We started at lunch time in the bridal suite at Rogerthorpe Manor where Caroline, her mum and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Or rather Caroline was getting ready. The bridesmaids were just chilling out! With the important shots of a very important dress, gorgeous shoes with some bling, perfume, jewellery and flowers all done, along with some hair styling and make-up shots, we left the girls to get on with their preparations and went to meet a slightly nervous Ben outside. It's nice to have some fun with the guys and we try to help them relax and we think we managed to take Ben's mind off his pre-wedding nerves for a while at least.
Back to Caroline a few minutes before the ceremony and as this was being conducted by the Pontefract registrars, we were very happy because they are fantastic to work with. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed Pimms on the lawn. Caroline and Ben's had a list of group shots they wanted, followed by some relaxed photographs of the two of them so we got everyone together for a big group shot followed by an incredible shower of confetti, worked through the couple's list of family groups and then spent a short time on relaxed couple shots before leaving them to do their own thing. Many people say that the best photographs are those which are natural and unposed but natural isn't always the same as flattering and we feel that often, some direction is needed to ensure that the photographs are the best they can be. However, it's important to be on the look out because sometimes things just unfold in front of your eyes and this happened when Caroline and Ben were standing together and enjoying a few quiet moments. These moments were completely unposed and all that was needed was an observant wedding photographer and a camera with a long lens and they were completely unaware that they were being photographed.
With images of the Cawthorne Suite set up ready for the wedding breakfast, cake shots and details on the tables in the can, we left everyone to enjoy dinner whilst we nipped into the Jacobean Pub for a Sunday carvery. This is a welcome bonus with Sunday weddings at Rogerthorpe Manor and the food is delicious!
Back to cover the speeches and afterwards, the guests enjoyed the warm summer evening and we got to play with our beautiful bride for a few minutes to create something a bit special for her before the new Mr and Mrs Gill hit the dance floor which resulted in some great pictures. A lovely wedding, a great venue and a fab couple. We really enjoyed sharing their big day.