I love weddings … you have heard that once or twice (ok maybe more!) so much so that when I can travel further afield to photograph a stunning wedding – I’m there! The amazing Vivienne Edge Photography hired me to be the second photographer at this wedding. I was so excited, though I know Viv through courses etc this was the first time we got to work together 🙂 Excited was probably an understatement, to be honest. The venue is outstanding – Hazlewood Castle – Leeds. Check it out it’s super beautiful. I have been to the castle a few times previously for training but never photographed an actual wedding there … until now 🙂 hence my excitement!
So as I was the second photographer, I had only met the couple on the actual wedding day. If it was my own wedding booking then I would have met them numerous of times already. I knew already the castle was stunning, I was just excited to see how it was decorated for the wedding. I went up to the room to meet Laura the gorgeous bride to be, mother of the bride was there as well as bridesmaids, flower girls and hair and make-up artist too 🙂 a room jam-packed with beautiful and emotional people! Laura had received a few gifts from the wonderful hubby to be, as she opened and read the letter she cried, as others read it too they also cried. I knew this was going to be a beautiful wedding. A wedding that was all about the love and the meaning of family. As I was speaking to mother of the bride, she let me know just how the groom proposed, it was so beautiful, he proposed with her grandmother’s ring – Laura got her own ring after, but I knew as grandma wasn’t here to celebrate with them I had to get a beautiful photo of that ring. I met up with the groom and the men after spending time with the bride, all suited and booted ready for the day. We did some lovely photos of them all on the beautiful grounds. The groom (Martyn) told me how they had been together since school – I love hearing these stories! I knew just how much this wedding meant to the family.
I knew there was going to be a lot of people travelling from all over, and a lot attending the special day.
Laura and Martyn are such a lovely couple, the ceremony went lovely, though Martyn did forget his words sometimes, everyone laughed it off. The weather wasn’t the best that morning, it was raining. I luckily had just got to the venue just before it poured it down with rain, though after the ceremony it did brighten up which was wonderful as this meant Viv and I could take everyone outside for the group photos. Just a few group photos so everyone could get back to having a great time together 🙂 Viv and I also did the bride and groom portraits at this time before food so they could enjoy the party. This gave Laura and Martyn time to relax a little, the worse was over – well until the speeches. Food soon came which was gorgeous, the biggest Yorkshire puddings ever!
After a lovely relaxing meal, the dreaded speeches then came. Speeches – everyone dreads them and yet there’s pressure on the best man to always deliver the best speech ever! Though it’s not always the case, in this case, it was funny 🙂 thankfully.
Speeches out the way and food ate the staff then turned around the room for the evening whilst this was happening there was another surprise, a casino table. The bride wanted one but didn’t book, however her mum booked it as a surprise for them so it was beautiful to see her reaction when she walked through the hall.
A casino company that played with fake money so the kids could join in too, which some of them did indeed and got amazing at winning. With the day almost over there was just the cake cutting – in this wedding it was with a sword and the gorgeous first dance where usually the groom gets soppy and romantic 🙂 which he did!
Such a lovely wedding, I am so glad Viv asked me to be the second professional photographer if this beautiful day. I can’t wait for next time.