Graham & Rachel – Judges Hotel, Yarm – 25th September 2011
You can sense when a wedding day is going to be relaxed, and this was one of those days. The weather had taken a turn for the better, late September sunshine and autumn leaves.
We arrived at Judges and were greeted by Graham and his best man Matt, both looking extremely relaxed. As is customary we took shots of the guys together then had the respective dads and brothers join them for group shots. Judges Hotel is a beautiful country house location with lovely gardens and features which lends itself to creativity and producing great images.
Rachel had seen us with the guys from the room she and her bridesmaids were getting ready in, so was prepared when we knocked on the door. There was a slight flutter of nerves before the dress was put on, befitting the occasion, but soon dispelled once final preparations and photos got underway.
We know our wedding dresses and designers, and Rachel’s was no exception to all the many stunning dresses we’ve been privileged to photograph.
The ceremony was taking place in a separate building away from the main hotel, a few minutes walk. But, just as Rachel was due to step out of the hotel a heavy rain shower fell, and there was a dash to get a car arranged to take her around.
Minutes later Rachel arrived on the arm of her dad and entered the ceremony room. The registrars were very welcoming and conducted a beautiful ceremony. As if on cue the sun came out letting Graham, Rachel move out into the inner courtyard at Judges where their friends and families congratulated the newly married couple.
Being aware the weather may turn it was decided to get the group shots taken as soon as possible. The guests were great making what can be the hardest part of the day for photographers very easy.
Graham and Rachel were very accommodating too and we took them off to get some couple shots. Rachel especially was in her element and was more than happy to recreate the poses we’d tested at the pre wedding shoot. It was Rachel who spied a little hidden niche in the gardens which we creatively used to produce a fabulous effect.
We had some shots we wanted to take just as it was getting dusky, so after the reception and before the evening party we caught up again with the couple for another short shoot.
Graham and Rachel were an absolute delight to work with and their enjoyment of their day is very evident on the photographs we took.