Whinstone View wedding, North Yorkshire – Mollie & Sam
A wedding brimming with fun, energy and collective happiness which all resonated from the happy couple. Mollie & Sam’s wedding at whinstone view, north yorkshire promised to be epic & it didn’t disappoint…
This was a wedding I had been looking forward to from the moment Mollie & Sam booked me. I was lucky enough to have photographed Sam’s brothers wedding back in 2019 and I also knew Mollie through friends of friends, so I knew it was going to be a good one.
Whinstone View, North Yorkshire
Molly & Sam chose Wray’s barn at Whinstone View, North Yorkshire as the venue for their special day. Whinstone View is situated on the outskirts of Great Ayton, in view of the famous local landmark Roseberry Topping. It offers a relaxed, rustic and romantic atmosphere which is bursting with character. Wray’s barn itself is seamlessly nestled within the North Yorkshire countryside and its charming, rustic barn make it the perfect venue for laid back couples looking for natural country weddings.
Mollie stayed in one of Whinstone views luxury log cabins with her bridesmaids the night before the wedding. When I arrived for bridal prep the weather wasn’t great, but this clearly hadn’t dampened any spirits as the girls were all in good form. Whilst Mollie & her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done by Julie from Colour me and Hattie Freer, I captured all the bridal details as well as some candid shots of everyone enjoying the pre wedding buzz .
Ceremony, celebrations & portraits
Mollie did want to get married outside in the courtyard of Wray’s barn but unfortunately the weather wasn’t playing ball. Instead the wedding was held inside the barn which had been elegantly styled by Very Eventful. A stunning circular floral arch was the centre piece, complimented by candles & leafy greenery down the aisle. This made for a beautifully intimate and at times emotional ceremony with the Mollie and Sam surrounded by their favourite people as they said their vows..
After the ceremony the couple emerged from the barn to a raucous reception from their guests as they were showered with handfuls of confetti. Welcome drinks were served and canapés were offered out as the guests soaked up the ambience. The energy was set by Saxophonist Matt Case Sax who set the tempo with his upbeat and irresistible tunes. There’s nothing quite like the buzz of atmosphere that’s generated at a wedding and this one was off the scale on that front. It was clear that everyone at the wedding shared the couples happiness and were clearly excited to celebrate with them.
Mollie & Sam’s couples portraits were natural, effortless and a lot of fun. We simply went for a wander and were spoilt for choice with the scenery surrounding the venue. My approach to portraits is to keep things as natural as possible and Mollie & Sam absolutely nailed it. They were both clearly on cloud nine and Mollie looked absolutely incredible. Scroll down for more stunning photos of the happy couple.
Speeches & wedding breakfast
The couple entered their wedding reception to a rapturous applause, which quickly escalated into a spontaneous singalong. Hands aloft and drinks held high the party had already begun, it was clear everyone was up for it. After the Bride and Grooms emphatic entrance and before the wedding breakfast it was time for the speeches. I often find that good weddings have great speeches and this was no exception. Belly laughs, happy tears, heartfelt moments and of course a few jokes at the Groom’s expense were all the ingredients which made the speeches a hit with everyone at the wedding. Following the speeches the meal was served, so I left the wedding party to enjoy their meal.
Into the evening
Before the evening do started we went to get a few more portraits around the venue. For my couples portraits I prefer to do them in two small ten minute stints either side of the meal. Getting the couples portraits in two short spells means the couples are more relaxed, which lets me capture more natural and genuine portraits. It also gives me the opportunity to work in different lighting conditions which makes for more varied photographs. Although on this occasion there was no golden hour, the couples portraits were stunning and Mollie & Sam’s personalities really shone through.
With evening guests arriving and drinks continuing to flow I could tell it was going to be a good party. After the cake cut and the first dance no second invitation was needed to get people on the dance floor. Everyone was clearly so happy to be celebrating with the happy couple. This was one of those weddings where I genuinely wanted to stay once I’d finished the photographs. Once I’d put my cameras down I did stay a little longer before setting off home, excited to look back through the photos.
An epic Whinstone View wedding
You know it’s been a good wedding when you can’t wait to sit and edit the photos. I absolutely loved editing Mollie & Sam’s photos and when looking through them it’s clear to see how good this wedding was. Although the weather wasn’t what you’d want on a wedding day I genuinely don’t think anyone noticed it. Everyone single person at this wedding was on a high and this made Mollie & Sam’s day so special.
It’s always an honour to be asked to photograph a wedding of a sibling whose wedding you’ve already captured. Thank you Mollie and Sam for asking me to capture your amazing Whinstone view wedding, I hope I did it justice!