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Amy and Joel - Headlam Hall

September 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On the 1st September 2017, Joel and Amy married at St Mary's church, Norton before hosting a reception at Headlam Hall.

I arrived on the morning of the wedding at Amy's parents house to a calm atmosphere that was steadily building into excitement at the prospect of what lay ahead. While Amy's make up artist was applying the finishing touches to her Bride, Father of the Groom, Kev, arrived with a surprise gift from Joel. Amy excitedly unwrapped a beautiful pair of Laboutins and from there on in, the mood ramped up a level! We shot a range of natural moments and posed portraits around the house before I headed off to catch the boys at St Mary's church. 

St Mary's is a beautiful church, set just off the green in Norton, and a great venue for photographs. The ceremony shots are well lit due to the huge stained glass windows, while outside a picturesque pathway leads down to a lichgate, perfect for throwing confetti. The ceremony itself was packed full of emotion, particularly from Joel who cut a nervous figure as his bride walked along the aisle! 

After the service, I spent time capturing natural moments outside of the church before we moved on to Headlam Hall, where we would shoot a series of family portraits and bridal party shots. The grounds at Headlam Hall are stunning, so we made the best of the favourable weather by enjoying a walk with the camera through the manicured gardens.

The weather for Joel and Amy's drinks reception couldn't of been any better, warm enough to enjoy the outdoor space but not too overbearing. The layer of cloud helped with my photographs too!

As the guys settled down to their wedding breakfast, the Heavens opened and there was even a hint of thunder in the air.....if it was going to happen, this could be considered perfect timing. 

By the time the Headlam Hall staff had cleared the tables, the weather had taken a turn for the better and it was time for the high anticipated speeches. The speeches are always a highlight of the day and for Joel and Amy, this was no exception. Emotional and heartfelt speeches from the Father of The Bride and the Groom were followed by a Best Man's speech that was VERY close to the bone (and I've seen LOTS of speeches).....but absolutely hilarious and hugely enjoyed by everyone! Exactly how a Best Man's speech should be, in my humble opinion! 

It was brilliant to shoot for Joel and Amy, who are a wonderful couple with a great future ahead of them. I loved being back at Headlam Hall and am very happy with this set of images. I'd upgraded my camera before this wedding and the results are seriously impressive, the new Canon 5d Mk IV really doesn't miss a beat, its amazing! 

Congratulations Amy and Joel! xxx 

 


Jodie and Michael - Headlam Hall

September 18, 2017  •  1 Comment

My first wedding of a hectic August Bank Holiday weekend was at Headlam Hall, shooting for Jodie and Michael. 

Jodie and Michael enjoyed the perfect weather conditions for a wedding, warm with a layer of cloud and just the right temperature to enjoy the grounds of the beautiful venue. 

The bridal party had stayed over the evening before as the preparations, ceremony and reception were all happening at Headlam. It was great to arrive a couple of hours before the ceremony to a seriously calm atmosphere. Professional MUA Heather Francesca had just about completed the make up and the girls were looking great! We got straight into a handful of portraits with our bridesmaids Jade and Stacey. The only person  not playing ball was little Chloe, the Flowergirl, who was having more fun hiding from the camera!  I took my opportunity to shoot natural pics of her trying to hide from me, knowing that by the end of the day she’d be acting up to the camera at every chance. 

Michael and the boys were enjoying a drink (or two) downstairs in the bar and the anticipation of a great day ahead was building rapidly. Michael’s Best Man, another Michael, was trying to keep his cool about his upcoming speech! I photographed his wedding 4 years ago so it was great to catch up with him and his wife Suzanne. 

Just before the ceremony, I made my way back up to the bridal suite to capture the moment that Jodies Dad, Jimmy, seen his daughter in her wedding dress. It’s always an emotional moment and a great opportunity to record a tear or two. 

The ceremony room at Headlam Hall is beautiful, and an absolute dream from a photographers lighting point of view. A huge glass window running across the entire ceiling allows a wonderful sunlight to illuminate the room. It's a brilliant venue for photography. 

Little Chloe became a little overawed as she was about to make her entrance on the aisle and had to be carried in by proud Granddad Jimmy. After a little kiss from Mam and Dad, she was absolutely fine and enjoyed watching the ceremony unfold with a huge smile on her face. 

A short but sweet ceremony ensued as Jodie and Michael became Mr and Mrs Meggison to rapturous applause from over 100 guests. 

After the ceremony, the venue staff generally hand over to the photographer to take care of things up until the wedding breakfast, so we decided to capture portraits of the Bride and Groom immediately after the ceremony, leaving guests to enjoy a drink on the terrace, while listening to the saxophonist. Magician Luke Howells was also on hand, providing his cheeky brand of magical entertainment to the delight of the guests. 

