light. holding her string of balloons aloft.

first dance wedding pictures

First Dance fun!

first dance evening reception wedding pictures

Each image is different as the lighting creates a new impression every few seconds...

Evening wedding reception pictures

first dance fun for bride and groom

evening wedding pictures

The evening wedding reception guests are happy socialising too.

Evening wedding reception pictures

Prezzies galore!

buffet at evening wedding reception

buffet time!

evening wedding reception fun pictures

Wahoo! Fun continues...

evening wedding photography

All the girlies...

evening wedding pictures

Dancing fun for everyone continues on into the night

evening wedding reception pictures

glowing beads on a table...

black and white wedding cake

black and white themed wedding cake

Cutting the cake at evening wedding reception

At last the couple are ready to cut their cake!

wedding cake

Smiles all round!

George sticks his tongue out in concentration! Night night all! xx Elaine

See www.LeedsWeddingPhotographers.com for more info

Storybook wedding album with pictures from Blenheim House wedding venue in West Yorkshire

August 4th, 2012
wedding storybooks by West Yorkshire wedding photographer

Cover showing the wedding ceremony on the front and the first dance on the back, Joanne in her romantically floaty white wedding dress

Joanne was bridesmaid at a wedding I photographed about 6 years ago, and Chris was Best Man at another wedding where I was the photographer in 2003,  before we went digital. Seems I stuck in their minds….!

wedding storybook by West Yorkshire wedding photographer

Finishing touches and the bridal party is ready to set off...

wedding storybooks by West Yorkshire wedding photographer

Bridesmaids and bride's Mum at the house

wedding storybooks by West Yorkshire wedding photographer

Bride in the garden and flower girls - with flowers of course!

wedding storybooks by West Yorkshire wedding photographer

bride arrives looking like a model with that shapely white wedding dress!

wedding storybooks by West Yorkshire wedding photographer

The wedding party gathers in the waiting room

wedding ceremony pictures

Here comes the bride...

Wedding rings and "... now proclaim you Man and Wife. You make kiss the bride!"

signing the register and walking out down the aisle

Such happiness, shared now as a new family unit!

wedding photography in West Yorkshire with wedding ceremony at Blenheim House

Total joy!

wedding pictures at Blenheim House in Batley, West Yorkshire

photos by the wedding car

wedding storybook pictures with bride and groom

Chris and Joanne and white lillies

wedding storybook design

photos on the stairs

wedding storybook

Groom Chris's parents with Joanne too.

wedding storybook by female wedding photographer in Yorkshire

bride Joane's parents and the new little family.

bridesmaids in black dresses

bridesmaids

wedding photos on the steps at Blenheim House in Batley West Yorkshire

family groups

Hog roast and cup cakes in wedding storybook

Hog roast and cup cakes!

wedding storybook

groomsmen's photos

fun wedding photos

fun photos!

fun wedding pictures

speeches and fun!

evening wedding reception pictures

All ages relax and enjoy this wedding!

wedding storybook at evening wedding reception

Flowers for the Mums

first dance pics

The food was all maded by the groom's mum! First Dance follows the speeches.

fun wedding photos

Confetti Bomb fun photos!

dancing at evening wedding reception in Batley

dancing fun...

wedding storybook first dance fun photos

Check out Chris's expression!

award winning reportage wedding pictures

Laugh a minute wedding!

To find out more about  Reel Life Photos wedding photographer Elaine, visit www.LeedsWeddingPhotographers.com

Coco Ocean wedding pictures in the Gambia

April 30th, 2012
Coco Ocean wedding Gambia

 

 

wedding pictures in the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean Hotel

The bridesmaids hold up the wedding dress inside the Royal Suite where the bride is getting ready

Gambian wedding pictures at  Coco Ocean Hotel

The bride and bridesmaids are given a ride in the hotel buggy to get to the wedding ceremony by the pool, but reluctantly their daughter has to wait for the next trip down.

 

 

Coco Ocean wedding pictures in the Gambia

Bride and groom walk down the outdoor aisle to their pool side wedding ceremony next to the beach

 

creative wedding photographer for Gambian weddings

Patches of light and shade show the tropical light and create wonderful patterns on the bride’s dress during their “church” wedding by the pool at Coco Ocean Hotel in The Gambia/

 

wedding rings during blessing at Coco Ocean Hotel in The Gambia

The wedding would not be complete with the blessing of their rings

 

If you are thinking of  getting married in the Gambia  – or anywhere else at all in the UK or abroad visit Reel Life Photos website http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk or call Elaine!

wedding at Coco ocean in the Gambia

Smiles after exchanging rings by the sea

Bride and Groom from Sierra Leone getting married at Coco ocean in the Gambia

Dream wedding happiness

Wedding photography at Coco Ocean in the Gambia by UK wedding photographer Elaine

Such joy at being wed at last! Civil Ceremony kiss.

Bride and bridesmaids at the luxurious Coco Ocean Hotel in The Gambia

wedding photographer from UK in the Gambia

At last they got what I meant by a big group like a crowd together…Just had to get this foyer in the picure too. xx

sunset kiss by sea in Gambia at Coco Ocean Hotel

Sunset kiss

You can see more pictures from  this wedding at Coco Ocean Hotel here

and their  Sierra Leone traditional cultural wedding here

 

If you are thinking of  getting married in the Gambia, at Coco Ocean Hotel, or anywhere else – or anywhere else at all in the UK or abroad visit Reel Life Photos website or call Elaine!

This was our second wedding in the Gambia.  The first was for Denise and Bax  who had a wonderful Gambian wedding day as well as an an outdoor Civil Ceremony  at the hotel.  I will soon have another wedding in the Gambia so watch out for new Gambian wedding pictures! This is the  Italian Storybook album  from the first wedding I photographed in The Gambia. xx Elaine

Unusual winter wedding in the woods in Leeds

December 27th, 2011

See more whole wedding, storybook albums, and wedding galleries on www.reellifephotos.co.uk or if you are getting married near Leeds try www.LeedsWeddingPhotographers.com

xx Elaine

Caina & Tony wanted to get married outdoors, rather than the traditional way in the UK. They were not put off by current English legislation (There has to be a roof at least for which a hefty fee has been paid to the council to “licence it”) which meant this beautiful ceremony would not be considered legally binding, as it was going to be their day (they did the legal bit beforehand). They chose Inter-Faith Minister Janette to conduct their wedding ceremony.

This is just few seconds of the wedding ceremony, showing the Element of Air in the fun bubbles ; such a beautiful idea too.

