Saturday, 16 July 2016

Wedding Photography at Hazlewood Castle for Kate and Chris

Kate was very organised, booking us as her Hazlewood Castle wedding photographers almost two years before the big day, which was wise because as a Saturday in June, it was one of those dates that's extremely popular.  We hit it off big time with Kate and Chris, who were more than complimentary about our work, and we were very excited about photographing their wedding at their gorgeous venue where we are recommended.  It was lovely to work again with Andrew and Gail from A & G Productions, and along with Gail, we spent some time with the girls as they got ready.  There were some beautiful details to capture, including a spectacular 1920's style beaded gown, a pair blue and silver shoes and the biggest bouquet of roses and hydrangeas we have ever seen.  It was truly stunning (and very heavy!)  Kate's had mentioned that her dress would be "different" and it really did have the Wow! factor - a heavily beaded gown reminiscent of the Art Deco period and in keeping with the Downton Abbey theme the couple had chosen.  We started the wedding photography at Hazlewood Castle with Chris and the boys when they arrived at the venue in a vintage bus.  They looked so smart in dinner suits, dress shirts and bow ties.  A beaming Kate and her proud dad arrived in style, expertly chauffeured by Robert of Rolls Hire Vintage Limousines.  The couple tied the knot in a civil ceremony in the Victoria Room whilst the majority of guests took their seats in the chapel ready for the blessing that followed, conducted by the Rev Ian Walton, in his own unique and humorous style.  The challenging weather of this "summer" just about behaved itself when it mattered, allowing everyone to enjoy the the Champagne reception and us to take photos outside, before we returned indoors to photograph the Great Hall.  This great couple were so enthusiastic about their photographs and we had such a brilliant day with them.  Kate was something of a natural in front of the camera and she and Chris were a joy to photograph.  Hazlewood Castle has so much to offer, especially when the weather's good.  The architecture really appeals to us and suits our style.  We were excited about getting back outside after the wedding breakfast but we just had to photograph Kate sitting in the window in the Victoria Room first.  What a beautiful album Mr and Mrs France are going to have.  A massive thank you for inviting us to be part of your gorgeous wedding!

To enquire about our services for your Hazlewood Castle wedding photography please call us on 01977 730159.

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Rogerthorpe Manor Wedding Photography for Rachel and Jon

We go back a very long way with Rachel and her family and we were chuffed to bits to be chosen by her and Jon, or Scotty as he prefers to be known, as their Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers on a beautiful June day, one of the few we've had that could really be described as summer, and we could not have been more delighted for the couple and their families that the weather was so lovely!  As we were photographing the details Rachel arrived home with hair perfectly styled and make-up beautifully applied, ready to step into her spectacular Maggie Sottero gown. She was excited and ecstatically happy, which is exactly how a bride should feel.  She said she felt beautiful, and beautiful Rachel definitely was!  We met Scotty to start the Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel wedding photography before his bride's arrival with her parents.  The civil ceremony was held in the Lawrence Suite and afterwards it was great for everyone to come out into the gardens to enjoy drinks and the sunshine, with no concerns about the weather spoiling things. In fact, for photographers, it was too sunny (dare we say that?) so we decided to get the group photos and confetti shots in the can, along with a few couple and bridal portraits, and wait until after the wedding breakfast to take the fun photos with the girls and the bridal party and then work with Rachel and Scotty during the early evening.  We love summer weddings for the longer daylight hours and when the ceremony is an early one the couple and their guests have a long day to celebrate and enjoy each other's company and we get to be more relaxed with the photography. The blazing sunshine eventually faded to the soft, flattering light we were waiting for, it was pleasantly warm, we had a lovely venue, plenty of time and an enthusiastic and loved up couple with bags of enthusiasm who gave us great feedback as we worked with them.  Perfection!  When we returned to the guests there was time to catch up with Linda and Dave, Rachel's proud parents and long time friends of ours, before the evening celebrations started, the cake was cut and the first dance was danced. Our sincere congratulations guys and although you made us feel very humble when you told us how you felt about having us there, the pleasure was ours!

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Wedding Photography at Oulton Hall for Jenny and Dean

We are really happy to be booked by Jenny and Dean as their Oulton Hall wedding photographers on a popular date in June, and very flattered that the booking came about by kind recommendation from another photographer.  After chatting with the couple about their plans - and in secret with Jenny about a surprise she had planned for Dean - we knew theirs would be a really interesting day with plenty of photo opportunities.  The girls got ready upstairs and discussed whether Jenny had managed to keep the helicopter she'd booked for Dean a secret from him.  We photographed the dress, shoes and flowers and then made sure we were on the golf course a few minutes ahead of Dean's stylish arrival. The couple married in a civil ceremony in the Repton Room and afterwards everyone celebrated outside with Champagne before launching an impressive volley of confetti over the new Mr and Mrs Bowyer.  Jenny looked gorgeous in her vintage style lace dress and she had shared with us some ideas about the type of photographs she wanted - arty, romantic and the couple as a small element within a surrounding scene - and the ones she didn't want - anything cheesy and not too many smiling for the camera.  We tried hard to visualise the Oulton Hall wedding photographs which would best appeal to Jenny, whilst keeping to the elegant and classic style we are well known for, and we decided that as the weather forecast was risky later on, that it would be best to work outside as much as possible before the wedding breakfast, leaving the interior shots for later.  This worked well, as it did start to drizzle during the early evening, which was our cue to spend some relaxed and quiet time photographing Jenny and Dean on the gallery and staircase before everyone headed to the Claret Jug for the evening party, which featured a casino and later, a surprise for everyone, a spectacular firework display, although by that time it was tipping it down, but we were determined that we would get some great images to complete the couple's storybook. Thank you so much for booking us to capture your wedding celebrations at your beautiful venue and congratulations on your marriage!

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