Headlam Hall is a brilliant venue for portraits, especially during Sumer and especially with a cloudy sky. We used the weather conditions to our advantage and captured portraits on the lawn and around the gardens, before arranging a group photograph of all of the guests. 

The cloudy sky and favourable temperature also allowed us to easily shoot family portraits, running through a pre prepared list, quickly and with ease. Job done! 

Once these shots are safely in the bag, I can concentrate my time on capturing natural moments of the guest enjoying themselves. I noticed the children playing together on the lawn so decided to head over to see if we could shoot some nice portraits. Imagine my surprise when a little hedgehog came walking along just at the right moment! It was certainly a unique photo opportunity and one that will probably never happen again. 

In a break from tradition, the speeches came before the food was served, allowing Best Man Michael to relax once his duties were complete. He did a great job of entertaining the guests....by disappearing off to the little boys room right on cue! It was a very funny moment and I'm sure it helped to ease him into his speech. 

The evening consisted of plenty of drinking, lots of dancing and a party atmosphere with everyone in great spirits. An emotional Jodie took to the dance floor with her Father after her first dance with her new husband. 

This was a lovely day at Headlam Hall and it was a pleasure to work with such an easy going couple. I'm sure they have everything that you could possibly need for a long, happy marriage. Congratulations to you both! xx 

 


Kylie and Daniel - Wynyard Hall

September 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It was great to be back at one of the areas top venues, Wynyard Hall, for the wedding of Kylie and Daniel over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Wynyard Hall is a great place to shoot, full of decadence and charm.....just like Kylie and Danny! From the moment they booked, I knew that this was going to be a cracking day to be behind my camera. 

When I arrived at the house for morning preparation shots, there was a fun atmosphere in the air, greatly helped by excited Flower Girls Maddie, Tallouhla and Indie, alongside a spirited young Pageboy named Frazer. It was obvious from the beginning that these guys would be playing up in front of the cameras for me! 

Kylie look stunning in her dress and the tears flowed once her bridesmaids and parents were given their first look. We captured a handful of portraits in the garden before I made my way over to Wynyard to meet Danny and the guests. 

Danny arrived in a beautiful, convertible Jaguar which fitted in perfectly with the sharp suits and stylish venue. While we were shooting pictures of the boys somebody mentioned GQ Magazine..... and I knew exactly what they meant! 

The ceremony, conducted brilliantly by Anita, had lots of funny moments (Vincent) and lots of emotional energy, particularly from Danny, who did well to hold it all together after a shaky start!  The Mirror Room at Wynyard Hall is a wonderful space, perfect for natural light photographs with the huge windows allowing a vast amount of light to illuminate the entire room. 

After the ceremony, we let Kylie and Daniel enjoy a few moments to catch their breaths while being congratulated by friends and family, before shooting a full group photograph. The guys wanted a very relaxed feel to proceedings, while still ensuring we made time for portraits of them together and a handful of family photos. We managed to shoot everything that they wanted and still had plenty of time to relax and eat Ice Cream, provided by Sundaes of Yarm. 

Before the wedding breakfast was served, Danny and his Best Man Callum conducted their speeches perfectly, to a great reception from the crowd, the best moment being when Danny presented his new Father In Law with the biggest bottle of vodka you've ever seen!

After the speeches, the sun began to set over "the Great Hall" so we made time to shoot a handful of additional low light shots before and Kylie and Danny played host to an energetic party! 

It was brilliant to shoot for Mr and Mrs Short and it'd been a pleasure getting know these two in the run up to the wedding. They're a great, fun loving couple and the relaxed wedding celebrations reflected them as a duo perfectly. 

 

Congratulations! xxx

 

 


Holly and Alex - East Harlsey Village Hall

September 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Holly and Alex were married at St Mary's Church, Norton before delighting their guests with a chic reception at East Harlsey Village Hall earlier this Summer. 

I've known Holly and Alex for a long time now, and was absolutely thrilled when they asked if I was available to shoot their wedding. They're a stylish couple and I knew instantly that their wedding would be effortlessly cool and a brilliant occasion to shoot. Once Holly had told me her plans, I knew that this wedding was going to be amazing! 

Holly and the girls were getting ready at Maid of Honour Kayleigh's house and I was delighted to find that her decor around the home was wonderful. The house proved to be the perfect backdrop for the bridal prep shots and there was a relaxed atmosphere in the air as the girls enjoyed a glass of champagne. After an hour or so at the house, I headed over to St Mary's to catch the boys arriving. 

