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Winter wedding photos at Leeds Met

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

A few favourite pics with special artistic treatment from Hayley & Chris’s Winter wedding at Hotel Metropole (Leeds Met) in Leeds.

natural light photo with artistic colouring of winter bride by Met hotel window in Leeds


romantic gentle-toned contemporary wedding picture with black and white & sepia mix

Winter wedding indoor picture of bride and groom on staircase of Leeds Hotel Metropole

picture of Winter indoor wedding in Leeds

3 shades of black from warm to cold in wedding photograph

contemporary winter bridal portrait at Leeds Metropole Hotel

little flower girl says goodnight…

thankyou flowers for relatives at wedding


bride photgraphed from above as she descends the grand staircase

bride and groom by Christmas tree inside Hotel Metropole in Leeds

bride and groom praticing their first dance in Leeds hotel foyer

picture of bridegroom with little boy on his shoulder at Leeds winter wedding

first dance at wedding in Leeds

evening wedding reception picture in Leeds of bride dancing


conga dance during evening winter wedding reception in Leeds

dramatic wedding image from winter Leeds wedding photo Christmas 2008

winter night time wedding picture outside hotel Metropole in Leeds

bride and groom by Christmas tree in Leeds City centre on wedding day

This wedding at Leeds Met, was a Winter wedding, so the bride and groom really didn’t want to go outside, but while the bride was getting dressed in the morning, the fire alarm went off, so we all had to troop outside, and wait for ages on the pavement opposite the hotel, until the fire services had checked it all out!  Turns out the smoke alarms had been triggered by someone using hairspray – so bear this in mind if you are getting married here! Its a great venue with loads of indoor spaces for interesting wedding pictures!

xx Elaine

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Few favourite wedding pictures from 2008

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Winter wedding picture inside Tong Garden Centre

Christmas wedding photos inside Tong Garden Centre

Child bridesmaid in Christmas Grotto

Winter Bride with black flowers and matching cape by Julie

Winter Bride with black flowers and matching cape by Reel Life Photos wedding photographer, Julie

Egyptian bride at the hairdressers in El Minya

Egyptian bride gets ready at the hairdressers in El Minya, Egypt

Orthodox Christian wedding in Egypt

Christian Orthodox wedding in Egypt

Pregnant bride shows of her bump with adoring husband

Pregnant bride shows of her bump to adoring looks from her just-wed husband.

rainy day wedding at Bamburgh Castle

Bride in rain outside Bamburgh Castle by Reel Life Photos wedding photographer Julie

 Winter wedding picture outside Hotel Metropole in Leeds at Night

Winter wedding picture outside Hotel Metropole in Leeds.

rainy wedding photography all over the UK throughout July & August

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

rainy day wedding with wet sheen on stone church pavements

Rain shining off the Yorkshire stone flags at church wedding

rainy day wedding picture

Rain shimmers off the paving slabs, as the little pageboys and bridesmaids - carrying white umbrellas - make a run for the church


This year has been one of the wettest I can ever remember, but we have been extremely busy with weddings, so have had to be extra creative on occasions.  All our brides and their families have been marvelous though!

Bride and Bridgroom in the bath at Gomersal Park Hotel

Bride and Groom in the bath in Bridal Suite at Gomersal Park Hotel

It helps to have a nice indoor alternative if it is too rainy and miserable outside for all the wedding pics. This one is of the bride and bridegroom in the fabulous green bath in the bridal suite at Gomersal Park Hotel in  Gomersal, WestYorkshire

bride and groom on the steps at Nostell priory near Wakefield

bride rushing  up the steps to her wedding at Nostell Priory near Wakefield

Rainy day wedding pictures at Bamburgh Castle

rainy day wedding at Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle wedding on a very rainy day in  August.  It rained when the bride arrived, throughout the ceremony inside the castle, during drinks reception in the keep,  when we left to go to Seahouses for the wedding reception, but gave us a ray of hope as appeared to stop just as the meal was finishing.  We jumped straight into our cars and headed back towards the castle for a private photo shoot, but trust our luck, it started again just as we were approaching the castle!  Kelly &  Charles were very brave to pose for a few snatched shots in the rain, but the camera lenses had drips all over them just a few minutes later and Kelly in her lovely low cut wedding dress was freezing!

rainy day wedding photos at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland

Bride and bridegroom on rainy day in centre of Leeds

rainy day wedding in Leeds city centre by Julie

but then the sun did come out a bit!

