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Cave Castle Hotel wedding

Laughing bride and groom

Laughing bride and groom

This week is going to be all about smiles and happiness and wedding ideas. What better way to start than with a wedding, hey? So … your intrepid wedding blogger Claire runs off, checks files for smiliest bride and groom and… Oh yes. This is Perfect with a capital P! Nicola and Stewart at Cave Castle Hotel in East Yorkshire.

Nicola and Stewart’s wedding was just before Christmas at a venue I’ve not seen before (but instantly loved!) and their photos are beautiful and inspiring – their wedding photographer is Pete Barnes who’s based in Wakefield.

It made me laugh to read on Pete’s wedding photography blog that it was a freezing cold, snowy day but they were really keen to get some fantastic photos outdoors. It’s a sign of dedication that he soon found himself lying face down in the snow to get that perfect wedding photo!

The prettiest embroidered bridal shoes with a satin ribbon bow

The prettiest embroidered bridal shoes with a satin ribbon bow

A vintage inspired, exquisitely crafted wedding dress with the finest lace detailing

A vintage inspired, exquisitely crafted wedding dress with the finest lace detailing

Getting ready for the wedding - Nicola looks beautiful

Getting ready for the wedding - Nicola looks beautiful

A wedding day gift with personalised ribbon - I love the type on the ribbon

A wedding day gift with personalised ribbon - I love the type on the ribbon

Bridal preparations - Nicola's lace bolero is so pretty

Bridal preparations - Nicola's lace bolero is so pretty

Groom, best man and ushers

Groom, best man and ushers

A beautiful bride. Nicola's natural make up is perfect

A beautiful bride. Nicola's natural make up is perfect

On the way to church - no sign of nerves from Nicola who's enjoying every second

On the way to church - no sign of nerves from Nicola who's enjoying every second

Nicola's expression is radiant as she walks down the aisle to Stewart's side

Nicola's expression is radiant as she walks down the aisle to Stewart's side

A view from the back of the church - I love this warm photograph from inside the church

A view from the back of the church - I love this warm photograph from inside the church

Nicola and Stewart's wedding ceremony

Nicola and Stewart's wedding ceremony

Beautiful bride and groom portrait

Beautiful bride and groom portrait

A happy bride and groom

A happy bride and groom

Confetti at Stewart and Nicola's wedding

Confetti at Stewart and Nicola's wedding

Bride and groom Nicola and Stewart

Bride and groom Nicola and Stewart

The wedding car - pretty impressive!

The wedding car - pretty impressive!

Just Married!

Just Married!

Nicola smiles and smiles and smiles. I love this natural photo of her laughing

Nicola smiles and smiles and smiles. I love this natural photo of her laughing

Nicola's beautiful wedding dress and veil deserve a little limelight - a lovely photograph of a beautiful bride

Nicola's beautiful wedding dress and veil deserve a little limelight - a lovely photograph of a beautiful bride

Wedding guests outside Cave Castle Hotel

Wedding guests outside Cave Castle Hotel

Loving every minute... freezing temperatures or not, Nicola's smile is full of warmth

Loving every minute... freezing temperatures or not, Nicola's smile is full of warmth

A kiss outside Cave Castle Hotel

A kiss outside Cave Castle Hotel

It's not just her beautiful smile - the way Nicola looks at Stewart speaks volumes

It's not just her beautiful smile - the way Nicola looks at Stewart speaks volumes

A walk in the winter snow - love this photo

A walk in the winter snow - love this photo

The cold finally gets the better of our bride and groom - but the smiles remain!

The cold finally gets the better of our bride and groom - but the smiles remain!

Wedding tables set at Cave Castle Hotel

Wedding tables set at Cave Castle Hotel

Making an entrance - the evening reception

Making an entrance - the evening reception

I love a wedding speech - always an opportunity for a wedding ring shot from the groom!

I love a wedding speech - always an opportunity for a wedding ring shot from the groom!

The sparkly lights are a pretty touch on this photo

The sparkly lights are a pretty touch on this photo

Eskimo kiss - how cute!

Eskimo kiss - how cute!

Nicola smiles through the first dance

Nicola smiles through the first dance

If there’s anything that will make your wedding memories, it’s a smile. After all the organising, the dreams and the whirlwind of ideas and plans that can consume the weeks running up to your wedding, your wedding day should be all about smiles, laughter and love.

Nicola and Stewart’s wedding has been an inspiration and I hope a reminder that for all the work you’re putting in now, your wedding day will be an incredible experience you’ll never, ever forget.

Huge thanks to Wakefield wedding photographer Pete Barnes for sharing his photographs of Nicola and Stewart’s day with the English Wedding blog. Capturing so many incredible moments is a skill I admire so much. Pete Barnes clearly has that talent for making capturing happy moments – and for me he’ll always be the wedding photographer who’ll lie in snow for the perfect image too!

Congratulations to Nicola and Stewart, and best wishes for you both. I know you’ll have a very happy marriage!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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