Happy Otter Photography

Wedding photographer in York covering Yorkshire and the Northern England


"We just want someone to capture the moments!"

Northallerton, Ripon, York, Harrogate and beyond!

Congratulations on choosing God's Own County to get married in. It's pretty much the best place on Earth, so you've already guaranteed it's gonna be a great day. 
I am a Yorkshire lass, born and bred - and I love returning to my native county for a celebration of love. I grew up listening to Minster FM, going to the Jorvik centre on school trips, bunking off school for the Great Yorkshire Show, and spending many happy days playing hide and seek at Brimham rocks. 
Whether you've chosen some of the fantastic countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, or a historic town like York, Ilkley, Whitby, Harrogate, Skipton, Ripon, or one of the bigger cities like Sheffield or Leeds - I'm interested in what you have planned!
So go on, have yourself a cuppa Yorkshire tea and take a look through my site.


So, you're looking for a Yorkshire Wedding Photographer?

Where to begin! Yorkshire is a big place, and there are lots of wedding photographers in Yorkshire, plus many more who are happy to travel there (well, who wouldn't be happy to travel to God's own county?!).

So, you're looking for a wedding photographer in Yorkshire - lets try and narrow it down a bit. A photographer based in Sheffield (in Yorkshire) would have to travel almost 2 hours to get to a wedding in Barnard Castle (also in Yorkshire).

Travel isn't a major issue, especially if the photographer is happy to stay nearby overnight, or the wedding is in the summer. But unless you have fallen in love with a photographer, it would be safer, and better value, to chose someone more local rather than add 4 hours of travel on their day.

We've all been stuck in traffic on a motorway, and anyone can end up with a flat tyre - but the further you travel, the higher the chance of a delay or problem. Another benefit of a local photographer is they might have already photographed at your venue. This isn't too important, most photographers are happy to come and visit the venue before the wedding with you anyway.

So - where are you getting married? Searching for photographers in the closest city is a good start.

Leeds Wedding Photographer

With a beautiful town hall, many people in Leeds choose to have their marriage ceremony in Leeds Town Hall. Unlike some more modern registry offices, Leeds Town Hall is stunning. It has plenty of steps for confetti and group photos, and it's perfectly positioned if you plan to have your reception in one of Leeds' many bars or restaurants.

Further out from Leeds, there are also plenty of large country hotels with their own grounds, which are licenced for the ceremony so you don't need to spend time travelling between venues.

Whatever the venue, or length of coverage (some people only want a couple of hours, some people want the whole day), I'm a Leeds Wedding Photographer. To find out about my style (generally natural and documentary, focusing on capturing special moments, and some pain free portraits) you can have a look through my portfolio, and then read my about page to delve a little deeper!

York Wedding Photographer

York is my home town!

There are so many venues with views of the Minster, or with quick access to the walls for some great portraits, not to mention the shambles! York Registry Office is on the north side of the city, and is a lovely venue with some lovely gardens at the back for photos. It is conveniently placed for a scenic walk through town, past the Minster, to plenty of bars and restaurants.

I have photographed weddings at a variety of venues across the city, and I love the opportunity to see some more! So, if you are looking for a York wedding photographer, have a look at my portfolio page and then get to know a bit more about me and my style on my about page.


I don't want anyone to feel left out, and I love North Yorkshire for wedding venues, so if you're not getting married in Leeds or York, and haven't decided on a venue yet, have a look at some of these options with links to their websites for some inspiration!

North Yorkshire:




Northallerton is a lovely little town, with a surprising number of wedding venues!

For small weddings (up to 30 people) there is Northallerton Registry Office which is set in the grounds of the county hall (as far as registry offices go - it’s blooming gorgeous, plus you are allowed to throw confetti - which is becoming rare these days).


There are plenty of stunning churches in and near the town - all saints, st james, romanby, the sacred heart, st lawrence at kirby sigston, st helen's at morton on swale and plenty more.


For larger weddings, or those where all events of the day are at one single location, there are some stunning halls and hotels.


