|HARTLEPOOL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
AMIRA AND HER FATHER MOHAMED ARRIVE FOR THE WEDDING CEREMONY AT HARTLEPOOL HISTORIC QUAY
WITH THE BRIDESMAIDS WAITING!
|HARTLEPOOL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS:|
HAPPY BRIDE AND BRIDESMAID
|MARQUEE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
FUN AND GAMES WITH AN OLD SCHOOL BOOK OF AMIRA'S
|GETTING READY TOGETHER IS SO MUCH FUN|
|AMIRA'S MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN HANGS READY|
|UP THE STAIRS GOES THE WEDDING DRESS AS THE MORNING MOVES ON|
|LAST MINUTE CHECKS FOR THE DRESS|
|HAND PAINTED WEDDING SHOES FOR AMIRA|
|MOHAMED AND HIS WIFE CAROL - READY FOR THE WEDDING OF THEIR DAUGHTER AMIRA|
|AND POPPY IS READY TOO!|
|EVERYTHING COMING TOGETHER FOR AMIRA AS SHE GETS READY FOR HER WEDDING TO DAVID|
|MOHAMED WITH HIS SISTERS WHO FLEW IN FROM EGYPT FOR THE WEDDING CELEBRATIONS|
|CONCENTRATION AS THE EARINGS ARE ADDED TO THE DRESS|
|AMIRA SHARES A MOMENT WITH ONE OF HER SISTERS|
|SISTERS .. SISTERS ...|
|REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DAY NOW!|
|LAST DETAILS AND BOW TYING TO BE DONE|
|DRESS DETAIL FROM MAGGIE SOTTERO|
|HERE COMES THE BRIDE .. DOWN THE STAIRS!|
|AMIRA IS WELCOMED BY HER FATHER|
|SHE'S RUNNING LATE .. BUT SHE'S READY!|
|OFF WE GO TO GET MARRIED!|
|THERE'S A SMALL MATTER OF GETTING INTO THE BEETLE ...|
|AND IT'S WINDY TOO!|
|THE GIRLS ARE WAITING AS AMIRA ARRIVES AT THE WEDDING VENUE WITH HER FATHER|
|GOOD WISHES FROM THE PUBLIC AS SHE WALKS THROUGH THE HISTORIC QUAY|
|DAVID AND HIS FATHER SHOW OFF THEIR LOYALTY FROM THEIR CITY OF NEWCASTLE|
|A SMILE AND A GREETING FROM AMIRA AS SHE ARRIVES AT DAVID'S SIDE|
|THE HISTORIC QUAY WEDDING VENUE|
|A KISS TO SEAL THE MARRIAGE|
|HAPPINESS FROM AMIRA'S FAMILY|
|QUICK GROUP PHOTOGRAPH BEFORE WE HEAD OFF TO THE MARQUEE FOR THE DAY'S CELEBRATIONS|
|DAVID AND AMIRA - MARRIED!!|
|THE BOYS HAVE FUN|
|AMIRA SEES THE FUNNY SIDE!|
|ONE FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS ON BOARD HMS TRINCOMALEE AT HARTLEPOOL'S HISTORIC QUAY|
|ONE FOR THE BOYS - DAVID WITH HIS FATHER KEV WHO WAS ALSO BEST MAN|
|THE WEDDING PARTY AT HARTLEPOOL'S HISTORIC QUAY|
|AMIRA'S FATHER .. FEELING THE STRAIN!|
|CHAMPAGNE FOR THE HAPPY COUPLE|
|THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR|
|THE PLACE SETTINGS USING VINYL LP'S|
|THE MARQUEE - INCLUDING THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE ON THE LAWN!|
|AMIRA'S BEAUTIFUL CAKE|
|ALWAYS TIME FOR A CONFETTI SHOT!|
|PAUL SLATTERY GETS BUSY WITH THE GUESTS|
|DAVID GETS THE GIGGLES WITH AMIRA'S SISTER|
|FUN A LL THE WAY|
|FAMILIES HAVING FUN IN THE SUN|
|A HAPPY IMAGE FROM A VERY HAPPY DAY|
|AMIRA'S WORK COLLEAGUES HAVING FUN IN THE SUN AS WELL|
|DAVID MEETS HS EGYPTIAN AUNTIES|
|A WARM WELCOME FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM|
|AFTER ALL, THEY DON'T WANT TO GET THEIR WEDDING CLOTHES IN A MESS!|
|THE LOVE SEAT INSIDE THE MARQUEE|
|THE FATHER'S SPEECH - REVEALED!|
|MORE EMBARRASSMENT .....|
|CHOCOLATE COINS - PART OF HIS FATHER'S BEST MAN SPEECH ABOUT DAVID'S CHILDHOOD|
|AMIRA'S MOTHER CAROL MADE THE WAITCOATS .... TWO IN BLUE FOR CHELSEA, THE REST IN BLACK AND WHITE FOR NEWCASTLE AND TO FIT IN WITH THE BLACK AND WHITE WEDDING THEME|
|HOWEVER, NADIA'S BOYFRIEND GRANT WAS A SUNDERLAND SUPPORTER AND WANTED TO BE CENTRE STAGE!|
|THANKS FOR CAROL FROM GRANT FOR HIS SPECIAL WAISTCOAT|
|... AND BEFORE THE FIRST DANCE, THE LADIES ARE AWAY WITH THE MUSIC!|
|FIRST DANCE TIME .....|
|KISSIN' TIME ... FOR AMIRA AND DAVID|
They are such a happy couple together, a perfect match and after we met the first time I knew we were a perfect fit.
