Sunday, 13 June 2010

Walton Hall Wedding: Claire & Chris

Ceremony: Waterton Park Hotel, Waterton Park, Wakefield
Reception: Walton Hall, Waterton Park, Wakefield

It is important that I maintain a professional image at all times. I will, therefore, not be making the obvious comment about the two ceramic objects in the foreground of the above photo, ahem!!!!!

OK, I know I go on about the weather but in my defence, it had been raining all week and the forecast wasn't great but yet again, when it came to it, the sun shone and it was lovely and warm.
Walton Hall is a truly unique venue, as it sits on a small island surrounded by a large lake, offering plenty of stunning locations for photos and plenty of ducks to keep the kids amused.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Bagden Hall Wedding: Kirsty & Phil

Ceremony: Purlwell St Andrew's Church, Batley, West Yorkshire
Reception: Bagden Hall, Siscett, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Wow! What lovely day for a wedding! There was a full house at Phil's, with his best man, his parents and all the ushers, so there was a lot going on. The weather was glorious, so we did all the preparation shots in the garden. Phil was trying his best to look cool and calm but by the time the car arrived, he was a bag of nerves.

Kirsty & Phil had asked for a photo-free ceremony so it made quite a change to be able to sit in the congregation with the pressure off, although it is an unusually light and airy church which would have lent itself well to some really nice shots. What is more, Phil's Dad had done a fantastic job creating all the floral decorations!

Last time I was at Bagden Hall, there was snow everywhere and there was a biting wind. It was a totally different place with the sun out and the flowers in bloom, although I have to say it's a stunning venue any time of the year.

The evening entertainment was provided by in-house DJ, Gary Lay and the band Reflections, who pop up regularly at weddings in the area.

Congratulations to Kirsty & Phil and thanks for a really enjoyable day.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Rudding Park Wedding: Sonia & Andrew

Ceremony & Reception: Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Blessing: Rudding Park Chapel

Small world, isn't it? Andrew, the groom, and most of his friends and family are from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, just a few miles from where I grew up. It was nice to hear that East Midlands twang again!
I was hoping for better weather today. Rudding Park is such a beautiful venue, it would have been a shame if we hadn't been able to make the most of it. I needn't have worried. The sun shone most of the day, giving us the chance to take loads of outdoor shots of the happy couple.
Sonia and Andrew have been together for 14 years but you'd never guess it - they hardly took their eyes off each other all day!
The main ceremony took place in the drawing room of the house and this was followed by a blessing in the spectacular chapel, situated right nextdoor, so despite Sonia & Andrew not wanting any photos of their preparations, there were plenty of opportunities for some great shots.
A thoroughly enjoyable day for all concerned. Congratulations and best wishes to Sonia & Andrew, assuming they can take their eyes off each other for long enough to read this!

Christening Photography: Alannah, All Saints Church, Bingley

Christening: All Saints' Church, Bingley
Reception: Ramada Bradford/Leeds Hotel

I did a portrait session with Alannah a couple of months ago and she is a natural in front of the camera. She obviously remembered me because each time there was a group of people lined up to take a photo of her, she looked straight at me, bless her!