Friday, 2 September 2011
As Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers, this was our first of three weddings in three days, and Alexandra and John's big day. We woke in the early hours of the morning to the sound of torrential rain. However, we must have been in luck on that Thursday because by the time we arrived at the venue for Alex's preparations, it had just about stopped.
Alex had chosen a spectacular dress with lots of lovely sparkles on the bodice and some gorgeous Laboutins. A girl can't have too much bling!
We went downstairs and the rain had stopped altogether, enabling us to photograph John and his best men outside. We then left John discussing the formalities with the registrar and went back to Alex who was by now in her amazing dress and taking care of her finishing touches before she descended the stairs with her proud mum, Eileen, who gave her away.
As always, the Pontefract registrars were really obliging and allowed us free reign the photograph the ceremony without any restrictions. We wish that all registrars were the same! After the civil ceremony, Alex and John and their guests celebrated with a Bucks Fizz drinks reception on the lawn and by now, the sun was shining enabling all their photographs to be taken outside, right up until we went inside to photograph the Lawrence Suite dressed for the wedding breakfast. We always like to capture an image of the room before anyone goes in, along with all the details which take so much planning but which would otherwise be quickly forgotten.
As we waited for the guests to start being seated, we were told that Alex and John had invited us to join everyone for the wedding breakfast which was completely unexpected. We are so grateful to them for thinking about us and the meal was absolutely delicious so if anyone is reading this and thinking about having their wedding at Rogerthorpe Manor, the food is amazing!
The couple got married at 11 am which meant that there was lots of time after the wedding breakfast and speeches for them to relax, mingle with their guests and have some photographs taken before their evening celebrations started. Alex told us that she loves posing and really wanted some arty photographs and when we hear this, we are absolutely delighted! Our bride was a joy to work with so we started with some shots for her in the "blue bar" and then asked John, now relaxed and in shirt sleeves, to join her. We went outside and by now, the harsh sunlight and shadows in the area where we wanted to work had softened and the light was perfect for our archway photographs, including one featuring some very important shoes.
Our last job was to capture the new Mr and Mrs Baines on the dance floor before we left them to party. A great couple, a fabulous venue, weather that behaved itself and guests who were great fun. What more could a wedding photographer ask for? It was a privilege to share your celebrations and many congratulations to you both!