Abbie and David – June 22nd 2014

It’s not particularly often that a bride comes to you to ask you to be a part of her wedding at a Zoo. So, when Abbie emailed the team at Dave Spink Photography to enquire about a Marryoke, Wedding Video, and Photo Booth package for her wedding at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, it couldn’t be refused.

The day started out as any other, with a drive from the office in Leeds down to Doncaster. Abbie had chosen not to have the team film her prep, so everyone headed straight across to the Wildlife Park. The Marryoke team were directed in through the gates and taken to the Outlook Gallery Suite, where the very first wedding ceremony at Yorkshire Wildlife Park was to take place.

After greeting the park staff and confirming details of arrivals for both Abbie and her soon-to-be husband David, the team took the opportunity to explore the park and start shooting footage for the wedding video.

The team returned to the Outlook Suite to begin capturing the arrivals of guests, the details of the room, as well as the soon-after arrival of David. The suite steadily filled as the couple’s guests arrived, creating a hum of activity and some choice shots for the Wedding Video. Soon after, word came over the radio of the bride’s imminent arrival, and so the team divided, to join Abbie for her entrance into the Park.

Following a very sweet, simple ceremony, the newlyweds set out into the park to do one thing that all newlyweds should probably do: Feed the lions. The Dave Spink Photography team were able to join Abbie and David as they went ‘behind the scenes’ of the zoo and up to the fence to feed three lionesses. One of the lions – Crystal – took a particular interest in Abbie’s beautiful ballgown-like dress. It’s not very often that there’s opportunity to stand to the side of a couple as they have pictures taken with a lion leaping up behind their heads.

Abbie and David feed the lions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Once the lions were fed, the next duty was to head past the ‘African Plains’ to the Giraffe House, where the couple were introduced to three very interested giraffes. Admittedly, the trio were probably slightly more interested in the leafy branches that David and Abbie had to offer. The Marryoke team were able to capture a few lines of Abbie and David’s selected Marryoke song (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John) with the couple, and the accompanying wildlife. Even members of the park staff got involved!

David and Abbie feed the Giraffes at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The team then split off into two once again, allowing the wedding video team to continue to capture guests and the couple as they had photographs taken, while the Marryoke team took the time to take guests aside and film marryoke lines with them. With a stunning location like Yorkshire Wildlife Park, both teams were spoiled for choice in scenery and backdrop.

Later in the afternoon, it was time for speeches and the wedding breakfast. The couple and the wedding party returned to the Outlook Suite which had been transformed into a perfect setting for a sit-down meal. The statement colour of orange continued across the tables, and each table was named with an animal that could also be found at the zoo. There was evidently a lot of thought and planning put into everything the couple had chosen, which paid off when everything came together so spectacularly.

All three speeches – from the father of the bride, the groom, and the best man – were short, sweet, and very sentimental. Before long, the Dave Spink Photography team were retiring to go grab their own dinner as the guests tucked into their meal.

The evening seemed to roll around all too quickly. The London Bus Photo Booth that Abbie and David had booked with Dave Spink Photography pulled up, parking in the Tsavo Lodge: the night’s venue. The park was closed to the public for the night, and with the lions roars as they were tucked up in bed, Abbie and David’s evening reception was all set to begin. Evening guests steadily began to arrive and the Marryoke team continued to put together some of the final shots for the song. As a part of the package the couple selected, they also were to receive video messages, so the video team invited guests to stand in front of the camera – with the Wildlife Park spreading into the vast distance behind – to leave a short message for Abbie and David.

Under the twinkling ceiling of the Tsavo Lodge, the full team joined the couple to record their first dance, ensuring not a moment of their magical day was missed. After a little more Marryoke-ing, shooting wrapped, and the video team headed home, leaving Abbie and David to enjoy last few hours of their wedding day.

