Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Wedding Photographers West Yorkshire

Wedding photography Castleford and Rogerthorpe Manor for Kelly and Adam on 28 August 2010

A local wedding for a lovely local couple, Kelly and Adam, at All Saints' church in Castleford, followed by a reception at Rogerthorpe Manor.  We were the photographers for Adam's sister, Rachel when she married Matt in the same church last year.  Today it was fantastic to share Kelly and Adam's special day and to be surrounded by quite a few familiar and friendly faces.

We arrived at Kelly and Adam's house to capture Kelly's preparations.  Her bridesmaids all had matching shoes and Kelly's amazing Pronovias Spanish dress had such a "wow" factor. 

We met up with Adam and the boys at the church and kept them occupied for a while.  We had a lot of fun taking their photographs.  We particularly like this mean and moody shot! 

 Beautiful Kelly arrived with her proud dad, David.

As always at this, our local church, the vicar was very generous when it came to photographing the ceremony, which is something we really appreciate.  It was so nice to be able to capture Kelly and Adam's marriage service and some of the beautiful architecture inside the church.

Kelly's mum, Jeanette, had let us into a secret.  She'd organised a dove release for her daughter and new son in law.  Not sure what Adam was expecting to emerge from the basket because he did look a bit worried as the doves made their escape!

As regular wedding photographers at Rogerthorpe Manor, we really enjoy working at this venue.  The grounds offer a lot of opportunities for great photographs and the staff are very friendly.

There was a slight blip in the weather just as we started the groups but thankfully the drizzle didn't last long and we were quickly back outside.  With the main family groups done, it was time for some fun with the girls...

Kelly had said from the start that she wanted a colour scheme and wedding photographs that were different.  Well, she chose a gorgeous colour scheme which definitely was different.  Those burnt orange bridesmaids' dresses were just stunning!

With plans to leave our more artistic shots until after dinner, we captured some relaxed and natural photographs before everyone was seated for the wedding breakfast.

So, with Kelly's request for different wedding photographs firmly in our minds, after the wedding breakfast and the speeches were over, we borrowed her for a few minutes to create a bridal portrait that we think is a bit different.  She looks amazing!

Kelly and Adam were fantastic to work with and Adam didn't mind putting his beer to one side for a couple of minutes to cuddle up to his beautiful bride! 

A lovely late summer evening to make the most of!  Adam had ditched his jacket and Kelly had ditched her shoes by this point, walking barefoot on the grass.  A relaxed and romantic walk together made for some great pictures.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Spears for booking us to capture your fabulous wedding day.  We look forward to seeing you when you return from honeymoon and to designing an Italian Storybook for you to treasure. 

If you are family or friends of Kelly and Adam, please leave them a comment below.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Wedding Photographer Wentbridge House

Wedding photography at St Margaret's church, North Elmsall and Wentbridge House for Emma and Scott on 17 August 2010

A Tuesday for the marriage of Emma to Scott in the same church where Emma's parents were married, and a rainy weather forecast turned out to be wrong, thankfully, except for a tiny bit of drizzle later in the day.  The couple had been trying to plan their wedding day for a long time, but when Scott joined the RAF, he couldn't take any leave until he had completed his training.  We were privileged because we had been chosen as the couple's wedding photographers long before they actually fixed a date and we were so happy when everything finally came together and the date was booked. 

As West Yorkshire wedding photographers, we were delighted to be asked to capture Emma and Scott's day.  They are a lovely couple and Emma is the first member of Wentbridge House's staff to celebrate her wedding at this beautiful venue.  Our first port of call was in the bridal suite where Emma, sister Amy and mum, Lorraine were getting ready.  Emma's fairytale gown was hanging against the wood panelling in the room and  her Vivienne Westwood shoes caused a bit of a stir, so much so that David, the videographer, took a picture of them and texted it to his wife to show her! 

After capturing some images as Emma's dress was laced up, we said goodbye to the girls and set off for the picturesque St Margaret's church to meet up with Scott and his attendants.  Scott looked very handsome in his RAF uniform.

This beautiful horse made friends with a bridesmaid as we waited for our bride.

Emma arrived in an elegant Bentley with her proud dad Steve.  The car was a big surprise from her mum and dad and we had been let into the secret.  Emma thought she was being driven to church in the family car but she couldn't figure out how she would fit into it wearing that huge dress and just who would be doing the driving...

