Friday, 16 September 2011
Sarah and Richard booked us to photograph their wedding shortly after we first met Sarah and her mum, Chrissy, at a wedding fair. We hit it off straight away and we were over the moon when we got the call from Sarah to ask if we were still free on her wedding date - the first Saturday in September and one of the most popular dates of the year for weddings.
This wedding, like all weddings, was very special, but there was something which made it incredibly special for both families, as Sarah and Richard's parents have been close friends for many years and had always hoped that their children would eventually marry, with mums Chrissy and June conspiring to try and make this happen! We felt very privileged indeed to be given the opportunity to capture Sarah and Rich's wedding at Holyrood Catholic church in Barnsley and as regular wedding photographers at Rogerthorpe Manor, we always love working there.
Our first stop was at Sarah's mum and dad's beautiful home and when we arrived, the girls were still at the hairdresser and we must apologise to Sarah's brother, Michael, for arriving a bit earlier than anticipated as we suspect that he had to get out of the shower to answer the door to us! Thankfully, he was really clued up about where Sarah's dress was hanging and about where to find all her accessories, except for her gorgeous shoes which eluded us until Michael made a quick call to Sarah.
The girls came back and got on with make-up and getting ready before helping Sarah into her dress in the lovely upstairs lounge which was great to work in because it had lots of natural light. The colour scheme she'd chosen was, well, WOW! The bridesmaids' dresses came from Precious Bridal in Garforth who we highly recommend.
We left for Barnsley to meet Richard and the boys and kept them busy for a while as the large number of guests arrived for the ceremony and took their places inside the beautiful church, the bridesmaids arriving a few minutes ahead of Sarah and her dad. Our lovely bride was all smiles and very excited. She looked stunning, her smile never faded and her excitement and enthusiasm was infectious and lasted all day long.
After Sarah and Rich were married, everyone made their way to the reception at Rogerthorpe Manor and we managed to get through the group shots pretty quickly, including a big group photo of all 180 guests on the lawn, leaving time for couple photographs and some fun pictures with their fab bridal party and then some laughs with the girls who had their own ideas which made for some amazing images which showed off the colour scheme, the dresses and the happy atmosphere which ran through the whole day.
The Lawrence and Cawthorne suites were opened up into one huge room for the wedding breakfast and it looked spectacular, expertly dressed by Stacey from Chantilly Weddings in Barnsley. Apparently, she had started work at 4 am and had also done all the flowers for the wedding. She really did Sarah and Rich proud, returning later to rearrange the tall flower displays on the tables into lower arrangements for the evening.
During our chat with the couple a few weeks before the wedding, Sarah had said that she would really love some arty bridal portraits and was perfectly happy to put some time in after dinner and speeches were over to work with us to get them. As professional West Yorkshire wedding photographers, we love every aspect of our job but our favourite time is when we get the opportunity to spend some time alone with the bride and groom creating the images which really stand out.
Later, we captured the new Mr and Mrs Farrar's first dance together followed by a father and daughter dance and we stayed on to photograph the band they'd hired to provide the evening entertainment - the first class, highly talented Solicitors.
To Sarah and Rich and your lovely families - our sincere thanks and appreciation for choosing us to share what was a fabulous day. We loved it and we hope you like this, a small preview of some of our favourite images.
If you were a guest at Sarah and Richard's wedding, please leave a comment - thank you.