Michael Cartwright Photography
Latest Work From Our Most Recent Weddings...
Claire and Andy were married in late April at a church that had featured throughout their family history, before celebrating with a reception at Walworth Castle. Trinity Methodist Church in Middlesbrough had played host to Claire's parents wedding, (Bernard and Denise have been happily married for many years after signing their marriage certificate at Trinity Methodist) and the tradition was continued as Claire and Andy became Mr and Mrs Glynn.
I've known the Bride's family for quite a long time now and it was wonderful to be asked if I could shoot this huge occasion for them. The atmosphere in the house during morning preparations was one of anticipation and excitement, tinged with a little sadness as Bridesmaid Laura had to miss the occasion due to illness. Laura was certainly present in everybody's minds as the day progressed and she even managed to join the party via FaceTime!
Arriving at the church I was greeted by the Minister who conducted a humorous ceremony much to the delight of the guests, just one of the many highlights over an action packed day. After the guys had signed the register, they headed out of the church where Claire was surprised to be greeted by a group of young Brownies with confetti at the ready. This was a lovely moment for Claire and her family as Brownies has played a big part in her life.
We headed over to Walworth Castle for the reception and partying to begin. One of my favourite moments of this wedding (and a highlight of every wedding I shoot) was the speeches. The light in the reception room at Walworth Castle was excellent, giving me plenty of opportunity to focus on capturing the emotions, love and laughter that the speeches were sure to bring.
Walworth castle have their very own Bird Of Prey team, who demonstrate these beautiful birds to fascinated guests. From a photographers point of view, this was a part of the day that was brilliant to shoot....although a little challenging trying to capture fast moving birds in action! It was a challenge that I hugely enjoyed and I was pleased with the resulting images.
By this time the evening was drawing in and the party mood was getting into full swing. I left the guys on the dance floor to enjoy the remainder of their evening after I'd photographed the first dance (and some of the guests enjoying themselves on the dance floor too)!
It was a pleasure to shoot for Claire and Andy, who are a great couple with a laid back attitude that will surely lead to a very happy future ahead of them. Congratulations xxx
"Wow I have just looked at them ! Absolutely love them thank you so much. So many amazing memories on there which is what we wanted it’s great to see the moments captured which we didn’t see throughout the wedding day too! Loved looking at them!! Thank you so much they’re absolutely fantastic x" - Kate
Michael and Kate married at Middleton Lodge during the early part of Spring 2018 on a relaxed day celebrating with close family and friends.
It was wonderful to be asked to shoot for Michael and Kate, whom I'd met previously at Michael's brother's wedding, which i'd photographed on the sunny shores of Cyprus. It was great to see lots of familiar faces in the congregation and I knew that there would be a fabulous atmosphere throughout this day.
I was asked to capture plenty of natural images along with a selection of family portraits in a relaxed style that suited Michael and Kate as a laid back couple. With lots of children in attendance, there were plenty of cute moments for me to look out for!
We used the stunning grounds at Middleton Lodge to shoot portraits of Michael and Kate, just after they had officially become Mr and Mrs Robinson and although there was a slight chill in the air, the weather stayed (mostly) dry and gave us an opportunity to shoot outdoors.
It's always nice to shoot at Middleton Lodge, its a beautiful venue and Kate's styling really added to the tasteful decor. Later in the day, we used off camera flash to shoot portraits of our Bride and Groom, paying particular attention to Kate's stunning, long flowing veil. The staircase at Middleton Lodge provided the perfect backdrop for this shot.
Even before this day had begun, I knew that it was going to be a wonderful occasion to be involved in. Michael and Kate are a fantastic couple, with a great family around them. I'm so pleased that their wedding day proved to be everything they could of wished for and more.
Congratulations guys! xx
A beautiful March wedding for Jenny and Nav at Whinstone View, Great Ayton.
I hugely enjoyed being a part of this wedding celebration for a wonderful couple who are clearly head over heels for each other. Jenny and Nav's Romeo and Juliet style love story paved the way for an amazingly sincere occasion, full of genuine emotion that shone brightly throughout the entire day.
We had love, tears, joy and laughter, topped off with more that a dusting of Spring snow. A perfect day indeed!
It was great to be back at Whinstone View for another fabulous wedding with the venue proving once again that it's a brilliant place to celebrate your wedding day, come rain, sun or snow.
Congratulations Jenny and Nav, here's to a long and happy life together! xx
"The photographs are absolutely beautiful, we both love them! We had the perfect day, thank you for capturing it all so well." Jenny and Nav
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