Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Wedding Photographer Priory Cottages | Danielle and Ryan
We are delighted when we were recommended to Danielle and Ryan by our friend Alison who runs Precious Bridal in Garforth. Her confidence in us is very much appreciated and she is always the one we recommend to brides looking for that perfect dress, bridesmaids' dresses or both. Alison's attitude is very much the same as ours - to offer the best possible service, great value for money and to go the extra mile to make her clients happy.
Danielle and Ryan chose St Mary's church in Whitkirk to tie the knot but well before that, we caught up with the girls as they got ready. As Priory Cottages wedding photographers, we began the day's coverage there before driving to Whitkirk for the ceremony and then returning to Priory Cottages for the wedding reception.
What immediately struck us was the upbeat and happy atmosphere as make-up was applied and hair styled and we were made to feel a very welcome part of the preparations. Danielle's sisters, Samantha and Victoria and their mum, Shelley, were so obliging, offering help whenever it was needed. It's not often you get a whole cottage to yourself to photograph bridal accessories in and Danielle had chosen a pair of shoes with very high heals which would prove a challenge later on but which were great to photograph. It's a girl thing! She presented her bridesmaids with a thank you gift before we left for church and it made a nice sequence of images to capture.
Ryan and his three best men, including his brother Damon, met us at St Mary's exactly on time and this is always appreciated as we can get some photographs of the boys before guests start to arrive and the vicar steels the groom for a pre-ceremony chat. This particular vicar was one of the best we've had the pleasure of working with. He imposed no restrictions whatsoever during the ceremony and he even allowed Alex to capture the actual signing of the register which was a very welcome bonus.
Danielle was given away by her brother, Ben, and after the ceremony and a very impressive confetti throwing effort from the guests, we set off to Priory Cottages to arrive ahead of everyone. The weather behaved itself reasonably well apart from a strong breeze and after photographing the new Mr and Mrs Barrow with the car, we started the group photo session, leaving a few minutes spare to have some fun with the bridal party and make them work for their dinner! It was a pleasure to work with such great people and to see them enjoying themselves, making for fabulous images in the process.
The Priory Cottage marquee was beautifully dressed in elegant ivory and the presence of Mickey and Minnie Mouse and a Disney theme hinted at the location for Danielle and Ryan's honeymoon in Florida. Hilarious speeches followed the wedding breakfast and there was laughter and tears, especially during Shelley's moving tribute to her daughter and Ryan's battering from his three best men!
We were really looking forward to spending some relaxed time with Danielle and Ryan after dinner and we had a few ideas for some images of them around a stone wall and a lovely archway which, as wedding photographers for Priory Cottages, is a one of our favourite spots. We also had some ideas to show off a beautiful bride in a beautiful dress.
Mr and Mrs Barrow's first dance started off in the usual romantic style before the whole bridal party took to the floor to perform the best routine we have ever seen at a wedding. It was so fast that it was incredibly difficult to capture but we hope we've done you proud. Everyone from Danielle's mum, Shelley, Ryan's parents, Debbie and Paul, to page boy, Harrison, took part and guys, you certainly brought Sexy Back!!
We really can't thank you enough for going on Alison's recommendation, coming to meet us and booking us to be part of your big day. It was a privilege to spend time with you and your lovely families and friends and we hope you love the images as much as we do. Your Italian storybook is going to be spectacular!
If you were a guest at Mr and Mrs Barrow's wedding, you are welcome to leave a comment and if you are looking for a Priory Cottages wedding photographer, you get two of us and we'd love to hear from you on 01977 730159. You can also follow us on Facebook.
All images are copyright Alex & Janet Durasow.