JoanneGower
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Rebecca and Ian’s Cave Castle Wedding

On Saturday we photographed our last wedding of the 2019 season and what a fabulous occasion it was! Rebecca and Ian were married at Cave Castle Hotel in East Yorkshire. We started the day bright and early with Rebecca and her mum Gail, and Bridesmaid Jade, who were busy getting ready when we arrived. Kim Shanks did Rebecca’s hair and Toni Naylor did her make up, whilst we photographed Rebecca beautiful dress which was from Molly Browns of York. We were very happy to find that not only Rebecca was ready early for her bridal portraits, but Ian also arrived early for his portrait session as well! This meant that we had plenty of time to create something special for both of them. Ian had three best men; Alex, Scott and Tom who were busy writing out their speech outside on the terrace when we arrived to do their photographs with Ian. They had a lovely service, but sadly due to the rules of the East Riding Registrar, we were only permitted to take a few photographs of the readings and ring exchange. The happy couple and their guests enjoyed a celebratory drink on the lawn at Cave Castle whilst we undertook the all important family formal photographs. Thanks to the support of toastmaster Michael, we were able to complete this is super fast time which left us a little time to complete the couples wedding portraits. Rebecca and Ian opted for a traditional line up in which they were able to greet their family and friends before sitting down for the wedding breakfast. Pianist Phil Culkin entertained guests during the meal and before the speeches, Ian opened a bottle of champagne with a saber, a technique known as Sabrage, to a big cheer from everyone. Speeches were delivered by both dads, the bride and groom and all three best men to much laughter and applause. The evening entertainments was provided by The Charm Offensive. We had a wonderful day with Rebecca and Ian, and their family and friends, and we wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Laura and Adam’s Elsham Hall Wedding

On Saturday we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Laura and Adam who were married at the fabulous Elsham Hall in Lincolnshire. The forecast for the day was a little unpredictable with heavy rain forecast, and the start of the day was very wet indeed! Laura and her bridesmaids began the day at the Forest Pines Hotel and we arrived in driving rain. All was calm inside, with hair and make up well under way when we arrived. Laura was calm and collected and was ready in her beautiful dress from Webtobe early enough for us to do her bridal portraits. Sometimes things run over at this part of the day, and it is such a shame because it can result in few, or in some cases no, bridal portraits. This was not the case for Laura who gave us exactly the amount of time we needed to capture her in all her glory. The room was a little small for the grandeur of our bride but we still managed to create some stunning portraits for her! Afterwards we headed outside to take our journey to Elsham. Once more the rain came down and when we arrived, the team at Bride Beautiful had everything under control with a bucket of umbrellas at the ready! We did our photographs of the groom and his best man Lee and usher Mark, under the recently constructed pergola entrance, so’s to protect them from the rain. Guests began to arrive and we waited excitedly at the bottom of the drive for the first sight of the wedding car which was provided by Silver Star Wedding Cars. The bride arrived and was escorted by dad Arthur and mum Pauline. The ceremony took place in the beautiful barn and afterwards the happy couple took a celebratory drive so that they could enjoy a few quiet moments together. By this time the rain had ceased and we were lucky to have some autumn sunshine to do the all important family group photographs. Afterwards we took a brief walk in the gardens with Laura and Adam, in order to do their couple portraits before they headed back into the barn to greet their guests, and start the celebrations. The barn looked stunning for the meal that was provided by Chris and the team at Your Chef, with guests from the wedding party undertaking carving duties in expert fashion! The traditional speeches followed the main course and after desert, guests headed into the Garden room to take tea, whilst the team from Bride Beautiful prepared the Barn for the evening celebrations. Laura and Adam cut their stunning cake from Dotty Cakes before taking to the floor for their first dance with music supplied by Power Play Discotheques Grimsby. Our thanks to Emma, Lynne, Tanya and Alex at Bride Beautiful who looked after everyone including us, perfectly. A big shout out to Chris from Your Chef who not only gave us a little bit of wriggle room when things ran over, but also provided us with a delicious hot meal, that was very welcome after nine hours on our feet! We had a lovely day with Adam and Laura, and we wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Pre Wedding Photography Shoot with Rebecca and Ian

On Monday we did our final pre wedding photoshoot of 2019 with Rebecca and Ian at Cave Castle, and what a lovely way to finish off the season. Rebecca and Ian are a lovely relaxed couple and the shoot was such fun that I could have stayed there all night with my camera. To say we are looking forward to photographing their special day is an understatement! They are both such fun to work with and so I know that our work will be so much easier on the wedding day. Cave Castle is a lovely venue to work at and provides some great backdrops for wedding photography, both inside and out. I look forward to sharing the highlights from Rebecca and Ian’s day on this blog very soon!

Pre wedding photography with Laura and Adam at Elsham Hall in Lincolnshire

On Tuesday we met up with Laura and Adam who are getting married later this month at Elsham Hall. It is one of our favourite places to work, not just because of the fabulous gardens which provide ample opportunity for wedding photography, but because the team there are so efficient and so friendly, that it always makes our job that bit easier and much more enjoyable. Working with Laura and Adam was also a treat, since they are a relaxed, fun couple who are happy to work with us and try out a few new locations for their photography. The meeting we had to discuss their requirements for the big day was quick and easy since Caroline at Elsham had taken all of the hard work out of it for us, having provided a perfect schedule which allowed sufficient time for photographs – this only happens at Elsham Hall! On a typical wedding day, David and I usually have to go into turbo charge to get everything that we need to for our clients, because there is not really enough time for photographs! Its all part of the fun! To say that Laura and Adam were easy and relaxed in front of the camera is an understatement and I am very excited about working with them on their special day to capture some magical photographs that they can treasure for ever.

A church wedding with Tina and Simon

Yesterday we photographed the wedding of Tina and Simon at All Saints Church in Brantignham, and what a day it was! The weather threw just about everything it had at us, from rain and blustery winds right through to bright sunshine. Conditions were far from ideal, but that did not put a damper on the celebrations which had been expertly organised by our groom Simon. This happy couple finally tied the knot after the twenty five years together and a nineteen year engagement. When Simon and his bestman Darren arrived the heavens opened and we had to take shelter for a while inside the church to wait for the rains to ease. A brief respite gave us the chance to take some quick photographs before the rains came down once more. Guests hurried along the path and those without umbrellas took what shelter they could underneath coats, cardigans and hand bags! Our bride Tina arrived in style in a horse drawn carriage and luckily the rains eased so that she was able to make her way into the church safe and dry. After the service we all headed outside to find bright summer sunshine which was lovely for the couple and their guests but a little challenging for photography! We completed the main formal groups reasonably quickly so that everyone was able to head off for a celebratory drink at Wintringham Fields, were the couple held their reception. We had a lovely day with Tina and Simon, and their family and friends and were made very welcome by the lovely team at Wintringham Fields. We wish Tina and Simon every happiness in their future life together and look forward to sharing the rest of their wedding photographs with them very soon.

JoanneGower
Wedding Photography