Claire and bridesmaids put the final touches to her wedding dress in her room at Judges in Yarm.
A quiet moment for Claire as she prepares for the upcoming service.
Judges holds the wedding in a separate building alongside the main hotel, Claire makes her way across followed by her brother and bridesmaid
The first kiss, the moment everyone looks forward to.
Add a bucks fizz or two and guests are soon happy to pose for a pic. Say “Cheese !”
Claire and Andy finally get some time to themselves after the ceremony and take a moment outside the gates to the garden at Judges Country House.
We’ve known Claires twin brothers, Keiran and John for many years, and were over the moon when they asked us to be the official photographers. We could mention that Andy plays football semi professionally for Blyth Spartans, the non league FA Cup giant killers, but we’re sure you are sick of football comments in these posts, so we won’t mention it.
The gardens at Judges Country House Hotel are beautiful and extensive, with many photo opportunities, from waterfalls and bridges to crowns of thorns and secret gardens.
The most important part of the day…make sure the bride is securely pinned into that dress. Michelle and family putting the final touches together before leaving for Seaham Hall.
Michelle and her dad walk proudly down the aisle at Seaham Hall.
After the ceremony, Michelle and Dave enjoy the age old confetti shot. I’m sure someone was throwing gravel as well
Michelle feels like she’s 4 ft tall as Dave and his best man sweep her off her feet.
The most amazing part of the day was when Michelle’s wedding shoe came loose and Dave showed off his power of levitation to float over an old well, whilst fastening it back on.
Nothing better than the wedding speech to bring a smile, or in this case, a huge laugh. Michelle and Dave had some great moments during the speeches.
Another of my favourite couples, Michelle and Dave were a joy to work with. They were so easy going and happy to just enjoy their time with us. We even had the videographer follow us around to set up their shots for them, and we were happy to help as it meant we got to guide them in our time.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Michelle and Dave at Seaham Hall, we know the wedding is a serious issue to the day, but having fun with friends and family is what a wedding day is all about and this wedding had it in spades.
We must have made a good impression too, as we then booked other weddings from guests on the back of this one.
Just some of the detail on Rebeccas wedding dress.
If you can’t be corny at a wedding, when can you be ? Micheal and his groomsmen enjoy a little dance.
Wynyard Hall has some amazing rooms for weddings, as well as the chapel. Rebecca makes her big entrance with her dad.
The competition we have to face at every wedding, but its a day for everyone to have fun.
Bride and Groom outside Wynyard Hall with their wedding car, a beautiful Bentley from Billingham Wedding Vehicle. We can highly recommend Raf and his team at BWV.
After the wedding, Wynyard Hall has a gorgeous terrace, from which to enjoy the rest of your wedding day.
Awww a lovely cuddle besides the giant columns that make up the front of Wynyard Hall.
Another beautiful feature of Wynyard Hall for a wedding, is the stunning rooms they have in the building. Here Micheal plays Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony in ‘D’ minor on the piano, OK I just made that up, but it looks good.
To end the day, the blokes played that traditional wedding day game of “Guess the weight of the Bride”. Judging from Rebecca’s smile, they all must have made the right choice.
Rebecca and Micheal are a local couple for us, as they also live in our home town of Billingham, so it was a pleasure to be booked for this wedding at Wynyard Hall.
One of the Premier venues on Teesside, Wynyard Hall offers the wedding of a lifetime. It has a stunning chapel and amazing architecture. Bought by Sir John Hall, the former owner of Newcastle United (I know, yet another piece of football knowledge), the hall has been completely refurbished to a very high standard and some of the rooms are fantastic to look at.
Denise told us she was well known for her use of D&G
Preparing for the big day at home.
Normally the men ask for “Reservoir of Dogs” type shot, but not this time.
The girls do the men style shots , so the men get in on the act outside the Yarm Suite with a girly one.
Denise and John enjoy a lovely romantic stroll in the grounds of The Parkmore Hotel after their wedding.
What the day is all about.
The wedding of Denise and John was held at The Parkmore Hotel, Eaglescliffe near Yarm.
During her bridal preparations shots, Denise had the perfect help to get her into her dress, the dressmaker herself, usually Julie finds herself as dresser as well as photographer, so this was a lovely change for her.
We know The Parkmore Hotel very well, as our daughter got married there herself recently, and the Yarm Suite is a lovely room in which to hold the wedding ceremony. Denise and John read out vows that they had written themselves and the ceremony was conducted by one of our favourite registrars, Anita, from Stockton register office, who always makes the event feel romantic.
We were delighted to receive a personalised thank you card from Denise and John afterwards.
Strangest start to a wedding day we’ve ever done with a quick swim in the warm sea for the groom and his male guests.
Even the girls got in on the act before the ceremony, but this time in the pool of the beautiful Pavlo Napa Hotel on Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa.
After the swim, Graeme and best man Kev, tuck into a good, sensible breakfast, in Pavlo Napa Hotel restaurant.
Angela decided on a far more fun start to the day.
If you’re going to a wedding in Cyprus, what better way to arrive than coming down a slide ?
The wedding took place in the gorgeous Garden of Eden restaurant, on Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa.