Groomsmen walking  Leeds city centre wedding between rain showers

wedding picnic picture in Norfolk by Julie of Reel Life Photos

This couple took a huge gamble and planned a lovely picnic wedding reception – out on the grassy lawn at their wedding venue in Norfolk – Wolterton Hall.  Julie was their wedding photographer too.

confetti picture outside Woolley Hall near Wakefield

After days on end of rain this Friday wedding struck lucky – making for a beautiful non-stop photo day at Woolley Hall near Wakefield.

bride at Gomersal Park Hotel, West Yorkshire, against a colourful bus.

Using a colourful background – in this case a hired coach in the car park – can brighten up even the dullest day!

sunset family wedding group photo on helipad at Kings Croft Pontefract

A dry evening , after a very wet day, can produce some stunning family group shots, as this one on the helipad at Kings Croft in Pontefract,  West Yorkshire, as we don’t mind how long we stay on the couple’s wedding day,

sunset wedding kiss on the helipad at Kings Croft in Pontefract

which means we can capture romantic  sunset pics too!

Hindu wedding photography near London

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Table detail at Hindu wedding Symbolic coconut as part of Hindu wedding We love showing you clips from recent weddings but the past three weddings have all been for the same couple who have requested that we don’t show their faces to the world, so unusually for Reel Life Photos they have been hidden away under a password.  Here are a few we can show:

traditional Asian wedding chairs

ingredients for the Hindu Priest to use in the wedding ceremony

Hindu bride’s hands with candle during wedding ceremony

detail of Hindu wedding ceremony

Hindu wedding ceremony

fire ritual led by Hindu priest

Hindu Bride’s hands

Hindu bride and her husband walk 4 times round the fire

Hindu bride with wedding bouquet

Hindu bride and groom with bouquet of red roses

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wedding at Luton Hoo Hotel

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Luton Hoo is a newly opened hotel with historic grandeur and elegance.

Luton Hoo facade on a sunny day

Luton Hoo Facade on a sunny day

Luton Hoo gardens on a rainy day

Luton Hoo gardens on a rainy summer’s day

view from Luton Hoo Hotel onto the main gardens on a rainy day

champagne drinks reception at Luton Hoo

champagne drinks reception

Luton Hoo wedding breakfast

wedding breakfast at Luton Hoo Hotel

vegetarian starter Luton Hoo wedding breakfast

vegetarian starter

ceiling inside Luton Hoo Hotel

candlelit wedding meal at Luton Hoo Hotel

grand staircase at Luton Hoo

grand staircase at Luton Hoo

Restauarant at Luton Hoo Hotel, Bedfordshire

restaurant at Luton Hoo

dining room at Luton Hall Hotel


picture of dancing at evening wedding reception Luton Hoo

evening wedding reception dancing

Luton Hoo at night

Luton Hoo gates at night

outside main entrance of Luton Hoo Hotel at night

few photos from recent church wedding in Southern Ireland

Friday, July 4th, 2008

wedding shoe and jewellery

wedding rings on wedding car bonnet

cuff links on Groom

wedding cars outside Enniscorthy cathedral


bride going down the aisle



Pugin church wedding

bride and groom about to walkout down the aisle together

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Collage of wedding pictures by Reel Life Photos UK and international wedding photographers

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

To all our brides and grooms looking for a wedding photographer or combined wedding and High Definition video team: hope you enjoy browsing this blog! We’ve got a wedding next week in Southern Ireland, so may be a bit slow to reply to any info requests. If urgent – try our mobile 07990 867058. xx Elaine, Jorge & Julie

collage of wedding pictures by Reel Life Photos wedding photographers UK

International weddings by Reel Life Photos – West Yorkshire wedding photographers UK & HD wedding video

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

bride and groom Ice Hotel wedding photo Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights - over the Ice Hotel in Sweden Groom in his wedding suit sliding on ice sculpure in Ice Hotel bedroomThe quality of the experience sometimes outweighs the need be profitable every week, so last year Reel Life Photos started accepting International wedding bookings, the first of which was a wedding in the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden  where indoor temperatures are a static minus 5 degrees Centigrade.

