Thursday, 4 August 2011

Hey Green Wedding Photographer | Kirsty and John's Wedding Photography Huddersfield

It's quite a long time since we were wedding photographers at Hey Green Country House Hotel in Marsden and we'd been looking forward to photographing Kirsty and John's wedding at St Bartholomew's church and to working at Hey Green again. 

Kirsty and John's wedding was on one of the hottest days of the year so far.  We arrived at Kirsty's parents' beautiful home in Slaithwaite for bridal prep photographs.  We had the pleasure of meeting Max, Kirsty and John's lovely Rhodesian ridgeback and Dougie, Ann and Steve's dalmation, who were confined to the kitchen!  

Kirsty had chosen a gorgeous colour scheme of Cadbury purple and bright orangey yellow and a big bonus was that Kirsty was in her dress before we had to leave for church, so we got some beautiful bridal portraits on the staircase and in the hallway before we set off.  This doesn't happen all that often as things usually overrun but we love the opportunity to get these shots when the bride's dress is still pristine and the flowers are fresh. 

We arrived at St Bartholomew's church in Marsden and a chat with the vicar established that we could photograph the ceremony from the back of this huge church.  The dress code for the boys was top hat and tails and they looked very smart.  For John, we decided to take some photographs wearing his hat and some without because at this stage, Kirsty wasn't there to tell him whether to wear the hat or not!  

Kirsty arrived with her dad in a classic Rolls Royce and as she was a bit early, it allowed us to get some nice pictures of her in the car and at the church door with her dad and bridesmaids, before we photographed the ceremony, congratulations afterwards, the walk down the long pathway and the shower of confetti at the gate.  The guests then left for Hey Green Country House Hotel whilst we took some photographs of the newly married couple on a narrow lane beside the church.  This spot is very pretty and has a river running alongside the lane with a bridge over it.  Apparently, it has been featured in the television comedy series Last of the Summer Wine.   

Kirsty and John had requested a stop off enroute to the reception venue for some romantic photographs with their car and with the moors in the background - weather permitting.  Well they certainly dropped lucky with the weather and as Huddersfield wedding photographers we know what spectacular scenery there is in this area.

On arrival at Hey Green Country House Hotel, all the guests were waiting and with the help of William, the professional toastmaster, we got the big group shot in the can before we changed location for the family groups and bridal party fun pictures including the throwing the top hats in the air shots.  Everyone was great fun and William made sure that the group photo session ran like clockwork, leaving us time before the receiving line started to photograph the wedding breakfast room and all the table details. 

The speeches were really funny and some hilarious expressions were captured.  Kirsty's dad was, apparently, still writing his speech when we arrived at the house and this perhaps explains why he was nowhere to be seen during the morning preparations.  Or had he just gotten out of the way of all the ladies????  Who knows?  Anyway, his speech was brilliant and produced some priceless expressions from Kirsty.

The couple had told us that they really wanted some photographs down by the lake but with tight timings, we knew that this might not be possible until after the wedding breakfast.  However, as soon as the speeches were over, we all set off down the stone steps to the lakeside.  We were joined by millions of midges which weren't welcome at all but we hope that the images we captured were well worth putting up with the pests for a few minutes!  The evening light was much softer now and this is our favourite time at a wedding - the time we spend with the couple - and the time when we get some of the best photographs of the day, including one stunner and a personal favourite - Kirsty showing off her beautiful, full length veil.

Mr and Mrs Stanger - you were stars!  Thank you for choosing us to capture your special day.

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