Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Having booked us to be their Wentbridge House wedding photographers, Becky and Craig planned to marry at Wentbridge church and then celebrate afterwards at Wentbridge House Hotel, just down the road. However, unforeseen circumstances disrupted their plans somewhat and their first problem was that as Craig is in the military, the couple were told that in order for them to have a home together in Cornwall where Craig is posted, they had to be married first.
We received a call from Becky explaining that she and Craig had already got married, that they were having a blessing on their original wedding date and that this would no longer be taking place at Wentbridge church. She really wanted the church ceremony to be her "wedding" and it was extremely important to Becky that she could walk down the aisle on her dad's arm. The vicar's policy was that with a blessing, because the couple are already married, they had to walk into the ceremony together. This didn't fit in with Becky's wishes at all and so she and Craig decided to have their blessing at Conisbrough church, near to where her parents live and just a stone's throw from the beautiful backdrop of Conisbrough castle. What a bonus this was! Becky was concerned that the change from wedding to blessing and a different location might be a problem for us but was very relieved to hear that it was no problem whatsoever. We just wanted her to have a perfect day, wherever that happened to be.
Starting at Becky's mum and dad's house whilst Becky was still out getting her hair and make-up done, we photographed her beautiful dress, a pair of wicked shoes and all the other girly things and we were just finishing off as Becky arrived back, ready for a few portraits and some shots with her ladies.
After checking with our bride about when she would be getting into her dress and being told that this wouldn't be until quite a bit later, mainly because Becky had baby daughter, Isabell to look after and baby food and milk aren't ideal things to have near you when you've just got into your wedding dress, we left to meet Craig at the church. He was perfectly on time and looked really smart in his uniform. With the boys' photographs taken care of with time to spare, we left Craig to greet his guests and went to check with the vicar to see what his thoughts were regarding photography. From the back only, but still, better these than none at all.
Becky arrived with her proud dad Adrian and got her wish, walking down the aisle with him and arriving at Craig's side. The only difference between this and any other church wedding was that there was no register to sign. The couple came out after the ceremony to congratulations from their guests and a shower of confetti at the gate. Fortunately, although it looked a bit iffy, this was the only shower all day and we left for the park so that Mr and Mrs Maskery could enjoy champagne and have some wedding photographs taken with Conisbrough castle as a backdrop before leaving for their reception at Wentbridge House.
They arrived a few minutes after us and the photographs of the two of them with the lovely car was our first job so that the chauffeur wasn't waiting around for too long. Next was their group photo session followed by some fun with the girls who looked fantastic and who were up for having a great time which is what weddings are all about. A short bride and groom photo session followed before we went inside to photograph the Crystal Suite.
When the wedding breakfast and the speeches were over, Craig went off to get changed into cocktail uniform and having discussed this with the couple a few weeks before their wedding, we knew that Becky wanted to use the time whilst Craig wasn't around for some portraits in the bridal suite. Very happy to oblige - she looked amazing!
We've noticed that the nights are drawing in now and we no longer have the luxury of it being light until late, so taking action shots isn't possible. However, it's now time for evening and after dark images and we love doing these.
We ended our coverage for Becky and Craig by photographing their first dance together. Thank you for booking us to share your celebrations and we are delighted that you chose us to capture your special day.