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My favourite local Asian wedding venue in Dewsbury -The Grand

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022
Wedding cars arriving outside the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury, Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire
The groom’s family arrive at the Grand Banqueting Suite nice and early!
Delightful décor of hanging flowers on the way to the bridal Suite at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury.
Décor on the balcony at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury/ Ravensthorpe: best Asian wedding venue in Dewsbury!
Chandeliers and flower lights and a magnificent stage at the Grand banqueting Suite 2022.
View from the balcony of the Best Asian wedding venue in Dewsbury – The Grand Banqueting Suite – in 2022

Its been 3 years since we last photographed or videoed an Asian wedding at the Grand, so it was a lovely surprise to see all the elegant changes they have been making recently. I love coming here as the owners are really friendly and all the staff recognise me, so I feel very welcome.

Flower Bower  for bridal wedding photography at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury
Perfect venue for wedding photography in the flower bower.
Stage at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury 2022
Stage at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury 2022
Best Asian wedding venue in Dewsbury
The Grand Banqueting Suite 2022
Wedding cars at night in the car park at the Grand Banqueting Suite.
View of the car park from The Grand Banqueting Suite in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury
View towards the Bridal Suite at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury 2022
View towards the Bridal Suite at the Grand Banqueting Suite 2022
Peacock and mirrors great for bridal wedding photography at the Grand in Dewsbury
Perfect wedding photography background at the best Asian wedding venue in Dewsbury – The Grand!
Bridal Suite at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury 2022
Bridal Suite at the Grand Banqueting Suite 2022
Bridal suite  at the Grand in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, the best Asian wedding venue in West Yorkshire.
This magnificent bridal suite has so many photo or video opportunities at the Grand in Dewsbury
Nikah in the bridal suite at Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury.
The girl’s Nikah takes place in the Bridal Suite at the Grand in Dewsbury.
The Groom's Nikah at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury
The Groom’s Nikah at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury.
Private dining for the bride and groom at the Grand Banqueting Suite in Dewsbury
Private dining for the bride and groom at the Grand in Dewsbury 2022

If you like what you see, give Elaine a call on 07990867058 to potentially book your wedding photographer and videographer.

Gypsy wedding in Bradford and Leeds West Yorkshire

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

I love traveller weddings, particularly when the everyone is dressed so beautifully. See part of their wedding video here. https://youtu.be/T-_oQKkAjHs

Traveller bride's parents hold her veil and super long train as she gets ready for her wedding photos at the Holiday Inn in Leeds
Traveller bride’s parents hold her veil and super long train as she gets ready for her wedding photos at the Holiday Inn in Leeds.
See her wedding video here. https://youtu.be/T-_oQKkAjHs
Traveller wedding ceremony at the Holy Family church in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Gypsy wedding at The Holy Family Church in Armley
Traveller bride and groom go to sign the wedding register at The Holy Family Church in Leeds
Traveller bride and groom go to sign the wedding register at The Holy Family Church in Armley
Young traveller bride and groom by their enormous wedding cake.
Young traveller bride and groom by their enormous wedding cake.
Traveller girl in pink dress at Cedar Court Hotel wedding reception in Bradford.
Cute traveller girl at the wedding reception at Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford
Traveller girls videoing the bride and groom's first dance at wedding reception in Bradford
Colourful traveller girls all videoing the bride and groom’s first dance at the wedding reception in Bradford
Traveller groom treads on bride's  wedding dress during their first dance with indoor fireworks at Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford
Traveller groom gets tangled up in the bride’s super long wedding dress train and veil during their first dance.
Gypsy wedding reception at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford as the guests watch their first dance.
Traveller bride and groom’s friends and family enjoy watching the first dance at their wedding reception in Bradford at the Cedar Court Hotel

Wedding photography in West Yorkshire

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
Bagden Hall wedding reception
Naturally fun wedding photos – a happy family wedding at Bagden Hall

Wedding receptions are an ideal opportunity for you to relax, and for your wedding photographer to get those natural wedding pics without you even realising! In the photo above the bride and groom are sharing a moment to have a laugh during the speeches at a Bagden Hall wedding.

natural wedding pic of boys running at Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield
Wedding reception at Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield

The grassy outdoor spaces at Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield are great for the children to let off steam while the adults are having a drink or catching up with friends and family after the wedding ceremony, or wedding breakfast during the longer summer days.

wedding at Tankersley Manor with the wedding car and guests
Fun by the wedding car at Tankersley Manor wedding reception

There is so much going on in this natural wedding photo at Tankersley Manor: its a beautiful summer’s day with dramatic clouds scattered across a bright blue sky, the guests are having a drink and the wedding car is parked in the courtyard ready for the bride and groom to have some photos. Look carefully and you’ll notice the bride’s beautiful mother picking up the bride’s train to make sure that it doesn’t get trampled on, as all the wedding guests spill out into the courtyard to enjoy the sunshine.

