I love Robin Hood’s Bay. Fiona and I have been there many times with the dog for a walk along the beach and a browse around the shops and cobbled streets, so I was really excited when Sally & Jamie booked me to shoot their Wedding there at the Swell Cafe. I was even more excited after I had a run through to the bay to do some location scouting beforehand and to call into Swell and introduce myself too. (You can see the pictures of my stone tower on the beach here ).
Swell Cafe was the perfect venue for a wedding. It was originally a chapel that has been very carefully converted. It’s kept all of the character of the original building, but inside they’ve made it into two floors, keeping the appearance of a chapel upstairs while downstairs it’s a wonderfully relaxed seaside cafe. It even has a patio area outside that’s on top of the sea wall, meaning you get brilliant views of the sea and the cliffs. Sally and Jamie couldn’t have chosen a venue more suited to the very relaxed and informal atmosphere that they wanted for their wedding.
The thing with the British seaside is that when it comes to the weather, you can never be sure quite what you’re going to get. Well, for this wedding, the weather really couldn’t have been any better. Beautiful sunshine and in the twenties all day long! Just the thing for sitting in the sun and enjoying a perfect wedding day!
Sally & Jamie and a load of their friends and family had been staying in a couple of cottages in the town for the week before the wedding, enjoying the sun, the beach and by the sound of it, the local pubs too. That’s where I met up with Sally and the bridesmaids, first thing in the morning, at Heather cottage. To get the rest of the story of their wedding day, here’s the pictures…
I’ve never shot a Robin Hood’s Bay Wedding before , I really hope that there’s many more weddings here – it’s a brilliant place!!
All Photographs were shot using Fuji X-T1 and XPro1 cameras.
By: Mark J. Hillyer, Yorkshire Wedding Photographer.