|CRATHORNE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS:|
GOT HIM!!! KAREN CELEBRATES RECEIVING HER MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE TO GAVIN AT CRATHORNE HALL!
|CRATHORNE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS|
THE CEREMONY ROOM ALL DRESSED AND READY FOR KAREN AND GAVIN
|KARENS MORI LEE / MEDELINE GARDNER WEDDING GOWN READY FOR THE DAY|
|BENJAMIN ADAMS SHOES FOR KAREN|
|KAREN AND ATLANTA AS WILL ARRIVES !|
|BEAUTIFUL WHITE ZANTDESCHIAS FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS|
|THE FINAIL BOWES ARE THREADED AT THE BACK OF KAREN'S DRESS BY HER ABLE ASSISTANT TINA|
|DETAIL FROM KAREN'S BEAUTIFUL MORI LEE WEDDING GOWN|
|THE BRIDESMAIDS AND THE FINAL TOUCHES .....|
|BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAID BETHANY|
|BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAID ATLANTA|
|WILL'S BUTTONHOLE AND CRAVAT DETAIL|
|GAVIN AND HIS BEST MAN MICHAEL ... WAITING!|
|MR HAPPY AS KAREN ARRIVES BY HIS SIDE ...|
|HAPPINESS ALL ROUND FOR KAREN AND GAVIN AS THEY TAKE THEIR VOWS AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|WILL WAS HAPPY TOO .. AND LED THE GUESTS IN A GIGGLE OR THREE DURING THE CEREMONY .. ESPECIALLY AT THE SOLEMN PARTS ..|
|A KISS SEALS THE MARRIAGE VOWS|
|THE HAPPY COUPLE .. TIME FOR A QUICK PHOTOGRAPH BEFORE GREETING THEIR CLOSEST FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AFTER THE CEREMONY AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|PIMMS O'CLOCK !!|
|THERE'S ALWAYS ONE .... GAVIN'S GRANDAD ENJOYING HIMSELF!|
|GIGGLES ALL ROUND FOR THE GIRLIES|
|A SPECIAL TRIBUTE AND PLACE FOR KAREN'S MUM ...|
|KARENS' FABULOUS CAKE FROM CELEBRATION CAKES AT PETERLEE|
|GAVIN AND HIS BEST MAN MICHAEL .. CHILLIN' ....|
|GAVIN MAKES HIS SPEECH ...|
|.. AND KAREN APPRECIATES IT AS WELL!|
|A GOOD GUEST REACTION TOO|
|TINA ENJOYS THE SPEECHES TOO ...|
|MICHAEL BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN WITH HIS SPEECH ....|
|LAUGH A MINUTE FROM GAVIN|
|A HEARTFELT SPEECH FROM KARENS OLDEST FRIEND .. ABOUT HER MUM|
|TIME FOR THANKS|
|ELLIE ENJOYING THE FUN AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|WILL SHOWING THE REST HOW TO BREAKDANCE .....|
|IN LOVE THIS .. SO, SO HAPPY .. KAREN AND GAVIN DURING THEIR FIRST DANCE ....|
|DANCIN' GIRLS ......|
|ATLANTA LEADS THE DIAMOND ALL STARS CREW|
|THE DANCING IN FULL SWING ... WITH KAREN LEADING THE GUESTS IN DANCE!|
As a professional wedding photographer I get to attend wonderful weddings all over the country, but this North Yorkshire wedding venue always feels like coming home.
Karen and Gavin are a fine couple of people, truly suited to each other and their children Will and Atlanta, supported by a great group of family and close friends.
Like many of my brides and grooms they were attracted to my wedding photography because they were not comfortable in front of a camera and they knew that 95% of the photographs I would take would be taken naturally, as it happened, but that I would also keep family in mind with those all important photographs too.
Karen had not long come back from Las vegas where she helped Atlanta and many, many other young people in threee crews at the World Hip-Hop Dance championships along with other parents, so everything was on a pretty tight schedule in the build-up to their big day.
Members of Diamond Allstars also performed at the end of the evening for family and friends.
Karen and Gavin had managed to schedule their wedding quite quickly for August after a cancellation meant that a prime August Saturday became available at Crathorne Hall, and although the weather wasn't brilliant, surprise surprise ... everyone had a fantastic day of celebration.
Getting ready was whole lot of fun too ... little children (Will) and big children too with Tina and karen sorting out the dress and enjoying the Champagne .. although I did open the champagne bottle for them as things were getting a bit busy :)
I met with Gavin too as he was leaving his room with his best man ... he looked pretty chilled out to be honest - I was impressed!
Karen's Mori Lee wedding gown by Madeline Gardner was amazing .. she looked a million dollars in it! The detail was lovely and she just loved to SWISH that dress, although like all my brides was constantly stopped in her tracks by MEN walking on it!
Karen was also in the wedding 'zone' .. really chilled out and enjoying the build up, and she loved it when Will appeared too looking as smart as a new pin!
Tears all round!
Time was moving on, and I bumped into Gavin's mum in the corridor as I headed down to the room where the service was to be .. there was a BIG gathering of friends and relatives already and Gavin was in the middle of them, trying to settle his pre-match nerves!
As Karen came down the aisle after her flower girl and bidesmaids, with Will to give her away, there were a few tears flowing, but Gavin managed to hold the flow back - he was just so proud to see their son and his bride at his side!
More tears around the room as Karen lit a candle in memory of her Mum and made a lovely speech declaring her love for Gavin, with a rousing cheer and applause as she held the marriage certificate up high!
We had just about 45 minutes before we were called for the wedding breakfast, and it was spitting and drizzling too, so most stayed inside and I made some really nice informal images of folk chatting and backslapping and kissing and cuddling as they enjoy the Pimms.
I managed to pull together a few important family groups in record time, with charm and a smile to keep everyone chilled out.
After some lovely heartfelt speeches we enjoyed a magnificent meal courtesy of the catering team at Crathorne Hall (thanks folks .. ) and we had a little time to enjoy a little fresh air, in what was a dark, dank evening (AUGUST !!) before it was time for the first dance and time for Diamond All Stars how to REALLY dance!
They were hugely talented and brought the house down .... though I didn't see gavin join in for some reason, though his son certainly knew how to breakdance!
A great Crathorne Hall wedding celebration for two of the nicest people you could ever meet.
I hope you enjoy this SNEAK PEEK .. View ALL their photographs HERE .. but you will need the passwords from the bride and groom ...
If you would like me to be your photographer at Crathorne Hall or any other wedding venue in the UK or abroad, ring me now and tell me all about your plans on 0778 7150966 NOW!
I only photograph a limited amount of weddings each year so it never becomes a production line .. so CHECK YOUR DATE! See additional images from this wedding on my Facebook page HERE
Look at some rcent images from Crathorne Hall weddings on my Pinterest Mood and Inspiration board HERE
DIRK VAN DER WERFF