Diana and Wale 14 July 2006

Not everyone has hotel wedding reception, so even a wedding party in your back garden can be great fun if the weather is on your side. The funny thing about this wedding is that they weren’t able to pay for their wedding photos at the time, but came back to me 13 years later! Fortunately all their wedding pics were safely backed up, so they were able to finally see them after all those years!

wedding in Bradford - large table beautifully decorated for a small wedding
wedding table layout at the Great Victoria in Bradford

The beautifully presented table was for an intimate Asian wedding at the Great Victoria Hotel in Bradford, so an ideal way to celebrate a smaller family weddings, particularly in the current climate where wedding guests are being limited to an ever changing safer number during the Covid-19 pandemic.

summer wedding at Oulton Hall
Wedding pictures mainly taken outside after wedding ceremony at Oulton Hall

Oulton Hall is one of my favourite local wedding venues, as not only is it a magnificent stately home with all the interior trimmings, but it has a magnificent outdoor space, directly accessed from the wedding ceremony room. so everyone can mingle and enjoy a welcome drink in the sunshine. Its during these moments that I get a chance to snap away, and capture all the happy smiles such as in the pics below.

natural wedding pics at  Oulton Hall in Leeds
Wedding drinks outside after wedding ceremony at Oulton Hall
Oulton Hall wedding reception drinks time
Happy wedding guests in the grounds of Oulton Hall
wedding guests laughing during the outdoor drinks reception at Oulton Hall in Leeds
Laughing guests at Oulton Hall wedding

Below is a happy moment when the bride circulates amongst her wedding at guests at the Holiday Inn near Junction 25 off the M62 in Brighouse.

documentary wedding photography as the bride chats in the courtyard at the Holiday Inn Brighouse Leeds
Wedding reception at the Holiday Inn Leeds Brighouse with casual photos in the courtyard

And here the bride, wearing very modest, non traditional wedding attire, as she chats while walking out from her midweek wedding ceremony in Leeds

natural wedding photography in Leeds with a non-traditional bride
Happy bride with one of her guests outside Leeds Town Hall, just as they walk out from their wedding ceremony
Mother and daughter hug on the wedding day
Beautiful family’s wedding pictures – bride with her mum in a touching embrace

Happy moments that mean so much!

Hope to see your soon too! xx Elaine

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UK wedding photographer in the Gambia

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Its sad when a Gambian groom dies, but life has many twists and turns. Way back in 2010, an English bride-to-be called Denise, booked Reel Life Photos to photographer her wedding to a kind, gentle, Gambian man. Denise then became an instant mother to his two children, as their birth mother had sadly passed away. Those children are now young adults, well- educated, loved and cared for by their step-mum, but since the death of their Gambian father just three years after his marriage to Denise, she was their closest family.

So its with great excitement that I returned to the Gambia in January 2020, to photograph a new wedding, as Denise finally found love again. As this was my 7th visit to the Gambia to photograph a wedding there I already knew my way around! xx Elaine

For more info on weddings in the Gambia or anywhere else in the world, call Elaine on Whatsapp: +447990867058 or visit https://www.reellifephotos.co.uk or http://weddingphotos-video.co.uk/blog/uk-wedding-photographer-in-the-gambia/#more-1357

Loving bride and groom after their Gambian wedding.
Beach wedding photos with British bride and Senegalese groom
Denise and Cheikh greet their wedding guests by the sea in the Gambia
It looks chaotic but that’s half the fun! Denise and Cheik’s Gambian beach wedding location.
Happy British bride after her wedding in the Gambia with her Senegalese groom.
The happy couple after their beach wedding in the Gambia
Wedding pics on the beach in the Gambia with the boys
No Gambian wedding would be complete with a picture with “the boys”!
Gambian beach wedding
They were SO happy after finally getting married on the beach in the Gambia. Beach wedding photo with British bride and Senegalese groom.
Wedding in the Gambia , as the bride and groom kiss.
True love, sealed with a kiss, at their Gambian wedding.
Beach wedding photos in the Gambia
Bride and groom laughing, as they walk hand in hand on the beach in the Gambia

