Michael Cartwright Photography
Latest Work From Our Most Recent Weddings...
It was wonderful to shoot for Jenny and Pete at Middleton Lodge.
It's a beautiful venue, adorned with stunning, light colours and set in magnificent countryside. It's always a pleasure working here, especially for such a relaxed couple.
Jenny and Pete were brilliant to work with and we enjoyed shooting a handful of portraits while most of the shots were captured in a documentary style.
Here are a selection of images from their wedding day....
The final day of 2017 was also my final wedding of a fantastic season. I’d been hugely looking forward to spending the last day of the year capturing wedding moments for Rebecca and Steven at the majestic Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle. A New Years Eve wedding promised to be a lot of fun, especially as we had all got along together so well in the run up to the wedding.
I arrived at Rebecca’s Mums' house just as Rochelle Bates MUA was applying the finishing touches to the bridal make up. The girls were all in great spirits, with prosecco flowing and a relaxed atmosphere in the house, there was even a little bit of 90s hip-hop/RnB going on in the background! We captured natural moments of the preparations alongside a handful of portraits before I moved on to Jesmond Dene House to catch the boys.
Ste and his groomsmen looked remarkably dapper in black tie outfits, suitably dressed for a classy venue and certainly ready to party the night away. We had time to grab a few relaxed shots of the lads and a group portrait as the light streamed through the high windows of the venue, before the arrival of Rebecca.
The ceremony room at Jesmond Dene House looked fantastic as we awaited the brides arrival, with a roaring fireplace giving a distinctly wintery feel.
The ceremony proved to be a highlight of a great day, particularly as Ste nervously fluffed his lines, answering "Er...YES" rather than the traditional "I DO" much to the delight of an hysterical congregation!
After the ceremony, guests gathered outside of the venue to greet the new Mr and Mrs Taylor with a shower of confetti and a resounding cheer for their newly married hosts.
We captured group shots and photographs of Rebecca and Steven around the grounds of Jesmond Dene House, before guests settled down to their afternoon meal, followed by the speeches.
The speeches are always one of my favourite parts of the day to photograph, and this wedding was no exception. We used the natural light of the room, slow(ish) shutter speeds and a tripod to shoot candid moments and I am really happy with results. The photographs are helped by the fact that the speeches were seriously good, with lots of laughter and emotion begging to be captured on my cameras.
With the formalities almost over and the party in full swing, we took our chance to grab some outdoor shots with sparklers before the Bride and Groom prepared to delight their guests with their first dance. It didn't take long before guests joined Rebecca and Steven on the dance floor while the band ensured that the New Years Eve atmosphere was of the highest order.
I honestly don't think I've enjoyed a New Years Eve quite as much as this one for years. After a busy Christmas period I'm usually itching to get back to normality, so the New Years Eve party generally passes me by. This year it was wonderful to be a part of a great celebration, with a genuinely lovely group of people who were dead set on enjoying themselves to the highest degree.
I'm so pleased that Rebecca and Steven gave me the opportunity to shoot for them, it really was a cracking way to end another brilliant year with my cameras!
They're a great couple, and from my experience of working with them they have a brilliant attitude to life and are absolutely perfect for each other. I'm sure everyone who knows Rebecca and Steven will agree that they have a wonderful future ahead of them.
Congratulations to you both and best wishes for 2018 and beyond. xxx
A gorgeous Summer 2017 wedding for Charlotte and Gareth at Whinstone View, a fantastic couple enjoying a beautiful day in the sunshine........
We just wanted to email to let you know we are so pleased with our wedding album! We absolutely love it thank you so much. From start to finish throughout the whole process you have been professional, organised and informative. We are grateful for all your efforts with our wedding photography we have beautiful memories to keep. Everyone commented on how brilliant you were and how great the photos have turned out.
Thank you again
Charlotte and Gareth"
A selection of images from a recent Autumn/Winter wedding at Newton Hall, Northumberland.
I'd like to say a huge congratulations to Kathy and Andy who enjoyed a great day celebrating with family and friends. It was an absolute pleasure to shoot for these two!
The wedding day was filed with fun and laughter, i hope that you can see this through the photography........
SOPHIE and GARY – Healey Barn
My first shoot of a very busy October wedding schedule was in a beautiful area of Northumberland at the charmingly rustic Healey Barn. I’d been looking forward to this wedding all season as this was to be my first experience of Healey Barn (I’d heard great things) and I’d already worked with both families on a couple of occasions in the past. I’d had the pleasure of shooting Sophie’s sister, Kathy’s wedding and Gary’s brother Jake’s wedding so the congregation was filed with familiar faces. It’s always a huge shot in the arm being asked to repeatedly work with the same families, I guess I must be doing something right!
I arrived in the village of Blanchland after a beautiful Sunday morning drive through the Northern Pennines, and met with the boys at The Lord Crew Arms. Gary wanted a very relaxed feel to the photos so that’s exactly what we did . Just a handful of shots of the lads making their way to the pub for a swift pint and a few portraits before I moved on to Healey Barn to meet the girls.
Sophie and her family were just arriving as I pulled up so I took this opportunity to scope out the building and find suitable places for photos. The barn is seriously impressive, with stunning brickwork, huge wooden beams that resemble the hull of an upturned ship, decorated tastefully with twinkling LED lighting. A handful of perfectly positioned brick windows allowed just enough light through to create an atmospheric and beautiful space. I knew that the natural light photographs in here could be fantastic!
After giving Sophie some time to bed in to her new surroundings, I went along to her room and begin shooting the preparation shots. You could feel the nervous energy in the room, but every few moments Sophie would break into a huge, excited smile. The big moment was almost upon her!
The ceremony was every bit as enchanting as my first impressions of the barn had promised and was a joy to shoot. I always like to ensure that the ceremony is captured as well as possible. It’s the most important part of any wedding day and I enjoyed using fast, prime lenses in the low light to capture the ambience of the room.
The rain was holding off but unfortunately the wind was howling! We used the blustery conditions to our advantage by lining up guests to throw confetti as they greeted the newly weds to a huge cheer.
As I mentioned earlier, Gary and Sophie had asked me to keep the photography really simple and hassle free so I left them to mingle with guests before stealing them away for 5 minutes around the grounds of Healey Barn.
A similar theme entailed with the family portraits, which we shot inside the building using a beautiful doorway light cast across a brickwork backdrop. Simple, yet very effective.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous 3 course meal including the biggest BBQ’ed steaks you’ve ever seen (thanks guys, absolutely LOVED mine)! A set of brilliant speeches had the whole room in fits of laughter, particularly from Gary’s brother the Best Man, Jake, who set up a game of Mr and Mrs which went down a storm!
While the cigars were being lit outside, the drinks were flowing freely in the bar as Mr and Mrs Carter prepared for their first dance. It was wonderful to see so many people joining them on the dance floor and making this a moment to treasure for Sophie and Gary.
I'd like to offer a huge congratulations to a brilliant couple. It's been an absolute pleasure working with your right from the very beginning. Here's to a long and happy marriage together. Cheers! xx