St Mary's is beautiful, one of the best churches in the area and great for photos. Reverend Martin is a great guy too and it's always a pleasure to work with him. Alex was feeling a little nervous as the ceremony drew closer so we grabbed a couple of quick shots with his Groomsmen before he headed inside the church to await his bride. Meanwhile outside, we used the church grounds to capture portraits of the gorgeous Flowergirls who performed brilliantly in front of the lens. Holly arrived with a huge smile on her face, ready to be proudly escorted down the aisle by her Brother, Ben. 

A beautiful and emotional ceremony ensued while the rain began to pour outside. Not to be deterred by a little bit of adverse weather, guests waited patiently outside the church to greet the newly weds (complete with umbrellas) to a huge cheer and plenty of confetti before they made their way over to East Harlsey Village Hall. 

Holly and Alex had created a unique wedding day, drawing on areas of their lives that they love. A delicious BBQ was provided by Blackwell's of Norton while entertainment was provided by local lads and friends of the Groom, The Funk Collective. 

In the stylishly decorated tipi, the highly anticipated speeches proved to be a high point of the day, with plenty of genuine emotion (from Ben), love (from Alex) and laughter (particularly from the Best man)!  The relaxed day time atmosphere gave way to a full on party vibe as the evening set in and the band took to the stage. 

This was a great wedding day to be a part of and it was wonderful to shoot at East Harlsey Village Hall for the first time. 

Holy and Alex are a cracking couple with a great future ahead of them. I'm so pleased that they had everything they could of possibly wished for on their wedding day. Great food, plenty of drink, big laughs and their family and friends enjoying the moment with them. What more could you want? 

Congratulations guys, see you in Storytellers! xxxxx

 

 


Steven and Tanja, Hotel Sonnengarten, Bavaria

August 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This Summer I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot a wedding in Bavaria, Southern Germany for Steven and Tanja. 

We flew out from Manchester and arrived in Munich a day before the wedding, before driving south to the picturesque town of Bad Worishofern. It's a beautiful place, typically Bavarian with a classy feel and lots of people enjoying Summer holidays in the area. We checked into the Hotel Sonnengarten and settled down to a huge beer and a plate of top notch local food. 

On the day of the wedding, there was a wonderful atmosphere in the bridal suite as Tanja and her bridesmaids prepared for a massive day ahead.....while Steven and the boys enjoyed a beer or two downstairs. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, around 30 degrees, perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony. 

Tanja and Steven had officially married at a registration ceremony the day before, so they had enlisted the services of a friend, Felix, who would carry out the wedding ceremony in front of family and friends.... and what an amazing job he did, speaking in both English and German, so that nobody missed out on anything. The ceremony was certainly a highlight of the proceedings largely due to the personal touch provided by Felix.

After a wonderful confetti moment, I left the happy couple to soak up the moment and be congratulated by everyone, before we headed into a local park to shoot portraits. The afternoon lighting in the park, streaming through the high trees, was beautiful and really helped me to create our bride and groom portraits. We kept it fairly simple, using benches, fountains and natural light for our images. (it was WAY too hot to be hanging around in the park for a long time). 

Steven and Tanja wanted me to shoot in a relaxed style, so after shooting a series of family portraits, that's exactly what I did, focusing on the candid moments happening throughout the day, and particularly on their young son Joey, who was running around in great spirits all day. 

Guest were treated to a huge 5 (yes FIVE) course feast of traditional fayre while Best Man, Mark, edged closer and closer to his moment in the spotlight. If he was worried about his upcoming moment of public speaking, it certainly didn't show, as he brought the house down with his humorous and emotional words. Mark had flew over all the way from Australia to be there for Steven and his words echoed the obvious sentiment shared between these two cousins. 

Immediately after the speeches, Tanja and Steven were invited outside to partake in a Bavarian wedding day custom. The married couple were challenged to show the world their team working skills, by sawing through a log.... which they managed admirably! 

The remainder of the evening consisted of plenty of drinking, laughter and dancing, with the English and German contingents in a serious mood to party and celebrate. I remember finally hitting my pillow late into the evening and being out for the count until my alarm for the flight home the following morning. 

This was a brilliant experience and a fantastic wedding to be a part of. Steven and Tanja are a great couple with family and friends in every corner of the world who care for them dearly. Its easy to see why they are so well thought of, you really couldn't ask for two nicer people!

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to shoot for you, I absolutely loved every minute! Looking forward to seeing you both later this year. Let me take this opportunity to wish you many years of happiness together xxx