Karla & John ♡ Raven Hall Hotel, Scarborough Wedding

Karla & Jon’s summer wedding took place at the end of June ’18 at Scarborough’s Raven Hall Hotel. I totally love the coast and anything seaside related, so shooting here was an absolute TREAT. 🌊 Raven Hall Hotel itself is situated 600 feet above sea level, midway between Whitby and Scarborough. It actually overlooks the pretty Robin Hood’s Bay. Stunning views and beautiful colours in the gardens, complimented perfectly by the bright blue sky on this summer day. Karla & Jon chose Raven Hall Hotel as they “love the coast” and Jon’s family live nearby. They also “wanted to get out of the city for the wedding.”

Bridal prep began in one of the large suites. Since there were no bridesmaids in this wedding party, it was a calm & collected morning. Just Karla and her mum having a nice time and getting ready together. Karla got ready in to a glamorous, floor-length, white Ronald Joyce gown, which also had a beautiful and unusual back detail.

The wedding ceremony took place in rustic looking room, complete with wooden floorboards and decorated with fairy lights. There Jon waited for his bride-to-be. After 5 years together, this lovely couple were about to tie the knot. Karla walked down the aisle accompanied by both her dad and young son, which was really sweet.

After the ceremony, everyone flooded outside for some sunshine and a big confetti tunnel. It was such a beautiful day for a seaside wedding, with bright blue skies and barely a cloud in sight. Karla, Jon & myself went for a little walk down to the gardens for a breather and also to take some photos. The green gardens, accompanied by the blue skies looked really tropical – in the photos it barely even looks like Scarborough! That is until you come across the photos with the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside backdrop. It was all just picture perfect really.

The wedding breakfast room had been decorated in white, with sparkly, rose-gold coloured table cloths and plenty of candles, giving a really classic but romantic feel. In here, the newlyweds and their wedding party all enjoyed a yummy wedding breakfast together. The speeches were fab, and a two-piece singer & guitarist band came and played an acoustic set towards the end of the meal, which got everyone singing along and a few folk up dancing.

The evening reception was being held back in the rustic ceremony room, but it had now been cleared to make way for lots of dancing 💃. Evening guests arrived and gave their congratulations, before Karla & Jon then made their way over for the cutting of the wedding cake. They finished off their traditional bits of the day with a first dance together, and their boys joined in for a dance to Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root – their family song. 💕It was such a nice moment to capture, Karla, Jon and their nearest & dearest all dancing and celebrating together. A perfect moment for this wonderful family.

Notes from the happy couple:

What are you most looking forward to on the day?
Hopefully the sunshine and the amazing views!

Why do you like natural wedding photography?
Much less pressure on the day. The main reason is that I find the natural smiles and laughter of the day a much better capture of a true memory rather than a forced smile.

Kind words :
I first came across Sasha after travelling through Facebook for a photographer that steered clear of the posed traditional wedding shots. After speaking to her I found her to be professional, friendly, honest and encouraging of all our ideas and we booked her right away. On the day she was faultless. She was prompt, kept me up to date the night before and the morning of the wedding. She captured so many beautiful natural shots in such a non invasive friendly way… my family nicknamed her the photo ninja. I can’t thank her enough for the memories she’s so beautifully preserved forever and would recommend her to anyone x

Venue : Raven Hall Hotel
Bridal Gown : Ronald Joyce
Groom Suit : Debenhams
Hair : Wedding Hair by Kirsty
Makeup : Anisah Lasebai
Flowers : A family friend
DJ : Pick & Mix Disco


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