After the ceremony and confetti at the church gate, we set off for Wentbridge House.  With a small wedding party consisting of close family and friends, the groups were quickly in the bag and the only time it decided to drizzle was when everyone was out on the lawn for the big group shot.  With Alex hanging out of the bridal suite window ready to take the photographs, we did appreciate you guys not running for cover because the drizzle only lasted for about a minute or two, allowing us to continue outside - just what we were hoping for.

Emma made it very clear at our meeting before the wedding that her photographs were very, very important, she was up for anything we suggested and she really wanted some fun shots.  We were happy to oblige and so were Emma's beautiful bridesmaids.  We love a happy, fun wedding. 

Beautiful, smiling Emma in that fabulous dress - stunning!

The newly married Mr and Mrs Dickens had some photographs taken together we before we headed inside to photograph the wedding breakfast room and their incredible wedding cake.

Our plans to take some artistic and contemporary images after dinner, in a location which might not be an obvious choice for wedding photographs, came together in what remained of the daylight.  Wind isn't usually welcome on wedding days but it came in very useful for this perfectly timed shot which we just love!  Emma was a star when it came to working with us to get these images. 

The couple's first dance...

Our coverage of Emma and Scott's special day ended with the couple and their guests releasing Chinese lanterns on the lawn, which was another surprise they hadn't known anything about.  Both sets of parents really did them proud with a wonderful day which was a pleasure to be part of.

If you are family or friends of Emma and Scott, please feel free to leave a comment in the box provided - thank you.

Rogerthorpe Manor Wedding Photographers

Wedding photography at St Cuthbert's Church, Ackworth and Rogerthorpe Manor for Rebecca and Sam on 15 August 2010

It was our pleasure to capture Rebecca and Sam's wedding at the beautiful St Cuthbert's church in Ackworth.  As Pontefract wedding photographers, it was lovely to work there again.

Rebecca's mum, Kay is a photographer and one of Rebecca's brothers teaches photography at college.  No pressure there then!  Seriously, it was such a privilege to be chosen to photograph Rebecca and Sam's wedding and to be trusted so much that Kay was banned from bringing a "proper" camera to her daughter's wedding!

We started the day at Kay and Frank's house where Rebecca and the girls were getting ready.  Rebecca had chosen a stunning princess wedding dress - wow!

We met up with Sam and his brothers for photographs at St Cuthbert's church before the arrival of Rebecca and Sam's cute little son, accompanied by his grandparents. 

There was one very special request - please try and get a picture of him in his suit because he probably won't be in it for very  long!

Rebecca had no idea what kind of car would be bringing her to church, because it was a surprise from her mum.  She arrived in a beautiful Beauford, along with brothers, James and Richard, who's privilege it was to give their little sister away.  Their walk up the aisle was accompanied by Sam's brass band mates playing which sounded incredible.  The Rev Roland Taylor, who conducted a lovely ceremony for the couple, generously allowed photography from the front and the back of the church and we got some amazing images!

Following the ceremony, the newly married couple had a few shots taken with close family, followed by some really impressive confetti throwing at the church gate.

On arrival at Rogerthorpe Manor and with perfect weather all day, the rest of the groups were quickly taken care of with the help of Kay, James and Richard and their excellent organising, leaving time for some photographs of Rebecca and Sam together around the hotel grounds.

The gorgeous girls...

Following the wedding breakfast, there were some great speeches, in particular the one from James and Richard in which they told everyone how they used to wind Rebecca up when she was small, including a hilarious story about monkey eggs!!!!!!

Rebecca and Sam were such a pleasure to photograph and Rebecca is a fantastic, bubbly lady who was really enthusiastic about posing for the camera - something she's been used to all her life, having a mum who's a photographer!  It was so enjoyable to create something just a bit different.  She looked amazing!  Hope you like this Beci!

The couple had hired a band called The Solicitors to provide their evening entertainment and shortly before they started performing, Mr and Mrs Fisher took to the floor for their fun first dance.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to capture your fabulous day.  It was awesome!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Wedding Photographer Rogerthorpe Manor

Wedding photography at Rogerthorpe Manor for Rachel and Todd on 8 August 2010

Our second wedding of the weekend saw a big improvement in the weather for the marriage of Rachel and Todd.  As Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers we always enjoy photographing weddings there.  With a great couple, a lovely venue and perfect photography weather, we knew we were going to have a fabulous day.

