Thursday, 30 June 2011

Wedding Photography Leeds | Wedding Photographers Hatfeild Hall | Julie and Lee

We hadn't worked at the beautiful church of St John the Evangelist, Oulton for ages and then we photographed weddings there twice in less than a week!  We were recommended to Julie and Lee by Julie's cousin whose wedding we photographed six years ago and there were a quite a few familiar faces amongst Julie and Lee's guests.  It was so nice to catch up with Sue and Mike, Julie's auntie and uncle and her cousin, Nicola again.  At lunch time, we arrived at Julie's mum and dad, Sandra and Len's house in Rothwell where we were made very welcome.  It was surprisingly quiet for a wedding day, probably because there were no bridesmaids getting ready there and Julie and Lee's daughter, Georgia was being looked after by bridesmaid Karen, along with Karen's little boy, Max.  Karen must have had her hands full but it was all quiet and peaceful for the bridal preparations!  It was great that Julie was in her dress well before we had to leave for the church and this meant that we could take some pictures of her and dad in the garden.  We'd just arrived at St John's church when a Beauford pulled up outside and we were able to get some shots of a very smart Lee with the car before it left to collect Julie.  As Leeds wedding photographers, St John's is a favourite wedding venue of ours because it's light and bright and has beautiful architecture and a lovely vicar - Andrew Pearson.  A happy and smiling Julie arrived nice and early with her proud dad and following the 4 pm ceremony, Julie joined us for a couple of arty bridal portraits before the guests showered the couple with confetti and everyone left for Hatfeild Hall.  Having got the big group shot of around 120 people in the can at the church, we knew we could relax a bit with Julie and Lee, get some photographs of the two of them together and once everyone had arrived, photograph the groups they had asked for.  Naturally, one special group shot request was the couple with their gorgeous daughter, Georgia.  As is usual with children her age, she had much better things to do than stand around for this, but there are other ways of getting these important pictures!  As this was a late wedding, we'd kept our fingers crossed that it wouldn't stay dry all morning only to rain during the afternoon and early evening.  As it was, the weather stayed warm and dry, if a bit on the breezy side.  As wedding photographers at Hatfeild Hall, we know that there is a lovely backdrop of ruins behind the carpark and this was where we asked the chauffeur to park the car for the first of Julie and Lee's photographs when they arrived at Normanton Golf Club.  The couple had decided on an informal reception followed by an evening buffet with the speeches in between.  The brief we'd had was that they are a fun couple and wanted some fun shots and in particular, some piggy back shots, so for all those guests who thought the photographers were nuts and had lost the plot, we were only doing what Julie and Lee had asked for!  The couple "persuaded" a lot of their guests to take part but we know that some of you stayed firmly glued to your chairs!  We had such a great time capturing this.  We also knew that the couple had arranged for a very talented young lady called Gemma to sing during the evening party.  At only fifteen years old, she has such an incredible voice.  The new Mr and Mrs Blackburn were invited onto the dance floor where Gemma sang their first dance song for them.  During the speeches, Lee had announced to a delighted Julie that he had a surprise honeymoon in the Lake District booked for them and we hope they are having a great time.  Thank you for inviting us to capture your fabulous, fun filled day. 

If you were a guest at Julie and Lee's wedding, please leave a comment below - thank you.



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