Friday, 16 May 2014

Priory Cottages Wedding Photography - Jill and Paul

As West Yorkshire photographers, we got to know Jill and Paul a couple of years ago when we had the pleasure of photographing their baby daughter, Hattie, who has now grown into a gorgeous little girl.  We were delighted when Jill contacted us to tell us that she and Paul were planning to get married.  At that point they didn't have a date and were still looking for a wedding venue.  Jill had asked about our availability and we already had a very busy May 2014 for wedding bookings, but as luck would have it, Jill and Paul were offered a date for their wedding at Priory Cottages, following a cancellation.  They loved the venue as soon as they saw it, and the date just happened to be our last free Saturday in May.  Sometimes you get lucky!

We've been Priory Cottages wedding photographers a few times before but this was our first time photographing a civil ceremony there and the first time the weather has really let us down.  It's a very pretty venue, surrounded by open fields and countryside, and lovely when you have good weather.  

We started the day with Jill and the girls who were getting ready in one of the cottages.  Jill had chosen a stunning fitted lace dress which suited her perfectly.  The flowers in mixed pastel colours were beautiful.  She also had a spectacular pair of very high heeled shoes. 

We left the girls to photograph Paul and his best men, and we were happy to be able to work outside and get some relaxed shots of them before we returned to Jill, a few minutes before her walk into the ceremony with her dad, Derek.  We'd had a chat with the registrars beforehand to find out what their policy was regarding photographs during the ceremony and it was a pleasure to work with such friendly and accommodating people.  

It has to be said that the weather was pretty horrendous for most of the day, but as Jill wasn't keen on having the group photos taken inside, we were lucky and relieved when the rain stopped and gave us a very welcome, albeit it short, break.  It was just long enough for us to dash outside and get the group photos done, plus a few of the new Mr and Mrs Reid. The big group photo of everyone took two attempts, as the first time we tried it, we got some of the guests outside, the rain started, and understandably, they all legged it back inside!  

The marquee looked lovely in its vintage style theme and the best men's speeches were hilarious.  They put Paul through a few minutes of embarrassment but the resulting expressions did make for some great images.  We were hoping for another break in the weather after the wedding breakfast but unfortunately we didn't get one.  The torrential rain and strong wind made it almost impossible to be outside so we found an area inside the marquee for some bridal portraits before the evening party kicked off and Jill and Paul took to the floor for their first dance together.

Thank you very much for booking us for your wedding photography at Priory Cottages. We look forward to designing a beautiful storybook for you.  If you were a guest at Jill and Paul's wedding, you are welcome to leave a comment, and if you fancy following us on Facebook, we'd really appreciate it.

Please enjoy the images which are the copyright of Alex & Janet Durasow, but do not crop out our details as they are there to advertise us and our services.  Thank you very much.

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