They wanted totally relaxed wedding photography, capturing the essence and atmosphere and fun of their wedding celebrations, with a nod to parents and grandparents and the images they needed from the day as well.
I had known Amira's father Mohamed as an acquaintance for more than 20+ years, he is a Consultant Gynaecologist and was a pioneer of fertility and 'test-tube babies' in the North East of England and I photographed him many times when I worked on newspapers.
Last year I bumped into him again at his friend's wedding, even though we are also close neighbours and he and his wife Carol asked me for my card .. and so I was booked!
I met with David and Amira at the Historic Quay on the Friday before their Sunday wedding, just to check out the location and to catch up, as they were so busy we hadn't time for a pre-wedding shoot.
There was rather a shock when we arrived as the front of the building was covered in scaffolding - something they hadnb't been told about, the room they were to be married in looked out over HMS Trincomalee, the second oldest warship afloat in the world, and all they could see was scaffolding through grey dusty windows.
thinking on their feet, they cancelled the ceremony room upstairs, arranged for the ceremony to be downstairs and organised their brothers and sisters and friends to 'decorate' the new ceremony room and drape black and white (the theme colours) around the scaffolding poles outside!
Heroes to the rescue!
On the day, Amira and her friends were very chilled out, while family and friends helped out around the house and in the gardens where the marquee was now set up and looking quite lovely.
The weather was amazing. W hardly had a summer last year, winter seemed to drag on for months longer than normal and then we have 'enjoyed' a very cool spring. Today however, was beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Hurrah!
Once Amira had put on her beautiful Maggie Sottero wedding gown, time was a little tight, so it was aquick dash to the LoveDub open-top VW and Camper van to take the ladies and Amira and her father to the Historic Quay.
Time for some quick photographs as they enter the Quayside and head into meet with David.
He and his father, who was also his best man, together with 150 guests had been kept waiting for 12 minutes, but there were huge smiles all round as first the bridesmaids and then Amira and Mohamed walked down the aisle to greet David.
There were a few tears, mainly from the guests, but soon the register was signed and we were outside for a quick group shot, and a few photographs on board with the bridesmaids and groomsmen before heading off to the marquee at Amira's family home.
The sun still shone brightly and continued to do so for the rest of the relaxed day of celebrations. Champagne and canapes in the garden, then inside the marquee for a wonderful meal followed by (long) speeches which were highly amusing and at times embarrassing - as expected!
After the speeches, the evening guests were starting to arrive, so it was time to capture some relaxed images of guests and family before the first dance got underway some 9hours after the wedding ceremony.
by this time, I was starting to flag, so after a few more images of family and friends relaxing and enjoying themselves, I bade farewell to the principal guests and wished Happy Honeymoon to Davd and Amira who were heading off to Cape Verde a few days later, and I headed off home!
GREAT day for Amira and David and their closest family and friends!
If you would like me to capture the essence, atmosphere and fun of your wedding day celebrations in the north east, across the north, anywhere in the UK or abroad, RING ME NOW and check your date on 0778 7150966
DIRK VAN DER WERFF