Jane and Hip’s bohemian festival family wedding at Yorkshire Wolds Brewery

Happy Easter Monday! Easter seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year, I think Easter weddings are becoming a trend second only to winter weddings for off season. I’ve had a lovely Easter filled with walking around Druid temples in the Yorkshire Dales, family and friends. Today though, I am going to share this heart warming wedding. Jane and Hips were keen that their wedding was a celebration, a big party for all their family and friends. The first time I met Jane she was so laid back and really wanted to focus all the details on making the day special for those around her. I can 100% agree the couple managed to do just that. It was one of the most filled with love weddings, I have had the pleasure of photographing. I think sometimes we can forget in the hussle and bussle, that is what it’s really about. There were so many quirky touches. So many little touches and additions by their very generous friends and family. It’s was a wedding full of quirks and charm, truly unique so I really wanted to share this one with you. 

Jane and Hips  were married in July 2017.  The wedding was to be outside, braving the British summer time. Of course, the sky’s opened up and it poured BUT the day was brilliant either way. The venue has brilliant light shining with its views over the top of the Yorkshire Wolds. The wedding was a three day mini festival. Friday was everyone getting together, hanging out and spending quality time together. The site had camping bell tents that were beautiful. All adorned with bunting and lights. There were preparations for the big day on Saturday, family and friends catching up, and a fish and chip van to order swinging by to feed the lot. 

There was a real bohemian feel to the day. With all the bell tents set up, miles from anywhere. The brewery near by but a long winding road up surrounded by crops and fields with hints of colour. Everyone was pulling together on the Friday and helping each other out. The day tipped tradition on it’s head. Held at the one and only Yorkshire Wolds Brewery, high up, with marquees, the bride and groom even had their very own beer. 

All the details really made the day. Friends had made decorations for the long tables. Everywhere you looked personal touches that would be special for the pair. A friend had made cupcakes, another table signs, another mini heart glass decorations. 

Onto the day itself. As I said before we were all checking the weather frantically the day before, but with a big thanks to Muddy souls event planning, the day ahead wonderfully. The wedding was moved inside quickly, we decided to do the photos at a different time to catch the evening sun setting. Jane came to the venue in a vintage VW van. She wore a purple wedding dress, that looks excellent. When I saw her I was like YEAAAAH! It was a very cool day. Jane walked down the aisle with her father, bridesmaids, family and friends. Oh and did I mention dog? That’s right, Jane and Hips had their lovely doggo as the ring bearer for the day. ANND Hips wore DMs. The bridesmaids, wore white of course! This was my kind of wedding. 

The ceremony itself again was completely themed to the couple. It was REALLY special. The couple were married by a celebrant, the one and only Jan Shillito. There french family, Jane’s mum and Hips dad all took part. Along with their grandson, daughter, and the rest of the family sang them in. A talented bunch, they really showed how you can make the day about family. Really what is more important than that. Tears and laughter all around. 

The meals were served up and the speeches began. One of my favourite moments of the day was Jane’s sisters putting together a speech with a difference about the bride and groom. The guests were given A,B, or C cards. Multiple choice questions around real life situations came next. Another favourite moment from the day, was when Jane’s rockstar dad was doing his speech, and he changed t-shirts midday through to a still Europe t-shirt to make all the guests from near and far feel welcome, to mark friendships and show the ethos of the family. 

And finally, a big festival party. A soul band played the night away. A photobooth for fun, a cheese cake along with the meringue wedding cake. Colour games and disposable cameras for the young un’s to get involved. Everyone was having a good time. Jane and Hip’s first dance was fun and original just like them. The end of the night one of the tent’s was transformed into a mini cinema where the younger ones had a baby sitter and could rest up. 

It was such a heart warming example of how to make your wedding day completely your own but involve all your family and friends too. 

Now time for a bank holiday walk. Happy Easter! 

-  J o  x  - 




Keeley & Chris….From North Yorkshire to East London Cool Indie Wedding

McQueen Flowers

Highlights from the East London wedding

Keeley and Chris were Yorkshire a lad and lass who loved East London. They both had a taste for all things hip and cool. As a Yorkshire lass myself who studied photography at the University of the Arts in London and ex-East Londonite we were on good ground. I knew the venue, hotel and area well. Although I a North Yorkshire wedding photographer. I’m always happy to travel to different locations. This winter wedding is very cool, very hip and has to be one of my favourites to date. The bride and groom, all their family and pals traveled down from York.