Right from the start when they were getting ready, they showed their love, as Tony struggled to place the necklace round Caina’s neck:

Groom puts on bride's necklace for her

Groom lovingly puts on bride's necklace for her before they leave to get married outdoors in the woods.

 

black and white wedding photo of groom trying to put bride's necklace on for her

Groom trying to put bride's necklace on for her, making her laugh!

natural wedding photo of loving bride and groom in Leeds

Such love!

Lighting the candles at unusual wedding in the woods in Leeds

Lighting the candles at Caina & Tony's unusual wedding in the woods

Swans at Gledhow valley Leeds during unusual wedding ceremony

Swans glide by to see what is going on...

 

The element of Earth during unusual outdoor wedding ceremony

Earth - the element and the smell of a hyacinth - gave Caina the strength to live - so a seemingly small thing such as this, plays a major role in their wedding ceremony

natural wedding photo in Leeds

A simple gesture of love during Caina and Tony's outdoor winter wedding ceremony .

 

Unusual outdoor wedding ceremony in the woods in Leeds

A really deep and meaningful wedding ceremony with Inter-Faith Minister Janette

Little candles in their holders, sweet liquid and sour lemons, and the four elements of earth, air fire and water, make this outdoor wedding ceremony in the middle of winter in the woods by a lake, truly  emotional.

unusual wedding ceremony in the woods by a lake

Even bitter moments that make up life, can be shared, in hope of sweet ones to follow...

Natural outdoor wedding ceremony in the woods by a lake in Leeds

Sweetness follows the bitter lemons at Caina & Tony's wedding

Natural wedding picture during outdoor wedding ceremony in Leeds

Love keeps the bride and grom warm during their outdoor wedding ceremony ...

unusual wedding ceremony in the woods in Leeds by a lake

The couple pledge their love and are bound together by the Minister.

Group hug at Tony & Caina's wedding in the woods

Group hug at Tony & Caina's wedding in the woods

 

Swans come to congratulate the bride and groom!

To contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos or  visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos – in the galleries, All Day Wedding Pictures and  more unusual and traditional wedding storybooks

You might also like to visit our Facebook Page, to see what we are up to and to see loads more pictures quickly.

Storybook wedding album from unusual wedding in Lake District

September 19th, 2011
fun wedding photography in the Lake District

back and front cover of Lake District wedding storybook

Emma & Luke piled into my car to join four special friends on Lake Windermere while we were waiting for their wedding venue to open, following their midday ceremony at Kendal Register Office. After a snack of crisps and ice-cream, the bride and groom and their entourage clambered aboard the road-train to go the the the Island Cruise boat at Bowness. There was a huge queue, but everyone kindly allowed the wedding party to board first and get the best seats on the top deck at the front.  The Captain sneaked up to me to ask what the bride and groom were called, then made a surprise public announcement welcoming the new Mr. and Mrs. onboard, cheered on by the Japanese tourists who in turn snapped away with their own cameras too.  On the way back the road-train driver kindly allowed the bride and groom to pose for pictures inside his cab, so they were both made to feel like stars for the day.

This album aims to show what a fun time everyone had at Emma & Luke’s wedding in the Lake District on Wednesday 31 August 2011.

bride getting ready for her wedding in the Lake District

Emma's bright red hair looks spectacular as she gets ready for her wedding

storybook of bride descending the stairs and arrivals at her wedding ceremony in Kendal

bride descending the stairs and arrivals at her wedding ceremony in Kendal

wedding ceremony at Kendal Register Office

Emma and Luke getting married

wedding storybook

Exchange of rings and signing the register

wedding storybook

the witnesses pose while the violinist plays live in the background

wedding storybook

Meet the newly-weds!

big group shot and throwing the bouquet

Now the real fun can begin...

 

wedding photos in storybook album

last few pics outside the register office

wedding storybook  with photography taken in the Lake District

Pic with the girls! Then off to Windermere for an ice-cream!

fun wedding pictures

This was fun!

unusual wedding photos by Lake Windermere

Off to catch the boat for a cruise round the islands on Lake Windermere

unusual wedding pictures

Emma and Luke are allowed to jump the queue to get the best seats!

wedding photos on a boat on Windermere

Life on the ocean wave...well Lake Windermere!

wedding photography by Lake Windermere

Back on dry land...

unusual wedding photos in Cumbria

the return journey

the road train back

The road-train back and reflections on wedding car petrol cap

wedding photography in the Lake District

Just spotted this stone arch in the lane Burnside Cricket Club (the wedding venue)

photos at wedding reception venue in Kendal

Flowers for groom's Mum

 

family wedding photos in Kendal at Burnside Cricket Club

happy family wedding photos

wedding photography in Kendal

wedding group photos on the grass at the cricket club wedding venue

fun wedding photos

more fun chasing the bouquet

wedding photos with bridesmaid and best man

Best Man and Bridesmaid , groom with his Mum, and bridesmaid with Richard

photos inside wedding venue in Kendal

Couldn't resist this delicious home-made food and seeing the kids dance like this

wedding cake and dancing

time for wedding cake and dancing!

first dance wedding pictures

Oh so much in love!

cutting the wedding cake

wedding cake love...

natural wedding photos

love the way the kids help grandma with the cake afterwards

first dance picture on last page of wedding storybook

Sealed with a real kiss: the end! (only of this chapter...)

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos! – in the galleries, All Day Wedding Pictures and storybook

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge

Asian wedding at Grand Banqueting Suite WF13

September 13th, 2011
Asian wedding at Grande Banqueting Suite , Huddersfield Road, WF13 3JW

Arrival of the groom at The Grand Banqueting Suite

Asian wedding photography at Grande Banqueting Suite

Best men arrive with flowers as gifts for the bride

wedding gifts for Asian bride

Gifts for the bride - elegant shoes she will wear on the final day of the wedding celebrations

Like any wedding, Asian weddings are full of their own unique traditions.  Here the groom’s family arrives at the Grand Banqueting Suite on Huddersfield Road, bearing well-chosen gifts for the bride.  Inside the Asian wedding venue – near Dewsbury in West Yorkshire – the bride is awaiting her groom on the stage, where her family’s gift to the groom are all neatly load out.

