JoanneGower
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Charlotte & Jason’s Pre Wedding Photoshoot at Tickton Grange

We had a really fun evening yesterday with Charlotte and Jason at Tickton Grange. They are getting married at Beverley Minster in July and will be holding their wedding reception at the hotel. It was a clear evening though a little overcast which meant that we had all of the grounds at Tickton Grange at our disposal. After a chat about the plans for the big day we headed outside for the shoot and it soon became clear that Charlotte and Jason were going to make our job as wedding photographer very easy. They were both very relaxed in front of the camera and were willing to try out a few new locations for us. Needless to say that we are very excited about photographing their special day and look forward to capturing their memories.

Preview Wedding Photography for Amy & Michael at Rowley Manor

I am delighted to share the preview wedding photography for Amy & Michael who were married yesterday at Rowley Manor. We arrived bright and early and were able to take some images of Amy and her bridesmaids Gemma, Emma & Jenna whilst they were busy getting ready. The bridal suite is lovely at Rowley and we have lots of natural light at our disposal which helps with the photographs. Amy had a tea length dress that was from Bride & Co, and the bridesmaids dresses were from The Wedding Collection. As always time runs away and before we knew it, we had to leave Amy to meet up with the groom to do his portraits before he met with the registrar. Despite the drizzle the boys were happy to head outside and we worked quickly to ensure that they stayed dry for the ceremony. Michael and the groomsmen looked very smart in their suits from Brides and Grooms of Lincolnshire, and we had a good laugh with grandad Pete whilst doing the photography. The bride was escorted down the aisle by dad Graham and we were able to grab a few quick photographs during ring exchange only, as East Riding Registrars have a strict policy regarding photography during the ceremony. The forecast for the day was terrible with an amber weather warning for localised flooding, and with this in mind, we worked very quickly through the formal family groups. A bit thank you to the brides brother, Chris, who was a very able toastmaster for the day. His help in rounding everyone up was fantastic and ensured that we were able to conclude our photography in super quick time. It was just a well really, since the weather took a turn for the worst later on in the afternoon, with the power cutting off just before best and Peter gave his speak. Torrential rain followed but happily the electricity was soon back on so that guests could continue with the party. Amy and Michael are a lovely couple and we wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Yorkshire Wedding Photographer at Lazaat, East Yorkshire

As a wedding photographer in the Yorkshire region, I always enjoy the variety of venues that we get to work in, and on Sunday we were at St Mary’s Church in Beverley and afterwards at Lazaat, for the wedding of Helena and Thomas. It was another bright sunny day when we arrived at the brides house and the ladies were busy getting ready. The early part of a wedding day is one of the nicest parts for the wedding photographer, as it tends to be very relaxed and it is a privilege to be party to this section of the wedding. We started our photography for the day, with images of the all important details including Helenas lovely wedding dress which was from Bridal Reloved in Beverley. Once Helena was ready, and her hair and make up were complete, we did some beautiful bridal portraits of her inside, before heading out into the garden to make the most of the good weather. Tom arrived at the church in a chauffuer driven, Aston Martin, and we completed some quick photographs of him and his best man Matthew and ushers Oliver and George. The guests were all bright and early and headed inside the cool church to await the arrival of the bride. Helena arrived in a vintage car accompanied by her dad David. As always, we worked quickly to grab some quick natural photographs of the bridal party before the bride made her entrance in the church. Following the service, guests headed out into the sunshine and we were able complete one of the most challenging parts of a photographers day; the formal group photographs. We managed to find a shady spot to do our photography and soon guests were on their way to celebrate at Lazaat, near Cottingham. The reception room looked amazing with a beautiful display of cupcakes that were supplied by Mary Baker of Driffield. I must say a very big thank you to Helena and Tom as we were lucky enough to join the guests for a wonderful meal! After dinner came the all important speeches that provided many laughs for the aseembled guests. We had a really wonderful day with Helena and Tom and we wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Preview wedding photography with Sophie and Ryan