What better way to start married life than a stroll in The Mediterranean Sea.
After a sensible start to the day, Graeme did the sensible thing and got Angela to push the stunning Beauford car over the sands back to the main road.
We’ve covered many weddings across the UK, but this was our first destination wedding coverage and could we have got a better place than Cyprus, I don’t think so. Graeme and Angela took a party of around 25 friends and family over for the intimate wedding, and the entire trip was simply breathtaking, with wall to wall sunshine and exceptional service from the locals. We even decided to turn it into a holiday ourselves and enjoyed 5 star luxury in the Pavlo Napa hotel.
The wedding took place in The Garden of Eden restaurant, just a mile or so down the road from the hotel, a gorgeous indoor and outdoor venue, with a small chapel built there. Amazingly, the wedding co-ordinator was a lady who came from Linthorpe in Middlesbrough.
The following day, Angela got back into her wedding dress, and went parasailing with Graeme, and then decided on a spontaneous, Trash The Dress session, jumping into the sea from the boat wearing her wedding dress, we may even show a few of these photos in a later post. A fabulous wedding and we look forward to many more like this in the coming years.
Richie starts the day nicely relaxed in the birdcage at Hallgarth Hotel Darlington
Weddings are a time for friends and family to celebrate but always nice to remember those no longer with us.
A lovely moment, just after the ceremony, to enjoy the event.
The birdcage at Hallgarth Hotel, is a unique place for a confetti shot.
Danielle makes sure she doesn’t break the golf rules at Hallgarth Hotel by taking off her wedding shoes to run across the green.
Hallgarth Hotel is not just a great wedding venue, but also a nice golf course too. Stay over for a round perhaps grooms ?
The beauty of Hallgarth Hotel is that it has many lovely areas for wedding photography, like this little meadow running alongside the golf course.
Having known Richie, and his family, since he was around 12 years old, it was an honour to be asked to be their wedding photographer. We’re often asked if its a blessing or a curse to photograph the weddings of people we know, and in the majority of cases its a blessing, as we are able to be more relaxed and have a little more fun with the guests, as we know what we can get away with saying to them.
Having shot at Hallgarth Hotel in Darlington many times, it was great to have time with Richie and Danielle and take them to some of the lesser used areas for pictures. As part of their wedding package, they purchased one of our wedding books and were delighted with the images and design.
Rebecca in her stunning wedding dress at Middleton Lodge in Richmond, North Yorkshire
Rebecca and Matt exchange rings during their Middleton Lodge wedding ceremony.
Guests shower the happy couple with confetti
The bridesmaids take their place in the sun during the celebrations.
One of the many Alice in Wonderland themed events during the day, this time croquet with pink flamingoes. Middleton Lodge had a full croquet lawn outside of the ceremony room set up for the day.
Keeping with the theme, we had an afternoon tea for all to enjoy in Middleton Lodges own marquis.
Rebecca and Matt pictured outside the ceremony room after their wedding.
Nothing better on a wedding day than a beautiful string quartet
After a long day bride and groom get a bit of time alone.
Rebecca and Matt fooled their guests by beginning a slow dance to a romantic number before all the dancers ran in and began a rendition of the classic YMCA.
A fabulous themed wedding in the heart of North Yorkshire. Middleton Lodge is a stunning venue, nestled in private grounds not far from Scotch Corner. Rebecca and Matt had come up from London to see us, happily they booked us and we were ably assisted on the day by Greg of Beaurelique Photography in Manchester.
They arrived at Middleton Lodge en masse, with their family and friends from all around the country, to celebrate in style with an Alice in Wonderland themed day. From croquet and treasure hunts, to afternoon tea and characters, everyone had a fantastic time. The day was made even better for some, as the brides family were Everton football fans (I know another football comment) but it was FA Cup final day and they had missed out on the chance to go to Wembley and see Everton play Chelsea in the final, and we even managed to watch some of the second half with the brides dad. Definitely our favourite wedding venue, and James, the owner, does a brilliant job of running weddings.
Sarah in her wedding dress at Derwent Manor Hotel in Northumberland
Paul and his groomsmen enjoy a fun moment, just before his wedding to Sarah at Derwent Manor Hotel.
Best man making last minute alterations to his speech.
Sarah and Paul enjoy a little bit of time away from the guests after their wedding at Derwent Manor Hotel.
The couple share a lovely moment, which we’re glad to say was totally natural and unposed.
This brought about one of our favourite sayings heard at a wedding, as Sarah said to us “Don’t get a shot of me hoyking my dress up” Happy to say, we did and she liked it.
One of our favourite couples, Sarah and Paul, married in the lovely Derwent Manor Hotel, near Consett in Northumberland. They were recommended to us by another client, whose wedding we had also covered, and came down from Newcastle to see us in the studio, before booking us straight away.
Although they are avid Newcastle United fans, we didn’t hold that against them, as supporters of the far superior Middlesbrough FC (we know, but we can dream can’t we ?), we tried to make their day as relaxed, fun and as easy going as possible, which seemed to happen. The guests were a joy to work with and happily the weather was fantastic and we got loads of lovely photos.
Sad to say, we have only covered Derwent Manor Hotel this one time, and would love to get back and do another.