Real Wedding: Rachel and Chris' wedding at Judges at Kirklevington

Wedding Photography by Barry Forshaw

Bride and Groom: Rachel and Chris

Wedding venue: Judges at Kirklevington Hall is a traditional country house hotel with rich fabrics and elegant rooms, set in mature, English gardens. It's just south of the pretty and well-heeled village of Yarm and not far from the North Yorkshire border, but you wouldn't believe that it is only five or six miles south of the industrial sprawl of Teesside. The North Yorkshire Moors and the East Yorkshire coast (Whitby) are only a 30-minute drive away, while the A19 close by connects it with Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle to the north.

The highlights of the wedding venue for me are the sweeping terrace, the gazebo (where Rachel and Chris' ceremony took place) and the 31 acres of idyllic, landscaped gardens and woodlands, graceful lawns that sweep down from the Hall’s sunny terraces to the tiny river, which meanders across the estate via waterfalls and under ornate bridges.. . . Venue Website

Photographer: Barry Forshaw is a professional wedding photographer, based in Newcastle

Photographer's Details

The Wedding Day: The weather looked dicey right up to the morning of the wedding with rain forecast on the day. Plan B was to hold the ceremony indoors but Rachel and Chris took a risk and went with their original plan to have the ceremony outside in the gazebo. It turned out to be the right choice, as other than an occasional light drizzle, it was dry and sunny. It was Chris' birthday on the wedding day and Rachel surprised him with a birthday cake before the speeches. He'll never have an excuse to forget his wedding anniversary! One of the really cool things about this wedding, that I didn't find out about until recently - no-one else knew either - was that Rachel was in the very early stages of pregnancy during the wedding. So welcome to the world Edward James - this is what your parent's wedding looked like...

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