Asian wedding catering inside Grand Banqueting Suite

Shiny Serving Pods at Grand Banqueting Suite

Asian wedding venue near Dewsbury

clean and tidy, all ready to receive the wedding guests

Asian wedding gifts

Gifts for the groom laid out on the stage

Asian wedding gifts

Gifts for the groom

Asian wedding  photography at venue near Dewsbury

Children swing their feet while waiting for the groom's grand entrance

I have had to be selective in the images used for this story, so as not to reveal too much as yet, until the bride has had time to see and approve her wedding images.
See more from Reel Life Photos on www.LeedsWeddingPhotographers.com  and here from another Asian wedding in Bradford.

Asian wedding photography in West Yorkshire

September 12th, 2011

We have just completed a 3 day Asian wedding in Dewsbury and Batley and Ravensthorpe – all popular areas for UK residents whose families originate from India and Pakistan, so many of our wedding clients are Gujarati or Urdu or Arabic speaking Muslims,  Sikhs or Hindus.

I can’t as yet show you more than a few details till the couple get back from their honeymoon in Dubai and Mauritius, as they have requested to be the first to see their wedding photos.

Asian wedding makeup

Shadows reflected on an opaque door as the Asian make up artist plies her craft

 

Asian Bride's hand showing her Mehndi (henna) decorations

Putting the finishing touches to the bride’s hands.
Asian wedding dress - the lenga

The bride's lenga (wedding dress) is laid out ready to wear

 

Asian Bride's hand showing her Mehndi (henna) decorations

All ready to go...

Asian wedding photography in Batley & Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

A soft light catches the bride's long wedding scarf showing off its rich colours

Asian wedding jewellery

Wedding jewellery completes the outfit

Asian bride in her wedding jewellery

Bride puts on her earrings

See more from Reel Life Photos on www.Leeds WeddingPhotographers.com , or visit our Facebook page for literally thousands of whole wedding pictures.

xx Elaine

Medieval pre-wedding pictures at Roche Abbey

August 6th, 2011
Medieval pre wedding picture

wedding proposal re-enactment

 

 

Medieval pre wedding picture

True love - 34 years on ... !

Medieval pre wedding picture

How romantic!

Medieval pre wedding picture

Roche Abbey standing tall

 

Beautiful bride with headress from leaves and tiny white flowers

Isn't she lovely?

 

wedding photography in South Yorkshire

Is she a godess from Roman mythology I wonder...

Groom in chainmail
He looks ready to star in a film…
Medieval bride

Love the way the light caught her cheeks.

Groom in chainmail bride in medieval wedding dress

Togetherness

bride and groom by abbey ruins

Majestic arch and brilliant sky frame this couple beautifully

wedding photos

Graham & Gill

bride and groom in medieval costume

the happy couple

Gill and Graham travelled all the way from Canada to renew their wedding vows in  South Yorkshire, to celebrate 34 years together and to have the big wedding they never had.  This will take place in a church today, so more piccies to follow!

medieval wedding pictures at Roche Abbey in South Yorkshire

One of my favourite pics of Gill and Graham here...

 

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos! – in the galleries, All Day Wedding Pictures and storybook

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge

Winter wedding Italian storybook pictures Thornton Manor on the Wirral

July 27th, 2011

Italian storybook cover: Karen & Paul’s wedding was on New Year’s Eve: the best possible way to start married life  by entering into the New Year together with all their friends and family. The first we knew about it was when I (Elaine) received a phone call from France in 2008 – two years before this wedding – from the Mother of the Groom, lovely Linda, whom we had met at another couple’s wedding in Tenerife. Jorge and I had enjoyed videoing and photographing that wedding so were delighted to be chosen for Linda and Roy’s son’s wedding too. I didn’t even get to speak to the bride at that stage: she took us on trust, as she had a great bond with her future Mother-in -Law. They were looking for a special venue, but already knew the date the wanted. It took several months and loads of research before Karen & Paul settled on Thornton Manor for their wedding venue; and what a venue!

Winter wedding pictures

Italian Storybook Album Cover

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

wedding prep

black and white wedding pictures

Getting ready pics

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

getting ready pics

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

Italian Storybook wedding photos

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

wedding guests

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

Magnificent Thornton Manor: ideal for a Winter wedding

Bride getting ready in bridal suite at Thornton Manor

Bridal Suite at Thornton Manor

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

bride getting ready against background of snow

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

finishing touches from bride's parents

bride going downstairs at Thornton Manor

Ready for wedding ceremony

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

bride going to her wedding ceremony

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

final moments before wedding ceremony

Winter wedding ceremony on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve wedding

Winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

Sealed with a kiss!

photos of wedding at Thornton Manor

signing the register

Red carpet

Smiles from ear to ear as the happy couple walk down the red carpet

wedding photos outside wedding venue in Cheshire

wedding photos outside Thornton Manor

winter wedding photos

wedding pictures against a backdrop of mist rising from the ground

winter wedding pictures

bridal party looking nicely relaxed , but neatly arranged in this picture

wedding in the snow

lead windows, love and snow on the ground

winter wedding photography in Cheshire

the two familes are now as one

wedding photography on New Year's Eve

happy wedding groups

winter wedding pictures at Thornton Manor

braving the cold: good fun though....

outdoor winter wedding pictures

The bride laughs while the groomsmen look on...

 

winter weding pictures on New Year's Eve

the archways make for beautiful backgrounds in which to frame the bridal party.

Winter wedding photos

time for the men to get a few pics...

winter wedding photography at Thornton Manor

the bride and groom head back to get warm

Winter wedding photos inside Thornton Manor

mirror image...

Amazing wedding reception venue: reportage storybook album of winter wedding in a mansion in the UK

Amazing wedding reception venue!

storybook design of wedding reception great hall at Thornton Manor

Grand entrance of the bride and groom!

pictures of wedding speeches at Thornton Manor

Father of the Groom's Speech

 pictures of wedding speeches at Thornton Manor

Father of the Groom's Speech

Best Man's Speech

Best Man's Speech

The Speeches in storybook design pictures of Thornton Manor

Groom and Best Men's Speeches

Pictures inside of Thornton Manor

wedding guests relax at Thornton Manor

romantic pictures of wedding at Thornton Manor

Romeo and Juliet!

wedding cake made of cheese

A literal CHEESE cake! WOW!

Nice relaxed family wedding photos

Following a delicious, relaxing meal with hilarious speeches, its easy to have a those happy family photos.

natural family wedding pictures

Photographed where they sat or stood, makes it som much more enjoyable...

evening wedding reception pictures at Thornton Manor

All the friends, cocktails and first dance.

