Monday, 12 September 2011
Laura and James's special day was our second of three weddings in three days and Laura and James drew the short straw when it came to the weather. It was one of those days when you just knew that there would probably be no let up from the rain but when we arrived at Laura's parents' house in Skidby, Hull, we received such a warm welcome that we knew it would be a fantastic day regardless of the weather.
Laura's sister, Holly, was rehearsing her solo, Ave Maria, which she was going to sing during the wedding ceremony. We could hear Holly's beautiful voice as we photographed Laura's dress and accessories in a bedroom upstairs. Laura had asked for flowers which looked as if they'd been picked from a country garden and they were really lovely. As music is very important to this family, we decided to photograph Laura's bouquet on the piano stool. This turned out to be even more special and significant because Laura's grandma had embroidered the seat cushion.
After the bridesmaids helped Laura into her dress, we left for St Michael's church which is literally a stone's throw away from the house. Like Laura, James was in great spirits and even though the photographs of him and his attendants had to be taken inside the church, this didn't matter at all to him.
The plan had been that weather permitting, Laura and her dad would walk the short distance to the church but this wasn't to be so they arrived by car with Laura looking stunning and beaming through the window. The vicar, Angela, who has long been a friend of the Wilson family, was wonderful, allowing photography from the front and from the back of this tiny church. She was so accommodating and helpful and we appreciated this a lot especially as the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding and is also something the weather can't disrupt!
When the ceremony ended, everyone left for Hazlewood Castle and on arrival, it was still raining. However, Laura and James really wanted some photographs with their car and if they didn't mind getting a bit wet, neither did we!
As regular wedding photographers at Hazlewood Castle, we knew that we could take the group photographs in the State Drawing Room before everyone took their seats in the Great Hall for the wedding breakfast. By the time the speeches were over, it was dark but a very brief respite from the rain meant that we could take Laura and James out for some night shots and light them with our video light.
The new Mr and Mrs Leeks had a cha, cha, cha routine planned for their first dance and this got some fantastic reactions from their watching guests. Thank you Laura and James for inviting us to photograph your wedding, for not letting the rain spoil your day and for keeping smiling throughout!