Monday, 25 April 2016

Wedding Photography Waterton Park | Kirsty and Richard

Kirsty and Richard very kindly chose us to be their Waterton Park Hotel wedding photographers on a day fairly typical of April, with a mixture of sunshine, strong winds and rain, just to keep us on our toes.  Couples like them are the reason why we love weddings so much. They laughed and smiled all day, had a great time celebrating the fact that they had finally become Mr and Mrs Graham, and they were wonderful to photograph, patiently working with us and making our job a pleasure.  Their beautiful children played a huge part, with their son Keiron having the privilege of giving his mum away to his dad.  The couple's lives revolve around football, Richard being a former professional player who now coaches, and naturally the football theme found its way into their wedding.  As theirs was a Thursday and the only wedding that day, we got some valuable extra time outside for the wedding photographs at Walton Hall before everyone sat for the wedding breakfast.  Kirsty's brother, Stuart, was great at organising everyone for the groups and his assistance meant a few minutes left afterwards to get some couple photos whilst the rain just managed to hold off, because it absolutely chucked it down during dinner.  By the time Richard had been well and truly made fun of during the speeches by his two best men (always a risk having two of them), the rain had stopped and the wind had dropped and we enjoyed some quiet time with the couple, making the most of the lovely backdrops that make Waterton Park wedding photography such a pleasure.  The fun and happy atmosphere continued after the first dance with a sing-song with a difference, where guests had been asked to suggest the songs they'd like to sing, and Kirsty and Richard had provided song sheets with the lyrics on so that everyone could take part.  Twilight photos were in our plans regardless of the weather but because the wind had subsided, the lake was like a mirror and it made these images even more spectacular.

Congratulations Kirsty and Richard on your marriage and thank you so much for booking us.  We hope you love these, a small preview of your wedding day.

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel Wedding Photography | Karen & John

We had the pleasure of starting our spring 2016 weddings in the fabulous company of the lovely Karen and John and it was a delight to provide their Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photography on Easter Sunday.   We loved every minute spent with them!  Theirs was a small, intimate wedding with just thirteen people.  From our first meeting we knew we'd have a great time as the couple are so happy and friendly and they were really excited about getting married.  A very relaxed and chilled out Karen got ready in the bridal suite and there were some beautiful details to photograph, including her gorgeous tea length dress. John was in his element when he arrived in a vintage Mustang and for now the weather, although really windy, hung on by a thread, which allowed us to get photographs outside without having the drag the umbrellas out.  The civil ceremony in the Rose Room was funny and emotional and there was hardly a dry eye in the house.  So many people commented on what a lovely couple Karen and John are.  We managed the "big" group photo outside just before the heavens opened and everyone made a run for it.  Photos with the Mustang were a must have, as was a cuddle and a few pictures with the guest of honour, Tag, Karen and John's dog.  Best man Andy got the guests together for the group photo session in the Lawrence Suite and afterwards we managed to grab a few precious minutes outside with the couple, despite the challenging weather, which ranged from blowing a gale, to driving rain, to bright sunshine, to hail stones!  There are some lovely features which have recently been built at the venue which, as Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers, we wanted to use in the couple's images and after the wedding breakfast we got the break in the weather we had been hoping for.  Everything came together for us to time it perfectly for twilight photos just before Karen's and John's very impressive Pulp Fiction first dance routine to Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell".  This was a wedding packed with fun and laughter and it was a privilege to share.  Congratulations Mr and Mrs Millward, thank you for taking the weather in your stride, for being such a pleasure to work with, and a huge thank you for asking us to capture your amazing day!  Here's a preview of some of our favourite images.

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Laura and Al's Wedding Photography at Oulton Hall

Laura and Al married on Palm Island in the Caribbean in November.  We didn't get to capture that part of their celebrations as we couldn't fit in their suitcases, but we were delighted when they approached us during the planning of their UK wedding party and asked us if we would be their Oulton Hall wedding photographers.  Oulton Hall is a stunning venue where we always love working and it holds a very special place in the couple's hearts, as they both worked there, met there, and the rest, as they say, is history. Al is a warm hearted, southern guy and Laura is lovely, bubbly, Yorkshire lass who we first met when she was one of the wedding co-ordinators.  It's a massive compliment when a wedding co-ordinator chooses you to be her wedding photographer!  We caught up with Laura to get photographs of her dress, shoes, perfume and her spectacular engagement ring and once she'd done her make-up and was in her dress we took some bridal portraits on the gallery whilst we waited for Al to join her.  We knew that Al wasn't overly keen on being photographed but we got some fantastic portraits of him too!  After some dreadful weather and what seemed like endless rain over the previous few weeks, things improved a lot for Laura and Al's day, and it was lovely to get outside without the need for umbrellas for a change.  We enjoyed a relaxed bride and groom portrait session and some beautiful Oulton Hall wedding photography around the venue, followed by the family group photos in the warmth of the Repton Room.  The Oulton Suite had been dressed in jewel colours with details following a Caribbean theme.  There were casino tables, a Slush Puppy machine, informal speeches and a band.  We managed to get Laura and Al outside at the perfect time, as light fell, for some gorgeous, romantic, twilight images before party time and dancing.  Congratulations and thank you Mr and Mrs Briggs-Roberts for booking us for your wedding photography at Oulton Hall.

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