Monday, 25 August 2014

Wedding Photographer The Metropole Hotel, Leeds | Jade and David

We were so delighted when Jade's parents, Michele and Kevin, booked us for Jade and Dave's St Anne's RC Cathedral, Leeds wedding photography.  It all came about after an enquiry from Michele's close friend, Karen, who wanted to surprise Michele with the gift of a photo session and a portrait of Jake and Holly, Michele and Kevin's dogs.  We had a great time in the studio, we got on so well with Michele and Karen, and we captured some lovely photos.  From this chance portrait enquiry, we were privileged to be chosen to be the Leeds wedding photographers for Jade and Dave, as they tied the knot in this spectacular cathedral, in keeping with family tradition, before celebrating at The Metropole Hotel, Leeds, again a very special venue for Jade's family.

Jade got ready at her parents' house and it's difficult to imagine a more relaxed bride.  We captured images as she styled her own hair and got some beautiful detail shots, including photos of her fabulous bouquet of yellow orchids.  Family and friends had played a huge part in making this wedding so special.  A friend of Michele's did everyone proud with her floristry, and her son, Craig, who was a pleasure to work with, provided some very artistic and creative videography.

We parked the car at the hotel and took the ten minute walk to meet the boys and start the wedding photography at St Anne's Cathedral.  After the total washout and severe flooding in this area the day before, it was a huge relief that the rain stayed away and although it was windy, this was a small price to pay after the devastation of the previous day.  Due to there being a service in the church immediately before the wedding, we had to work outside to photograph Dave and his attendants, and the bridesmaids, before Jade's very early arrival with her parents, in a Rolls Royce from Lavelle Classic Cars.  She looked so beautiful in her lace dress and she didn't show even a hint of nerves as she walked into the ceremony with her proud dad.

After the ceremony we stayed back at the cathedral as it made sense to get the family group photos done inside straight away, where there is a lovely backdrop and loads of space, rather than leaving it until we got to the hotel.  Just before we left to start The Metropole Hotel, Leeds wedding photography we gathered everyone together on the cathedral steps for a big group photo and some pretty good confetti throwing, resulting in a lovely sequence of colourful images.

We had a little time before the wedding breakfast to concentrate on photographing the new Mr and Mrs Pickering together outside the hotel with the car and inside on the staircase. We decided on a more arty approach for these and we hope that Jade and Dave will love the images which will look amazing as big photos in their Italian storybook album.

The wedding breakfast room looked absolutely stunning!  The couple had chosen vintage style, rose patterned chair sashes, and we were so impressed by the attention to detail and the obvious hard work and effort that had gone into making the room look so lovely.  There was a tea theme going on, which included tea caddies, china cups and vintage style teapots on the tables, as well as loads of beautiful flowers.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches, we spent a few minutes with the couple outside, before they returned to their guests for the start of the evening celebrations.  We captured the cake cut and first dance and we ended our coverage as everyone partied.

Thank you Michele, Kevin, Jade and Dave for choosing us to be West Yorkshire wedding photographers on this very special day.  Thanks must also go to Karen because it's down to you that we met them in the first place!

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All images are copyright Alex & Janet Durasow.

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