 Bride and groom by chapel in Los Gigantes in Tenerife hotel wedding reception venue in Tenerife romantic rooftop wedding photos in Tenerife At the opposite end of the scale, this was followed by a wedding in Tenerife   and here where the sun shone brightly, adding romance to the sunset wedding pictures. 

outdoor wedding ceremony in Jacobs Creek Australia traditional wedding kiss photo at Jacobs Creek Retreat in Australia sunset wedding kiss amongst Kaesler Wines grapevines in Australia In March this year we had a fabulous location 10,000 miles away – in Jacob’s Creek Retreat in the Barossa valley, Australia .  We did of course tag on a holiday! 

cavier, cassis, champagne and canapes in French Chateau wedding French Chateau wedding party at Chateau detilly in Loire Valley France French wedding cake and Frenc Chef outside orangerie at Chateau deTillyThis month (May) our overseas wedding was in the Loire valley France and§ion_id=1045 

Our next overseas wedding is on 28 June – in Southern Ireland.  That one is going to be particularly exciting as it’s the first of 3 wedding days – for the same couple –  as they are having the Catholic church wedding in St. Aidans Cathedral in Enniscorthy followed by the reception at Amber Springs Hotel In Gorey, Wexford, then the following week its back to the UK for a civil wedding at Luton Hoo, in Bedfordshire, followed by the final wedding ceremony the week after – a traditional Hindu wedding – in a marquee in St. Albans!  Phew!

Contemporary Sikh wedding photography by female wedding photographer Elaine

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Sikh bride’s foot decorated with henna and red-gold glitter Sikhs are very exuberant and friendly people, with a zest for life and dancing all night at their 3 day wedding celebrations. Add to that a French Bridegroom and a multicultural marriage with a Sikh bride who has absorbed much of the European culture of her UK upbringing, with guests arriving from all around the world – from USA, Canada and France, in particular – and its bound to be a wedding with a difference! From the wedding photographer it demands a non-stop smile, and whirlwind eye, who easily gets caught up in the excitement and drama of the days – and nights.

Nina & Alexis met in Sri Lanka when doing voluntary work after the fateful Tsunami of 30 Dec 2004. They share the same generous view of humanity, as does Alexis French mother & sister, who were living out there too.

The wedding started with a Civil marriage ceremony at Hothorpe Hotel in Leicester. Two days earlier I had been in Australia, so the sudden plunge into late British Winter was expected to make us all suffer, but as it happened the cold was overcome by the brilliant sunshine and unreal blue skies!

Nina & Alexis by Tree of Life in Garden of Hothorpe Hotel in Leicester with sign saying Grow Old Together

The Sikh wedding celebrations started the following evening at Stage Hotel in Leicester, where traditional Jug lanterns were carried in turn by many of the bride’s key family members – even the French bridegroom’s Mother Agnes, enjoyed a turn – to announce the forthcoming Sikh wedding celebrations to the “Village” (in this case it was just the invited guests…)

women carrying jug lanterns announce the forthcoming Sikh wedding

French Bridegroom’s mother carrying Sikk wedding jug -lantern
See More Asian wedding photos on Reel Life Photos website

contemporary creative wedding photography

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

For 30 years –  before becoming a full time wedding photographer – I was a fine artist, painting in oils and sketching portraits for a living.  Those who know me find it hard to believe that I have just stopped painting and am now merely a photographer  – as was my Grandfather and Great Grandfather before me, and my son, Naki contemporaneously: see . Well, I have simplyly changed art forms, as when not under the pressure of high season weddings every week I can re-visit digital negatives that have been mentally earmarked for a treat, to bring out the hidden beauty that I observed at the time, but which lay dormant and invisible to anyone else.

Moody Mists on Dartmoor wedding photograph

These two examples were from Mel & Jay’s wedding in Dartmoor.  It was rained solidly on their wedding  day, so having travelled hundreds of miles to get there, I was quite happy to stay an extra day to get the magical shots we all  wanted.  Jay is  apparantly friends with David Bailey so I was up against fierce competition and high expectations…

 Mel calls herself the Witch of Dartmoor in her emails, so I wanted to come up with something similarly evocative…



This picture is from a wedding at Monk Fryston Hotel near York, that I didn’t spot amongst the hundred we took that day, but which the bride chose for her album.  I have changed it to a monochrome duplex colour tint to focus on the intimacy of the private exchange between loved relatives.

Family means everything-personal wedding touch



















This picture is from a tropical wedding in Tenerife, where night falls like a stone soon after 7.30 pm every night , all year round. I have continued the mood into the bordering frame, as stark black lacked the softness of romantic love.

 Sunset wedding on rooftop in Tenerife


This one didn’t need anything doing to it as the colour and the mood were already in the eye of the camera  and matched my vision too.

Evening wedding reception night time dancing