Rudding Park Wedding Photos | Sarah & James

Rudding Park wedding photos

“You were, quite simply, amazing!  Even now we can’t thank you enough. You made everybody feel completely at ease. Throughout the entire day you were smiling and so many people have since said they barely even noticed you were there. Your photos really do tell the story of the day exactly as it was, filled with so much love, fun and laughter.”


James and Sarah first met at school. He asked her to be his girlfriend during an English lesson in 1994. Twenty-three years later and they finally became husband and wife!

Sarah wanted the day to be as elegant and romantic as possible. She has a real passion for flowers, so there was a huge emphasis on the floral displays. Lots of variations of Roses and Dahlias in soft pink and blush tones. Here’s the story of their day told by the beautiful bride Sarah:


Rudding Park is a beautiful venue and being from Yorkshire it was within easy reach for most of our guests. Also, it was the only venue we came across that would accommodate our guests without having to hire a marquee.


Ah the dress! I knew I wanted a Jenny Packham dress from the moment we decided to get married. I’ve never been what some would call a ‘girly girl’ and will often choose to wear skinny jeans and a nice top rather than a fancy dress on a night out. I’m far more comfortable wearing my favourite jeans! So when it came to choosing my dress the last thing I was looking for was anything big, white and floaty! Jenny Packham is the perfect designer for those who want to feel dressed up, but not over the top. The dress I chose was The Dallas gown. It was the first dress I tried on and the only dress that has ever brought me to tears. It’s a stunningly beautiful dress, slim fitting with 30,000 hand sewn crystals and sequins. It was just perfect. Once I’d tried on The Dallas there was no going back! For my bridesmaids – Two Birds Bridesmaids gowns in Rosewater from Joys Bella Bridesmaids in York. My daughter and flower girl, Maya, wore a dress from Monsoon.


James had his suit made by Moss Bross, Leeds. His best men and ushers wore Ted Baker suits, and James’s suit was made using the same materials as theirs. His shirt was made to measure by Michelsberg Tailors in Leeds, and his shoes were from Loakes.


Remember to take a moment to take everything in. It can feel very overwhelming being surrounded by so many of your loved ones from morning til night, and it’s virtually impossible to spend time talking to somebody without being pulled in a another direction! Try to relax as much as possible and just go with the flow of the day. I was so grateful to Jonny for whisking James and I away for some photographs of just us. It gave us that little bit of special time together before sitting down for the wedding breakfast and speeches. Everybody told me the day would whizz by and they were so right! There are so many parts of the day that still feel like a blur. I’m so thankful for the photographs! James says his advice would be don’t drink whiskey before the ceremony. . Joke!


Only at how calm I felt before I walked down the aisle. I was expecting to be nervous as hell, instead I felt eerily calm. Although that probably had something to do with the Prosecco! The moment James turned around to look at me when I met him at the end of the aisle. We’d been waiting for that moment for a long time and for him to finally see me in a wedding dress, I think it kind of took both our breath’s away.


Documentary wedding photos at Rudding park venue

Wedding shoes high heel diamond details photo

Jenny Packham wedding dress sequins detail photo

Bridal prep make up mirror reflection Rudding Park photo

Bridesmaids in gowns during bridal prep at hotel wedding venue

Tender moment between bride and daughter during wedding bridal prep

Groomsmen in hotel room getting dressed on morning of wedding

Pageboy having his button hole placed on waistcoat

Groom having his button hole placed on waistcoat at Rudding Park Hotel

groom drinking from a hipflask at wedding ceremony in Rudding Park

groom waiting nervously for bride at wedding ceremony in Rudding Park

Bride wearing Jenny Packham wedding dress walking down aisle

Bride and groom during wedding ceremony at Rudding Park Hotel photo

Bride and groom first kiss wedding ceremony at Rudding Park Hotel photo

Bridesmaids laughing during wedding ceremony at Yorkshire hotel wedding

Smashed flower vase wedding ceremony documentary photo

Wedding band play outside in summer wedding in Harrogate

Flower girls walk down spiral staircase at Rudding Park wedding venue

Children playing games outside at Rudding Park wedding venue

Boys playing games outside at Rudding Park wedding venue

Wedding guest dressed in red enjoying a prawn canapé

Wedding guest checking his social media feed during wedding reception

Bride with flower girl walking down stairs at Rudding Park wedding venue

Couple embrace beneath Greek statue at Rudding Park Hotel

Groom in wedding suit portrait black and white photo

Bride and groom enjoy couple time portrait at Yorkshire wedding venue

Bride and groom kiss inside library at Rudding Park wedding venue

Top table speech notes and microphone detail photo

Emotional bride wiping tears during Rudding Park wedding speeches

Groom grimacing during Rudding Park wedding speeches

Groom laughing during Rudding Park wedding speeches

Wedding guest looking incredibly bored sat at table

Young girl picking nose on dance floor at hotel wedding

Documentary wedding photo of couple devouring cake

candid and fun wedding photo of groom devouring cake

Bridesmaids dancing together on dance floor during wedding party

Documentary photo guest doing splits holding beer wedding party

young bridesmaid being swung around on dance floor Rudding Park Harrogate wedding



Make up artists: Kelly and Amy from | Florists: Cathryn from | Rings: Berry’s Jewellers, Leeds | Cake: | Entertainment: DJ Mark Green from Headliner, Sax and Percussionist from WDC Entertainment, After Dark Jazz Band from Alive Network

If you are thinking of having Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1JH as your wedding venue I’d love to hear from you.

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