Thursday, 19 September 2013

Wedding Photographer Rogerthorpe Manor | Lynsey and Gary

We know that Lynsey and Gary are anxiously awaiting a preview of their wedding images so here goes!  As regular Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers, when we work at this gorgeous venue it's always a pleasure.  We are also extremely lucky to be recommended by the owners and staff who we have a great relationship with.  They pull out all the stops to make sure the bride, groom and their guests have a brilliant day and they also give us a lot of help when we photograph there.  Sadly, the weather forecast for Lynsey and Gary's big day was pretty grim and this is always just as disappointing for us as it is for our couples.  We really care about them and just like the Rogerthorpe Manor staff, we will leave no stone unturned to do a really good job, even in difficult conditions.  

We arrived at the venue prepared for having to work mostly indoors and only venture out with Lynsey and Gary tucked under umbrellas, as the rain was so heavy.  Although the English climate is unpredictable, it's rare to have a wedding day when the rain doesn't let up, but we were convinced that this was going to be one of those days.  Janet, one of the senior staff, must have had the same thoughts but rather than just leave it to us to sort out, she'd already arranged for the Rose Room to be cleared of furniture, saving us precious time and giving us somewhere to photograph Gary and his attendants before the ceremony and the smaller family groups afterwards.  We have to thank Janet for being so helpful and although things turned out well in the end, the Rose Room came in very useful.  

Lynsey was unhappy when we met up with her in the bridal suite.  She had been worrying about the weather all week.  As professional West Yorkshire wedding photographers, we have to work with whatever the weather throws at us and after some reassurance that we would still get good photographs and that we had a room to photograph the groups in, our lovely bride's spirits were lifted a bit.

The civil ceremony in the Lawrence Suite was beautiful and emotional and it was clear how overjoyed the couple were that they had finally tied the knot, becoming Mr and Mrs Ridgway, and ending the ceremony with a spectacular lingering kiss!  Much nicer to photograph than the blink and you'll miss it peck!  A quick check outside confirmed it was still raining so we decided to start with photos in the Rose Room and see whether the weather would give us a break!  We had a gut feeling it wouldn't but as we were working, one of the guests announced that the rain had stopped, enabling us to get outside and photograph the larger groups in the garden.  However, the grass was absolutely soaking wet and we wondered whether we dare risk asking everyone to go on the lawn for the big group photo and combined confetti and bubbles shots.  We ran it by Lynsey and as these photographs were something she really wanted, she agreed to go for it.  We really can't tell you guys how happy we were to get these images for you and thank you for being such good sports!  We didn't hear a single complaint about heels sinking into the grass!    

The rest of the day couldn't have been better.  The rain stayed away, the grass dried up, the bridal party were up for a laugh and Lynsey and Gary were brilliant to work with.  The couple have four beautiful daughters between them and Nirvana had written a very touching tribute to her mum and Gary, which was read out during the speeches, after which we had the chance to make the most of the grounds for some fun photos before we headed off with Lynsey and Gary for their romantic photo session.

We're so delighted that the rain stopped for you and we look forward to designing a beautiful storybook of your favourite images.  If you were a guest at Lynsey and Gary's wedding, you are welcome to leave a comment, if you are getting married and thinking about professional Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photography, we would very much welcome your enquiry and if you would be kind enough to Like us on Facebook, we would be delighted.

We hope you enjoy the images which are copyright Alex & Janet Durasow.  This means they are protected by law and must not be copied, downloaded or have our details removed.  Thank you.

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