Well, where do I start with Amy and Kris’ wedding? This was a truly beautiful day for a beautiful couple. And we were so pleased that it was held at the fabulous woodland wedding venue, Applewood Weddings, in Leeds. It was our first visit here, and we hope to return again soon. It’s such a lovely setting, and Nicola at the venue looks after her couples brilliantly.
We first met Amy and Kris earlier in the year. Amy’s stepmum is a photographer herself, so she helped Amy and Kris to find exactly what they were looking for. And thankfully, that was us!
I don’t mind saying that we were a little nervous for our first meeting with Amy and Kris. Our first interactions were over email, which is when Amy told me that she and Kris were both hearing impaired. They communicate mainly through British sign language, and some limited lip-reading. So, armed with notepads and pens, we headed off to one of Kris’ favourite places (the pub!) to meet them.
It turned out we had absolutely nothing to worry about. Each of us frantically wrote down lots of information and asked lots of questions of the others. Amy and Kris also had the opportunity to look at lots of our printed work. By the end of our meeting, they told us they were absolutely sure they wanted us to photograph their wedding. I couldn’t have been happier as we really felt everything clicked. Even better, we met their gorgeous dog, Chutney, in the pub car park. He would be attending the wedding as well, and anyone that knows me well, knows that I am a huge fan of dogs at weddings!
This was an occasion that having a pre-wedding shoot was a huge bonus for us as well as for Amy and Kris. As much as we love natural, relaxed photography, for the couple’s portrait session, we do also give some direction when it’s needed. We want what we’re seeing through the camera to look the very best that it can for you!
So, with Amy and Kris being hearing impaired, we knew it might be more of a challenge to communicate on the day. The pre-wedding shoot gave us the opportunity to practice what would work best for them, and us. In all honesty, they were a dream to work with (you can see the shoot here). We formed our own way of communicating with a combination of our own sign language and lip reading–and it worked! Of course, it helps that they are very much in love and show it to eachother easily, even in front of cameras. 🙂
On the wedding day, there were also a large number of hearing-impaired guests. For us, it actually made for a wonderfully different day. You may notice a hint of this in the images, with sign language and stronger facial expressions than you might usually see. For me, there was a lot of heartfelt emotion at this wedding, as well as a huge amount of full on fun! It was truly a privilege to be a part of it.
We photograph lots of outdoor weddings, and Applewood is a really lovely addition to the other venues we’ve seen locally. If you love the idea of a woodland wedding and want to do things your way, it might just be the place for you!
We wish Amy and Kris (and handsome Chutney!) a wonderful future together and hope we see them all again soon!
Here are a small selection of the images from the day…
Bridal prep venue – Quebecs Luxury Apartments, Leeds
Bride’s dress – Elite Bridal Outlet
Bride’s shoes – Ebay and Converse
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Forherandforhim
Groom/Groomsmen – Waistcoats, Harris Tweed and trousers from Very
Hair – by a friend (who did an awesome job!)
Make-up – Jo Chapel
Cake – Handmade by Amy’s mum
Flowers – Bouquets by Westend Florists. Decorative flowers from Leeds Market
BSL interpreter – Stephanie Raper
Hay bales – PartyBales
Tepee – Bar Events UK
Venue – Applewood Weddings
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