The Coniston Hotel, Skipton Wedding Photographer

Laura & Tom

!The Coniston Hotel, Skipton Wedding Photography


The Coniston Hotel, Skipton Wedding Photography – The Coniston Hotel  is Set in 1400 acres of idyllic countryside and with a 24-acre lake backdrop, a truly amazing location for Yorkshire wedding photography. I had met Laura & Tom at Laura brothers wedding that I photographed a few year back in the Lake District 

Lucky Laura packed her wellies as it was a typical Yorkshires summer day but the day was so beautiful -however stunning the location  was or the flowers ….. my absolute favourite thing about this wedding is Laura & Tom’s faces they literally could not have looked any happier!

Laura and Tom say;

When Tom and I got engaged we had asked a few friends if they had any recommendations of any wedding venues, a friend of a friend had mentioned how they had got married at The Coniston Hotel and raved about it. We looked at The Coniston first which was closely followed by 3 other venues. We found that with the other 3 venues we were constantly comparing them to The Coniston. So it didn’t take us long to realise we wanted to get married there.

Wedding Dress

When I had started thinking about a wedding dress I quite liked the idea of heavily laced dresses. A similar style to Kate Middleton’s iconic dress. I tried on the lace dresses that I thought I liked first and it just didn’t feel right. I ended up trying on every possible style dress and got completely overwhelmed!  My friend has a friend who works in Ava Rose Hamilton, Silsden. When I looked it up online it looked incredible. Once I visited Ava Rose I knew I wanted to get my dress from there, it’s just so beautiful inside the shop and all the girls who work there are great. I tried on a Justin Alexander dress that I just knew was perfect. It was a bardot style with beautiful beading, nipped in at the waist with a very floaty skirt and long train. It sounds really cliche but I knew when I tried it on that it was the dress I wanted to marry Tom in.

The Groom

Tom decided to splash out on a tailored suit made by James Michelsberg of Michelsberg Tailoring based in the Victoria Quarter in Leeds city centre.

I was lucky enough to have 2 bridesmaids and a bridesman. I wanted the girls in an outfit that they felt comfortable in but also something they could wear again. We decided on a gorgeous blush Pria Drape Skirt and a cream bardot fitted top. Mr bridesman already had a gorgeous grey suit which he wore and we got him a blush flowery pocket square, a blush knitted tie and some lovely brogue shoes.

The Coniston Hotel, Skipton Wedding Photography – Our photographer on the day was Bethany Clarke.

I simply couldn’t rave about Beth enough! Beth was my brother’s photographer at his wedding and I absolutely loved their pictures.

In the nicest way possible, I have very little recollection of even seeing Beth at my brother’s wedding! When I saw their pictures I realised why. Beth manages to tuck herself away from the wedding party and captures the most beautiful, natural moments. That’s exactly what she did at our wedding.

Beth arrived on the morning in perfect timing for taking some shots of me and the bridal party getting ready. She also captured the moment my dad saw me in my wedding dress once I was ready. We had some formal shots of Tom and I with our closest family along with the bridal party and groomsmen.

Once those shots were taken, Beth took us to the lake and captured the beautiful moody Yorkshire weather in pictures with just Tom and I. Beth was extremely professional, very friendly and just such a great photographer. I would highly recommend her for anyones wedding. 

Coniston Hotel, Skipton Wedding Photography

Wedding Flowers

Tom and I went to Berries Florist, Skipton to order our wedding flowers. I am big fan of gypsophila. I love how simple and classic is looks. My bridal bouquet was a hand tied posy of apricot lisianthus and white gypsophila.

We had been to a few wedding fairs and noticed a few cakes made of cheese and absolutely loved them. After some research, Tom found a cheese shop called The Church Mouse at Barbon.  It looked incredible! The company were very friendly, very accommodating to what we asked for and were very easy to communicate with via email. We loved that we were able to eat the cheese and crackers during the evening reception for everyone to enjoy.

Tom and I really wanted a live band at the wedding but when we were looking we struggled to find a live band that also had a DJ facility to play music in between the sets. We remembered that we had been to a wedding a few years ago with a brilliant band and decided to look them up, we booked Funk Conspiracy who are based in the North East. They were absolutely amazing. The lead singers voice was faultless.

What would be your top tip for another bride/groom to be?

Have an honest conversation about what you both want/expect from your wedding day. The day is about you two getting married so focus on what you really want to do. It’s very easy to go down the road of trying to please everyone and make lots of adjustments. Don’t do this at the expense of your own happiness.

The Coniston Hotel Skipton Wedding Photography- You can also see this wedding featured on Brides Up North here 





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