Northallerton | Pepper Arden Hall | August 2021


The Couple

Martyn and Ruth first met each other when they were 11 in Year 7. They shared the same friendship group when they were 16/17 and then re-met when were 22. Martyn is a structural engineer and Ruth is a teacher they have two cats called Miguel and Mia. They are both born and raised in Stockton. 

Martyn popped the question on the 14th of August 2018 in Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, he proposed in front of one of their favourite rides 'Everest' "with a photographer and then an audience (highly embarrassing but hilarious!)"


They chose Pepper Arden Hall as their wedding venue as it is a beautiful new wedding venue owned by a fantastic couple. They have put their heart and soul into converting half of their home into a venue and offered a self-catering style wedding which was perfect for them!


I also asked them, why did you choose me as your photographer?

"After searching around for a while, we came across your website and liked your style of photography. You arranged a zoom meeting quickly and efficiently and seemed like a really nice man who loved his job."


I also asked them if they could give one or more advice/tips for other brides and grooms on the planning of a wedding?

You can't please everyone so just do what makes you happy. 

They also told me, "Martyn and I had psychology together when we were 16 and were in the same friendship group but not close. We would sometimes bicker and argue in lessons and our then teacher predicted that one day we would get married. I responded with a 'not a chance but here we are - he was right! )"


The Wedding

Today was my first time photographing Pepper Arden Hall, but I had visited a few weeks before so I could get a feel for the venue, always easy to do this when the venue is not far from me. 

When I arrived I went to see Ruth who wanted to have a private bridal preparation so I said a quick hello and took the time to take photos of the guest as they were arriving and of Martyn and the boys.

Pepper Arden Hall, has a stunning staircase that sets the scene for the wedding ceremony all eyes were on Ruth as she came down, and she looked amazing. After a lovely wedding ceremony, it was time for the reception drinks and a time to breathe. We shortly went off for their portrait photos, we had so many hidden little spots to choose from and we took advantage of them, we even had smoke bombs to play with as they asked me to bring some along. 


The day just seemed to go so smoothly and easily, it helps that Maryn & Ruth are such a lovely and calm couple, not worrying about a thing and just enjoying the day.

We had lots of fun with the boys, for their photos at one point Martyn had a real size and genuine Halo helmet so made use of that ( I think he is a gamer and he might have an XBOX too!)

But we also had a great time with the ladies too, just a great day from start to finish.

We had another fantastic entrance with the staircase as they came down to have the cake cut, but this did not lead to the first dance, they decided to not have one. I love it when couples do what they want and not what they "should" after all... it is your day!


Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day
Pepper Arden, Northalerton, wedding day