Sunday, 22 August 2010

Oulton Hall Wedding: Lisa & Jason

Ceremony: All Saints Church, Crofton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Reception: Oulton Hall, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The only way I can describe what was going on at Jason's when I arrived to photograph him getting ready is total chaos. After a heavy "celebrating" session the night before, both Jason and best man, Jez, were having difficulty focussing on the tasks at hand. At one point Jez asked me to iron his shirt for him! He eventually did it himself but managed to set the smoke alarm off in the process! There seemed to be an awful lot of rushing around and not much getting done. Anyway, all was well in the end and we arrived at the pretty little All Saints church in Crofton in good time.
Lisa arrived fashionably late but looking serene but excited.
After the service, it was straight over to Oulton Hall, an 18th century mansion house which is now part of the De Vere Hotels group. It was a beautiful day, yet again, which meant we could make full use of the stunning gardens for all the group photos and loads of nice intimate ones of Lisa & Jason on their own to the soothing sounds of a string quartet, Mirage. Oulton Hall is one of my favourite venues. There are so many possibilities for creative photography both inside & out.
The evening reception was held in the Claret Jug Restaurant in the grounds of Oulton Hall and entertainment was provided by the excellent soul band Mancini & The Hitmen (highly recommended!).
Any wedding at Oulton Hall is a pleasure to photograph but when the couple is as easy to direct and happy to co-operate with what must seem at times like some strange ideas, it (hopefully) leads to some cracking photos. See what you think!
Congratulations to Lisa & Jason and thanks for a most enjoyable day!

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