|CRATHORNE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: EASBY ABBEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS|
SERHIY AND REBECCA ONLY HAVE EYES FOR EACH OTHER AFTER THEIR WONDERFUL WEDDING CELEBRATIONS
Rebecca and Serhiy are lovely people who met and fell in love at work in hospital as midwife and obstetrician / gynaecologist, then it was time to get married, which is where I came in!
This is Becky's original Facebook message to me:
I have just been looking at your lovely wedding photographs online and was wondering about your availability for April 11th?
We are struggling to find someone that we like and fits the budget so hopefully you can help!
We are starting off our day at Easby Hall in Richmond North Yorkshire then heading to Easby Abbey church which is a stones throw away. Our reception is at Crathorne Hall in Yarm.
Hopefully you can help!
So, we met up and we got on like a house on fire, Serhiy seemed a nice fella too, if a little quiet and shy, but that's why they wanted nice relaxed wedding photographs, with no bother of hassle, just a lovely documentary record telling the story of their day.
A few days later I met with Becky and her Mum at Crathorne Hall for tea and biscuits, and the deal was done!
We then spent the next few months before the wedding chatting online, re-assuring her about different things to do with the day and generally bonding. PHOTOGRAPHS TO COME LATER TODAY
A few days before the wedding I met with them at the church at Easby Abbey for their dress rehearsal, met with bridesmaids and Serhiy's brother from Ukraine who was to be the best man. Sadly, because of the political troubles in Ukraine with Russia, Serhiy's parents and other members of his family couldn't travel from Ukraine for the wedding, very sad, so his brother being there was very important!
I turned up bright and early at Easby Hall, a beautiful house overlooking Easby Abbey and the church where they were to be married and all was calm and well.
Serhiy and his brother were on the 2nd floor and rebecca and her bridesmaids and parents were on the 1st floor. All was calm, very calm and it was great to see everyone. After my greetings I walked down to the church to make some establishing images, and bumped into my friend Baz Rayaz of Studio North Weddings who was creating an amazing cinematic film of the wedding celebrations.
The beautiful old church was looking lovely, the sunshine was out, it was quite warm, just right for a day of wedding celebrations.
The flowers had arrived when I returned, and the Jimmy Choo wedding shows were begging to be photographed - of course!
Becky's brides were happy and chilled and I loved the colour of their bridesmaid gowns. Becky's wedding dress looked resplendent, it was a Kenneth Winston bridal gown from Miranda Marie bridal shop in Yarm, a wonderful place with great customer service!
Becky's Mum and Dad were chilled out too, just very excited for the day, while Serhiy and his brother were Mr and Mr Relaxed when I took the long trek through Easby Hall to the top floor apartment to catch up with them as they got ready.
I could see the guests starting to gather around the church from the top floor, so it was time to get the dress on and go and get married.
Becky loved her wedding gown and fitted it like a dream - and with just one zip at the back, she was in it and looking amazing within minutes!
Becky's dad was waiting at the stairs as we did a few family photographs and Baz lined up a video shot of her entrance, then we were outside with the lovely jaguar for a few quick photographs before I dashed down the hill to the lovely church to meet the vicar and the bridesmaids and took my position at the front of the church for Becky's entrance.
She looked stunning and Serhiys reaction said it all.
Before long, after lighting candles for the families, we were outside the church for lots of kisses and cuddles from their guests before we headed off to the Abbey ruins for a few family photographs with Becks grandparents and with the happy couple themselves.
It was a 40 minute drive from easby near Richmond to Crathorne Hall near Yarm for the wedding reception and wedding breakfast, and luckily the sun had followed up there too!
We had time for some nice relaxed images of their guests and then we were in for a sumptious wedding meal (thanks you folks!) and some lovely, touching speeches, Becky stepping in with her own speech as Serhiys brother doesn't speak English.
Afterwards, we had a little bit of time to capture some photographs in the lovely grounds at Crathorne Hall, while Baz and his team completed some more footage, then back to the hall to greet evening guests and have the first dance and cutting of the wedding cake.
After the first dance - Becky and a dozen of her friends surprised her gathered relatives and friends with a spectacular dance routine which they had practised for a few weeks before - and it brought the house down!
It was time to say my goodbye's and offer my thanks to the family and Rebecca and Serhiy themselves at the end of a stunning wedding day for the happy couple.
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DIRK VAN DER WERFF