Debbie got ready in the bridal suite and we captured make-up being applied, Debbie doing the honours for her mum before putting on her own make-up. There were lots of pretty detail shots to be taken, including some pearl earrings bought in Jersey as a gift for Debbie, as well as photographs of her stunning vintage style lace dress and matching jacket, before we went downstairs to play with Gary and his best man, also Gary, around the immaculately maintained grounds of this beautiful wedding venue.
Autumn is well and truly on the way now, with the nights drawing in, but we were lucky to have perfect weather with no rain and no harsh sunshine, just warm, dry and overcast. The kind of weather that wedding photographers love!
The Pontefract registrars who conducted the civil ceremony in the Cawthorne Suite were, as always, friendly and helpful, placing no restrictions on the photography other than to be discreet, which is never a problem. As recommended wedding photographers for Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel, we conduct ourselves professionally at all times, in order to do the absolute best we can for our couples, but also to make sure that the registrars and staff enjoy working with us too. We got some lovely images as Debbie and Gary tied the knot and then everyone made their way into the conservatory to pick up a glass of champagne and congratulate the new Mr and Mrs Westwood.
We knew that it would be almost dark by the time the wedding breakfast and speeches were over, so we cracked on with the big group photo, confetti, and family group shots, before spending some time with the Debbie and Gary for their couple portrait session. Best man Gary's assistance with gathering guests together for groups was invaluable and left plenty of time for the couple's photographs before we went back inside to capture images of the wedding breakfast room, table details and cake.
The Cawthorne Suite looked amazing dressed in the shades of pink that Debbie had chosen. Gary gave us a thank you in his speech and it's things like this that we don't expect but that really mean a lot to us. The speeches were funny and emotional in equal measure and after what has been a challenging year for the couple, it was a joy to be part of their big day and to see them so happy.
Thank you so much Debbie and Gary for allowing us the privilege of being your wedding photographers and for looking after us so wonderfully throughout the day. It's been lovely getting to know you and it was a pleasure to share your celebrations.
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