Allerton Court has the convenience of being a hotel, so guests can stay over, and the in house catering and all inclusive wedding packages will take a lot of stress away from the planning!


Solberge Hall is a lovely tranquil countryside venue with beautiful grounds and an impressive building. Being able to accommodate up to 250 guests it is a perfect venue for larger weddings. And if you want to get married outside - they have a pavilion registered in the garden. With wedding planners, in house catering, and rooms for guests - this is an ideal, grand country venue to wow guests.


For couples who want absolute luxury but want to put a bit more of their own stamp on things, Thief Hall is perfect. They have on site accomodation, and also a wedding coordinator who will go through all the details and allow you to personalise pretty much every aspect of your day. And if you’ve dreamed of an enchanted woodland wedding - go for it - they even have a clearing in the woods where you can get married! If you’re thinking of extending your wedding and having a whole wedding weekend - they get that, and give you exclusive use of the whole place from Friday until Sunday.


Set in 200 acres of North Yorkshire countryside, Romanby Golf club is certainly a strong contender. Beautifully manicured grounds including an 18 hole golf course, this venue can host up to 110 for ceremonies, and more for the reception. You can even drive to some exclusive photo spots on a wedding themed golf buggy for wedding photos!



Although there is no registry office at Thirsk, the one in Northallerton is not far away, and there are plenty of churches to choose from.


If you like horses, Thirsk Racecourse would be a fitting venue. With a backdrop of historic buildings and manicured lawns, this venue, in the heart of Herriot country is perfect for anyone with or without equine interests! With indoor rooms for up to 220 guests and the option of an outdoor ceremony and marquees - there is plenty to choose from here.


The Crab & Lobster at Aisenby is described as award winning and unpretentious. The perfect place for a small, understated indulgent wedding. Hot tub and sauna on site, this venue is perfect for a small wedding, but can accommodate up to 90. The beautiful gardens and fountain provide a lovely backdrop for photos.



Harrogate has a wealth of all different types of wedding venues.


Harrogate Registry office is inside a lovely Georgian building overlooking the Stray called Bilton House.There are two ceremony rooms, the larger holding up to 55 guests. Biodegradable confetti is allowed, so you can have some lovely confetti photos as you walk down the attractive steps.


If you do marry in the registry office, you obviously have the choice of all the restaurants in Harrogate for your wedding breakfast, especially if you are having a smaller wedding.


For couples who want to have the whole day in one venue there are plenty of hotels.

Hotel du Vin with its exacting standards of quality and service will be sure to impress. With accommodation on site, your own wedding coordinator, and a Sommelier to help you plan the wine list - this is the place to go if you want the whole wedding experience to be luxurious.


The Crown Hotel (with space for up to 150 guests), The Old Swan (with catering for up to 300 and even a Garden Pavillion for an outdoor ceremony), The Majestic Hotel (truly majestic and can accommodate up to 350 guests for the wedding breakfast, plus there is a spa on site) and the Cairn Hotel (with a variety of rooms suited to small and large weddings it’s one of the only hotels in Harrogate with free parking!) are all excellent examples of hotels in Harrogate which are licenced for the ceremony.


For somewhere a little more unique and personalisable, how about The Sun Pavillion in Valley Gardens. An indoor space with that real outdoor feel, the pavillion is bright with lovely views out into the garden. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, but still with all the benefits of being close into town, this is a great spot for a wedding!


Ripley Castle is a castle. Let me say that again - it’s a castle. You can get married in a castle! Who won’t say “wow” as they pull up to this venue! Think of those fabulous photos in the historic gardens near the lake with fireworks going off over the castle while you celebrate with the people you love!

Rudding Park is a luxurious spa hotel with parkland and mature gardens, a golf course and a private cinema. Perfect if you want to extent the celebrations to all weekend. They have plenty of rooms to offer for your ceremony… and you can even row across the lake to your very own love island!

Contact Emma now

For wedding photography without the bored guests or forced smiles

07763 682138

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