As wedding photographers in Castleford, we are literally two minutes away from Rachel and Todd's house, so we didn't have far to travel to meet up with Rachel, her bridesmaids and her mum Elaine to document Rachel getting ready before we set off for Rogerthorpe Manor in Badsworth to take Todd's mind off his pre-wedding jitters!  He looked very smart in his navy uniform.

We were delighted when we found out that Jane Milner from Pontefract was the registrar who would be marrying Rachel and Todd.  A free reign to photograph the ceremony as we wanted to get the best pictures for the couple is something Jane very generously allows and we and the couples she marries always appreciate her kindness.

Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed champagne and canapes on the lawn.  The weather was kind and the large number of guests worked with us to get Rachel and Todd's group photographs done quickly and smoothly, leaving plenty of time for the newly married couple's photographs together and some fun with the bridal party.

Rachel had chosen a gorgeous ice blue colour scheme and the wedding breakfast room looked absolutely stunning!  The detail on the wedding cake was beautiful.

As the guests sat down for dinner, we were treated to a Sunday carvery in the Jacobean pub adjoining Rogethorpe Manor.  It was delicious!  Thank you Rachel and Todd for arranging this for us.

After the speeches, the couple joined us for some relaxed and romantic photographs together, enjoyed the company of their guests and made the most of the late summer sunshine.

Some of the little guests...

A casino is a great idea to entertain the guests in the evening.

Rachel and Todd didn't have a dance routine, but Todd spontaneously lifting Rachel and spinning her round made for some great shots!

Thank you Mr and Mrs Barry for inviting us to share your wedding day and for being such a pleasure to work with.  We had an wonderful day with you all and we are very excited about designing your Italian storybook wedding album.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Wedding Photographer Oulton Hall

Wedding photography at Oulton Hall for Emma and Carl on 7 August 2010

As West Yorkshire wedding photographers, today was a very special day for us as well as for Emma and Carl.  It was the culmination of two years' of planning for Emma and her friend Sarah, who married last month.  These lovely ladies planned their celebrations together, came to see us at wedding fairs, were bridesmaids for eachother, chose the same videographer, make-up artist and photographers (us!)  It was a pleasure to be greeted by so many familiar and friendly faces!

We caught up with the girls in their spacious suite where we set to work capturing images of Emma's amazing champagne coloured gown, Vera Wang perfume, her wow factor Jimmy Choos and her very unusual bouquet of hessian leaves and diamantes.


We left the girls for a while to meet up with Carl and his attendants who had arrived in style in a Hummer.  We were joined by Darryl and Brian Pease from Evolution Video Productions who we really enjoy working with.

After playing with the guys for a while, we returned to find Emma almost ready to be escorted downstairs for the ceremony by proud dad, Carl.

Following the civil ceremony in the Repton Room, it was outside for confetti and group photographs, which the rain decided to disrupt.  Nothing unusual there, it is British summer time!  As Leeds wedding photographers, we love working at Oulton Hall, which not only has beautiful grounds, it also has a very impressive entrance which provides some cover from the rain, so we made good use of this area for some of the group shots.  Who cares if the photographers get soaked, as long as the bridal party doesn't?  Today was a day of shower dodging and making the most of the intermittent dry spells but Emma and Carl were brilliant and more than happy to work with us.

Emma's sister, Ali, was an absolute star when it came to running around, gathering guests together for groups, helping make everything run smoothly, fixing a hiccup earlier in the day and generally making sure that her sister, Emma, had the most fantastic wedding day.  Your efforts didn't go unnoticed Ali and your help was very much appreciated - thank you.

With the groups done and a welcome dry spell, Emma and Carl joined us for a few photographs outside and then on the staircase before it was time to capture some images of the Repton Room all dressed in its beautiful, elegant cream and champagne colour scheme.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches, Emma stood up to make a speech of her own which was very emotional as she thanked her new husband for allowing her to have the wedding of her dreams.  For us, it was such a privilege to be part of the wedding of Emma's dreams.

The sun had shone throughout the wedding breakfast and speeches and we were looking forward to making the most of it for some more romantic pictures of the new Mr and Mrs Simpson.  We were out for no more than two minutes when the rain started again!  We love this image which is one of a sequence taken as Emma dashed for cover!  Run Emma - but keep smiling!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Never mind - we got some gorgeous images inside, like this one of our stunning bride...

Emma and Carl took to the floor for their fun first dance as husband and wife and soon after, we said goodnight.  Thank you so much for booking us to photograph your amazing day.  Have a fantastic honeymoon guys. 

We will miss seeing Emma and Sarah at wedding fairs!