Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley Photography
A great venue, a great couple, and surprisingly a great wedding co-ordinator called Sophie!
The Craiglands Hotel is in Ilkley, North of Leeds. It’s an imposing building, just a few minutes walk from centre of Ilkley. We exhibited at a wedding fair here some years ago, so it was nice to go back to cover Katie & Lee’s wedding in 2015.
It was a really relaxed start to the day. The room Katie was getting ready in was large and light – perfect! It was made a bit easier still for me as Lee didn’t want any prep shots and arrived ready to go!
Nerves eventually kicked on for both Lee and Katie. With 20 minutes to go before the ceremony, everyone started to fill the room. Katie arrived on time. Apart from a small wobble from Lee as she entered, it was spot on. Smile and hugs a plenty! The room had plenty of light too, so the pictures came out perfectly!
After the ceremony, when guests had stocked up at the drinks reception, we headed out to the gardens for some formal shots. As usual, guests wandered off and did their own thing for a while, but we persevered and got everything they needed.
We then moved on to some staged shots that the couple wanted, and The Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley has plenty of places to do these out of sight form the guests.
Wedding breakfast speeches and mingling done, before we knew it, we’d arrived at the cake cutting and first dance! Time really does fly when you’re having fun!
They’d hired a huge LOVE sign made from light bulbs, so it was nice to be able to get some first dance shots with a different background. All in all 10/10 for Katie and Lee’s wedding. Also, 10/10 for Sophie their wedding coordinator as she was great on the day.