Sunday, 12 November 2017
A third visit in as many months as a Wentbridge House wedding photographer, this time for Rachel and Gareth, who have been so enthusiastic about us capturing their special day, and we were really excited about working with them. Rachel wanted an October wedding because she loves the autumn and the colours that go with it, choosing an autumnal theme for everything from the details on the tables in the Crystal Suite, to the exquisite cake by the incredibly talented Karen, the Vintage Cake Fairy. The couple wanted their Wentbridge House wedding photography to be as relaxed and fun as possible, to reflect their personalities. After the bridal prep photos, we arrived at the venue to photograph Gareth and his party, ahead of Rachel and her dad's arrival. She had given us a challenge to capture her bridesmaids' reactions on seeing her for the first time, as they weren't going to get a glimpse of her in her wedding dress until she arrived at Wentbridge House. Reactions are always unpredictable but we hope we've done you proud Mrs Peters! Wentbridge House has an immaculate lawn which looked stunning sprinkled with fallen leaves, but it was blowing a gale, there had been a lot of rain and the grass was soaking, so we thought everyone would welcome the chance to stay inside for as long as possible and have the majority of the group photos taken indoors. Now coaxing guests away from the bar can be a challenge, and we knew that the daylight up to the start of the wedding breakfast was all we were going to get, which is why Gareth's dad deserves a big thank you for his help in persuading everyone to leave the bar and join the couple for photos at the only suitable location, on the other side of the hotel. With a big group photo, confetti pictures and bridal party fun shots requested, everyone had no choice but to come outside for those but we heard no complaints! We then had just a short window of opportunity to work with Rachel and Gareth in daylight before the call through for the wedding breakfast, and if Rachel was cold she hid it well! The timing of the speeches couldn't have worked better, as they ended with just enough time left for us to set up outside and capture the twilight, with the bonus that the wind had subsided and for the first time Rachel's gorgeous lace dress could be displayed at its best. In the evening we sneaked away for a short couple photo session in the warmth of the hotel before the couple played Mr and Mrs and did their first dance. We are very grateful that you guys chose us to share your beautiful wedding. Thank you for taking the weather in your stride, for laughing all day and for making our job such a pleasure. Congratulations!
Saturday, 11 November 2017
As regular Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers we first met Rachel, along with her mum, at an open day at the venue. Rachel did almost all of the planning for the big day, including booking us, without Darren's input, and it was only at our final meeting just a few weeks before the wedding that we had the pleasure of meeting this lovely, quiet man. Rachel got ready in the bridal suite and as she wasn't keen on too many photos getting ready, we concentrated on the beautiful details of the wedding, including her gorgeous blush coloured Maggie Sottoro gown, before we met up with a slightly nervous Darren and his three sons, who were his best men, for some relaxed portraits in the grounds. Rachel had a couple of special requests - a photo of the wedding rings incorporating an autumnal theme, and some arty black and white bridal portraits similar to those she and her mum had seen in one of our sample albums. The ring shot proved a challenge as it was really windy and the leaves wouldn't stay put, and we were very much against the clock with the bridal portraits as it was a late ceremony and we knew it would be dark after the wedding breakfast, but we are not easily beaten :) We went back to Rachel's room for final preparations and some portraits of her with her mum before the civil ceremony. Because it was cold and windy, after the big group photo and confetti, Rachel opted for family photos indoors but we couldn't wait to get outside after these were completed and cram as much as possible into the time we had in daylight and use the grounds of the venue, a firm favourite of ours, for some beautiful Rogerthorpe Manor wedding pictures of the couple, as well as a some of the their daughter. Theirs was a relaxed and informal wedding breakfast, exactly as Darren wanted, with everyone sitting around a single huge table in the Lawrence Suite, and without the formality of speeches, which helped because it meant we got some stunning twilight photographs at just the right time. Had there been speeches, the twilight would have passed into complete darkness. Sometimes things work out perfectly! Thank you so much for choosing us and for the lovely comments we received on the day from you and from your parents. We really appreciate being chosen to share this incredibly special day with all of you. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Nicholson. We sincerely wish you a lifetime of happiness!