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Love is a friendship which has caught fire – Rebecca and Neils Oulton Hall wedding final part

So I’ve almost reached the end of blogging this incredible wedding. This is the final part of the trilogy. Rather like Harry Potter fans, who are a tad sad at the final movie, I will miss writing about these beautiful images and this very special couple. This final part is a veritable feast of images and details. So pour yourself a glass of something cold and sparkly and indulge…

I love details. I love how much time and effort my couples always seem to put into their wedding details, from the flowers to the table plan, the name cards to the colour scheme. There’s a reason many weddings take months or even years to plan, and details are it !

Rebecca and Neil put an incredible amount of time and energy into every last detail of their wedding. Not just what to have, but how to make it all, as they made virtually everything themselves. So impressive !

Their favours for example were made from the score of their first dance, filled with bonbons and topped with hydrangea petals in their colour scheme. They made every last one of them. They also made the table plan and every single name place card.

Their tables were named after important places to the couple, so the top table HAD to be Roundhay park- the spot where Neil had proposed all those months ago. SO romantic.


The speeches are always great fun, and I really enjoy hearing the stories about the couple and seeing everyone relax and enjoy the fun. There were also some very tender, emotional moments during these speeches. The kind which remind you why we celebrate marriage.

I will never forget the words Rebecca’s father used as he talked about his cherished daughter. It brings a lump to my throat even now.

The highlight of course is usually the best man’s speech and there were 2 of them at this wedding, so no doubt double the fun.

Nothing however could have prepared me ( or the poor wedding co-ordinator) for what followed. It involved a blow torch, a sausage and some tin foil…. you had to be there !

By now the drizzle had cleared and the sky was a soft grey with low cloud. In that soft diffused light it was a perfect chance to take the lovely couple out into the gardens for some more images, while their guests relaxed and prepared for the evening reception. I love this time of day. Everyone is so much more at ease, with the formalities over and couples love the chance to slip away for just a few minutes to be together ahead of the night time celebrations. Rebecca and Neil really enjoyed this time together, walking chatting, cuddling. I know its a part of their day they’ll always cherish.

It was a chance to capture some touching, tender moments.



I always like to sprinkle a touch of Cat Hepple photography glamour into the weddings we photograph and Rebecca and Neil both looked so incredible I decided it was time to create some movie inspired images. The grand piano and the sumptuous chairs in the main entrance were just begging to be used.

And in her stunning Benjamin Roberts gown, Rebecca looked utterly beautiful, so a couple of quick shots bravely lying on the corridor floor were called for – some of the couple’s evening guests were a little perplexed to see this as they arrived, I hope it all makes sense now!

Unusual I know, but SO worth it, and only achievable because Rebecca was so brave and trusted me. Thank you Rebecca for going with it !

Finally, the first dance.

Before Gaz and I headed off into the night to leave the wedding party to enjoy their celebrations I wanted one last shot – oh ok then, a few more shots!

The clubhouse at Oulton Park has the feel of a hunting lodge and on my venue visit with Rebecca and Neil we’d have a good look around. I found some rather gorgeous wooden shutter blinds at windows on one side of the building. I had a plan in mind…

The perfect end to a perfect day.

And a perfect shot to draw this wonderful wedding to a close.

This incredible wedding is going to be featured in the launch edition of Yorkshire Bride Magazine and I’m so proud of that and SO delighted for Rebecca and Neil that all their hard work will go on to inspire other couples planning their big day.

Mr and Mrs. Charlton are a truly fabulous couple, and they were an absolute pleasure to be around. Their wedding was utterly beautiful, and after getting to know them I’d have expected nothing less of this warm, gentle and sweet couple.

It was an honour to photograph your wedding Rebecca and Neil.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. Stay fabulous.

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  1. Posted 30 Jul at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    The shot of Rebecca lying on the floor is inspired and brilliant. They must adore their images Cat. Superb.

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 30 Jul at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Adam. I think a few of the guests thought I was mad, but hopefully they can see what I was up to ! Rebecca and Neil love their images I’m thrilled to say. I feel so delighted to have recorded such a spectacular day for them and their families x

  2. Posted 30 Jul at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Wow Cat, fabulous as always and what a gorgeous couple, they looked to have had an amazing day!

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 30 Jul at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Claire. It really was a very wonderful day. x

  3. Rebecca Charlton
    Posted 30 Jul at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Cat and Gaz
    Thank you so much for understanding exactly how we wanted our wedding to look and feel. These photographs are not only beautiful works of art, but capsules of some of the best moments of both our lives. These momories will not only be forever in our hearts, but forever in our beautiful album. It means so much to us to have these wonderful experiences frozen in time and that is what is so inspiring about your work. You manage to not only capture an image, but a thought, emotion and a moment that will now last a lifetime.
    We cannot thank you enough.
    Rebecca and Neil Charlton xxxxxx

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 31 Jul at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Neil and Rebecca, Mr and Mrs Charlton, it was our absolute pleasure to photograph your amazing day. You are a wonderful couple and we so enjoyed getting to know you both and working with you. I’m so thrilled you love your photographs and I’m so thrilled to have recorded such a special day in your lives. I know you’ll treasure the images. Thank you for choosing us.
      Thank you also for taking time to leave a message and for your really lovely words. We wish you every happiness in your future lives together. We just know you make the perfect couple. XxX

  4. Posted 30 Jul at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Ohh what gorgeous details – and those favours are so pretty! You have captured the emotion in the speeches perfectly, and the bride and groom portraits are just so romantic. Of course my favourite shot is the one at the piano :) What a fabulous wedding and gorgeous set of images – well done xxx

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 31 Jul at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Isn’t it such a pretty wedding Katy? Neil and Rebecca worked incredibly hard on all the details and it really paid off. It was splendid ! Thank you for your lovely comment x

  5. Posted 30 Jul at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    wow you havw one hell of a talent lady – these are beautiful!

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 31 Jul at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Jane I am so flattered, thank you for your very kind words xx

  6. Posted 8 Aug at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Such a stylish couple and wedding ~ and what beautiful photographs! No wonder the bride and groom are thrilled! I love the behind the shutter shots, they give the impression of beautiful private moments being captured.

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 15 Aug at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Elizabeth. I love the shutter shots too, something a little different.