I’m delighted to bring you this Lineham Farm Wedding featuring Ruth and James. I often get to travel to Yorkshire to shoot weddings. It’s somewhere close to my heart as I spent so many summers there as a child. And what a venue! Lineham Farm is a spectacular venue set in the hills between Harrogate and Leeds and offers such a wide variety of different locations to shoot at. This was going to be a fun day!
I made the short journey down the A19 and A1 from Tyneside on what was a sunny but cloudy morning. I exited the Tyne Tunnel into drizzle which had fizzled out by the time I’d driven past Sunderland. As ever when I’m driving for a few hours I have time to think about the day ahead. I was excited to be shooting at a new venue and also to be seeing Debbie and Dane whose wedding I’d shot in Northumberland in 2015. It was through them that Ruth and James had contacted me.
I left the A1 and headed towards the farm. I realised that in my rear view mirror and also stretching out ahead of me were Volkswagens of all makes and models. I seemed to be the only non-VW car on the road. As I approached Harewood House I realised I was in the traffic for a VW festival there.
Eventually I escaped the VW blitzkrieg on Harewood House and a few minutes later I was on the farm. As I got out of the car I was greeted by a peacock which followed me everywhere. It was appropriate as the theme for the day was peacocks. All around were peacock feathers and decorations. It was stunning.
In the cottage across from the main building Ruth was getting ready surrounded by her mum and bridesmaids. There were a lot of them in there so it was a bit chaotic. But the tunes were on and everyone was in good spirits. People were coming and going as messages and bits ‘n’ bobs were run back and forth to the main building.
Across there, James had now arrived. He was busy talking to the registrars who were setting the ground rules for the coming half and hour or so that they’d be involved with. A formidable pair. I decided on my spot for the ceremony, OK’d it with them and got ready for the vows etc.
With everyone inside, split between seats downstairs and standing on the mezzanine level above, Ruth was escorted from the cottage by her parents. The bridesmaids entered with the grown ups taking their seats and the kids taking their spot on the spiral staircase that overlooked the room.
As Ruth walked down the aisle, James puffed out his cheeks and Ruth fought back the tears. Dabbing her eyes, Ruth smiled as the ceremony began. From day one, these two have been a lot of fun to work with. They enjoy life and like a good giggle. There were tears during the ceremony but there were also a lot of laughs!
With the ceremony done and dusted, Ruth, James and I jumped into a pick-up and were driven up through the woods to the stone circle on top of the hill that over looks the surrounding countryside. The views were spectacular and it was the perfect backdrop for getting shots of the two of them spending some quality time together.
We were though interrupted by a brief shower so we pegged it back to the pick-up and headed back through the woods to the farm. There, the guests were being treated to a wonderful array of Thai bites which had been prepared by Gary the caterer.
After a bit of mingling with guests, Dane ushered everyone into the building ready to greet the newlyweds. It was packed in there but the atmosphere was outstanding. Ruth’s dad, then James followed by his bestman delivered three outstanding speeches with plenty of encouragement from everyone in the room. Then everyone tucked into a delicious Thai banquet.
Once the wedding breakfast had finished James and Ruth asked if we could disappear into the woods to get some more shots and for them to have a breather. The sun was getting lower in the sky and was peeking through the branches creating a wonderful ambience.
In a neighbouring field some of the guests had pitched tents for the night. One of them was a rugby coach with the RFU. So an impromptu game of rugby start, beginning with Ruth throwing the ball around with James, and then a full blown scrum in the courtyard and a few lineouts. That was followed by Ruth throwing a ceremonial wedding rugby ball rather than a bouquet.
As the sun began dipping down behind the trees, the DJ called everyone in for the first dance. The newlyweds spent as little time as possible on the dancefloor on their own before ushering their friends and family on. It was like a tidal wave! You literally couldn’t move as the floor was packed. As the tunes flowed the whole place was bouncing. A proper party!
All in all an outstanding day in Yorkshire. And I hope I get to shoot at Lineham Farm many times again in the future. What a lovely venue. And what a lovely day spent with a fantastic couple and their friends and family. Thank you Ruth and James