|HALL GARTH HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
JOANNE AND TONY HAVE SOME FUN IN THE WALLED GARDEN AFTER THEIR WEDDING
|DARLINGTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
ST ANDREW'S CHURCH AYCLIFFE VILLAGE - READY FOR THE WEDDING OF JOANNE AND TONY
|DARLINGTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS:|
CHECKING OUT THE WEDDING DRESS AS PREPARATIONS GET UNDER WAY
|JOANNE'S DRESS .... WAITING|
|A SELECTION OF WEDDING SHOES FOR BRIDES AND BRIDESMAIDS AND MUNCHKINS|
|SUBTLE GREY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES|
|MUNCHKINS WAIT ON THE STAIRS AS OLDER BRIDESMAIDS HAVE THEIR MAKE-UP APPLIED|
|JOANNE AND HER MUM AND CLOSE FRIENDS SHARE A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE TO GET THE CELEBRATIONS UNDERWAY|
|COOL, CALM AND RELAXED - JOANNE'S ENJOYING HER WEDDING DAY|
|THE FLOWERS HAVE ARRIVED FROM FLOWERS BY NATRASS|
|THE RINGS ... READY AND WAITING|
|THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR ....|
|FIRST MUNCHKIN IS READY!|
|QUICK SHOT OF THE BUTTONHOLES BEFORE THEY DISAPPEARED ....|
|ANOTHER MUNCHKIN .. READY FOR THE WEDDING|
|HAIR DETAIL FOR MUNCHKIN BRIDESMAID|
|MORE HAIR DETAIL|
|... AND YET MORE DETAIL|
|SOMETHING BORROWED .. SOMETHING BLUE .. PINNED INTO THE INSIDE OF JOANNE'S WEDDING DRESS|
|EVEN BRIDES-TO-BE HAVE TO HELP OUT WITH LAST MINUTE CHORES ....|
|JOANNE WITH HER MUM AND DAD - READY FOR THE CHURCH AT AYCLIFFE VILLAGE|
|BRIDESMAIDS EVERYWHERE .. GATHERING AT THE CHURCH|
|SMILE PLEASE ....|
|JOANNE WAS A LITTLE LATE, SO THE VICAR STARTED SOME COMMUNITY SINGING WITH THE YOUNGER BRIDESMAIDS ... |
I ALMOST JOINED IN!
|CONCENTRATION ETCHED ON JOANNE'S FACE AS SHE WAITS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH DOOR|
|QUICK PORTRAIT OF JOANNE AND HER FATHER OUTSIDE CHURCH|
|TONY CATCHES SIGHT OF HIS BRIDE-TO-BE IN THE CHURCH|
|NOT EVERYONE PAID ATTENTION TO THE PROCEEDINGS ... :)|
|THE GUESTS AND LITTLE GUESTS GATHER AROUND TONY AND JOANNE AT ST SNDREW'S CHURCH AT AYCLIFFE VILLAGE|
|SMILES ALL ROUND FROM TONY AS HE BEGINS TO RELAX AFTER THE CEREMONY|
|FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS TOO ....|
|THE ROOM READY AT HALL GARTH HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB|
|BROTHERS IN ARMS .. AND DAD TOO!|
|A CANDLE LIT ON THE TOP TABLE IN MEMORY OF TONY'S MUM|
|JOANNE ENJOYING HER FATHER'S SPEECH|
|THE SPEECHES ARE GOING DOWN WELL!|
|MR HAPPY ...|
|MEMORIES OF MUM ... SAD TIMES FOR TONY|
|SHOELESS BRIDESMAIDS GET GIFTS AS WELL!|
|JOANNE WITH HER COUSINS WHO MADE A SPECIAL WEDDING DAY BOOK FULL OF MEMORIES!|
|SMILE PLEASE .....|
|JOANNE SHOWS OFF THE DETAIL OF HER DRESS AT HALL GARTH MANOR HOTEL|
|JOANNE CHILLING OUT WITH HER DAUGHTER IN THE SUSHINE ... WITH A PASSER-BY ...|
|TONY AND HIS MIRIAD OF MALE ATTENDENTS AT HIS WEDDING TO JOANNE!|
|THESE LADIES WERE COMPLAINING THAT I HADN'T TAKEN THEIR PHOTOGRAPH ...... SO I DID|
|UNFORTUNATELY, THE GOING WASN'T VERY GOOD, DESPITE THE SUNSHINE AND SOME RUNNERS FELL AT THE FIRST .....|
|.. AND SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT IT VERY FUNNY INDEED ....|
|FIRST DANCE BROUGHT OUT THE SMILES ....|
|.. AND THERE WAS STILL TIME FOR MORE TEARS AND A GROUP HUG ..... EMOTIONAL, AND HAPPY TIMES INDEED|
Joanne and Tony are a fun loving couple who found their love with each other after previous relationships - and they are such a good match, they make me laugh, and they make their friends and closest relatives laugh too - as well as each other, so it was always going to be a day filled with fun!