Thornton Manor wedding pictures

Groom's parents and family

Groovy Revolution band photos

Dancing to live music by Groovy Revolution

wedding pictures at Thornton Manor, by Reel Life Photos

Groom's loving family

Getting ready to see in the New Year at Thornton Manorwedding venue in Cheshire

Dancing The Conga

New year's Eve wedding reception

New Year is almost here....!

evening wedding reception photos

Dancing and singing as the New year approaches

Evening wedding reception pictures at Thornton Manor

Happy New Year!

 

We also have a clip from Karen & Paul’s wedding video on our video page

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos! – in the galleries, All Day Wedding Pictures and storybook

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge

 

 

 

 

 

beach wedding in the Seychelles storybook album design

June 18th, 2011

Our main website is: http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk  so after you have looked at these pics you might like to see more of my wedding photos…. ? More storybooks here – more wedding photos in the galleries and on Facebook in the albums there

xx Elaine

These Creole dancers performed in pitch black outside on the helipad by the sea at Lauren and Trevor’s Seychelles wedding reception. There was an official videographer there too (Michel T) , so this is just a basic clip I shot for myself (as the wedding photographer) on my Canon 5 D Mark II whilst also shooting photos.

Levana –  aged 9 and a half –  was my little assistant using one of my “big” cameras and two different “L” (top of the range) lenses during the first part of this wedding, up to the end of the beach ceremony, and several of her photos have been included by the bride and groom in this storybook wedding album.  She has been coming with me on wedding shoots since she was three , so know what to do, though its only in the past two years she has been allowed to use one of my professional cameras to participate in the photography.

This wedding was also videoed by Michel – a professional cameraman in the Seychelles.  He can be contacted on +2482510972 and his son Damien took over the assisting role once we arrived at the wedding reception venue.  Some of his photos have also been included, so many thanks to both my young assistants. xx Elaine

The earlier pages of this Italian storybook, showing the bride and groom and their families getting ready for the wedding, and Lauren & Trevor’s beach wedding ceremony in the Seychelles can be found here.

Sometimes I feel that  wedding photographers are frightened of colour and dull everything down to muted tones and plain black and white throughout.  That might be appropriate for some weddings in the UK and for certain couple’s tastes, but when in an exotic or vibrant environment,  its a shame to somehow avoid colour!  Having lived in Greece for 8 years where I brought up my family, I soaked up the Mediterranean light which in turn formed my artistic vision through my oil paintings and line drawings of people, and photography too.

I doubt Kate and William had a better wedding than this, though they did honeymoon in the Seychelles too!

Seychelles bride and groom holding hand at end of beach wedding ceremony

Lauren and Trevor hand in hand at the end of their beach wedding ceremony

Cap Lazare is an outdoor wedding reception venue in the Seychelles

wedding party arrives at Cap Lazare

The little pictures show details of the personalised coconut-shell cups the welcome drinks were served in decorated by star fruit. the tropical leaves overlaid with white Frangipani flowers following the theme of green dresses for the bridesmaids, and banana crisps wrapped in funnels of banana leaves. Absolutely fantastic!

 

bride and groom arriving at outdoor wedding reception venue in the Seychelles

bride and groom make their official entrance to their reception at Cap Lazare

I originally designed these with the images of the bride and groom to the left and to the right in a  slightly smaller size, as believe space surrounding the images is important to display the photos better, but always listen to bride and groom’s personal views and preferences so this is a revised version to suit their tastes.

 

pictures  of Cap Lazare wedding reception venue in the Seychelles

groom's sister Katherine plays a delightful flute recital for the wedding guests at the start of the wedding reception

 

Love the emotional hug from the groom for his sister after the flute performance while their Mum applauds and smiles with happiness too. All the bridesmaids had Frangipani flowers in their hair too, so overlaid this lovely image of Katherine onto a picture of the red flowers used.

official photography of wedding guests  in the Seychelles

Three loving sisters with their three loving partners

Under the above  photo here is of a sunlit dark green pool surrounded by palm tree fronds at the entrance to this Seychelles wedding venue at Cap Lazare in Mahe.  I really wanted to photograph the bride lying on the smooth undulating rocks at the side of this pool but it had rained heavily during our drive from the beach wedding ceremony to the reception venue, so it wasn’t to be…

 

bride's family wedding photos at Cap Lazare in the Seychelles

bride's family who travelled mainly from the UK for the wedding in the Seychelles

exotic dream wedding location on Mahe in the Seychelles

wedding photography in the Seychelles by UK wedding photographer

happy moments before the wedding breakfast

bride and groom by the sea in the Seychelles

Trevor’s Dad Emmanuel loved the idea of a pic that showed the blue sky above palm trees here

 creative destination wedding photography

Wedding pictures of local Seychelles families on the Groom's side

Groom's friendly family in the Seychelles

wedding photos in the Seychelles

more of the groom's lovely family over clasped hands uniting both sides

wedding speeches at Cap Lazare in Mahe

Trevor and Lauren made this very creative seating plan board over a map of Mahe

photos and Seychelles wedding reception venue details

photos of beautiful memories and giant shell in the Seychelles wedding venue loo

Seychelles wedding banquet

Seychelles wedding banquet! Exotic wedding food-yummie!

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos! More storybooks here – more wedding photos in the galleries, and whole weddings in  All Day Wedding Pictures

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge

Creole dancing and wedding first dance in the Seychelles outside.

Magical movements of Creole dancing and first dance in the dark outside

Seychelles wedding evening reception

More night-time dancing outside on the helipad

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos! – in the galleries, All Day Wedding Pictures and storybook

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge

Seychelles bride and groom cutting the wedding cake at night

What abeautiful wedding cake!

Seychelles bride throwing the bouquet outside under palm trees at night

Nearly forgot to throw the bouquet!

Seychelles wedding reception venue at night as end of wedding

We bid a reluctant goodbye and good night to the end of Trevor & Lauren's wedding day

www.leedsweddingphotographers.com

 


+++Seychelles wedding album photos

June 15th, 2011
Seychelles beach wedding

Album cover

wedding car in the Seychelles

The location

wedding preparations

bridal preparations with help from the family

Seychelles storybook wedding pictures

Bride being helped by her Mum and sisters to get ready for her wedding in the Seychelles

Seychelles groom getting ready to marry his British bride

Gorgeous Seychelles groom getting ready for his wedding

 getting ready wedding pictures

Amazing bride putting on her wedding dress in the Seychelles

wedding photographyt in the Seychelles: bridal prep

Little Touches...

