|REDWORTH HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
REDWORTH HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS: THE KISS, CLAIRE AND JONATHAN IN THE GREAT HALL
|REDWORTH HALL WEDDING PHOTOS:|
CLAIRE HAPPY AND RELAXED AS SHE GETS READY FOR HER BIG DAY
|MUM SUE POPS INTO TO CHECK HOW THINGS ARE GOING|
|WHILE DAD IS STILL AT WORK!|
|CLAIRE'S MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING DRESS FROM CHRISTABEL AND KEATS|
|CLAIRE'S TILTED HEAD AS SHE GETS READY SHOWS OFF HER LOVELY HAIRPIECE|
|SLOWLY SLOWLY ....|
|BEST FRIEND CAPTURED AS THE DRESS GOES ON!|
|THE FINAL TOUCHES|
|IT'S BEEN POURING DOWN FOR AN HOUR .. AND IT'S TIME TO GET MARRIED AT THE CHURCH IN GREATHAM VILLAGE NEAR HARTLEPOOL|
|SHE MADE IT ... EVEN THOUGH SHE HAS TO CARRY HER OWN DRESS|
|HERE COMES THE BRIDE ....|
|A GLOWING SMILE FROM CLAIRE AS SHE COMES TO THE FRONT AND GREETS HER HUSBAND TO BE|
|THE SERVICE IN PROGRESS|
|IT'S NOT OFTEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM STOP IN THE AISLE FOR 'PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES' FOR THEIR GUESTS!|
|ALL SMILES AS THEY HEAD OUT OF CHURCH IN THE RAIN|
|HUSBAND AND WIFE .. AT LAST!|
|A DAMP AND OVERCAST REDWORTH HALL GREETS THE BRIDE AND GROOM .. BUT ALL IS WARM AND WELCOMING INSIDE|
|CLAIRE AND JONATHAN MANAGED TO GET RID OF THE UMBRELLAS FOR A FEW MOMENTS|
|AND TIME FOR A KISS TOO!|
|WARM AND WELCOMING IN THE GREAT HALL AT REDWORTH HALL|
|LOOKING GOOD AT REDWORTH HALL|
|DETAIL FROM THE WEDDING CAKE|
|THE WEDDING CAKE|
|THE VIEW FROM THE MAIN WINDOW|
|THE FINISHING TOUCHES|
|THE MENU AT REDWORTH HALL|
|RELAXED AND HAPPY ....|
|THEY ONLY HAVE EYES FOR EACH OTHER|
|HOW HAPPY AND CONTENT DO THOSE TWO LOOK ?|
|ONE FOR THE PARENTS ...|
|JONATHAN AND HIS DAD .. SHELTERING FROM THE RAIN !|
|A VERY HAPPY MUM WITH JONATHAN ON HIS WEDDING DAY AT REDWORTH HALL|
|A RELAXED AND HAPPY CLAIRE AND HER FATHER|
|SO PROUD .. SUE AND HER DAUGHTER CLAIRE|
|A BLACK AND WHITE THEMED TABLE FOR JONATHAN'S BELOVED NEWCASTLE UNITED|
|ENJOYING THE SPEECHES|
|TOASTS FOR THE SPEECHES|
|ENJOYING HIS SON'S SPEECH|
|SOMETHING FUNNY IS GOING ON ...|
|REDWORTH HALL SETTING|
|A MUM'S PRIDE ...|
|JONATHAN'S FATHER .. WHO LATER MADE HIS OWN SPEECH|
|ADMIRATION FOR HER HUSBAND'S SPEECH|
|A FEW TEARS TOO ...|
|CLAIRE'S SISTER - ENJOYING THE HAPPINESS|
|.. AND VERY FUNNY TOO|
|THE DELIVERY OF AN OUTSTANDING SPEECH|
|DO YOU THINK THEY MAY PERSUADE HIM TO DANCE ... ?|
|YES, THEY DID ....|
|IT'S STOPPED RAINING AT LAST!|
|THE BOYS IN BLACK AND WHITE|
|HAPPINESS PERSONIFIED ...|
|SHOWING OFF CLAIRE'S MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN|
|I THINK THE ALCOHOL HAS TAKEN HOLD|
|BEZZIE FRIENDS FOREVER ...|
|SISTERS, SISTERS ....|
|A QUICK PRACTISE OF THEIR FIRST DANCE IN PRIVATE|
|A QUICK PRACTISE OF THEIR FIRST DANCE IN PRIVATE|
|.. AND NOW THE REAL FIRST DANCE .. WITH AN AUDIENCE AT REDWORTH HALL|
|ENJOYING THEIR MINUTE OF PRACTISED DANCE ROUTINE!|
|ENJOYING EVERY MOMENT ...|
I had met with the happy couple at Jonathan's parent's home more than 15 months previously and got on like a house on fire, they are such a lovely couple. In between we kept in contact by Facebook and email so it was nice to finally catch up for a pre-wedding meeting to chat about their upcoming nuptials, and we also took a stroll on the beach and took some pre-wedding portraits.
Their plan was to get married in Greatham Village St John the Baptist Church, so it was nice to catch up with their family and bridesmaids at their dress rehearsal which I always try to attend, it gives the clergy some confidence and trust in me, and it also means that come the wedding day, myself and the main members of the wedding party are not strangers and they can all relax and enjoy their day.
I arrived at Claire's mum's house good and early on a day that was gray and overcast, with torrential rain promised by the weather forecast … not good, but there was sunshine inside where Claire was chilled out and ready to enjoy her day of wedding celebrations. The flowers had arrived from Wild and Wonderful and were so lovely, and guests arrived throughout the day to offer their best wishes to the family and Claire.
When I left, the rain was really coming down, even more so as I arrived at the church and parked up. Jonathan was nervous, but he still had his wide smile to greet relatives and guests as the church filled quickly, even the vicar ad his brolly out! It was a quick dash into church for the bridesmaids - almost a run, while poor Claire had to carry her own dress as she dashed into the church with her father ….! Once inside, there were smiles a mile wide from Claire and Jonathan as they met each other and soon it was time for the dash to the cars in the pouring rain - though we still had time for a quick confetti shot!
Redworth Hall had also suffered the deluge, so I knew that using the beautiful grounds would be a no-no today, no bride likes to get their dress muddy or sink into the grass in their heels, so there's always Plan B when it comes to wedding photography - and it never rains all day .. or does it ?
Some guests on the coach went to the wrong location, which provide amusement to those who arrives a few minutes after me, so we had time to relax and I sorted out the photographs of the venue that we needed and once the candles were lit, the Great Hall looked as lovely as ever! There was also some time to capture some nice images of Jonathan and Claire together inside Redworth Hall.
The wedding breakfast was excellent (thanks folks!) as ever, a highlight of every wedding at Redworth Hall weddings. The speeches were very entertaining, even the father for the groom had a speech and the last speech by one of the groomsmen was very emotional and brought the house down as well as bringing tears to many a face - including me.
We had a little time before the evening events, including a practise for their first dance which they had done an hours practise with a dance teacher in the weeks before, and I worked with parents to capture some images of their friends and relatives too. The first dance went down a storm and there were smiles all round.
I caught up with both sets of parents to thank them for their hospitality and friendship during the day, then a quick cuddle and hug for the bride and groom and I headed off home, happy that such a lovely couple had enjoyed such a wonderful day of wedding celebration at Redworth Hall.
I only photograph a limited amount of weddings each year so that it never becomes a production line - I really am there for you and your family from the day you make your enquiry to the date I hand over your images and album.
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