Monday, 4 September 2017

[Wedding] Matt and Petra, a City Centre Wedding full of laughter at The Queens Hotel, Leeds

On Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing Matt and Petra's Wedding at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. It's funny that 8 years into shooting Weddings and I'm still shooting Weddings at new Venues.

I started with Petra and her bridesmaids in a hive of Hair and Makeup in the Bridal Suite on the 8th floor. With its own private balcony giving a big view over Leeds City Centre. Lots of music and giggles were filling the room as people were getting a little bit excited!

Petra gave her bridesmaids the colour that she wanted for the dresses and they all picked their own that they were comfortable in! Considering they decided on the colours via WhatsApp I have to say they got a good match of colours! :) 

At the Ceremony, the special guest of honour was Frankie, Matt and Petra's dog - who I think could have quite taken some of the spotlight off Matt and Petra! 

Petra was walked down the aisle by her Mum whilst Matt and his best man Scott waited patiently for the bridal party's arrival. Each bridesmaid walking down the aisle before Petra headed down. The ceremony was beautiful with two readings, including a specially written piece of poetry from one of Petra's bridesmaids.

After the ceremony, we all headed downstairs to do a big group photograph of everyone, before heading outside for smaller groups including, family and parents. Trying to avoid the busy people of Leeds and not getting run over by Taxis! 

We then headed over to the Square for photographs with the Bridal Party, of all the groomsmen and Bridesmaids before photographs of the Happy Couple themselves. The weather was completely on our side!

When we headed inside, it was time for the Wedding Breakfast then followed by speeches by Petra, Matt and Best Man Scott. Afterwards, Petra went and got changed into her Second Dress aka the Dancing Dress and her second pair of shoes (why not!) and we headed out for a couple more photographs of new Mr and Mrs Young together before it was time to get the party started!

Thank you for allowing me to share your special day with you!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

[Wedding] Sian & Joe, a celebration of love at Waterton Park Hotel

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Joe & Sian's big day at Waterton Park Hotel.
Sian's Mum & Dad actually booked me to shoot their big day back in January. I did think it was quite short notice but Sian & Joe only got engaged on Bonfire night the whole wedding planned in 9 months!

I didn't actually meet Sian & Joe until their pre-shoot but we got on so well so I knew their day was going to be awesome!

I started with Sian, her mum Jayne and bridesmaids who were in a hive of getting ready with hair and makeup under way. Before I headed over onto the island to meet with Joe, his best men and helped with buttonholes and handkerchiefs. 

I started with Sian, her mum Jayne and bridesmaids who were in a hive of getting ready with hair and makeup under way. Before I headed over onto the island to meet with Joe, his best men and helped with buttonholes and handkerchiefs before heading back to Sian for her final preparations and getting the dress on!

All the bridesmaids got ready before Sian got into her dress. And then Daddy got to see her for the first time...I love catching Dad's reaction.

They spent a little quiet time together before taking the beautiful walk over the bridge to the Waterton Suite for the Wedding Ceremony.

Joe was waiting for his beautiful bride to be. The bridesmaids walked in to the String Duo playing before Sian walked down with her Daddy.

The ceremony was full of love, laughter and a few tears. It was such a beautiful lovely ceremony.

We headed outside for reception drinks before we started with group photographs. Sian & Joe didn't request too many group photographs to allow most of their guests to enjoy their day and catch up and party! 

Sian and Joe then took a little time from their guests to have some photographs done on their own as the new Mr and Mrs and taking in the fabulous grounds of Waterton Park Hotel

We headed back to the Waterton Suite for the new Mr and Mrs Rumblow to start relaxing into the rest of their day with their guests. Instead of a Wedding Cake, there were shots of Sourz and personalised shot glasses!


Monday, 31 July 2017

[Wedding] Amy & Neil, a love that will travel the world at Cubley Hall

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of photography Amy and Neil's Wedding. Amy and Neil must have booked me around 18 months ago  - so it's been a long time coming!

I started with Amy with her bridesmaids at Amy's parent's house. Her makeup was being done by her bridesmaid Nicola whilst hair was being done by Danielle, and dad was busy in the kitchen making us all awesome bacon sandwiches!

As I always find it was a lovely chilled out morning until about an hour before the ceremony then all of a sudden it was rush-rush! However regardless of any rushing about there was no stressing. 

However, there were a few tears and laughter when the bridal party were fully ready and Amy was ready to head to church!

Amy and Neil were married by Canon Simon, at St Saviour's Church, High Green - a beautiful ceremony with lots of love, laughter and a few tears shed by the family. It's definitely clear to see that these two are meant to be!

After the church, we did some close family photographs in the church grounds, before heading to the ceremony venue, Cubley Hall.

After we headed to Cubley and welcome drinks were had, everyone headed outside for group photographs before we then did some photographs of Amy and Neil on their own.

We headed inside the barn where the room was decorated in naturals, rustics and lace and looked absolutely stunning with the fairy lights.

The speeches were held before the meal, and this included lots of laughs, and tears - and of course embarrassing the groom as is only the job of the Best Man, who was also the groom's brother.

The wedding had a lot of travel themed influences throughout it as travelling is so important to the couple themselves.

After dinner, and before the evening reception started, we headed back out for a few more photographs of the beautiful bandstand and countryside at Cubley Hall.

We then went and partied the night away! I'm sure good fun was had by all there was definitely a full dance floor when I left!

Thank you, Mr and Mrs McCann, for allowing me to share your special day!

[Wedding] Suzanne & Scott: A Beautiful Family Wedding at Hotel, Van Dyk

On Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing Suzanne & Scott's beautiful Wedding at Hotel Van Dyk, Clowne.

I have known Suzanne and her big sister Katie since school, and their mum and my mum worked together, talk about a small world! 

I started with Suzanne and her bridesmaids at Hotel Van Dyk - after hair and make-up had been done where they had been staying the night before. Laura from Something New Wedding Specialists was there too to steam the dresses and dress the bridesmaids in the dresses that had been made specially.

Suzanne then got dressed in her beautiful Sophia Tolli dress with mum helping her into it.

We then headed downstairs for the ceremony where Scott and their son Lucas were waiting for Suzanne to walk down the aisle.

Suzanne and her Dad followed her flower girls and bridesmaids down the aisle. The ceremony was lovely, full of laughs especially as Lucas started to play the musical piano on the phone mid-ceremony! 

After the ceremony, we headed outside for drinks on the decking whilst the rain held off, before we started with group, family and couple photographs. There may have been one or two children bribed (with parents permission) with lollipops too but we got there in the end for all requested photographs! 

We headed inside where the room was beautifully set up in a white with blue accents and pink flowers to match the bouquet. The room looked so elegant.

After dinner were speeches in the traditional order of Father of the Bride, Groom and finishing on the Best Man's speech. We headed outside afterwards for a few more couple photographs whilst guests checked in and the room was turned around for the evening reception.

The evening started with cake cutting, first dance, lots of fun in the photo booth and live music played with the band. Whilst evening buffet was served we headed back out for some night-time pictures and played with sparklers too!

Thank you Suzanne, Scott and Lucas, for allowing me to share your special day with you! 

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