Groom's Mum and sister on background of Frangipani flowers for the wedding

Groom's Mum and sister on background of Frangipani flowers

 getting ready for her beach wedding in the Seychelles

The veil

Lauren and Trevor's wedding in the Seychelles

Don't they both look fantastic!

beach wedding ceremony in the Seychelles

dream wedding location...

bridesmaids and bride walkking down flower-strewn beach aisle

Time at last for Trevor & Lauren's dream wedding

Seychelles beach wedding ceremony  begins

Lauren is given away by her Mum

Beach wedding pics

Dream beach wedding!

Beach wedding  photography in the Seychelles

Lauren and Trevor say their wedding vows on the beach as planned

beach wedding with rings in a twin shell

Catherine presents the rings inside twin shells: how romantic!

 signing the register on a rock

Lauren and Trevor chose to sign the register sitting on a rock at the edge of the clear blue sea.

beach wedding in the Seychelles

watched by their witnesses Lauren & Trevor sign the register by the sea

witness sign register on rock in the Seychelles

Surreal! Bet nobody else signs the register on a rock in the Seychelles

romantic beach wedding in the Seychelles

time for a private cuddle...

confetti of the beach in the Seychelles

Confetti and flower-lined beach aisle

formal wedding pictures on the beach

What an amazing wedding location!

group wedding photos by the sea

bride's close family

Groom's family wedding picture son beach in the Seychelles

Groom's family

wedding on a beach in the Seychelles

Congratulations!

wedding photos by the sea in the Seychelles

Bride and her Mum.

bride on the beach in the Seychelles

Now its Lauren's turn...

sea views wedding pictures

Lauren and Trevor's special place

bride and groom  at tropical wedding venue in the Seychelles

here come the happy couple!

More storybooks here  or visit our main site

You can call Elaine on +44 7990 867058 if you want to know more too. xx

Wedding prep at Waterton Park Hotel

May 24th, 2011
Geese on the lake at Waterton Park Hotel

Geese on the lake at Waterton Park Hotel

Waterton Park Hotel Wedding venue near Wakefield

Spring at Waterton Park Hotel

wedding venue near Wakefield: Waterton Park Hotel

View of Waterton Park Hotel, Walton Hall on the island

Weddings at Waterton Park Hotel are always very special due to the wonderful location on a private island on the lake

The trees are still fresh, as if Spring has only just unfurled, as the light catches the water while the fisherman cast their lines and the Geese go about their day….

 

Kirsty and Paul chose Waterton Park Hotel for their 15 May 2011 wedding day, which started bright and early with all the little ones in the large en-suite room in the new part of the building.  This room has changed quite a bit since our first ever wedding here in June 2002 for Lisa & Paul.  Gone is the four poster bed, replaced by normal beds… but the charming mirror is still there, just moved to a better light for makeup by the window.

 

black and white reportage wedding picture at Waterton Park Hotel

wedding preparations 1

 

getting ready wedding pics at Waterton Park Hotel

wedding preparations 2

wedding at Waterton Park Hotel

preparations 3

bride has finished her hair and working on her makeup in the mirror

preparations 4

adult bridesmaid having her hair done professionally

preparations 5

unusual 2 piece wedding dress on the bed

two piece wedding dress bodice and skirt

bride's Mum helping her on with her Tiara

bride's Mum fixing her Tiara

bride and her daughter share a private moment before the wedding

Tender moment with bride and her daughter

wedding fun at Waterton Park Hotel

Little bridesmaids tickle the pageboy

cute little bridesmaid by the window

cute little bridesmaid by the window

fun with the bridesmaids by the irror

Little bridesmaids having fun by the mirror

Loads more pics still to come from this wedding, when I get a moment!! You can see them all online anyway under All Day Wedding Pictures on our site. See below…

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads more wedding photos and storybooks

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uk wedding photographers in the Seychelles for Lauren & Trevor’s beach wedding

April 13th, 2011

Lauren and Trevor found us on Facebook a year ago and clicked  “Like” on Reel Life Photos Facebook Page. They are such a lovely couple I thoroughly enjoyed giving them a pre-wedding engagement portrait session in Sheffield. They had their honeymoon on one of the lovely islands in the Seychelles following their beach wedding on Mahe.

Little wedding photographer Levana and I both covered their Seychelles wedding and at the reception venue in Cap Lazare, we were joined by Damien, another young wedding photographer but from the Seychelles.

The couple chose to get married in the Seychelles as the groom’s family are all from there, and decided on April as it is usually  the driest month. However on the wedding day, the beach wedding nearly didn’t happen as the clouds decided to to drop their load on the individually embroidered  towels laid out on the beach with personalised white paper fans!  The downpour stopped just long enough for the ceremony and a few pics before letting loose again with renewed vigour as we drove the half-hour’s ride to the wedding venue at Cap Lazare.

wedding car in the Seychelles

wedding car waiting to take bride Seychelles beach

Groom adjusting his bandana ready for his beach wedding in the Seychelles

Groom adjusting his bandanna

guests in the shade of palm trees before beach wedding in the Seychelles

Guests shelter in the shade before the beach wedding ceremony starts.

beach wedding in Seychelles

bride and her Mum walking down Frangipani flower- strewn beach aisle

beach wedding ceremony in the Seychelles

The wedding ceremony begins

signing the  register on the beach in the Seychelles after beach wedding

Novel location to sign the register…on a rock on the beach!

 

romantic bride after beach wedding looking out to the sea in the Seychelles

Mystical bride gazing pensively out to sea

Lauren and Trevor have just got married on the beach in the Seychelles

Just married!

Seychelles Beach wedding

Confetti tropical style

Trevor and Lauren's wedding in the Seychelles

magical canopy of tropical foliage envelopes the newly-weds

The dried flower confetti accentuates Lauren’s trailing silk wedding dress as she glides over the sand under a canopy of tropical trees.  Paradise!

beach wedding in the Seychelles with bride and her Mum

Time for a hug!

