Groom's Preparations: The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Ceremony & Reception: Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
.....and the award for Most Camera-Shy Groom Of The Year 2010 goes to.....Simon!
Most people are at least a little bit camera-shy, it's only natural. I hate having my photo taken with a passion so I can sympathise with how Simon was feeling.
Sometimes it can be quite a challenge to get people to relax in front of the camera - if you feel tense, it will always show in the photographs - so that is why I like to arrive bright and early, preferrably before everyone starts to get ready, to give them a chance to get the nerves out of the way before we get to the important parts of the day.
A pre-wedding shoot is an ideal way to show the couple that having their photographs taken is actually a lot of fun and not something to be afraid of, as well as being a great way for us to get to know each other.
Thankfully, after a bit of coaxing from his friends, Simon got into the swing of things. Hannah, on the other hand, was up for anything from the word go!
Sun Pavilion is an amazing Art Deco building with a huge stained glass domed roof, set in the beautiful Valley Gardens, a stunning setting for a wedding!
The weather was a bit hit-&-miss but the sun shone for long enough for us to do everything we wanted, although later on you could just detect that little bit of a chill in the air that reminds you that summer is drawing to a close. To be honest, though, I don't think it would have made any difference to Hannah and Simon if we'd had freezing fog followed by a plague of locusts!
Congratulations to the (very) happy couple!