|THE IMAGE THAT ANNA AND NEIL CHOSE FOR THEIR WEDDING BOOK COVERS - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY|
" .. We had chose our wedding date, booked the venue (Beamish Hall) and secured the registrar, the next step for us was – wedding photographer.
Living abroad and only spending a few days at a time in the UK, time was of the essence. We trawled the internet, made an appointment, and met the photographer.
We both agreed that this was one of the most important things we would spend our money on – it’s the one permanent reminder of the big day.
Roll on 18 months. We had relocated to the UK and it was time to get the final wheels in motion. We needed to book our pre-wedding shoot and contacted the photographer. To cut a (very) long story short, the company had ceased to trade, and not told anyone who had given their faith in them and deposit cheques!
So, it’s February, we’re getting married in May, and we have no photographer!
Back to the internet, everyone we knew was asking people they knew, looking at sites and making calls. Then, I came across Dirk’s blog and website and Facebook images. I have no idea how he escaped us the first time round, but here it was… the most natural, happy and captivating photos I’d seen!
Neil called Dirk, explaining the situation we were in, and how awkward his wife to be was around a camera! Amazingly Dirk was free on our big day and we quickly arranged to meet.
From that first hello, we thanked our lucky stars that we’d been let down by the previous guy. Dirk brought wedding book samples, which were amazing; talked through plans and ideas, and then got down to the pre wedding shoot… all on the same day! My Mum came too and he photographed her as well!
When we saw the images a couple of weeks later, we were over the moon.
In days leading up to our wedding, Dirk kept in contact and when he turned up at Beamish Hall on the day it was crazy – but good crazy!
He did what he needed to, never got in the way, and just joined in as part of the family.
He kept me informed of Neil’s progress in the morning, how many tears he’d cried, and assured me that he was composed in time!
We’d given no real direction, as we didn’t want a posed formal feel, however looking back Dirk seemed to have been everywhere, all of the time, but we hardly noticed. He fitted in with family easily, was a big hit with the female guests, and did his job with the minimum of fuss.
Over the next few weeks, Dirk kept in touch following through with everything as promised.. he couriered the presentation box of proof prints to our home in the south of England, and once we had selected our favourite two hundred images he designed out wedding books.
I must admit, I’m not always the easiest person to please, I found it difficult to say what exactly I wanted, but when presented with the 1st draft, I knew what I wanted changed, but Dirk stuck with us and gave Neil and I the most amazing story of our day.
Everyone who sees our books are amazed, even those who spent hours with us on the day, looked many times at the 500+ proofs, or saw the photos online; they all see something they forgot about, or hadn’t seen before.
Some even have a tear in their eye – and not just Neil!
Whether this is the first you’ve heard about Dirk, or you’ve met already, book him now!
I can guarantee (other than making the decision to actually get married) it will be the best decision you make!… ”
If you would like me to be the official photographer at your Beamish Hall wedding, I woulkd be happy to be a small but important part of your day!
Ring me on 0778 7150966 at anytime. If you wish to progress to a meeting, I will travel to you whenever you are free, and if you want to invite your parents too .. no problem, all I need is a mug of tea.. or, lets meet at Beamish Hall and have some tea and a cake!
DON'T LOSE YOUR DATE .. RING ME NOW
DIRK VAN DER WERFF