Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wedding Photographer Leeds | Emily and Nick's Wedding Photography Adel Church and Mercure Parkway Hotel

We first met Emily, Nick and her dad, Malcolm at a wedding fair at the Mercure Parkway Hotel, Leeds and we hit it off immediately.  We were delighted when they asked us to photograph their wedding.  Having got to know Emily and Nick pretty well since they booked us as their Leeds wedding photographers over a year ago, photographing their daughter, Lexie as a new baby and being invited to her christening at the beautiful St John the Baptist Church, Adel some months later, we were so looking forward to sharing their wedding day because we knew they would be fantastic to work with and regardless of what the weather was doing, we knew it would be an amazing day, in the company of lovely people.

We've had a lot of rain this wedding season but the rain on Emily and Nick's wedding day can only be described as torrential with flood warnings up and down the country.  As wedding photographers at the Mercure Leeds Parkway, we arrived for Emily's preparations and went up to her room where the girls were getting ready and not surprisingly, the first thing mentioned was the weather.  Emily said that no one could do anything about it so she could choose to cry or to smile and she chose to smile - all day - because what mattered more than anything was that she was marrying Nick.  Her wonderful attitude made us feel better and we were absolutely determined that no matter what the weather threw at us, Emily and Nick were going to get stunning photographs!

After spending some time with the girls, we left for the church to meet the boys.  This church has the most beautiful arched doorway which does offer a little bit of shelter and it was an obvious choice of location for the photographs of Nick and his attendants who remained good natured throughout and really helped us a lot. 

Although it didn't actually stop raining, there was a distinct change from torrential rain to a slight drizzle as Emily arrived with her proud dad.  The vicar, Ian White, had already said that as long as he knew that Emily was "on the premises" at 12.30 pm, he didn't mind us taking our time with photographs outside.  We knew how important it was for Emily to have photographs with her dad and Emily's bridesmaids did a fantastic job of protecting her dress and keeping her dry as they all walked up the path.

Ian kindly allowed us both to photograph the wedding ceremony and afterwards, we decided that the best plan of action was to photograph the smaller groups inside the church before leaving for the hotel and completing the larger family groups there.

On arrival, the rain had eased, allowing us to get some photographs of the couple with their Beauford outside the hotel.  Whilst they spent some time with their guests, we kept a close eye on the weather, hoping for a break as it alternated between drizzle and bucketing down with no sign of a complete let up.  We completed the group photographs inside the hotel, along with some of the new Mr and Mrs Gregson, before photographing the ballroom set up for the wedding breakfast, returning some time later for speeches.  

We decided to check on the off chance it had stopped raining and finally, it had!  We all jumped in our car and drove back to Adel church as there were some images which we were desperate to take.  We really wanted to do something very special for Emily and Nick and guys, we have to say, you were amazing!!!!  We hope you love these as much as we do.

On our return to the hotel, it was almost time for Emily and Nick's first dance together, followed by Emily's dance with her dad.  We would have loved to have had a dry day but despite a soaking, we enjoyed every single minute spent with this lovely family and their guests.  Thank you so much to both the Ash and Gregson families and huge congratulations to Emily and Nick.

If you are interested in booking us as your wedding photographers at the Mercure Parkway Hotel, Leeds please call us on 01977 730159


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