For every wedding photographer, the weather is always a concern for each and every wedding, but on Saturday, we were lucky to have some lovely spring sunshine for the wedding Sophie and Ryan, who were married at St Peters Church, in Bilton. Our day began when we met up with Sophie and her bridesmaids Kimberley, Daniella, Annie, Amy and Katy, at her parents house. The early part of a wedding day is one of the nicest parts for the wedding photographer, as it tends to be very relaxed and it is a privilege to be party to this section of the wedding. Karen and Ian made us feel very welcome and the girls were busy getting ready when we arrived. We started our photography for the day, with images of the all important details including Sophie stunning wedding dress which was from Bridal Boutique in Hull. Once Sophie was ready, and her hair and make up were complete, we did some beautiful bridal portraits of her in the garden before heading off to meet Ryan and his brother and best man, Craig, at the church. From this point in the day, the work of a wedding photographer becomes very pressured and there is absolutely no margin for error but we were put at our ease by vicar Maggie. What a pleasure it was to work with Maggie, whose good humour and kindness made our job so much easier. Before long guests started to arrive and after some hugs and kisses, Ryan headed inside to await his bride. Sophie arrived in style in a vintage car supplied by Pickering Cars, and was accompanied by her dad Dave. As always, we worked quickly to grab some quick natural photographs before the bride made her entrance in the church. Following the service, guests headed out into the sunshine and we were able complete one of the most challenging parts of a photographers day; the formal group photographs. It is safe to say that we breathe a small sigh of relief once the group photographs are done, and everyone else can get on with the business of enjoying themselves! The couple held their wedding reception at the wonderful Tickton Grange; one of our favourite venues in the Yorkshire region. Over recent months the venue has undergone a stylish refurbishment both inside and out and it looks really stunning. The reception room looked amazing with a beautiful cake that was decorated by Sophie’s friend Amy, providing the perfect centrepiece. Sophie and Ryan opted to break with tradition and had their speeches before the food so that everyone was able to enjoy their meal. Once the guests sat down for their meal, we were able to take a much needed break, before checking through the photographs and making sure we had not missed anything on Sophie and Ryan’s list. Whilst the weather was lovely for guests, it was far from ideal for photography and so after the celebrations the bridal party joined us outside in the gardens and we were able to conclude our work. I must say a very big thank you to Sophie and her bridesmaids who were fantastic sports and didn’t bat an eyelid when I trampled though a few nettles and asked them to follow me! The girls followed without hesitation and we were able to take some really lovely candid photographs of them amongst the bluebells. From start to finish this was a truly wonderful wedding. It was a really happy occasion and Sophie and Ryan are such a lovely couple. Their patience and good humour was unending and I hope they feel that their goodwill has been rewarded when they look through their photographs. This was our first wedding of 2018 and it was a totally fantastic way to start. Thank you Sophie and Ryan; we loved being part of your special day, may you continue to love one another and live your own happy ever after!

Yorkshire Wedding Photographer at Dunedin Country House with Natalie & Robert

As a wedding photographer it is so important to have a good connection with the people you are photographing, and yesterday we had such fun working with Natalie and Rob, who are getting married later on this year at the fabulous Dunedin Country House. It has been a while since we photographed a wedding at Dunedin, so it was great to be back there again. Unfortunately it was a rather cold and windy evening, but undeterred we went into the garden to do a quick pre wedding photography shoot with this lovely couple. All of our full day wedding photography packages include a free pre wedding shoot. It provides a fantastic opportunity for our couples to get used to being in front of the camera and ensures that they are confident on their big day. It also ensures that we can familiarise ourselves with the timing and the plans for the wedding day and can plan our coverage to ensure that is blends seamlessly into the day. The majority of the wedding day is captured naturally in a documentary or reportage style. This means that we basically record the day as it unfolds rather than trying to organise and pose people. This style of working is popular these days, but we often get asked to deliver some formal (or traditional) family groupings as well. On a good day the traditional family groups take us around 20 minutes to complete which means the guests are not standing around for hours waiting for the photographs to be taken. In addition to the traditional groups, we also take lots of candid shots of the happy couple and their guests enjoying the celebrations, and one of our favourite sections of the wedding to photograph is the speeches. This is the perfect time for us to capture people when they are least aware of us and delivers the most natural photographs since usually people have had one or two drinks by this stage. We are really delighted that Natalie and Rob chose us as their wedding photographer, and are very much looking forward to being part of their special day!

JoanneGower
Wedding Photography