A beautiful Danby Castle Wedding…

The first words are from the bride, Hi Gary, we looked at the pics last night, absolutely fantastic… so many to choose from! Thank You for capturing our special day, it’s the icing on the cake. Everyone is talking about how amazing you were… x

I’m not going to dwell on the pandemic, but it needs a quick mention at the start of this post.

During lockdown one I spent my time nursing my business in the hospice of reputable creatives and after a couple of weeks/months mourning my loss, I was back in the maternity ward with a brand new business baby (I’m hoping you’ve stuck with me through this metaphor). I started my rebirth by getting my website tidied up, this was long overdue. I added fresh images, new content and I got rid of any unnecessary fancy bits. Next was my hardworking camera equipment, unfortunately some of it had to be retired to make way for some new kit on the block. As man who is addicted to photography, I now had to get out and be creative. I roamed the streets of Norton Village with my camera in my hand for some much needed photography liberation. Now for the big one, education!!! As a photographer I have never stopped learning new skills and new ways to look at the world. Thankfully online classes were provided in abundance by most of the professional organisations I’m a member of and I lapped it up. Finally and one of the most important habits I managed to make for myself, cycling. I’ve managed to get myself fitter and leaner than I’ve been in a long time with not one piece of lycra stretched over my body.

When I was allowed I managed to photographed some beautiful intimate weddings all over the north east, obviously following all the governments guidelines. Things were starting to get exciting for me again and at the end of May 2021 I photographed two beautiful weddings with restricted numbers. one at Headlam Hall just outside Darlington and the other at Crathorne Hall near Yarm. Both of these weddings were a perfect way to ease myself back to business. Every person at these weddings was so grateful to be celebrating and supporting their bride and groom.

Drum roll please, here comes my first full wedding (still with a few covid safety measures in place, but hey-ho). The bride and groom, let’s call them Chris and John (because that’s their names) spent the night before their Danby Castle wedding at Gisborough Hall with close family and a handful of friends. I arrived at Gisborough Hall early on their wedding morning to capture all the pre wedding getting ready preparations. As I arrived John was in the drawing room of Gisborough Hall finishing off his speech and checking the days itinerary, he’s a very organised man. Backlit, sat in a bay window and almost wedding attire ready, what a fantastic way for me to start photographing their big day. Next it was up to the bridal suite to grab some images of the bride, her daughters and the little ones. I don’t like to bore people with camera chat, so I’ll keep it brief. My new camera is capable of pretty much shooting in the dark and every time I take a picture, my camera records it twice to two separate memory cards (very clever and piece of mind for me). The hair and make up were being finished off and the brides room was flooded with daylight, perfect conditions for a perfect day. When I’m shooting the bridal prep, I don’t have a list of images I need to take, I just follow the action without being too intrusive (very important to mention).

Next the groom and his party headed over to Danby Castle followed closely by the bride and her nearest and dearest. I must mention at this point how organised Danby Castle were, every guest had to be checked in for track and trace purposes and then led into the ceremony room. None of this extra worked impacted on the flow of the wedding and the bride and groom were married after a couple of covid false starts. I’m not going to witter on about the whole day, I’ll now let the pictures do the talking. Although I must mention the dancing outside policy, I’ve got to say that this new restriction was made for Danby Castle. That view and open space was perfect for a first dance.

From start to finish, Chris and John’s wedding was a fantastic way for me to get back on the horse (did I not mention my new transport). Thank You Danby Castle and everyone who played a part in making this beautiful day…



  1. Gary…
    You are like family to all of us hence when you turn up with camera in hand it’s just normal and no stress. You see all of us at our most intimate moments and are always there to give advice and support.
    One such a special day for mum I felt comforted with you there… yes I took comfort from having you there in what was one of the biggest days of mine, jess’s and mums life since you’ve known us! Thank you so much… Polly and Theo adore you as do all of us and every day with you is always filled with laughter and hun memories! Xx

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