Saturday, 28 September 2013

Rogerthorpe Manor Wedding Photographers | Rachel and Ben

We first met Rachel and Ben before they had set a wedding date or chosen their venues and we were delighted to hear from them some time later with the news that they had named the day.  They then decided against their original choice of church, preferring to have their wedding at St Paulinus, Dewsbury, but this meant a change of date to a week later and we were all very relieved that we had the new date available.  As Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers, we suggested it to the couple as the perfect wedding reception venue for them and we were delighted that once they saw it, they fell in love with it too. 

Rachel got ready at the couple's home in Mirfield, just a few minutes drive from the church.  We got some lovely detail photographs, including a gorgeous pair of very sparkly shoes, and some make-up photos, before it was time to leave to meet the boys at St Paulinus, which is beautiful inside but its location and the fact that it has no grounds whatsoever meant waiting for a gap in the traffic and standing in the middle of a fairly busy road, to take photographs of the boys, and later the bridesmaids, at the church door!  

Many of Ben's family and friends had flown half way around the world to share the couple's big day and there was a riot of beautiful, vibrant colours in the clothes they wore. We were joined by Ken and Carol from Phase 5 Productions, who we also recommended to the couple and we knew we'd have a great time working alongside them.  

Rachel arrived with her proud dad for what was a lovely, happy ceremony and the joy in the couple's faces as they tied the knot was a pleasure to watch and capture.  In fact, Rachel never stopped smiling all day long.  Just the kind of bubbly and enthusiastic bride we love working with!  After the ceremony, most of the guests jumped onto a coach for the trip to Rogerthorpe Manor and Rachel and Ben made the journey in a Beauford which looked great in some of the first images we took when we arrived at the venue.

The weather was about as perfect as you could hope for and once we knew that everyone had arrived, we got Rachel and Ben and all their guests on the lawn for a big group photo, which considering this consisted of around 150 people, went very smoothly and more quickly than we'd anticipated due to good co-operation from everyone.  When the groups were done, there was still plenty of time to photograph the new Mr and Mrs Cole together and, of course, not forgetting some beautiful portraits of a stunning bride. Rachel had chosen a cathedral length veil and these lend themselves perfectly to the fashion style bridal portraits we love.

With a large wedding party, the couple and guests had full use of the venue and both the Cawthorne Suite and the Lawrence Suite, usually two separate rooms, had been opened into one huge room which looked absolutely beautiful dressed for the wedding breakfast.

Once the speeches were completed and the gifts distributed we were losing the daylight and we've really noticed the nights drawing in over the past couple of weeks.  There is an ideal time for twilight photographs and the window of opportunity to get them doesn't last long, which we'd explained to Rachel and Ben beforehand.  They were both raring to go and work with us to get some images before the sky went completely black and although we've taken twilight photographs at Rogerthorpe Manor before, we had our eye on a new location to use.

The couple had booked The Sally Army to entertain everyone during the evening but before their first set, Mr and Mrs Cole had their first dance together.  We had a really wonderful and enjoyable time with this lovely couple and their guests.  Rachel and Ben are having a sixty page Italian storybook album which will have loads of images in it and will tell the story of their amazing day.

If you are looking for a West Yorkshire wedding photographer, we would love to hear from you on 01977 730159, you can check us out and follow us on Facebook and if you were a guest at Rachel and Ben's wedding, you are more than welcome to leave a comment.

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