I have worked at Leeds Parish Church (now re-named Leeds Minster) on a number of occasions and this blog post is to show some of the photos taken there. St Peter's is one of Leeds' largest buildings and is Grade 1 listed, having been built in 1841.
St Peter's seats 1600 people and is a stunning wedding venue. Smaller weddings can be accomodated in the side chapel with group photos and the reception catering served in the main church aisle which resembles a paved street. The size and splendour of this venue have to be seen to be believed - it simply does not look so large from the outside!
There are a number of unique city centre locations nearby where bridal and group portraits may be taken - your preferences for these may be discussed with me at the time of booking.
There are some great restaurants nearby that cater for wedding receptions, including my own favourite, Brasserie 44, which is just a short walk around the corner. Their balcony overlooking the River Aire is a lovely spot for bridal portraits.
On my last visit to Leeds Minster I was honoured with a trip up to the very top of the bell tower - this truly is a once in a lifetime experience and is a place where public access is not allowed for health and safety reasons that became very obvious! The final five storeys of the ascent are made via iron rung ladders and are certainly dangerous! However, there was no way I intended to miss the opportunity to photograph Leeds from the roof so I clambered higher and higher, with the help of Ben from Leeds Change Ringers. Up on the roof there are no safety rails - Ben and I stood on the sloping metal roof and I tried to hold the camera steady in the wind to take photos through the stonework. I'm particularly pleased with my unique view of Bridgewater Place (below).