Fiona and David are one of those rare couples who book me to shoot their wedding without actually meeting me. Now, I think that one of the most important things about choosing your wedding photographer is to make sure you 'gel' with them; that there's a synergy, that you're singing off the same hymn sheet. So I try to meet in person with all my wedding couples, to make sure that they're choosing the right photographer when they choose me.
Now a face to face meeting isn't always possible. Like, when a couple live in London……or on another continent for instance (which has happened quite a few times!).
This however wasn't the case with Fiona and David, who live just the other side of the river Tyne from me. The problem was a massive car accident that happened just before we were due to meet up. Fiona was OK, but David was seriously injured and hospitalised for quite some time. As excuses for not making a meeting, this is a pretty good one. So, after a few chats on the phone, Fiona decided I was the right photographer for them, and off we went.
As you can see, their wedding in June last year at Langley Castle was a truly happy affair - the day was so full of smiles and emotion. I only fully understood why when it came to the speeches. Turns out that the car wreck was caused by a blow-out. In the split second after the tyre went, David (who was driving) deliberately turned the car so his side took the impact, which probably saved Fiona's life in the process. Needless to say, not a dry eye in the house when this was revealed. It also revealed the depth of their love for each other, which I hope I've captured in some of the 'smiliest' wedding pics I've ever shot.
David's recovery was slow but steady, and his aim was to lift Fiona off the ground during their 1st dance, which he duly did!!
Oh yeah, and there was a bird of prey to deliver the wedding rings, which didn't go quite according to plan….but that's another story!
Just when you think you've seen everything, a bride comes along with a wedding outfit that knocks you for six!!
That's what happened back in October when I arrived at Langley Castle Hotel in Northumberland to photograph the wedding of Jennifer & Stuart. Now, Langley is a great venue for any wedding, but is particularly suited if there's a touch of Gothic romance about, and Jen and Stuart certainly had that…..in spades!!
I first met them at one of Langley's wedding fairs. I think it's fair to say Stuart was less than enamoured with the idea of having a photographer at their wedding, but they both liked my work and we had a long chat……several months later, here I was on their big day, having been prepared by Jen for "something very different!!" Boy, was she not joking!!
Jen's dress was purple; and not just any old purple, but Cadbury's purple!!!! It was also made from the heaviest, most luxurious velvet I've come across - so heavy, it broke the wooden hanger it came on!! And if that wasn't enough to throw me, just check out her shoes. Jimmy Choos? Nah - common as muck!! Manolo Blahnik's? Everyone's got 'em mate!! How about 6" stiletto black leather high lace Doc Marten's?!! Check out the pictures - truly a one off!!
Fortunately Jen has the looks and the personality to carry this combo off. And we were (almost) lucky with the weather. OK, it rained a wee bit, but this was October in Northumberland…what do you expect? Actually, the overcast and low light really allowed me to shoot some fab atmospheric shots of Jen's dress - I'm really pleased with the results.
Oh yeah, and Stuart and his brother Matt chimed in with their own 'Docs' and frock coat outfits.
Thanks Jen and Stuart for a great day and so pleased you like my pics.
Anyway, the first wedding was Rebecca & Damian's. Despite the fact we were in October, the weather was extremely kind - we were even treated to a wee bit of autumn sun in the afternoon! Their fab autumn colour scheme included lots of lovely homemade details (luckily the orange umbrellas weren’t need on the day).
After their civil ceremony in the White Room, we went across to the superb and imposing 12th century priory for a wedding blessing. Check out the interior shots - who needs Westminster Abbey? So nice to reflect two completely different aspects of modern wedding ceremonies; a contemporary and cool part plus a gorgeous traditional one.
After the ceremonies, it was party time! The guests enjoyed drinks and canapés on the terrace outside The Stables, whilst Becky, Damian and our "bride removal team" (the amazing bridesmaids!) went back over to the priory for some speedy portrait shots.
Becky & Damian were a joy to photograph, with their exuberant personalities and deep love for each other coming over in buckets from my photos.
After this, a few shots of family groups back at The Stables, then the wedding party enjoyed their wedding breakfast, followed by speeches and dancing into the night…. oh yeah, and a few late night sparklers!!
Thank you Becky & Damian for allowing me to be part of your day!!
They were married at St Mary's church in Hexham, and then went on to fabulous Langley Castle Hotel for their reception.
As you can see, there was a large Scottish element to their celebrations; many kilts and thistles on show. Julianne put a huge amount of effort into the wedding theme, especially the flowers from Wild & Wonderful Flowers; the decorations inside the church were amazing!
And they were so lucky with the weather!! The rain was torrential during their service, but we arrived at Langley and the sun shone - no wonder they look so happy!! (So happy, in fact, that a little bird whispers Langley Castle are considering using one of my shots as a cover for their new brochure….watch this space!!)
Thanks again Julianne and WIll for letting me be part of your fantastic wedding celebrations.