As soon as Sharon and John Paul contacted me about the possibility of shooting their wedding at The Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge – right on my doorstep. It was also clear from the start that this wedding was going to be quite a test of timings and shooting styles.
My morning was filled shuttling between the hair salon, the hotel, the couple’s house, the ceremony in the civic splendour of Huddersfield Town Hall then finally The Woodman Inn, Thunderbridge, nestled on the edge of the Peak District. Quite a challenge – but everything went to plan.
All week the weather looked doubtful – but come Saturday morning we were blessed with bright September sunshine – which apart from a few showers lasted all day.
Arriving at Tanya’s Salon, in the village Shepley, I was met by a hive of activity – the wedding preparation was in full flow and the salon regulars seemed bemused by having a photographer present. Then for me it was a quick dart to The Woodman for John Paul (JP) getting ready. After this it was back to the bride and grooms house in Denby Dale – the famous Pie Village – to photography Sharon putting on her dress.
The ceremony was at Huddersfield Town hall – a fantastic building, a real showpiece for the grandeur of the Victorian Mill Town. The ceremony room is great because it has superb light with large bright window.
The guests then made it back to The Woodman Inn in a party bus – I say bus, more a nightclub on wheels! The Woodman Inn is a lovely venue, tucked away in the quiet village (or perhaps hamlet?) of Thunderbridge. A hidden gem of a venue. The Woodman was perfect for Sharon, JP and their guests.
An amazing day, with a fantastic couple.