JoanneGower
Wedding Photography

Category: Wedding Photography

The Blessing of Lara and Matthias

On Saturday we had the absolute joy of photographing the wedding blessing of Lara and Matthias, and what an elegant affair it was. There was no doubt that the stunning choice of Beverley Minster and Burton Agnes Hall would give this occasion a sense of grandeur and dignity, but for David and I the real pleasure was in working with some of the most charming and courteous people we have ever met. Everyone treated us very well and we were looked after so beautifully, there were many moments when we had to remind ourselves that we were actually working, and not simply enjoying a fabulous occasion with friends! The happy couple were legally married earlier in the year, and recently held a celebration in Portugal. The blessing and celebrations were organised by the brides mum Susan, and what a fantastic job she did! We started the day at the Minster when we met up with the happy couple. We had not met them before and from the very first minute, we knew that we were going to be part of something very special and quite unique. Their love for each other was evident throughout the day, and they were such a delight to work with. After the service we took the usual formal family group photographs before everyone headed out to Burton Agnes Hall. Upon arrival, guests enjoyed a celebratory drink and were served with utterly delicious canapés supplied by Ragassan Caterers, whilst the Northlights String Quartet played in the summer sunshine. Once the bride had changed her beautiful sari, it was time for everyone to be seated for the meal. The opening prayers was offered by the Rt Reverend David James, and welcome speeches were given the brides father Joe, and the grooms father Hans. It was at this point that we took our leave and headed home to work on the photographs. To say we had a lovely day with Lara and Matthias is an understatement. It was a truly wonderful occasion and a privilege to be part of it. I wish them a long and happy life together and thank all of their family and friends for taking such good care of us. This is one wedding that we will hold in our hearts for a very long time.

Wedding Photography with Annabel and Scott

Yesterday we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Annabel and Scott who were married at Leven Church. We started the day with the bride and when we arrived Annabel was busy having the finishing touches done to her make up. There was lots of laughter and chatter as the girl got ready and before long it was time for Annabel to put on her stunning dress from Deborah Moore in Hessle. Needless to say she caused quite a stir when she defended the stairs to make her entrance. Whoops of excitement and joy at just how gorgeous she looked and dad gave her a big hug. We took some quick bridal portraits before heading out to meet Scott and his groomsmen. After a quick chat with the Reverend James we were able to take their photographs before Scott headed inside to await his bride. There was a small delay in proceedings as the bridesmaids taxi arrived a little later than anticipated, but the service was soon underway. The readings were delivered by mum Jean and Steve and the happy couple exited the church to excited guests who showered them with confetti. Unfortunately, due to the late start, we had to really motor through the photographs to make sure Annabel and Scott were delivered to the Millhouse in time for canapés, and the entertainment provided by Connie Ward Allen. After the recent heatwave, everyone was happy with the slightly cooler conditions and the downpour did nothing to dampen the spirits. Speeches took place before the meal and were delivered to much laughter and a variety of chants, with shots being downed at the request of the groom. Annabel dad gave a highly entertaining speech and lets just say that the bride definitely wasn’t spared her blushes! We had a great day with Annabel and Scott and wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Wedding Photography at the Deep with Teresa and William

On Saturday we had the honour of shooting the wedding of Teresa and William at the Deep. We are always feel privileged to be photographing a couples wedding, but when asked to undertake the task for long standing friends its very humbling. We have known William since he was a twinkle in his Dad Mark’s eye and so this assignment was extra special for us.We started the day at the brides house and it was lovely to take some photographs of the all important details. Teresa’s stunning dress was perfectly complimented by the flowers from Paragon Arcade and the bridesmaids dresses. Teresa was busy getting ready with bridesmaids Jessica, Chelsea and Sarah and we were able to take some quick bridal portraits before heading off to meet up with William and his best man (and brother) Sam and usher James. We met up with the boys outside of the Deep before William headed inside to see the registrar. The bride was accompanied down the aisle by her Grandma Maureen who looked lovely in navy and white.

Photographing the ceremony at the Deep is always a photography challenge at the Deep, owing to the low light conditions and because we are not able to use flash as it is harmful to the fish. After the service in front of the Cool Seas tank, the happy couple exited the Deep with family and friends for the all important group photographs. The weather was kind to us all and we were able to complete them quickly so that everyone could head back inside and the celebrations could commence. In the Ocean Gallery Teresa and William were cheered in by their loved ones and forgo the traditional confetti in favour of a bubble machine. After speeches and the cutting of the cake the formal dinner took place in front of the main tanks.

Ou thanks to Freya, Steph and the rest of the team at the Deep who looked after everyone, including us very well.

We had a wonderful day with Teresa and William and their family and friends we wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Colin and Graham’s Wedding

Yesterday I had the honour of documenting the wedding of Colin and Graham. They have been together for 39 years and finally tied the knot at the Guildhall in Hull. They wanted a relaxed and informal day and our photography brief was to capture the day as naturally as possible. We did however, manage to grab a few minutes with them before the ceremony to capture a small number of formal portraits. The couple were escorted down the aisle by sisters Barbara and Sheila whilst the congregation of family and close friends looked on. The boys friend Emma gave a heartfelt reading before Colin and Graham read out their personal vows to each other. Best woman Tish delivered the rings, and after the exchange the happy couple signed the register, before heading outside for the walk to Humber Street Gallery where they held their reception. Galloping along the pavement with two cameras whilst avoiding startled pedestrians proved to be a bit of a challenge for David and I, but it was worth the effort as we manage to capture some lovely candid images of the couple and their guests. Passers by offered their congratulations before everyone headed into the gallery for a celebratory drink. This assignment was a little different from our usual weddings in as much as we pretty much documented things as they happened. However, it was a huge amount of fun and we had lots of laughs with Colin and Graham. We wish them lots of love and happiness in their future life together and look forward to sharing the rest of their wedding photographs with them soon.

An Autumn Wedding at Crab Manor with Victoria and Joseph

I am delighted to share the preview wedding photography for Victoria and Jospeh, who were married on Friday at Crab Manor, near Thirsk. This was our final wedding of 2018 and what a lovely way to finish. We had a truly wonderful day with this lovely couple and their amazing family and friends. From start to finish the day was full of joy. With weddings, I feel that it is the bride who sets the tone for the day, so it is no surprise to say that the day was also elegant, well organised and just a total pleasure to be part of. As it was November and we were uncertain of how the weather might behave, Victoria and Joseph had opted to have an early morning reveal, rather than choose the traditional option of the groom seeing his bride for the first time when she comes down the aisle. I have to say that this afforded this couple a very intimate and happy moment as they saw each other for the first time, and I really love the images that we captured for them during these touching moments. Their decision to have a ‘reveal’ also meant that we were able to do many of their couple portraits before the ceremony took place. This gave them (and us), a very relaxed experience, and as the weather was so beautiful, we were able to make the most of the beautiful gardens at Crab Manor. The ceremony took place at 1.30pm and there were a few laughs when Jospeh mixed up his words! Following the service, guests enjoyed a celebratory drink outside the conservatory, before joining us for the formal family photographs. We had many laughs with them during this part of the day, and they all made our job very easy with their good humour. We had a totally amazing day with Victoria and Joseph, finishing the day as relaxed as we started it. This is probably a first for us and down to the good grace and organisation of this beautiful couple. We wish them a very happy future together and look forward to sharing the rest of their wedding photography with them very soon!

JoanneGower
Wedding Photography