I arrived at Joanne's home just after they arrived back from the hairdressers and all the children were very excited, while Joanne was an oasis of calm .. which rather surprised her too!
It wasn't long before the first bottle of champagne was open and Joanne and her senior bridesmaids helped out with make-up and keeping all the munchkin bridesmaids happy .. and they sure looked beautiful as they came one by one down the stairs for everyone to see, quite lovely!
Joanne's dress was a dream, and was proudly displayed upstairs for freinds and relatives to view.
The wedding was slated for 11.30am, quite an early one nowadays, so time was moving on as Joanne also came down the stairs, all ready for her wedding as her father arrived at the house.
A few quick photographs with the munchkins and parents before I headed off to St Andrew's Church in Aycliffe Village, a church almost 1000 years of age and a local landmark.
Tony and one of his three brothers who was best man arrived at the church just as I did - he was as nervous as Joanne was calm! He said he was fine until he started on his cravat and that set his nerves off ... poor fella!
The large guest list were all arriving at the same time and they tropped off towards the church doors where Tony's sons were handing out the orders of service, and by the time the start time came around, only two cars full of bridesmaids had arrived, where was the bride and father?
So, we had a little time on our hands, I went and told Tony and the guests that Joanne was DEFINITELY turning up, but would be ten or fifteen minutes later than expected, which was good news, then the vicar and the munchkin brides decided to have a little sing-song as they were waiting by the church door.... I almost joined in!
Joanne eventually turned up about 15 minutes late, but everyone was pretty chilled out about it all, the service seemed to be over in no time and before long we were outside in the sunshine and heading off to Hall Garth Manor Hotel and Country Club.
The dark clouds and rain from the morning had pretty much disappeared and replaced with humid warmth, though it was later when Mr Sunshine arrived.
Because we were running late, we had just 45 minutes before the wedding breakfast to let everyone chill out and get into the wedding spirit.
I managed to get an important group photograph of Tony and his three brothers and his father just before we went in for dinner (thanks folks!) and some quite emotional speeches - a place had been left at top table for Tony's Mum who had passed .. marked with a lit candle and ribbon.
Once the speeches were out of the way, we headed off into the sunshine for some important family photographs which we organised between us quite quickly then I got involved in an adult version of ring 'o roses which quickly degenerated with the alcohol, sunshine and slippy grass, and before long I had three female guests sprawled on the lawn ... Hmmm, nothing to do with me boss!
By now it was time for a few quick photographs of Tony and Joanne who kept saying how time had flown so quickly .. so quickly in fact that it took an age just to get from the main building to the walled garden as the evening guests were arriving and of course EVERYONE wanted to congratulate the happy couple and tell Joanne how well she looked in her fab dress!
So, a few quick photographs in the walled garden, back into the main building where the first dance had been put back an hour as things had been running so late from earlier in the day, but before long Tony and Joanne were on the dance floor surrounded by their closest friends and relatives, we officially cut the cake, then it was time for me to say my farewells and goodbyes to their parents and thank the happy couple for their hospitality and wish them a Happy Honeymoon before I headed home after a long day at the office!
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