Wednesday, 31 January 2018
We photographed our last wedding of 2017 at Waterton Park Hotel and it was fabulous to kick off our 2018 season in January, six years to the day from their first meeting, and provide Gemma and Dave's wedding photography at Waterton Park. Getting to know these guys has been amazing, from that very first meeting at a wedding fair at the venue before the couple had even set a date. It's hard to think of many things more flattering than to be told by Dave that they chose the venue, and the styling and ideas for their big day, based on the images they had seen in our display sample album of wedding photographs at Walton Hall. We arrived to find a very relaxed Gemma in the Gamekeeper's Cottage. We really enjoy this part of the day, capturing all the pretty bridal details and the make-up artist at work. For January we couldn't have hoped for better weather and Dave and his lads were in great spirits as we started chapter two of his and Gemma's wedding story, beside the lake with a set of golf clubs! During the groom's portrait session we knew that Gemma would be making the trip across the bridge to one of the rooms in Walton Hall to get into her dress, so we had to make sure Dave didn't get a glimpse of her. The civil ceremony was filled with laughter, exactly as it should be, in fact there was lots of giggling going on throughout the celebrations, in particular from Dave's mum and dad who are wonderfully mischievous. Everyone came outside straight after the ceremony for a big group photo and then we took over the library for the family groups. We were so lucky that the weather was kind and allowed us to get outside and fill the time we had left before the wedding breakfast in the company of this genuinely lovely couple around their beautiful venue. Their enthusiasm for their photographs was very infectious, even when it meant coming outside during dinner for the twilight pictures that they really wanted. The swan in some of them was a nice bonus too. The speeches were really funny, resulting in some great moments captured, and the party continued with a casino, followed by a brilliantly choreographed first dance. Gemma and Dave, your wedding was a joy to be part of and you guys were fantastic! We hope your photographs are everything you imagined and more. Congratulations from both of us!
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Our last wedding of 2017 was Emma and Richard's, at one of our favourite venues. We are recommended wedding photographers at Waterton Park Hotel and it was lovely to end the season at this great venue in the company of such a wonderful couple. Emma got ready in the bridal suite on the island and she had loads of pretty accessories for us to photograph before we braved the cold and started Richard's photo session outside by the lake. Weddings like theirs are a joy and a privilege to share and despite the fact that it was absolutely freezing, Emma's beautiful smile never slipped, nor did she complain once about the cold. She and Richard made our job an absolute pleasure. After the ceremony in the Walton Suite and some gorgeous, emotional moments as the couple tied the knot, everyone was really obliging and trooped across the bridge for the confetti shots and stayed out afterwards for long enough for us to capture a big group photo. We suspect the guests were glad though when we suggested they go back inside to thaw out whilst we enjoyed the company of the new Mr and Mrs Uwins around the grounds and those iconic spots, which just had to be featured in their Walton Hall wedding photographs. We resorted to our plan B, which is good to have when the weather isn't the best, and photographed the family groups in the library, which kept everyone nice and toasty, before we broke the news to the bridal party that we had to nip out for a few minutes to photograph them around the columns at the front. We knew the couple wanted some twilight photos, and we were determined to do everything we could to make this work, given that twilight is when twilight is and it doesn't wait! Between the two of us we managed to capture the speeches, set up lighting outside at just the right time, rush back indoors to find that Emma and Richard were between courses (perfect!), get outside again, set them up together in the archway, arrange Emma's dress, take the photos and get them back inside again before the main course appeared. Love it when a plan comes together! Our grateful thanks guys for choosing us to share your celebrations, for being so enthusiastic despite it being extremely cold and for the amazing review you gave us. Our heartfelt congratulations to you both!