|ROCKLIFFE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS: EMMA AND MATTHEW ENJOY THEIR FIRST DANCE|
|ROCKLIFFE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS: EMMA'S HAIRPIECE IN PLACE|
|THE BRIDESMAIDS ARRIVE FROM THE HAIRDRESSER ..|
|EMMA'S BEAUTIFUL KATHY IRELAND WEDDING GOWN .... WAITING|
|THE GIRLS ARE DRESSED IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CORAL WRAP BRIDESMAID DRESSES FROM Y.A.P. BRIDAL|
|MUM - SO PROUD WITH MATTHEW|
|EMMA'S SISTER KATE .. GETTING IT JUST RIGHT|
|PRESENTS FOR THE GIRLS|
|HUGS FOR THE BRIDE TO BE ..|
|BEAUTIFUL DETAIL ON THE WEDDING DRESS|
|LAST MINUTE ADJUSTMENTS|
|SO, SO HAPPY ...|
|HOW FABULOUS IS THE DETAIL ?|
|LAST MINUTE ATTENTION TO DETAILS|
|THE GIRLS ARE READY TO GO|
|FATHER AND DAUGHTER|
|MOTHER FATHER AND EMMA|
|THE MARRIAGE ORDER OF SERVICE|
|MATTHEW NLOKS PRETTY CHILLED AT THE CHURCH IN HOUGHTON LE SPRING|
|THE GIRLS WAITING FOR EMMA, WHILE OUR VICAR CHATS TO THE WAITING LADIES|
|I'M HERE !!|
|GETTING READY TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE TO MEET MATTHEW|
|LAST MINUTE CONCENTRATION|
|KATE IS FIRST DOWN THE AISLE AND FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN HER EMOTION|
|THE BRIDESMAIDS ARE NEXT|
|EMMA IS BEAMING WHILE DAD IS CONCENTRATING ON THE TASK IN HAND!|
|SHE'S COMING ... !|
|NICE TO SEE YOU ....|
|SO, SO HAPPY ....|
|I DO ...|
|ONE YOUNG LADTY HAVING FUN ....|
|THE SERVICE IN PROGRESS|
|ON THEIR WAY OUT OF CHURCH|
|TAKING THE APPLAUSE AND CONGRATULATIONS|
|THEY'RE IN THERE SOMEWHERE!|
|EVERYONE ENJOYING THE CONFETTI|
|SO IN LOVE|
|A FEW SMILES FOR A QUIET WORD IN THE EAR|
|A FEW QUICK PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GROUNDS OF THE CHURCH AT HOUGHTON LE SPRING - ESPECIALLY FOR EMMA'S GRANDMA|
|A QUICK PHOTOGRAPH AT ROCKLIFFE HALL ON THEIR ARRIVAL|
|THE WEDDING RECEPTION ROOM - ALL READY|
|DETAIL FROM THE CAKE|
|THE SHOWERS WERE LIGHT .. BUT UMBRELLAS NEEDED|
|THE GIRLS ....|
|MAKE SURE WE GET ONE OF EVERYONE ..|
|DAD IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS SPEECH|
|ENJOYING THE FUN|
|EMMA'S MUM LISTENING TO HER HUSBAND'S SPEECH|
|KATE ENJOYING HER FATHER'S SPEECH TOO|
|BEST MAN MARTIN GOES DOWN A STORM|
|AS DOES SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF MATTHEW ON HIS STAG NIGHT|
|FIRST TIME EMMA HAS SEEN THESE IMAGES FROM THE STAG WEEKEND!|
|TEARS TO BE WIPED AWAY|
|TEARS OF LAUGHTER TOO|
|MATTHEW ENJOYS MARTIN'S SPEECH AS WELL|
|GUESTS HAVE FUN WITH THE ILLUMINATED SIGNS|
|MATTHEW AND EMMA - CATCHING UP WITH FRIENDS AND RELATIVES BEFORE HIS OWN SPEECH AT THE END OF THE MEAL|
|EMBARRASSMENT AND FUN IN EQUAL MEASURES FOR EMMA|
|SO PROUD AND HAPPY TO BE MATTHEW'S WIFE|
|MATTHEW'S FATHER GETS THE JOKE AS WELL|
|MARTIN ENJOYING HIS BROTHER'S SPEECH TOO|
|TIME TO RELAX FOR 2 MINUTES .. IT'S A LONG DAY !|
|QUICK TOP-UP OF MAKE-UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM BEFORE THE EVENING GUESTS TURN UP|
|KISSING ON THE STAIRCASE AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF HER WONDERFUL KATHY IRELAND WEDDING GOWN AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|HAPPY TO BE TOGETHER|
|A FEW MINUTES ON THEIR OWN|
|CUDDLES ALL ROUND|
|VERY VERY HAPPY TOGETHER|
|A LOVELY PORTRAIT OF EMMA AND MATTHEW AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|TIME FOR A QUICK FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH|
|FIRST DANCE SHENANIGANS|
|ONE LOVE .. ONE WIFE|
|DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY|
Photographing Emma and Matthew's wedding was a delight at Rockliffe Hall surrounded by their closest friends and relatives.
Like many of my brides and grooms they were uncomfortable in front of a camera, but by building their confidence and trust in the year or more since they booked me, meeting with them a few times, meeting with parents and bridesmaids at the wedding dress rehearsal, they were able to totally relax and enjoy their wedding day celebrations.
Emma's father phoned me over a year ago and said: "We have 3 dates on offer at Rockliffe Hall Dirk, which one are you free for?..." so we got off to a great start - love a bit of confidence!
I arrived at Emma's family home good an early to capture some early hair and make-up action, she was so happy and excited for her wedding! The flowers had been delivered and her glorious Kathy Ireland Wedding gown was ready and waiting - she couldn't wait to get that on either!
The house was full of fun as I dashed a mile or so down the road to catch Matthew as he and his 'crew' were getting ready to leave for the church - a few quick photographs with hi grandfather and mum for good measure too, before a return to Emma's home as the dress went on!
So looked amazing!
Soon enough I'm inside the church to check all is well with the vicar and Matthew just as the bridesmaids and Emma's Mum make their arrival.
Emma look joyous as she arrived with her father and had a smile as wide as the aisle as she walked down - luckily after her sister kate, one of the bridesmaids who cried nearly all the way down the aisle .. bless her!
There was happiness in the air all around us and it continued outside as confetti caught in the wind, before we took a few photographs in the gardens of the church as rain threatened before heading down the A1 to the lovely 5 star Rockcliffe Hall near Darlington.
Luckily the rain held off while we enjoyed champagne and canapes on the terrace for 90 minutes or more while I was taking some nice relaxed images of the bride and groom with their friends and relatives.
I took 15 minutes out of their time to capture the images that their parents and grandparents needed, then I took a quick group shot of everyone before we headed in for the wedding breakfast (thanks people - it was wonderful food!).
father of the bride and best man speech took place before the first course, while Matthew left his speech until after the dessert course - all the speeches were funny and sad - but most of all entertaining!
Afterwards, we had 15 minutes together to create some nice memento photographs of their wedding day in the grounds of Rockliffe Hall and on the staircase in the oldest part of the hotel.
Evening guests were starting to gather by now, so there were lost more hugs and kisses and happiness to capture, as we headed inside for the cutting of the cake and the first dance.
It had been a great day for Emma and Matthew and their parents, grandparents and closest friends at Rockliffe Hall.
IF YOU would like me to be the photographer at your wedding, or the wedding of your son or daughter, with great customer service and great customer experience added to trust and confidence, ring me now on 0778 7150966 and CHECK YOUR DATE !
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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