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The Festival of Vintage ~ Shutter Go.. Click Photography Meets Glory Days Vintage

Every now & again I’m reminded why I have the best job in the world. The Festival of Vintage at York Racecourse is the UK’s largest indoor vintage fair. Each year they open their doors to thousands of visitors obsessed with all things past.

A few weeks before the Festival I was contacted by Hayley of the awesome Glory days Vintage. Glory Days Vintage is the antidote to boring bridal shops full of bustiers and bling; the purveyors of original vintage wedding dresses from all decades of the 20th century & creators of high quality couture gowns for the style-savvy bride. A year ago I photographed one of the most spectacular weddings in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales amidst thick Winter snow. The bride Sara just so happened to be wearing one of Hayley’s beautiful white lace T Dresses.

Hayley had seen the pictures & wanted to partner up for the festival. Of course one look at her awe inspiring dresses meant I couldn’t refuse. As well as setting up a stand with her to promote Shutter Go.. Click & Glory Days Vintage to the thousands of visitors. I also had the pleasure of photographing both a catwalk fashion show & a more styled bridal shoot with some beautiful models in & around the venue (What a hard life)

I met some awesome people throughout the day including the vintage obsessed & very lovely Laura from Grandma Eileen’s Affordable Vintage. Check out her amazing website & blog where she sells top quality vintage clothing at affordable prices. She’s also the awesome lady responsible for the ‘In Action’ shots right here in this blog post. It was great to speak to people so passionate about all things retro. The sheer amount of visitors in authentic costume was incredible. I was wearing a suit & even I felt under dressed.

It was great to be representing my business alongside both my dad & my wife who helped out on the day. Without my wife to support me over the last year I wouldn’t be doing this for a living. Without my dad (My lifelong creative inspiration) I’d have settled for a simple office job & wouldn’t have the drive or ambition to push myself creatively. With Mrs Shutter Go.. Click manning our table whilst I went off to shoot, & my dad acting as my photography assistant/light stand. I couldn’t have done it without them.

I was honoured to be working with Hayley, especially with her having created the costumes for such movies as the Kings Speech & This is England. It was also awesome to work with such a talented bunch of make up artists like Faye Robertson. Faye’s amazing skills have extended all the way from film & TV to fashion & bridal & even more recently, a feature in British Vogue. You should definitely check out her website & the rest of the lovely ladies linked below if you’re after a stunning MUA.

Shutter Go.. Click Photography, Glory Days Vintage, Faye Robertson. What I’d like to think we all have in common is that we try to approach weddings a little bit differently. Gone are the days when a bride simply wants a regular meringue or their nan taking their pictures on a disposable camera. Long gone are the days when a bride is stuck with the make up of a budget prostitute ;-) For me personally, weddings are as much of an art form as a sunset over a rolling landscape, as edge of your seat street photography. As much of an art form as that monochromatic shot of an apple floating in a dead mans hat. Not only do we all specialise in vintage (because it’s our preferred aesthetic) but we are also striving to make our own mark on a market that is slowly steering away from centuries of convention.

I’ll leave you on that note before I go off on even more of a tangent. Perhaps I’ll save that for my next post. In the meantime, kick back, click on the links below for everyone involved with the shoot. But most of all, enjoy the full gallery of the very best in Yorkshire Vintage Weddings.

Here’s to the next big shoot…

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Shutter Go.. Click Photography by Ryan Learoyd specialises in the non traditional. The best vintage reportage & alternative documentary wedding photographer in Yorkshire.


Shutter Go.. Click Photography ~ Vintage Reportage & Alternative Documentary Wedding Photography ~ www.shuttergoclick.com


Glory Days Vintage ~ Bespoke Vintage Wedding Dresses ~ www.glorydaysvintage.co.uk

Vintage Bridal Millinery ~ Bespoke Bridal Headdresses ~ www.vintagebridalmillinery.com ~ alisonbarrett4@hotmail.co.uk


Faye Robertson - faye@fayerobertson.co.uk ~ www.fayerobertson.co.uk

Rachel Jackson-Walker - https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600222686723804

Lauren O'Hara - lauren.ohara.mua@gmail.com

Aisha Saeed - aishasaeedmua@gmail.com


Retroliscious ~ Retro Furniture ~ www.retrolicious.co.uk

Claire Rocks ~ Kitchen & Vintage Homeware ~ www.twitter.com/roxywigs

Car & Driver Hire ~ Blue Cadillac & Vintage Caravan ~ 07831628864

Cocktail Campers ~ Cocktail Parties & Photo Booth in a Vintage Caravan ~ www.gauviescocktailclub.com

Classic Ices ~ Vintage Ice Cream Van for Hire ~ www.classic-ices.co.uk