St John’s Church in Read before Chinese wedding starts

Monday, September 30th, 2019
Chinese church wedding day as the guests arriveat St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Chinese bride’s brother outside St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Natural wedding pic as the guests arrive at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Chinese wedding guest poses inside St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Wedding guests arrive in the entrance to St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Lovely to see Indian wedding guests at a Chinese wedding,
St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Everyone loves to pose as a couple when at a wedding, don’t they!
More happy posy pics at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Family arriving for the Chinese wedding at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Chinese church wedding day : now these girls really know how to smile!
Little Chinese girl outside the church
Chinese children all ready for the church wedding. (No not themselves…!)
Such a lovely smnile on the bride’s mother’s face
Please hold the bouquet.
Well if you insist!
The bride’s mother outside St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
How’s that for an elegant mother of the bride?
Chinese church wedding day as the guests arrive at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Chinese church wedding guest at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Such happy Chinese wedding guests at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Let’s get organised before the bride arrives for the Chinese church wedding
Natural happy wedding photography in black and white
Chinese church wedding day as a glamorous guest arrives at St John’s in Read
Chinese couple at friend’s wedding at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
The groom’s mother has an amazing smile. Just love that hat too!
She looks great even in a big close up!
And this is her equally smiling partner Eric

And still the guests are arriving so the bride can’t make her entrance.

The priest at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire takes it all in his stride with a happy smile
Chinese bridesmaid in natural wedding photo at St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.
Let’s see what is happening inside St John’s church…
Its getting late for the church wedding to start…
Priest awaits the arrival of the Chinese bride outside St John’s in Read, Burnley. Lancashire.

Chinese-wedding-morning

Monday, September 30th, 2019

So far so good as the sun is shining on the bride’s wedding morning in Read, Lancashire, as everyone is getting ready.

Wedding photography in Cyprus

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Bridal makeup and hair in Paphos
Wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
- Wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
The bridesmaid is helping the bride to put on her garter. How lovely this room looks too with all the bridemaid’s bouquets lined up on the bed – Wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Detail of the garter durng wedding prep Wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Detail of the garter durng wedding prep at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Wedding prep pictures at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Such an elegant movement as the bridesmaid picks up the bride’s veil ready to attach it .
Natural wedding photoragaphy in Cyprus
Don’t they all look amazing as the bridesmaids focus on the bride and her veil!
Elegant wedding photography in Paphos
The bridal party makes its way to the wedding ceremony
Beach wedding by the sea in Cyprus
The bride’s father walks her down the aisle at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Beach wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Beach wedding ceremony at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Wedding rings on a white cushion during wedding ceremony at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Wedding rings on a white cushion during wedding ceremony at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Beach wedding ceremony in Cyprus at the Olympic Lagoon in Paphos
Beach wedding ceremony in Cyprus, as the couple face each other during their wedding ceremony. How lovely and happy they look, though the groom might be a little hot in his suit jacket!
Happy confetti picture after beach wedding ceremony
The newlyweds turn to walk down the aisle to a shower of confetti
wedding by the sea at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Confetti on the bride’s wedding veil
bride and groom by the sea in Paphos
Colourful wedding picture by the sea in Cyprus
natural wedding photos at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
The sweet table during drinks reception at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Artistic wedding picture in Cyprus
Secret kiss through the keyholedoors doors as the bride and groom come to the relaxing welcome drinks time after their wedding ceremony.
funny wedding photos at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Caught this little boy lickng the wedding cake!
Wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Bride and groom against a blue background
Beach wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Such a beautiful wedding by the sea in Cyprus – well by the pool at this point of course!
Wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Vintage look to wedding photo of English bride and groom by the sea, after their wedding ceremony in Paphos
bridal wedding photography by the sea in Cyprus
Bride catches her veil in the sea breeze
Vintage style Photography
Vintage look treatment to photo of the bride at Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus. Wedding shoes
Bride’s wedding shoes by the sea. I just love the light and the intricate shadows.
Wedding reception at the Olympic Lagoon in Paphos, Cyprus. Wedding decorations.
Wedding reception details at the Olympic Lagoon in Paphos, in the late afternoon sunlight. Cyprus is great for its quality of light!
Wedding photography in Cyprus .
The bride and groom as they walk to their outdoor wedding reception at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Outdoor wedding reception by the sea
Wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
natural wedding photography at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
The speeches! Isn’t the light just perfect!

