A REAL WEDDING STORY....
It was a perfect Autumn morning when I arrived to Newton Hall for the wedding of Taya & Reece.
I found the bride and her bridal party excitedly getting prepared for the day ahead in the Pinerallo Suite, a stunning classical Italian themed room in this picturesque boutique hotel in Northumberland. Taya and her bridesmaids spent the morning laughing and celebrating their friendship as well as preparing the Bride for the day ahead. We got some fun shots in these moments which really show off Taya's personality and the mood of the day.
Reece and his groomsmen were getting ready in The Joiners Arms, the sister hotel a short walk from Newton Hall. I spent time with them too as they suited up and toasted the day. Before heading back to the venue I photographed the friends as they joked and helped Reece to calm his nerves.
It was 1pm when I entered the rustically romantic Ceremony Hall. The light and shadows of this space create a wonderful ethereal feel to the images.
After photographing the guests and features of the room I placed myself in the perfect spot and got ready for the ceremony to begin.
My camera found Reece, anxiously awaiting Taya's arrival. His face calm, his eyes full of nervous excitement. These flashes of emotion come and go in the blink of an eye and so I have to work quickly and be extremely aware of the room so I don't miss a single moment.
I discreetly moved around the room to capture every second of the ceremony from as many angles as possible. The bridal party's arrival, the faces of the guests, the dressings and the decoration, the tears, the smiles, the laughter; it is all so important when creating a story of this day for the couple. They trusted me to capture every detail of their big day for them and I planned to exceed their expectations.
When the ceremony ends, the celebration begins.
I followed Taya, Reece and their loved ones to the grounds of Newton Hall to set up their pre-requested group shots and then continued to wander through the groups of guests and capture them, from a distance, chatting and enjoying their day. The afternoon was perfect; a warm day with a bright sky dotted with a light cloud which cast this amazing light. The excitement and joyful energy of couple and their guests after the vows have been sealed is so enjoyable to be a part of. I love to photograph the guests in these moments as their smiles are so warm and genuine.
When the time came for the bridal party and groomsmen to slip away with the couple for some smaller group shots I focussed on the details that Taya and Reece would be too overwhelmed to appreciate in the moment. I smile knowing that when they see their images for the first time they will be able to truly appreciate what an incredible wedding day they created together.
Once all groups shots were taken and the newlyweds had spent some time with their guests I whisked them away for their first 'couple shoot'.
This venue is known for its scenic grounds but over the years I have discovered special little spots which are hidden from the eyes of the guests.
I love to see the couple enjoying a brief moment of peace and solitude as this always creates some beautiful intimate moments.
I already knew, from our pre-wedding photoshoot, the kind of images Taya & Reece felt comfortable posing for so we worked together to create some incredible, dramatic shots. However, my favourite images are those of the couple walking hand-in-hand between our planned shoots; it is in those moments that their connection as a couple radiates and we see pure happiness and love - perfect wedding memories.
As the guests gathered in the quirky, vintage-styled Reception Hall I spent some time photographing the room, the decoration, the stunning cake, the table settings and got more candid images of the guests. It is always my intention to ensure the couple have at least one image of each person they cared to invite to celebrate this day with them; usually they end up with great deal more of course.
As Taya & Reece arrived, my camera followed them into the room as they walked hand in hand, smiling to the cheers and claps of their loved ones.
The speeches were humorous and heartfelt and I tried to ensure those emotions were portrayed in my photographs. The room was filled with laughter and I wanted Taya & Reece to remember that feeling when they look through their wedding album.
Finally the evening reception began, the lights dimmed and my photography style adapted to capture the change in mood as the romance of the day was replaced with pure joy and celebration of this wonderful couple.