Author Archives: Paula Brown (Ollievision)

Paula is a professional wedding & event photographer based in Leeds, Yorkshire. She founded Ollievision Photography in 2002 and provides a friendly, high quality service to clients across the UK.

Bramhope Puritan Chapel Photography

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I recently photographed Bramhope Puritan Chapel which is a quaint little church in the North Leeds village of Bramhope.  The Chapel is on the main road, tucked almost out of sight.  If you look to the right as you drive north past the entrance to Britannia Hotel you’ll see the Chapel.

The reason for my visit is that, as recommended photographer for Britannia Hotel Leeds Bradford, I was able to take the keys and spend a little time there on my own to create a series of photos to show how the Chapel looks today.  It was built in 1649 by Mr Robert Dyneley who owned Bramhope Hall.  The Hall is long gone, the Brtiannia Hotel stands on the site now.  There’s a gate from the hotel car park through to the chapel.

The Chapel was regularly used for worship until around 1881, when St Giles Church was built to accommodate the growing population of the village. The Puritan Chapel was Grade 1 listed when the UK register of listed buildings was created in the 1960’s.

A Chapel key is held at Britannia Hotel who have permission to use it for wedding blessings and photographs.  It’s a unique addition to wedding packages at the Britannia!

The key gives a clue to the age of the chapel – it’s large and heavy, suggesting something magical lies behind the old wooden door.  Once inside it seems quite dark until your eyes adjust to the light (and you find the light switches!)  The walls are plain white, decorated with ornate carved memorials.  At the rear of the chapel is the font, bearing a date of 1673.

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The reclining lady in the top photo is a statue for the tomb of  Esther, wife of Christopher Smith.  The Smith’s purchased the estate from the Dyneley family in 1797.

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Here’s a fascinating document hosted on the Bramhope & Carlton website that gives much more information about the chapel and it’s history. 

The Chapel is owned by Bramhope & Carlton Parish Council who hold several public open days a year.  See their website for further details.

If you’re interested in a wedding in Bramhope you can contact the Britannia Hotel for more details.  Their venue is registered for civil ceremonies, with the Puritan Chapel being available for blessings and/or photographs.  Church weddings in Bramhope are held at St Giles (C of E) and

Images in this article are strictly copyright Ollievision Photography 2016.

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Britannia Hotel Leeds Bradford Photographer

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Ollievision is recommended wedding photographer at The Britannia Hotel Leeds Bradford in Bramhope, Yorkshire.  This post is to enable couples to see the venue and how it can be laid out for weddings.  The hotel function suites have been refurbished recently so I took these photos to show what it looks like now.

If you’re considering the Britannia as your wedding venue please also read the other blog post about Bramhope Puritan Chapel, which is included in their packages if desired.

The main function suite has a large oblong room that can be divided in half to suit the size of the event.

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Across the road from the Britannia Hotel is the centre of the village of Bramhope.  The photos below were all taken around 100 metres walk from the hotel gate.  The Parish church is St Giles which is opposite the hotel on the main of Bramhope LS16, Bramhope in Leeds, St Giles Church Bramhope

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Wedding Photography Harden Church – St Saviour, Bradford

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Hannah and Mark married at the delightful little church of St Saviour at Harden near Bingley.  The day started at Mark’s parents house, where Hannah was getting ready with her bridesmaids.

After the ceremony I photographed the groups inside while the guests enjoyed drinks and cakes in the church hall.  It was rather blustery weather with some rain!

From the church we headed to the forest near St Ives where the couple wanted some photos.  The evening reception was held at Bibi’s restaurant in Leeds.  Congratulations to Hannah & Mark on a lovely day!

If you’re looking for a Yorkshire wedding photographer please get in touch.  I cover weddings and events all over the UK.  You can call to check availability on 0787 292 4103 or send a message via the contact form.

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Wedding Photography Temple Newsam – Ian and Cindy’s wedding in the Great Hall

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Ian and Cindy married on a glorious English summers day at the beautiful Jacobean mansion, Temple Newsam, near Leeds.

Temple Newsam is a Grade 1 listed building.  The estate and house are mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, although the original buildings were replaced and what stands today is mainly what was built between 1600 and 1800.  Most of the photos shown below of the ceremony and exterior feature the South Wing which was built in 1796.

Cindy and Ian live and work in China and had invited friends from all over the world.  Yorkshire was an ideal central location for their destination wedding!

The wedding ceremony was held in the Great Hall, which opens onto the terrace and gardens.  The evening reception was held in the marquee at the Walled Garden.  The guests spent lots of time enjoying the weather outside and playing garden games.

Thank you all for a lovely day!  I wish you safe journeys back home to China and lots of happy memories of Yorkshire.  These are a few previews of the wedding photos – hope you enjoy them!

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The most competitive game of jenga ever!

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If you’re looking for a wedding photographer at Temple Newsam or elsewhere in Yorkshire please get in touch!  I cover weddings all over the UK.  Please call or text 0787 292 4103 to check availability or you may send a message via the contact form.

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