Saturday, 5 November 2011
After summer's mixed bag of weather, for our first of two weddings this October weekend we were greeted with a beautiful blue sky and wall to wall sunshine which lasted all day. Yes, it was quite windy but this is always preferable to the wet stuff!
Sarah got ready at her mum and dad's home which is just a few minutes away from the church in Boston Spa. We were made very welcome and we had a great time photographing Sarah having her make-up applied and capturing images of all the little things which would otherwise be forgotten. Sarah had chosen a vintage theme which was evident in her stunning lace dress and her cathedral length veil. Before we left for church, we managed to document Sarah's mum fastening all those tiny buttons down the back of her daughter's dress.
When we arrived at the church, John was already there to meet us. The low sun which you get at this time of year created a few issues with big shadows at the church door, so we chose a location along the path down the side of the church which had a nice backdrop of trees in their autumn colour scheme and where the light was a bit less harsh.
Sarah arrived in a classic Bentley with her proud dad and we love the image of her in the car in which, if you look closely, you can see her dad's reflection.
After the ceremony and a few photographs with both sets of parents at the church door, Sarah and John walked to the gate, were showered with confetti and then left for their wedding reception at Hazlewood Castle.
Timings were tight on the day so as soon as the couple arrived, we started on photographs of the two of them with their car. When we knew that everyone had arrived at Hazlewood Castle, we worked through the groups and bridal party photographs which left only a short time for Sarah and John to have some photographs taken around the grounds of this beautiful venue. However, we knew that we would have an opportunity later on for some photographs in the bridal suite and outside in the courtyard.
Prior to the wedding, we had chatted about evening photographs and the fact that there is a window of only around ten to fifteen minutes when you get that gorgeous dark blue sky. Miss this and the sky is black. With daylight hours getting much shorter now, we knew that the ideal time was likely to fall when everyone was inside for the wedding breakfast. The choice was to wait until after the speeches and then it would be pitch dark or for Sarah and John to come outside between courses. They decided to come out after dessert and before the speeches for some romantic photographs captured with video light and off camera flash and the timing was as close to perfect as we could have hoped for. Not only this, but the strong wind we'd had all day had disappeared meaning that Sarah's dress stayed put!
After the speeches, we worked with the couple in the Elderflower Suite as this is a gorgeous room with rich colours, before we captured Mr and Mrs Cummin's first dance together. Our thanks to this fabulous couple for asking us to photograph their lovely autumn wedding and we can't wait to see their images come together in a personally designed Italian storybook album.