Friday, 15 September 2017

Waterton Park Hotel Wedding Photography | Donna and Jamie's Wedding

We're always happy when we're booked by lovely couples to be wedding photographers at Waterton Park Hotel as this spectacular island location, which is unique amongst Yorkshire wedding venues, has everything a Wakefield wedding photographer could wish for - a stunning lakeside backdrop, interesting architecture, attractive areas indoors, which come in very useful especially if the weather doesn't play ball,  and friendly and attentive staff who can't do enough to make sure the bride and groom and their guests have a fantastic day.  Donna and her girls got ready in the Gamekeeper's Cottage and she had told us to expect her dress to be something out of the ordinary and Wow! it was gorgeous!  We left the girls to their final preparations and met up with Jamie and his attendants for the lads' portraits on the island, along with the banter this always brings.  After the civil ceremony the guests gathered on the island to enjoy the drinks reception, the great weather and the surroundings and we cracked on with the group photo session.  Donna and Jamie had gone to town on the decor in the Waterton Suite and for the last few minutes before the guests were invited to sit for dinner, we captured a selection of the table details, some of which had a fishing theme, but more about that later.  Weddings at this venue run like clockwork and as recommended wedding photographers for Walton Hall Hotel we know that whilst the guests are taking their places for dinner, we have a few precious minutes for some couple and bridal portraits around the columns at the front, with no photo bombers!  We love all weddings but summer ones are great, with their long daylight hours, which meant we could capture something Jamie was particularly enthusiastic about after the wedding breakfast and speeches.  To say Jamie is a keen fisherman is an understatement, so we suspect this went some way to influencing the couple's choice of venue, and he couldn't wait to have some photographs taken with a fishing theme.  We're not sure he was too happy about relinquishing his fishing rod to his wife but we are really happy with the results!  You guys were such great sports and we loved working with you. After the first dance in the Boathouse we went back outside to set up to take some twilight photographs which will make an incredible ending to Donna and Jamie's wedding album. Congratulations on tying the knot Mr and Mrs Watts and thank you so much for choosing us to share such a beautiful day.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wedding Photography at Rogerthorpe Manor | Laura-Jo and Scott's Wedding

Laura and Scott are a genuinely lovely couple who we hit it off with as soon as we met them to discuss their wedding photography at Rogerthorpe Manor.  As if this day wasn't a big enough celebration anyway, being Laura's 30th birthday as well as her wedding day, we were buzzing with excitement because she had asked us how we felt about photographing a horse at their wedding.  Ebony had been on long term loan to Laura but Scott had a surprise announcement to make during his emotional speech, that he had bought Ebony as a wedding gift and that she would be arriving after the meal.  This created a lot of excitement amongst the guests and the venue staff, including our friend, Karen, one of the wedding co-ordinators, who was giddy about the prospect of some unique photographs of a beautiful bride on her horse.  And what about the weather, which has a nasty habit of scuppering the best laid plans?  No pressure then!  Sometimes you get lucky and we struck gold with a glorious day at the time of year when it's not dark until around 10pm. After the civil ceremony in the Cawthorne Suite, everyone enjoyed refreshments in the grounds whilst we cracked on with the formal group shots.  There was time before the wedding breakfast for a handful of couple photos and as there was no one around in the 1610 bar, which has gorgeous lighting, we set up for some romantic portraits in there before everyone sat for dinner.  There were some lovely details to photograph and after struggling to finalise a colour scheme, the couple decided on mainly yellow, mixed with other vibrant colours, and the Cawthorne Suite looked fabulous.  The arrangement was for Ebony to be brought to Rogerthorpe Manor in her horse box at 7pm, and everything ran like clockwork. Laura's friends had worked incredibly hard to get Ebony wedding ready and bring her to the venue, and this beautiful girl behaved impeccably.  After all the excitement and working with a huge audience, we slowed things down with a relaxed couple portrait session and then some twilight photos after the first dance. Mr and Mrs Vickers, you are wonderful and kind and you were such a pleasure to work with. People like you guys are the reason why we love our job so much.  Laura, you looked absolutely radiant, and Scott, you scrubbed up well too!  What a spectacular wedding album you're going to have! Congratulations on your marriage, Laura's birthday and on finally being able to call Ebony your own.  

Interested in having us as your Rogerthorpe Manor wedding photographers?  We would love to hear from you on 01977 730159.