I first met Matt and Jo back in the Summer of 2009 and we all hit it off and contracts were signed for their Winter Wedding in 2010. It was great to hear their Wedding plans and then to meet up again to go over the final plans and to complete the Pre-Wedding shoot in preperation for the Signature Boards. You can see a couple of the images we took on the Pre-Wedding shoot here, one of which was also featured on COOL! which is a gallery of some of the COOLest Wedding photos in the world.
With the images back from the lab, they were mounted and ready for the Wedding and I was all set for the Wedding Rehearsal on the day before the Wedding which was Monday 27th December – this was also the day when we had more snow, alot more snow, in fact so much so that the rehearsal was cancelled.
So, it was decided that the only way was to ‘wing’ it………. Not my words but as a Lake District Wedding Photographer I know how Weddings happen at the Church so not to much drama for me, a few nerves from the Bride and Groom though !
In 2010 I have used an awful lot of AA batteries in my Flash units and as part of my GREEN policy I decided that in 2011 I would run with rechargables, so this would be thier first outing, a little bit into the unknown for me so I had ALOT of batteries and they took pretty much all of the day before the Wedding to get into condition and fully charged. I needn’t have worried as they were brilliant, I was very impressed.
So Wedding morning and I was up bright and early and off across town to the Brides parents house, Lisa and Emma the Hairdressers and Sharon the Make-Up artist were arriving at at 8am and I always like to be there about the same time so I can get a lie of the land and cover the Bridal preps. Its always a great laugh on the morning of the Wedding as everybody tries to calm the others down, lovely happy chaos !
Sadly the Weather and the flu had taken its toll on a couple of details for the day, not a problem though. It was soon time for me to leave and get upto the St Catherine’s Church at Crook, it was the first time I had worked with Brian Robertson from Safe Harbour Productions, even though I have known Brian for about 20 years, so it was important we briefed each other about our requirements in the church and also to to make sure we helped each other out as much as possible. I often hear horror stories from photographers about Videographers but in my experience if we all leave our egos at home, work together for the end goal and that is beautiful images and a film for the Bride and Groom to treasure then we all win. We worked together really well so all happy.
Our Groom Matt did have a little bit of nervousness going on but with all his family and friends around he was soon ushered to the front to await the arrival of his gorgeous Bride Jo, she looked amazing in her gown from Frothimoon. Her Bouquet was also stunning as they always are from Flowers by Arrangement.
A lovely service, followed by confetti throwing and then off, slipping and sliding to The Low Wood Bay Resort and Marina. It always great to see the guys at The Low Wood, a really warm welcome from Michelle, Jemma and Dawid and of course from the rest of the staff.
We had plenty of time before the Wedding Breakfast so as the guests chatted and sipped Champagne I nervously watched the mist over the Lake, hoping it would lift enough to get some kind of background for the Bride and Groom shots. We had a timeline for the day and I had loads of contingency built in so when the mist lifted revealing the far shoreline we were on !
Matt and Jo were great, it wasn’t all that cold so we went off to the Jetty outside the Low Wood – I think we got some beautiful images, really moody !
A few group shots and we were done and it was time for the meal, speeches were before the meal and then some downtime for me. Cappuccino tasted gooooooooooood 🙂
Onto the evening and a Casino was set up, lots of hardcore gambling with BlackJack and Roulette, oh and fake money, all the while DJ Aldini was setting up his disco extravaganza. Aldini is great and really works hard to get the mood right, we had some fun with his amazing lighting rig and smoke to get some really nice dramatic cake shots, that can be seen below..
A great day and night had by all, I left the party about 11pm and made my way home to bed 🙂
Just a sneek preview of some of the photos here, images will be uploaded to a password protected gallery in the near future, please contact Matt and Jo for the password on their return from Honey moon. Speaking of Honeymoon – Hawaii, I am very jealous, have a great time !
This is the view over the fields from St. Catherine’s Church, Crook. Stunning Wedding shoes, good choice Jo ! Jo looked amazing in her stunning Wedding Gown. Here we are just setting up for some Bride and Groom photographs, overlooking Lake Windermere in the mist and melting snow.
Lots of clapping, happy tears, cheering and fun !
Roulette – where will that ball stop ?
Thanks to Aldini for helping with the lighting for this very different cake shot !
A couple so in love, it was a beautiful day – congratulations.