The hotel was truly original in every way. The Zetter hotel is in a cobbled yard, tranquil but in the heart of London. I arrived early in the morning while the girls were all getting their hair done. Then it was quick smart, off in a black cab, to Selfridges. Keeley (and the girls) had booked in for wedding make-up with the entire Laura Mercier team. Another hop back in the cab, and back to getting dressed. The venue for the wedding,  just over the road but that walk when you’re a bride takes nerves of steel. Off to The ye olde worldy Museum of the order of Saint John we went.

I caught up with Chris, who was waiting eagerly in the beautiful old hall. The wedding was a real mix of old and new, quirky and hip meet traditional in the most beautiful way. Keeley came down the aisle with her best pal, Dan, followed by her three daughters. As you’ll see later on the family were a huge part of the day. The first dance was shared with the whole family, a really touching moment.

It was a hop, skip and jump onto a lovely vintage red bus. We made our way to Vintage salt for a wonderfully quirky posh fish and chips. The entire of the

restaurant was hired out for the wedding party. The cake was a beautiful three tier with a modern day twist. After everyone was fed, watered and fed again, we jumped back on the bus and headed to the NEXT VENUE! That’s right three venues. I told you it was a cool wedding. Lastly but most definitely not leastly St.Bart’s Brewery a central London wedding venue with a difference.

Supplier List

Flowers: McQueen

Bus: The Vintage Red Bus company

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Winter Pimms:Tricycle Temptations

Wedding Favours: Liberty of London

The magnificent marshmellow company


The Zetter Townhouse Hotel

Musuem of the Order of Saint John

Vintage Salt

St Bart’s Brewery

It was a brilliant London wedding with a Yorkshire twist.

Thank you!

-Jo x-

Wedding Business Workshop

Wedding photography is a real passion of mine. I don’t think it should be entered into light heartedly. This is a couple’s big day, one of the most important in their life, and as photographers we create the story that remains. Those photos will be looked back on years to come. I’ve been doing wedding photography for five years now and kept getting messages from people looking to get into it. I decided to set up workshops to share what I’ve learnt with others. The workshops are themed on what people want and need the most. Andy and Julie are avid photographers, both have been doing on-line learning and really want to make a go of it. I met up with the couple to see what workshop I could offer, we looked at what they wanted to improve on and a wedding photography business needs. 

The first signs of spring on a Photography workshop in Great Givendale, the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds

The day was around the Yorkshire Wolds, we went to the beautiful Great Givendale Church, to tackle low light conditions, around Pocklington, a trip to the Florist, to a local coffee shop to tackle close-up and details, to All Saints Church and then home to edit!  I think as those working in the wedding photography business we should always look at growing and helping others. So workshops for me a really great way of doing this. 

I usually do these workshops one on one, but Andy and Julie are a couple. So I focused on their separate needs. Julie really loves detail. She’s got an eye for colour, and shapes. We went to Mouse House Floral design, a Florist in Pocklington. https://www.mousehousefloraldesign.co.uk/ Where I got Julie to hand pick some beautiful flowers. We then went onto Costellos bakery  (https://www.costellosbakery.com/) to practice some photos in a space that is beautiful. All the tables are wooden, with a lil book swap area. The staff were really helpful, and make a lovely flat white. Which is reason enough for me to visit again. 

Costellos Coffee shop details in Pocklington

Costellos Coffee shop details in Pocklington

Costellos Coffee shop details in Pocklington

Costellos Coffee shop where we carried on doing the workshop

Costellos Coffee shop where we carried on doing the workshop

After we had handled low light conditions, a portraiture task, and close-ups. We went onto Great Givendale for the sun going down over the wolds. Church of St. Ethelburga in Great Givendale is a really unique place. It isn’t far from Millington or Pocklington. The church is a national heritage grade II listed building. The little church  was rebuilt in 1849 on the site of a much earlier, 12th century church.  It’s one of the hidden gems of the landscape around the wolds. 

Church of St. Ethelburga in Great Givendale

Church of St. Ethelburga in Great Givendale

Church of St. Ethelburga in Great Givendale

Church of St. Ethelburga in Great Givendale  photography workshop

When we started to lose the light we headed back to begin Lightroom workflow, and editing. This is where we get to grips with the more business side of Photography. Talking marketing, websites and more.  If you’d like to know more have a look at my workshop page here: http://www.jorebeccacoates.com/w-o-r-k-s-h-o-p-s

Thank you for reading and thank you to Andy and Julie! 

Jo - x - 

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