Thursday, 24 October 2013

Rogerthorpe Manor Wedding Photographers | Rebecca and Matthew

Rebecca and Matthew are the record holders for the couple who booked us at the shortest notice.  As Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers, we were secured just a couple of weeks before their big day, after receiving an urgent call from Becca asking about our availability and explaining that their photographer had broken the news that he was unable to cover their wedding.  We were recommended by their friends, Kim and Steve, whose wedding we photographed in the spring, and we were very happy that we were free to step in.  It was our second wedding in two days at this lovely venue, where we always enjoy working.  It was also our second wedding in two days when it threw it down but unlike the previous day, we did eventually get a welcome break from the wet stuff!

Becca got ready at the venue so it was all Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photography, from bridal preparations to first dance, and we captured make-up being applied and all the pretty bits and pieces before we went to meet Matthew.  He looked really smart in his RAF uniform and even though it was raining heavily, he and his brothers were in good spirits and went outside for a few shots under our white umbrellas, before we took Matthew back inside for some more portraits.

The couple married in an intimate civil ceremony in the Cawthorne Suite and a quick check out of the window afterwards confirmed that it was still bucketing down, but as they had hired a VW Camper Van, they braved the wind and driving rain to be able to have photographs with it.  The wedding co-ordinator had cleared a space in the Lawrence Suite so that we could get the family group photos done inside and this is one of the things that sets some wedding venue staff apart from others - their attitude when the weather is awful and their willingness to suggest and help prepare a suitable location for these photographs.  Again, Janet came through for us and we are very thankful to her.  

One of the guests announced that the rain had stopped, which was music to our ears, and we breathed a huge sigh of relief, as it meant that everyone could get outside for confetti throwing, which made a lovely sequence of images for Becca and Matthew's album, and it also meant that we could also get some couple photos without the need for umbrellas.  A bit of respite from the wet weather was very welcome and we made sure that we kept them off the saturated grass and made use of the paved areas around the venue so that Becca didn't get soaked feet or a too soggy a dress, but we could still feature the pretty backgrounds of the immaculate gardens in some of the couple's images.

The speeches were before the wedding breakfast and as Becca and Matthew really wanted some images in the 1610 bar, we'd arranged this to coincide with a time when it was likely to be quiet.  These photos take some setting up, furniture has to be moved and the bar has to be cleared of used glasses and empty bottles.  The bar staff were fantastic and incredibly helpful, quickly and efficiently clearing everything for us, making this session with the couple take just a few minutes and allowing them to get back to their guests.

We captured some beautiful twilight shots and the new Mr and Mrs Walker's first dance together before leaving them to enjoy the evening party, happy to have been able to provide their wedding photography at Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel.  Thank you Kim and Steve for recommending us and Becca and Matthew for booking us.  We're looking forward to designing a fabulous Italian storybook album for you soon.

If you are getting married and looking for two professional West Yorkshire wedding photographers, please get in touch.  You will receive a first class service, beautiful images and a gorgeous, individually and creatively designed album or storybook.  It is well worth the peace of mind that comes from securing the services of a full time, qualified and experienced professional, rather than taking a chance on one of the only things you will have left after your wedding day is over.  Wedding photography is our passion as well as our profession and we would love to hear from you.

You can see more of our work here, you can also follow us on Facebook and we hope you enjoy looking through our images which are the copyright of Alex & Janet Durasow.

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