Seychelles bride and groom by sea

True Love on a magical Island

bride with fan inside Seychelles wedding car

Lauren smiles as she looks up at her newly-wed husband Trevor

Seychelles wedding reception venue at Cap Lazare

wedding reception venue at Cap Lazare

dream wedding couple walk into their Seychelles wedding reception venue at Cap Lazare

official arrival of the bride and groom at Cap Lazare

natural weding photography as groom's sister givs him a hug

Katherine gives her brother a hug

Loving bride and groom in the Seychelles

Loving bride and groom

bride and groom at their wedding reception in the Seychelles

Glowing love

exotic drinks at wedding reception, Cap Lazare in the Seycheles

private moment at Cap Lazare

delicious Seychelles wedding meal at Cap Lazare

the open-sided wedding venue is ideal for the reception meal

Bride and Groom have their first dance at night in the Seychelles

first dance on the helipad at night lit only by one video light

Creole dancers at wedding at night

Creole Dancers

 

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding – anywhere in the whole world – or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos – in their storybook   or visit some of our wedding galleries  and on our Facebook page

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge



Storybook wedding albums – few pics of Reel Life Photos albums & DVDs

March 7th, 2011

We often get asked what our albums are like, so here are a few pics mainly taken at various wedding fairs in West Yorkshire . xx Elaine

storybook wedding albums by Reel Life Photos

Reel Life Photos storybook wedding albums

wedding video DVDs by Reel Life Photos  & story book wedding albums

Display of wedding DVDs and wedding storybooks

and a few more album pictures on display at Dewsbury Town Hall in Yorkshire

Reel Life Photos storybook albums at Dewsbury Town Hall

Reel Life Photos storybook albums at Dewsbury Town Hall

Reel Life Photos storybook albums at Dewsbury Town Hall

Reel Life Photos wedding storybooks at Dewsbury Town Hall

Reel Life Photos wedding storybook albums

Reel Life Photos wedding storybook albums

Reel Life Photos wedding storybook a covers

Reel Life Photos wedding story books

wedding storybook albums and Ice Hotel picture on laptop screen

wedding storybook albums and ice Hotel pic on laptop screen

And at our latest wedding fair in The Light Shopping Centre in Leeds in January 2012 – a very popular show!

Reel Life Photos wedding fair in Leeds

Children looking at Reel Life Photos storybook wedding albums

Reel Life Photos storybook wedding albums at wedding fair in the Light in Leeds

Reel Life Photos storybook wedding albums at wedding fair in the Light in Leeds

Reel Life Photos storybook wedding albums at wedding fair in the Light in Leeds

Reel Life Photos storybook wedding albums at wedding fair in the Light in Leeds

wedding photographer Elaine of Reel Life Photos at the Light in Leeds

Reel Life Photos wedding photographer Elaine chatting with brides to be.

Seychelles wedding album and Italian storybook

Two of our Italian wedding albums: the one at the front is of a beach wedding in The Seychelles

Reel Life Photos wedding photography

Photos and paintings at Reel Life Photos

Reel Life Photos wedding photographers

The other side of Reel Life Photos reception.

See storybook wedding pictures as individually designed for each bride and groom personally by Elaine

Return to Reel Life Photos main website here: www.reellifephotos.co.uk

wedding storybook album layout from church wedding & reception at Gomersal Park Hotel

February 20th, 2011
wedding storybook album cover

storybook album cover from wedding at Gomersal Park Hotel

This particular storybook album has – as always – been designed not only with the bride and groom’s own choice of images from their wedding, but also as requested by them to have interesting backgrounds, rather than just standard plain white or black.  All the backgrounds are created  using pictures from the individual wedding , so all contribute to the unique aspect of each and every hand-designed page.  Hope you like it! xx Elaine (wedding photographer and storybook designer)

Please visit www.LeedsWeddingPhotographers.com to see more local wedding pictures from around West Yorkshire, or to contact Elaine about your wedding photography.

wedding shoes

wedding storybook album page 1

wedding storybook album

the flowers have arrived - Wahoo...

wedding storybook album

bride getting ready for wedding - helped by her bridesmaid and Mum

wedding storybook album with flower girls getting ready

Sunlight streams into the room where the flower girls are getting ready...

wedding storybook album

on with the shoes - for little flower girl, and on with the earrings for the bride...

flower girls and ushers at St Mary's Church in Batley

Little Maids All in a Row...

flower girls waiting for the bride to arrive at St Mary's Church

waiting for the bride to arrive...

bride arrives at St Mary's Church with her brother

Jodie - looking forward to her wedding day, where her brother is to give her away.

storybook album page with bride walking down the aisle

walking down the aisle

pageboy up to mischief during the weding ceremony

pageboy!

exchange of rings

Exchange of wedding rings.

exchange of rings - page in wedding storybook .

exchange of rings

loving touch - rings to signing the register

Loving Touch...

wedding storybook album

Happy bride and groom!

church wedding photos

bride kisses her son the pageboy

wedding storybook album

pageboy playing with the church candles while his parents kneel at the altar

wedding storybook album

Flower girls arranging the bride's train in church

wedding storybook album

Just married!

wedding storybook album

Too windy outside for wedding photos!

storybook wedding pictures

family wedding photos in church

wedding storybook album

Its a bit windy as guests leave church...

wedding storybook album

Hold onto your hat grandma!

wedding storybook album - newleyweds arrive at Gomersal Park Hotel

Cheers, as bride and groom leave the church and arrive at their wedding reception venue

wedding storybook album with traditional wedding photos

traditional wedding pics outside Gomersal Park Hotel in West Yorkshire

storybook album with confetti and wedding car

Confetti and Cuddles by the Wedding Car

I decided to turn the confetti pic into a black and white wedding photo, as although beautiful in colour too, it had too many different colours to hang together properly in the album.

wedding storybook album

Groom's family on steps outside Gomersal Park Hotel and bridesmaid fishing confetti out of the bride's dress!

 pics of Table layout at wedding venue, best man with groom, & Bride's family photo

pics of Table layout at wedding venue, best man with groom, & Bride's family photo

traditional wedding photos in a natural style

Happy and relaxed, as the cameras go click!

bride and groom walk down to the laketraditional wedding photos in a natural style

natural wedding pictures

all smiles...

Couple in love

Ah, aren't they a lovely couple!

I normally avoid green grass as a backdrop for wedding photos, as feel it tends to clash with most bride’s flowers and colouring, but in this case, by making use of the right patch of light,  and the bride’s unusual lemon roses, it very much suits Jodie and Scott’s relatively traditional wedding.

romantic wedding pictures by the lake

Gentle romance down by the hidden lake

The usually undemonstrative groom goes with the flow – even holding the wedding bouquet and laughing! The soft background behind these images elevate it from the ordinary to the extraordinary – with a subtle feeling of relaxation and gentle light.

wedding speeches

Wedding speeches - action and reaction...

wedding speeches

Wedding Speeches

table plan and happy wedding guests

Table plan and happy wedding guests.