Abbie and David testing out or Ultimate Booth


Kate and Charles Allerton Castle and Swinton Park

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This weekend the Video and photography team visited two of Yorkshires more luxurious wedding venues all in the same day. 2 hours before the day was to begin, the teams split up into two, with Emily and Dave meeting Kate and Charles at Swinton park for their preparations and Claire and Megan meeting The boys at the church. Back at Swinton park the team had their work cut out with over 2 hours to take advantage of the stunning grounds this 5* Yorkshire  Wedding venue has to offer. Its not often that the Video and the Photography team get asked to photograph the grooms preparations, but with Charles laid back and friendly nature it became apparent that the day would be filled with fun, laughter and stunning photo opportunities.
When faced with such stunning surroundings, its easy to loose track of time so before they knew it, it was time to head over to the church for the ceremony. Unfortunately the day before the wedding the vicar told the bride and groom that they couldn’t have ceremony video any more and no photography at the front, however with the teams persuadive ways, they still managed to get some quality footage at the back. Its always worth double and triple checking with your church because many of them have different rules.
After the ceremony, the team left Kate and Charles to be congratulated whilst setting up for the confetti shot but then it was straight to Allerton castle where the award winning photographers and videographers prepared for the rest of the photos.
Allerton is a stunning castle in North Yorkshire perfect for a luxurious wedding filled with class. Offering plenty of photographic opportunities this venue is perfect rain or shine, but luckily despite the rain just a night before Kate and Charles had a stunning summers day the weather stayed perfect all day.
The happy couple had organised a string quartet and canapés for their drinks reception which was perfect outside in the sun and made well for some of the more casual photos and footage that the team love to get.
Kate and charles had thought a lot about what photos and had a few meetings with Dave to discuss their needs, they work together to make the most out of their special day which is always beneficial to the end results.
Once the formal shots were out of the way, both the video and the photography team took the wedding  party for a short walk around the grounds and got some smaller group photos. Then they  had time to focus just on the picture perfect Kate and Charles for their more romantic photos.
Both of them seemed to be no stranger to the camera as they posed for photos.

As the meal was later in the day starting late evening, the evening party followed straight after and the happy couple gathered guests after a quick chance into their dancing shoes. Kate and Charles had been practicing their favourite Strictly come Dancing routine An American Smooth for months and even bought Kate a different dress to perform it in.
It was a great way to end the night everyone seemed impressed at their confidence and not to mention their 3 incredible lifts!

If you’d like to discuss with the team your wedding at Swinton Park or Allerton Castle please get in touch either by phone or through our website

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Kate and Gavin Wentbridge House


This weekend started out with at Wentbridge House, a venue we visited last september. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite as we expected it to be but this didn’t stop the leeds based photographers from getting some stunning shots from this picture perfect venue. Dave and Megan started out with Kate photographing her preparations. Despite the weather Kate seemed calm, collective and ready to meet her husband to be at the alter where Megan was
taking photos of the guys before she was to arrive.
Dave and Megan were not allowed any photography at the front of the church which was a real shame, how ever the team still managed to get some stunning photos from the back. By the time the happy couple and left the church Dave and Megan had noticed that the weather had brightened up for a little while meaning a quick dash back to went bridge ready to get straight back into photos.
Once all the guests were safe in shelter Kate and Gavin along with the team utilised the gardens as much as we could considering the weather.
Before long it was time for the speeches. Wentbridge offers a very generous amount of space in their rooms, meaning when the team photograph the speeches they rant in the way of everyone and can also easily get photos of peoples reactions and the little things happening around the room that the bride and groom may miss.

If you’d like to discuss with the team your wedding at Wentbridge House Hotel please get in touch either by phone or through our website

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Hayley and Robert

This weekend the Dave Spink Photography team headed to the Mercer Hotel in Otley with Photography, videography and even a Photo Booth for the nights celebrations. The day started out slightly rainy but this didn’t put a slow down the team or the happy couples moods. From day one they knew the couple would be a pleasure to work for.
Before the ceremony was to begin, Dave and Megan went to find Rob and his ushers to grab some pre wedding photos before Hayley was to make her grand entrance.  Once Rob was hidden away in the ceremony room Both the Video and Photography team were able to get some footage of the girls together before the ceremony started.
Once thing the mercer hotel has to offer is a lot of space in their ballroom. This helps the team get some nice wide shots without being intrusive.
Thankfully the weather had cleared up during the ceremony and the the blue skies made an appearance so this was great opportunity to get everyone out side and take advantage of the gardens around the back.
As the group shots got smaller and the guests ventured back to the bar the team could now focus on just the bride and groom.
As the sun was now shining we were able to.
The groom had prepared a slide show for everyone to watch filled with photos and memories which everyone could watch after the speeches.
While the room as being changed around, the team saw this opportunity to putt together their new and improved Ultimate Photo Booth.
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