The runaway veil and the wedding photographer

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At a real wedding, scary things can happen. Picture the scene: having your picture taken outdoors, a gust of wind and… off flies your veil. Over a barbed wire fence, or so I’ve heard. Who’d have expected intrepid Yorkshire wedding photographer Pete Barnes to follow, risking life, limb and trouser-safety in a daring dash to the rescue.

Our knight in shining armour submitted Anna and Fraser’s beautiful wedding to my blog. I don’t think he mentioned his little adventure in his emails! Wonderful what a bit of wedding-blogger-research turns up. Also of note are Anna’s adorable flower garland – I want one – her stunning smile and the romance that fizzles between the happy couple.

You’ll love the warm sunshine in the wheat fields, you’ll love Anna’s look and Fraser’s loving eyes, you’ll love the pics from Pete Barnes Photography – and you’ll love Anna’s wedding story. Dive in. Enjoy.

Claire x

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A friend designed our invitations and order of service. He designed a logo using our names which made them really personal.

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My engagement ring and our wedding rings were from The Toll House Jewellers in Ripponden, Halifax. They give a really personal service. I chose every aspect of my engagement ring, they even got a selection of diamonds in for me to choose from. They were very reasonably priced and we got all our gifts for the bridal party from there too. The only other jewellery I wore was a ring my parents bought me for my 21st.

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The groom’s and ushers’ outfits were from Westgate Bridal in Halifax. They were good quality suits at the cheapest price we found in the area. They also included everything in the package (shoes, ties etc) whereas some places add those on to the price on top of the suit. Our florist did the corsages and the hip flask gifts were from The Toll House.

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My aunt, who is a vicar, married us at St Peters Church, Birstall. My aunt doing the service added a really personal touch, the service was fabulous. We used Chauffeur Tours at Gildersome, Leeds for the cars. We had an S class Mercedes and a Mercedes people carrier for the bridesmaids and my mum. They were very reasonably priced, punctual and friendly.

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My shoes were by Rainbow and were the Beu design, proper bridal shoes but plain and simple. My necklace was borrowed from my mum. Our florist made the headdress (The Flower Shop – Lindley, Huddersfield. They did an excellent job)

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My dress was designed by White Rose and bought from Confetti and Lace in Stanningly, Leeds. It was bought ‘off the peg’ as we only had 4 months between getting engaged and getting married so didn’t have time to get one made!

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We got the bridesmaid dresses from Westgate Bridal too as my bridesmaids were all different shapes and sizes, including one being 32 weeks pregnant! We planned on getting dresses from the high street but couldn’t find anything that looked right on them all so got them made at Westgate Bridal. Again they were reasonably priced and the fit was excellent.

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We had the reception at Blackerhall Farm in Wakefield. It is owned by some of mum’s family, again adding a personal dimension. It’s a beautiful converted barn with a modern twist and they did an excellent job. We were the first wedding they had done which meant we could mould it as we liked. We wanted a laid back, relaxed feel to the day with a loose ‘English Country Garden’ theme and that’s what we got.

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Mango Acoustic Duo travelled up from Leicester to play for us whilst people arrived and were eating their food. They were perfect for our wedding as they played acoustic versions of modern songs in a beautiful but low key way. We chose the songs they played and they were very accommodating and professional.

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The flowers were all in season and we had the ‘picked’ look so they weren’t too uniform. The florist delivered all the flowers to the right places on the day (even on a bank holiday Sunday) and moved flowers from the church to the venue for us. We didn’t tell the florist exactly what we wanted, just ideas that we had and she interpreted us brilliantly.

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Pete Barnes did the photography for us and we were really pleased with the amazing photos and the highly professional yet friendly service he provided. We chose Pete as some of our friends had used him at their wedding and we really like his photos. His style fitted in with the theme of the wedding perfectly.

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Pete and Carol were really discrete in the church and took loads of shots of our guests just chatting and laughing. Pete really captured the feel of the day. We asked him to make a couple of changes to dvd slideshow he made for us (our bad choice of music!) and he was really prompt at making the changes and getting a new disc to us.

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We had a BBQ for the food with cheese and biscuits or tart for pudding. Everything at Blackerhall is locally sourced and so many of our guests said it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding. Everyone helped themselves to food and there was no seating plan which meant that people were moving around the room, talking to different people and creating a really relaxed atmosphere.

My mum made our cake which was perfect. She used the cake shop at Lindley, Huddersfield for advice and hired cake tins etc from them. Mum made 2 tiers of fruit cake and a tier of Madeira cake. It was iced in white with simple icing daisies to decorate it. She did an amazing job.

Blackerhall have an outside bar that can be used so we had Black Cherry events provide a pagoda for the bar outside with fairy lights all around the inside. Having the extra bar enabled people to spread out a bit. Apparently the barman outside had a great time with our guests!

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 Wedding day advice

Let other people worry about things rather than you – delegate to bridesmaids, best man, ushers etc

‘The plan is, there is no plan’ – this really helped keep stress levels down as if things aren’t going to time it doesn’t matter!

Everyone says it but take it all in. It goes so fast. I was asking guest why they were leaving so early but it was 1am and I didn’t realise all that time had gone by.

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Our wedding photographer Pete Barnes was great at communicating with us and made us feel really at ease on the day. He only took us away from our guests for short periods and took some great shots by the dam at the church and a barley field near the venue.

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We had a fabulous day. Every person, place and business we used were excellent. We have some brilliant memories and fabulous photos that we can look back on in years to come.

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 Our most memorable wedding day moments

My aunt asking everyone in the middle of the service why they were there!

Pete vaulting a barb wire fence to retrieve my veil after it blew away

Fraser and I entering the room before we were announced properly

 Recommended wedding suppliers

The Toll House Jewellers – Ripponden, Halifax

Confetti and Lace – Stanningly Leeds

Westgate Bridal – Halifax

The Flower Shop – Lindley, Huddersfield

Chauffeur Tours – Gildersome, Leeds

Blackerhall Farm – Wakefield

Mango Acoustic Duo – Leicester

Black Cherry Events – Wakefield

Pete Barnes Photography – Wakefield

See more images from Anna and Fraser’s Blackerhall Farm wedding on Pete Barnes’s photography blog, and have a look at Pete’s best wedding photography of 2011 on facebook too!



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 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.



  • Belinda McCarthy
    8 years ago

    Gorgeous images, so well captured!
    Aha, yes, the life of a photographer can include all sorts of ‘extras’ which we didn’t originally sign up for. I remember a themed wedding I did where some of the guests turned up dressed as hobbits (!) and consequently got stinging nettle burns on their bare feet. Me and my first aid to the rescue! I think this was the same wedding where the groom was trapped in his hotel room prior to the wedding paralysed with fear by a wasp which was buzzing around and meaning he couldn’t get to the door to attend his own wedding…. I hate wasps too but figured that his was the greater need, so shooed it out for him!

  • Hannah Webster
    8 years ago

    Oooh, love the pics in the barley field! x

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