Double-page spread of wedding photos Flowers and gifts for the mother's

Flowers and gifts for the mothers.

cutting the wedding cake

Jodie and Scott both smile naturally on the happiest day of their life

storybook wedding pictures

bride and groom's families

wedding photos outside Gomersal Park Hotel with sky background

family wedding photos in storybook album set on a sky background from the same day

natural wedding portraits of groom with his mum and bride with her mum

Groom with his Mum and bride with her Mum

cutting the wedding cake

cutting the cake and start of the first dance

storybook: summer's evening wedding reception

Guests enjoy the summer's evening outside Gomersal Park Hotel

first dance at evening wedding reception

Evening wedding reception with romantic first dance

evening wedding reception at Gomersal Park Hotel

dancing the night away...

Gomersal Park Hotel at night and disco dancing in storybook by Reel Life Photos

fun goes on into the night...

back of wedding album storybook

back of wedding album storybook

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos! – in the galleries, All Day Wedding Pictures and storybook

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge

Masked Ball at the Pumphouse in Bath for Ice Hotel Couple in Bath

February 7th, 2011
bride and groom at Pumphouse in Bath

Pomp and grandeur ooze in this Roman Baths setting for Ice Hotel Bride and Groom's UK Reception

Masked Ball at the Pumphouse in Bath

Masked Ball at the Pumphouse in Bath

Masked Bride and Groom at Pumphouse Roman Baths

Masked Bride and Groom

Masked Ice Hotel bride and groom at Pumphouse in Bath for UK wedding reception

The masked wedding couple walk hand in hand to their UK wedding reception

wedding guests at masked costumed wedding reception in Bath

Zoe and Steve's evening wedding reception with masks and period costumes

masked ball wedding reception

Even the table runner is part of Zoe & Steve's Ice Hotel wedding theme

masquerade evening wedding reception

wedding guests lift their masks to enjoy a drink

evening wedding reception masked ball in Bath

Cute Orville mask...or some sort of duck anyway!

black feather fan at masked wedding ball

Bride's step-mum with the perfect fan for the occasion

wedding Masquerade extravaganza

smart black tie and arty masks

bow tie , white shirt and mask at wedding reception in Bath

Smart mask compliments demeanour

Masks on the table during evening wedding reception

The masks perfectly add to the occasion!

See here to contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos about your wedding or visit http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk to see loads and loads more wedding photos! – in the galleries, All Day Wedding Pictures and storybook

xx Elaine and Cuban videoman Jorge

Such attention to detail.  Even the chocolates have the same design – specially selected by Zoe and Steve.  They were also amongst the delights served at their small family wedding reception in the Ice Hotel restaurant following their wedding there. See some of their Ice Hotel wedding pics here.

costumed wedding guests at masked ball

Don't they just look the part...guests during the speeches

classy evening wedding reception in Bath

Now these two caught me out - posing together, when they are not!

Best Man giving his speech at Pumphouse restaurant in Bath

Best man's speech

masked first dance at evening wedding reception in Bath

First Dance

couple dancing at5 masked ball wedding reception

the dance floor is open!

period costume fun

just a bit of fun at the end of the day!

If you want to see more from Elaine, their wedding photographer who travels all over the world, then visit www.LeedsWeddingPhotographers.com

wedding-photographer-in-Bali-for-a-Balinese-wedding

April 18th, 2017
Balinese wedding photography in a temple

The beautiful wedding in Bali has many fascinating customs. I went to Bali especially to be able to capture some of these.  This wedding also continued on the following day with the wedding reception, but sadly I was already booked for a Pakistani wedding back in the UK the  day after that.

 

Photos by UK wedding photographer in Bali

Colourful wedding guests in Bali

 

Balinese Groom sits without his bride at the start of his wedding ceremony, as the marriage register is being filled in for them to sign.

 

The Balinese priest is preparing to start the religious rituals

 

Wedding ceremony rituals in Bali

The priest is taking the incense / josticks to use during the wedding ceremony rituals

 

The Balinese priest is preparing to start the religious rituals by lighting the josticks

 

Balinese Groom at the start of his wedding ceremony

 

One of the Balinese village elders wearing white, who all sit together by the groom and priest, on the patio in front of the house.

 

 

Detail of the Balinese Groom’s sword at the start of his wedding ceremony

 

Offerings at a wedding in Bali

 

Balinese wedding ceremony, as the marriage register is being signed

 

Prayers during traditional Balinese wedding ceremony.

 

Prayers during traditional Balinese wedding ceremony.

 

Balinese bride and groom at the start of their wedding ceremony

 

Prayers during traditional Balinese wedding ceremony.

 

Gold headdress on Balinese bride

Beautiful Balinese bride with her gold headdress during her wedding ceremony in Bali

 

Balinese wedding in Bali

Balinese bride and groom during their wedding ceremony

wedding guests in Bali

Wedding guests during the  Balinese wedding ceremony

 

Balinese wedding guests

Wedding guests at the start of this Balinese wedding ceremony

Nyepi Ogoh-Ogoh parade in Selat Duda, Karangasem, Bali

March 28th, 2017
Nyepi Ogoh-Ogoh Bali 2017

Balinese customs: papier mâché monsters to drive out the evil spirits at New Year.  This huge creation creation is carried on a raft of bamboo poles, carried by children who belong to the Banjar (community ) who created it.

Balinese hildren carry the Ogoh-Ogoh they have made to drive out the evil spirits before Nyepi - quiet day throughout all of Bali

Ogoh-Ogoh parade in Bali at Nyepi

Ogoh-Ogoh with boobs like papayas!

 

 

Gruesome Ogoh-Ogoh in Bali 2017 - Balinese custom at Nyepi

Ogoh-Ogoh at Nyepi in Bali

Balinese customs: papier mâché monsters to drive out the evil spirits at New Year. Around 20 Banjars in the area all submitted Ogoh-Ogoh, which are carried by the children and young people who made them using a bamboo raft of poles.

Nyepi in Bali - Ogoh-Ogoh

Balinese monsters to drive out the evil spirits at Nyepi

Asian wedding pictures – by Reel Life Photos photographer

November 17th, 2016
Asian wedding stage Halifax, West Yorkshire

Crossley House is a classy wedding venue with period Architecture so very beautiful wedding venue for photography.

 

Gorgeous lengha detail in picture by Asian wedding photographer Elaine

beautiful Asian wedding outfit, just the lengha and the groom’s garland.

Asian wedding photography with hands and jewellery

All the girls’ hands to show off their rings and other arty decorations

Asian wedding photography international - bride's shoes and lengha in Norway

Great shoes!

