Autumn & Winter Wedding Inspiration, North Yorkshire

November 8, 2017

Ripon Cathedral Wedding Photographer

Ripon Wedding Photography

Playful and enchanted autumn & winter wedding inspiration.

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When I think of Yorkshire, I think of endless green landscapes and the rolling hills of the countryside. Handmade fineries, home-grown flowers and giant ancient trees. This shoot was created and designed with Yorkshire at the heart of it. With hand selected local talent collaborating on creating a spectacular winter wonder for couples needing inspiration for the colder wedding months. Because Yorkshire is stunning all year round.

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Yorkshire Yurt set the stage with a laidback yet lux venue. The perfect canvas for painting a pretty wedding theme onto. With its handcrafted, steam bent wooden lats and solid oak doors it creates a natural and organic surrounding to complement the great outdoors. Just imagine the warmth a real wood burning stove to keep you and your guests cosy in your winter wonderland.

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To offset this intimate and romantic feeling, we visited Ripon Cathedral for some dramatic and historical portraits. We also used the spectacular and ancient Willow tree at The Old Deanery. The cascading branches, filled with autumn leaves created a stunning backdrop.

The dress

Bespoke, elegant yet bold dress, designed and made for this shot. With a delicate leaf lace draping from the brides’ arms in these sublime bell sleeves. This is a two-piece creation, designed with a modern twist and a dash of vintage, creates a truly timeless look. The material of the skirt hangs and floats in the most dramatic and stunning way. When she walks and moves around the dress seems to dance around her feet. Armed with a neckline to die for, the soft, intricate collar frames Charlotte’s face perfectly.  By Once Upon A Drees.


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The flowers, by Claire Slater Flowers

On trend, grey foliage combined with succulents amidst branches of twisted Willow. The added warmth of Golden Mustard Roses and velvety “Kangaroo Paw” to create a natural aesthetic against the handcrafted wood and canvas background for this stunning space.

For this bridal bouquet there were wintry soft pale greys with Senecio, Eucalyptus, Echinops and succulents. Frilly white Gerberas and Waxflower added all the textures and to tie in with the gorgeous lace of the bridal gown.  Finished with hand dyed silk and crushed velvet blue ribbons to reflect the wintry lux theme.

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The styling, by Claire Slater Flowers & Whimsical Events

A collaboration between Kirsti and Claire created a playful display of hanging gold and moss-covered hoops, suspended in the centre amongst the paper & lace lanterns which work perfectly to enhance this light and airy atmosphere.

The trestle tables are clothed in petrol blue with a stylish silver-grey hand dyed silk runner. Then dressed with an informal arrangement of twisted Willow branches, Eucalyptus, succulents, Waxflower and Roses amidst beautiful mini vases, tea lights and pale soft grey taper candles in gold candlesticks with a beautiful glass star to mark the special occasion. The place settings adorned with a glamorous peacock’s feather for each guest simply tied with hand dyed teal blue crushed silk velvet ribbons around exquisite silk napkins on grey plates with gold cutlery. The benches are covered in the softest sheepskins for extra cosy comfort. Tied together with an abundance of testers and colours to create a divan and whimsical atmosphere.

The makeup and hair, by Becca Hunton

I wanted to create a romantic and whimsical look on our bride, soft orange and tan hues, highlighted skin and glossy lips, paired with a natural, effortlessly beautiful bohemian hair style. Which paired perfectly with the rustic feel to the rest of the shoot.

Hairpiece, by Knot & Bloom

For the headpiece, I wanted to source a piece that oozed elegance and delivered a romantic and ethereal feel. Inspired by the rustic winter theme, this crown is an original vintage wax blossom piece that creates a gorgeous hue through its two-tone flowers and buds.

Cake, by Where the Ribbon Ends

First Cake, we wanted it bang on trend with grey marbled effect and a main feature in the shoot using succulents. Adding fresh succulents against the edible 24ct gold leaf to really stand out

Second Cake, this semi naked style Cake with a cascade of edible 24ct gold leaf and beautiful fresh seasonal fruits added. And the sparklers were a bit of fun!!! 


Bringing all the elements together.

I had an absolute blast working with the suppliers involved and our awesome real couple Charlotte and Robbie. It is of upmost importance to me, when photographing any couple, that they have fun. Creating an atmosphere where they feel completely comfortable and can be themselves. Within minutes of being around these two, I could see they bounced off each other. With gorgeous giggling whispers and playful posing, they were a dream to capture. Placing them in this magical setting just made them shine even more.

It’s important to photograph the details of any wedding day. The little things that set the tone and the details that people see in a photo take them straight back to that place at that special moment. That’s why I love working with the suppliers that make all these things and create these wonderful details. Learning how things are made and the thought behind them helped me capture the true essence of the objects. I truly loved each and every element of this shoot. It all came together seamlessly. I felt like I had opened the door to Narnia.

I will leave you with a few of my fun favorites. If you are planning an awesome Winter wedding, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a message and let me know the date of your big day.

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Want to see more wedding inspiration, head over to Clarton Hall – UNVEILED styled shoot, for some colourful and quirky ideas.


Really gorgeous styled shoot. Everything about it is lush. The flowers, cake, dress, couple and photographs!