As wedding venues go, you can’t get more diverse than New Craven Hall, Kirkstall Abbey and the Dakota Hotel. I mean, talk about extremes!
But Tasha and Craig don’t do things by half… First there was prep at the coolest hotel in Leeds, the Dakota (it also happens to be across the road from my favourite coffee shop), where Tasha had hired the most amazing suite to get ready in. With views across the Leeds city skyline, on one of the hottest days of the year, it was just magnificent. Surrounded by her crazy American family, and her wonderful UK friends, we started as we meant to go on. Once make up and hair was finished, we hopped on a vintage double decker to drive across to Kirkstall Abbey.
When it comes to getting hitched in a church, it doesn’t get more grand than Kirkstall Abbey really. Yeah it’s not got a roof… or windows… and it’s probably missing some doors and walls, but still… It’s grand. And a bit crumbling which sort of adds to the charm.
Craig (resplendent in tartan trew), was waiting patiently as Tasha made the really really long walk down the aisle to the waiting crowd who’d all been enjoying some fizz before she arrived. There were some excellent readings, some beautiful music, and a lovely ceremony conducted by one of their good friends. There were also a crowd of onlookers who were doing their best to peer in through the gate.
Groomsmen were on hand to dish out the celebratory drinks (and doughnuts!), and we had just enough time to do a few shots in the wonderful Kirkstall Abbey before we headed back on the bus to New Craven Hall.
If you like a touch of the industrial, New Craven Hall is right up your street. It has a cool little outdoor seating area, a million fairy lights and is a hope skip and a jump from the city centre for those couples who wanna party til 5am!
There was some amazing food from the team at Hog and Apple, top notch emotional speeches, and the appearance of not only Donald trump (boo hiss!), but also David Attenborough (whoop whoop!).
There was a quiz, skittles, jenga, cocktails and dancing til the early hours. What a bloody great day!
So without further ado, check out some of the images from Tasha and Craig’s bloody downright cool wedding below.
Make up: Harriet Steele
Venue: New Craven Hall
Gown: Confetti and Lace
Caterer: Hog and Apple
New Craven Hall wedding photographer, Leeds. Kirkstall Abbey photography by Shelly Mantovani at Toast of Leeds. If you’re having an industrial or outdoor wedding in the future at New Craven Hall, Kirkstall Abbey or elsewhere in Leeds get in touch by visiting my photography website at www.toastofleeds.co.uk or you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. I photograph weddings across the UK in tipis, barns, country houses , iconic hotels, Industrial warehouses, town halls and cool city boozers . For more information and to check availability for your New Craven Hall Wedding Photographer, contact me now.