outdoor wedding reception in Cyprus
Beautiful light on the equally gorgeous, enrapt bridesmaid during the outdoor wedding reception speeches
wedding decorations at outdoor wedding reception
Elegant floral arrangements on the tables durimg outdoor wedding reception at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Wedding reception at Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Cute little wedding favours
natural wedding photographer in Cyprus
Granddad during the speeches.
Outdor wedding reception in Cyprus
So funny! Happy moments captured during the wedding speeches
Olympic Lagoon wedding reception picture
Outdoor wedding reception at the Olympic Lagoon in Paphos, Cyprus
Wedding photography at sunset at the Olympic Lagoon in Cyprus
Romantic sunset wedding pic by the sea

wedding pictures at Northorpe Hall Barn

Friday, January 18th, 2019
Northorpe Hall Barn wedding
Bride outside Northorpe Hall mid November
wedding reception at Northorpe Hall Barn
wedding reception inside Northorpe Hall Barn
Danish wedding custom
Delightful wedding tradition of bride and groom standing on chairs and kissing every time a guest taps on his or her glass, at wedding reception inside Northorpe Hall Barn
Natural wedding pics at Northorpe Hall Barn in Mirfield, West Yorkshire
Autumn wedding at Northorpe Hall in Mirfield, West Yorkshire
Confetti pic in November, West Yorkshire wedding photography
Confetti pic in November, West Yorkshire wedding photography
wedding ceremony at Northorpe Hall Barn
Bride and her dad walking down the aisle together at Northorpe Barn in Mirfield
creative night time wedding photography
Creatively lit bridal wedding photography outside Northorpe Barn at night mid-November

Weddings in a barn are always exciting, so great from the wedding photographer’s perspective too.If you are planning to get married or to have your wedding reception in a barn, you can usually rely on interesting lighting and backgrounds for your wedding photos, but more importantly, it will most likely have a relaxing atmosphere for all your guests.

For more info about weddings in a barn, why not call Elaine on 07990867058 or visit https://www.reellifephotos.co.uk for more interesting ideas!

Romanian tradition of boy’s first haircut

Monday, January 14th, 2019
Romanian 3 year old boy about to have his first haircut
A three year old Romanian boy, his long hair in plaits, cries as he is frightened.
Romanian custom
He is given a toy and made to sit on a stool balanced on the table so everyone can see him
Romanian custom of 3 year old boy having his first ever haircut
It all starts kicking off as this three year old Romanian boy is about to have his long hair cut off
Romanian culture and traditions
They cover the little Romanian boy’s face as his father cuts off the first of his three plaits.
Romanian tradition of a 3 year old boy's first haircut
He doesn’t look at all happy as his final plait is about to be cut off, though his father and surrounding family are all delighted with the ceremony.
Romanian culture -the first haircut
The Romanian 3 year old boy’s plaits, tied in red ribbons, lie on a tray amongst all the shiny treasures
Romanian boy's traditional gifts after his hair is cut off.
He soon recovers as is offered the chance to choose a toy from the tray
Money given to three year old Romanian boy as he has his first ever haircut
Everyone claps with delight as the ceremony concludes with money being added to the tray of treasure
Romanian tradition of giving money to a three year old boy on his first ritual haircut.
Everyone laughs as the three year old Romanian boy goes for the money he is being offered.
A three year old Romanian boy has his very first haircut, at a traditional party in front of all the family and friends, captured in a natural documentary style of photography.
And here he is, shorn of his long locks!
Birthday cake for 3 year old Romanian boy.
Happy third birthday little one!

See more natural, documentary photography on our wedding photography and video website! https://www.reellifephotos.co.uk

xx Elaine

Traveller wedding photography in Yorkshire and beyond

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
gypsy wedding pic with the big dress against a dramatic dark sky during the evening wedding reception
Just love the way the dark clouds at night and the perspective zoom you into the picture of this very young traveller bride and groom , adding to the drama.
16 year old traveller bride getting ready  for her wedding, applying lip gloss in front of an ornate mirror inside the chalet where her mother lives.
Traveller wedding prep picture at the bride’s caravan and chalet park
Traveller wedding dress
Traveller wedding dress on a dummy, displayed in the family chalet home in the caravan park
red bull and traveller bride's wedding dress.
Traveller wedding needs red bull as they started getting ready at 3.00am!
fun wedding picture of bride's traveller family getting ready for the wedding
Everyone else is getting ready for the traveller wedding and having a laugh in the man-cave hut next to the chalet
Black and white wedding photo of the traveller bride as her mother laces up her big fat gypsy wedding dress, except that she is very petite of course, like  a barbie doll!
I love black and white natural wedding pictures. This one shows the traveller bride having her wedding dress laced up by her mother.
Traveller bride having her wedding veil pinned on
Traveller wedding as the bride has her veil pinned on. Just love the light that highlights the bride’s perfect profile.
natural black and white wedding picture as the hair and make up artist reaches out to take a hairpin  from the traveller bride's mother
Just caught the moment of action!
natural wedding photography as the little gypsy girl in curlers look as on at the bride in her amazing traveller wedding dress
A little gypsy girl in curlers look on at the bride in her amazing traveller wedding dress
traveller wedding with love
Traveller wedding as the bride shows her love for her special needs nephew

For more info on natural wedding photographers Elaine and Jorge of REEL Life Photos click here: https://www.reellifephotos.co.uk