Thursday, 27 November 2014

Wedding Photographer Waterton Park Hotel - Emma and Michael

As our 2014 wedding season almost comes to a close, it was great to be the Wakefield wedding photographers for such a fabulous couple, Emma and Michael, as they tied the knot at St James's church in Thornes, Wakefield.  

Emma got ready with her mum and bridesmaids at the reception venue, so we kicked off the Waterton Park wedding photography by capturing make-up shots, Emma's beautiful Sofia Tolli dress, and some very pretty details, all the time enjoying the atmosphere, banter and excitement as the girls went about their preparations.

The only thing that wasn't exciting was the weather, unless you're a duck!  As professional wedding photographers we know that a bit of fine drizzle is not too bad to deal with, especially when it's the boys you're photographing as they don't tend to worry too much about a bit of the wet stuff, but the rain in the morning was torrential and we knew as we set off to start the St James's church, Thornes wedding photography for Michael and his attendants, that we would be working mostly inside and keeping everything crossed for a break in the weather later on so that we could make the most of the picturesque setting of Waterton Park.

A very proud father arrived with his daughter in a classic Rolls Royce, expertly driven by Robert Hepworth from Rolls Hire Vintage Limousines.  Robert is always so professional and a great help to his clients and their photographers.  He and his colleague parked the cars as close to the church door as possible and along with Alex, held umbrellas over the girls as they stepped out.  After the ceremony, which was conducted by a lovely and very accommodating lady vicar called Joan, we decided it was a wise move to resort to our plan B and photograph the groups inside the church before we headed back to Waterton Park. After we'd done these the rain had just about stopped, enabling confetti to be thrown without the couple needing to shelter under umbrellas, before we left the church.

Pauline greeted the new Mr and Mrs Hilton-McLoughlin with champagne and after a few car photos and with the group pictures already in the can, we knew we could concentrate on couple and bridal portraits.  The rain had stopped and Emma and Michael braved the wet grass so that we could use the lakeside setting in their images. As recommended Waterton Park Hotel wedding photographers we know that there are certain "must have" locations for couple shots, the archway being one of them.  We also know that with winter weddings, daylight is short and you have to work fast.  Some fun photos were on the couple's list of requests and the bridal party happily obliged, just as it started to rain again.

During a lull in the wedding breakfast as the main course was cleared and as we waited for the speeches to start, Emma decided to take a break and stretch her legs.  Opportunities like this are very welcome during winter weddings when you're squeezing so much into a short space of time before the light disappears, so we took advantage of the few precious minutes of remaining daylight and an enthusiastic bride, for some portraits around the columns at the entrance to Walton Hall.

After the speeches we dashed outside to set up for some twilight shots, which were timed to perfection to get the dark blue sky, and as there was no wind the lake was like a mirror, giving us some incredible reflections.  The evening party started, Emma danced with her dad, she danced with her brother, and the newly married couple enjoyed their first dance together as husband and wife.

A massive thank you for choosing us to share your big day, for working so brilliantly with us despite the weather, and for the fantastic feedback we received from you, your family and your friends throughout your wedding day.

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