Michael Cartwright Photography
Latest Work From Our Most Recent Weddings...
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
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
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