Asian wedding photography at Nawwab's in Manchester

Love the classy necklace, and classic white wedding dress.

Photo journalistic, reportage, modern Asian wedding photography international

Think the bride has tired feet!

 

If you like these few samples then see if Elaine is available for your wedding too! 07990867058 or contact us via our website: REEL LIFE PHOTOS

 

 

 

Arabic Asian wedding in London

October 31st, 2016

Even though Reel Life Photos is based in West Yorkhire, we travel a lot for exciting , unusual, or multicultural weddings not only up and down the UK but also abroad.

This wedding had both Arabic and Asian food, both Arabic and Asian music and wedding traditions, with so much dancing it was a real pleasure – though naturally very tiring – to film and to photograph.  I would love to show you the people having fun too, but as we respect our Muslim couples and their families we can’t reveal all here, so if you need more info about us then visit our Facebook page  or give Elaine a call or message on WhatsApp – 07990867058

Arabic Asian wedding in London

The bride’s bouquet with cream and pinks roses, lying on the bed as she gets ready at Hilton Hotel London Metropole.

 

Arabic Asian wedding in London

The bride’s hands with mehndi in natural wedding pictures as she gets ready for her wedding

 

Arabic Asian wedding in London

The bride’s hands with mehndi in natural wedding pictures , as she adjusts her hijab

 

Arabic Asian wedding in London

Wedding in London with beautifully presented tables and chairs with elegant sashes

 

Arabic Asian wedding in London

Wedding in London with beautifully presented tables and chairs with elegant sashes.

 

wedding cake and stage at Arabic Asian wedding

Wedding cake with real flowers in between the tiers

 

Asian or Arabic wedding stage with flower panels

Asian wedding stage with flower panels

 

Wedding cake detail with Mr and Mrs sign

Wedding cake with real flowers in between the tiers

 

The Stage - Asian Arabic wedding photography in London

Asian wedding stage with flower panels

 

 Asian Arabic wedding photography in London

Asian wedding stage with flower panels – detail of the flowers

 

 Asian Arabic wedding photography in London

The top table at London wedding

 

 wedding cake with real flowers

Wedding cake with real flowers in between the tiers

 

Arabic ASIAN WEDDING IN lONDON - THE TABLE DECOR

Wedding in London with beautifully presented tables

 

Arabic Asian wedding details

Wedding in London with beautifully presented tables and chairs with elegant sashes

 

Asian Arabic wedding food

Chicken salad starter at Asian Arabic wedding in London

 

Falafel starter at Asian Arabic wedding in London

Falafel starter

 

Starter at Asian Arabic wedding in London

wedding in London – the food

 

Arabic Asian wedding details

the rings

 

Arabic Asian wedding ring details

the bride’s ring

Pictures of the Grand Banqueting Suite at an Asian wedding

September 7th, 2016
Asian wedding photography at the Grand

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – the stage

The Grand Banqueting Suite is an excellent wedding venue  for larger weddings.  They have great food service, with very speedy and efficient staff. I’ve been photographing Asian weddings there for many years now since 2006 at least.  As an experienced  female wedding photographer, I understand how things work so can help guide you through the wedding process if you are currently researching your wedding and would like a little help.

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire - the stage

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – the bride and groom’s table

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire

The Grand  Banqueting Suite in West Yorkshire elegant entrance interior

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire - The Grand

Mango and passion fruit juice being served to welcome wedding guests at The Grand Banqueting Suite

 

 

Pictures of Asian wedding at The Grand in West Yorkshire

Asian bride’s hand as she clutches her bouquet at her wedding at The Grand in West Yorkshire

 

Pictures of Asian wedding bouquet at The Grand in West Yorkshire

Bouquet of pink and cream roses.

 

bride's necklace at wedding at The Grand Banqueting Suite in West Yorkshire

Asian wedding jewellery worn by the bride at The Grand in West Yorkshire

 

Pictures of Asian bride by the fountain at The Grand in West Yorkshire

The bride touches the water in the fountain at The Grand

 

Pictures of Asian wedding at The Grand in West Yorkshire

Bride’s bouquet by the mirror at The Grand in West Yorkshire

 

The Grand Banqueting Suite in West Yorkshire

Main hall at The Grand with its elegant chandeliers and beautifully presented tables ready for an Asian wedding

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – view of the upstairs floor at The Grand

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire  -upstairs at the Grand

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire

Upstairs seating for a wedding at the Grand.

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – upstairs at The Grand

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire - the men's side

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – the men’s side

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire - the cake

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – the cake

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire - the cake

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – the cake

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – the men’s hall.

 

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire - the men's side

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – the men’s side

 

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire - the men's side

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – the men’s side

 

 

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire

Pictures of Asian wedding venue banqueting hall in West Yorkshire – upstairs at The Grand

 

wedding pictures by female Asian wedding photographer at The Grand in West Yorkshire

Pictures of Asian wedding at The Grand in West Yorkshire – the bride’s hand and rings

 

Asian wedding jewellery on teh bride;s hand at The Grand in West Yorkshire

Pictures of Asian wedding at The Grand in West Yorkshire, as the bride touches her earring, so showing off her beautiful mehndi designs and gold rings.

 

 Asian wedding photography at The Grand in West Yorkshire

The bride’s bouquet of roses at Asian wedding at The Grand in West Yorkshire

 

Natural Asian wedding photography at The Grand in West Yorkshire

Natural Asian wedding pictures at The Grand in West Yorkshire

Asian-wedding-video-and-photography

August 5th, 2016
Asian wedding mehndi shot on the Mehndii by wedding photographer at then venue

Mehndi on the Mehndi night is great for the wedding photographer to capture – even if they are shooting video one or two stills look good in the design on the cover of the Blu Ray or DVD

 

Crown Banqueting Birmingham interior set up for Asian wedding before the photographer arrives

Crown Banqueting Birmingham interior during Asian wedding Baraat before all the guests arrives

 

Female Asian DJ for Mehndi or weddings

Female DJ at Orchid Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Pakistani bride by Asian wedding photographer Dewsbury

Bride with her hands over her face showing off her mehndi designs in the bridal suite at Orchid wedding venue in Dewsbury

Wedding venue Orchid Dewsbury byAsian wedding photographer

Orchid wedding venue in Dewsbury at night – pictures at Orchid Banqueting in Dewsbury

Contact elaine@weddingphotos-video.co.uk after visiting our Asian wedding page or call 07990867058

http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk/?p=2761

Gambian wedding day

July 17th, 2016