Friday, 28 June 2013

Wedding Photographer Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel | Claire and Craig

Claire and Craig chose to tie the knot on a Thursday, ensuring that their reception venue, which sometimes hosts two weddings on the same day, was exclusively theirs.

Although we almost always capture the bride getting ready as part of our coverage, Claire had decided against us being there for bridal preparations, so we started with the arrival of Craig and his attendants for their photographs at St Nicholas Church in Thorne, near Doncaster.

When we work at a new venue, we always introduce ourselves to the vicar, not just out of courtesy but to find out what his or her "rules" are regarding capturing the wedding ceremony.  The vicar announced that he was pretty laid back and didn't mind photographs being taken as long as they were without flash and without intrusion. Perfect!   
It wasn't the best of starts weather wise with rain forecast on and off all day.  But sometimes the forecasters get it wrong and although it was drizzling when we arrived at the church, men don't tend to mind about this too much and we did manage to keep Craig dry under the arch of the church doorway.  It stopped raining in time for Claire's arrival and stayed dry for the rest of the day, enabling everyone to make the most of the beautiful grounds at Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel.  

As Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers, we never get bored of working at this lovely venue and we are always made extremely welcome by the staff.  The grounds are immaculately maintained and there are several lovely spots for wedding photography which are very close to each other, so you don't spend much time walking from one place to another.  The red roses around the arbour were in full bloom and made a perfect location for some photographs of the couple and some bridal portraits of Claire. 

An early ceremony meant plenty of time for photographs and for Claire, Craig and their guests to relax and make the most of the surroundings.  A wedding breakfast at 2 pm meant plenty of daylight hours left after dinner and as Claire and Craig had organised some great outside entertainment for the little kids and big kids alike, it was lovely that the rain stayed away and allowed everyone to enjoy themselves to the full.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Gutteridge for inviting us to share your special day.

If you have booked your wedding at Rogerthorpe Manor and are looking for a husband and wife team of professional wedding photographers who know the venue very well, please call us on 01977 730159.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Wedding Photographers Branston Hall, Lincoln | Rachel and Robert

Although we are Yorkshire wedding photographers, it's well known that we are happy to travel anywhere and this often means that we get to work at new venues, sometimes a long way from our base in Castleford, West Yorkshire.  So a couple of weeks ago we were privileged to be Lincoln wedding photographers for Rachel and Robert and we were very excited at the prospect of capturing their celebrations at St Katherine's Church and Branston Hall

Rachel and her bridesmaids, including her sister, Sarah, got ready at her mum, Angela's beautiful home just a short walk from the church.  Rachel made sure that none of her girls, except Sarah, saw her gorgeous Ian Stuart dress before she was in it and we were able to capture Sarah lacing it before we had to leave to meet the boys.

The weather wasn't great with intermittent bright sunshine and then rain which decided to appear just as we were taking Rob's photographs.  However it did blow over and we managed to continue outside with Rob and his attendants who were a good laugh and who have a crazy sense of humour! 

St Katherine's is very special to Rachel and her family and Rachel had spent time putting some beautiful finishing touches to the interior of the church.  The vintage style she had chosen was evident throughout the wedding. We were restricted to taking photographs of the ceremony from the balcony only but this is always better than none at all.  Thank goodness for long lenses!  

The couple had asked for a few photographs inside the church after the ceremony and once these were done, they came out into the sunshine to a spectacular shower of confetti, before travelling to Branston Hall on a vintage bus.

After we had completed the important group photos including a few fun ones with the bridal party which Rachel especially wanted, we had to break to photograph the wedding breakfast room and all the details which our bride had lovingly put so much time into. Rainbows were very much in evidence because a romantic Rob had proposed to Rachel under one.  The speeches were hilarious, the highlight of which was a fantastic presentation which had been put together by Rob's best men, resulting in wall to wall laughter and a few tears.   

After the speeches had ended, Rachel joined us for a short bridal portrait session before her and Rob's romantic couple shoot including a walk down to the lake.  The light had faded when we arrived back at Branston Hall and it was time for the evening party.  

Thank you Mr and Mrs Nicholson for inviting us to be your Branston Hall wedding photographers. If you were lucky enough to be a guest and Rachel and Rob's wedding, please feel free to leave a comment.

If you are looking for a Lincoln wedding photographer, we love having the opportunity of working at new venues.  Please call us on 01977 730159, visit our website or Like us on Facebook

All images are copyright Alex and Janet Durasow.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Wood Hall Wedding Photography | Victoria and John

Being chosen to photograph a wedding is always a huge privilege and something that never fails to make us happy, but when a couple book us as a direct result of us being recommended to them by their friends, it's a very special feeling.  Such was the booking from Victoria and John, close friends of Jules and Ady, whose wedding we photographed last November.  Our sincere thanks to both couples.

As Wood Hall wedding photographers, we know what a beautiful venue this is, but like most wedding venues, it's best when the weather is good and you can make the most of the spectacular surroundings.  Lady Luck was definitely around for Victoria and John's big day, sending uninterrupted sunshine from early in the morning. 

Victoria got ready at Wood Hall Hotel & Spa so our day started there, with a short trip to nearby Sicklinghall for the ceremony and then back to Wood Hall for the reception.  Two rooms next door to each other meant that we could capture our bride having make-up applied and hair styled in one room and photograph her gorgeous dress and accessories in the other.  It's often impossible to take a full length shot of the wedding dress because either there isn't enough space or you can't get back far enough.  However, a dark wood wardrobe with a mirror at a right angle to it made the most perfect setting for a stunning photograph of that amazing dress.  Alex let Victoria have a quick preview of the image on the back of the camera before joking that he'd deleted it and coming close to getting a battering!  

John arrived at St Peter's Church in Sicklinghall just as we did and after helping the boys fix buttonholes, we captured a few relaxed shots of them all together before concentrating on John's portraits.  Victoria arrived with her proud dad Cliff in a very eye catching car which she had previously described as being as close to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as she could find.  We knew that it would make a great feature in some images of the newly married Mr and Mrs Broadbent when we got back to Wood Hall.

A surprise gift from Victoria's mum was a visit from Pete the Sweep who greeted the couple at the door at the end of their ceremony.  Cath had let us into the secret a few weeks before and so we were fully briefed and ready to capture some images before beginning the formal group photographs.  Getting these done at the church if the light and location is good is definitely preferable as, with everyone around, it's much quicker and frees up precious time for other photographs at the reception venue.

With such a glorious day and no sign of the weather letting us down, the guests enjoyed Pimms on the terrace and soaked up the sunshine whilst we captured some great images.  Fun shots with the bridal party were very much on the agenda for later on and after the wedding breakfast and speeches, including a surprise presentation for the couple from some of their friends in Australia, which resulted is lots of laughter as well as a few tears, we headed out into the early evening sunshine to play.  

Congratulations to you both and thank you for allowing us to share your celebrations. You certainly couldn't have wished for better weather and we enjoyed every minute spent with you and your guests.  Have a fabulous honeymoon and in the meantime, here are a few preview images for you to enjoy.

If you are looking for a Wood Hall Hotel wedding photographer, please contact us on 01977 730159.  If you were a guest at Mr and Mrs Broadbent's lovely wedding, please leave a comment and if you like our images, we'd very much appreciate a Like on our Facebook page.  Please note that all images are copyright so do not download or copy - thank you.