|BAMBURGH CASTLE WEDDING .. AWAITING DANIELLE AND JOHN ALL THE WAY FROM MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA FOR THEIR WEDDING|
|THE BRIDESMAID DRESSES GLIMPSESED THROUGH AN OPEN DOOR|
|SIMPLE DECORATION ON THE STAIRCASE AT BUDLE HALL NORTHUMBERLAND|
|DANIELLE WRITES HER SPEECH... JUST A FEW HOURS BEFORE HER WEDDING TO JOHN AT BAMBURGH CASTLE|
|DANIELLE'S FABULOUS MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN HANGS READY FOR THE DAY|
|ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWER PIECES AT BUDLE HALL FOR DANIELLES WEDDING DAY|
|THE YOUNG BRIDEMAID REACTS ON SEEING DANIELLE IN HER DRESS FOR THE FIRST TIME .. PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY|
|TIME FOR FUN AS DANIELLE'S WEDDING DRESS IS FINISHED|
|LAST MINUTE TIGHTENING OF THE MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN|
|STILL TIME FOR A LAUGH JUST BEFORE HER WEDDING TO JOHN|
|JOHN AND HIS FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WALK TO BAMBURGH CASTLE FOR HS WEDDING|
|HERE COME THE BOYS .... BAMBURGH CASTLE IN THEIR SIGHTS!|
|BROTHERS IN ARMS .. JOHN WITH HIS BROTHERS AND PARENTS AS WE HEAD UP TO THE CASTLE FOR HIS WEDDING TO DANIELLE|
|DANIELLE ARRIVES AT BAMBURGH CASTLE FOR HER WEDDING|
|STILL TIME FOR A SMILE AS SHE MEETS WITH THE REGISTRARS INSIDE THE WEDDING CAR|
|THE BRIDEMAIDS ARRIVE IN THE GREAT HALL AT BAMBURGH CASTLE FOR DANIELLES WEDDING TO JOHN|
|DANIELLE AND HER FATHER SEE JOHN FOR THE FIRST TIME - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY|
|A FAREWELL KISS FOR DANIELLE'S FATHER AS THE CEREMONY BEGINS|
|THE CEREMONY UNDERWAY WITH 150 GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE AT BAMBURGH CASTLE|
|IT ALL GOT A LITTLE EMOTIONAL FOR DANIELLE!|
|A LOVELY PHOTOGRAPH OF THE GREAT HALL AT BAMBURGH CASTLE SHOWING THE WEDDING CEREMONY UNDERWAY|
|DANIELLE AND JOHN WITH THEIR CLOSEST FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT BAMBURGH CASTLE IN NORTHUMBERLAND|
|LOVE IS .... DANIELLE AND JOHN, MARRIED AT LAST|
|STILL TIME FOR A GIGGLE AND A SMILE|
|DANIELLE LOOKING BEAUTIFUL IN HER MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN IN BAMBURGH CASTLE|
|SMILES ALL ROUND FOR THE TWO FAMILIES - JOINED IN MARRIAGE|
|THE WEDDING DRINKS RECEPTION UNDERWAY WITH THE NORTHUMBERLAND COASTLINE BATHED IN SUMMER SUNSHINE|
|FRIENDS FROM ALL AROUND THE UK AND THE WORLD MADE THE TRIP TO NORTHUMBERLAND FOR DANIELLE AND JOHN'S WEDDING AT BAMBURGH CASTLE|
|TIME FOR A BIT OF ROMANCE BEFORE WE LEAVE THE CASTLE FOR THEIR WEDDING BREAKFAST AT BUDLE HALL|
|JOHN WAVES TO GUESTS WAITING FOR THEIR TRANSPORT FROM THE CASTLE|
|USING THE OPEN TOP TO SPEAK WITH THEIR WEDDING GUESTS ON THE BRIDGE OVER THE ROAD AS THEY LEAVE THE CASTLE GROUNDS|
|JOHNAND DANIELLE WAVE AS THEY LEAVE THE CASTLE|
|TIME FOR A QUICK PHOTOGRAPH IN THE DUNES WITH BAMBURGH CASTLE IN THE BACKGROUND|
|ARRIVING AT BUDLE HALL IN STYLE!|
|FUN ALL THE WAY AT THEIR WEDDING IN NORTHUMBERLAND!|
|STYLISH DANIELLE AS SHE WAITS TO MEET HER GUESTS AT THE WEDDING BREAKFAST!|
|A NICE PIECE OF WALL ART FOR DANIELE TO REMEMBER HER DAY AT BUDLE HALL IN NORTHUMBERLAND! - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|JOHN PREPARES TO WIELD HIS SWORT TO ATTACK THE CROQUE EN BOUCHE|
|A MASTER OF HIS ART .. THE CROQUE EN BOUCHE DEMOLISHED ....|
|DANIELLE'S MUM CAPTURES THE ACTION|
|A KISS SEALS THE MARRIAGE OF DANIELLE AND JOHN DURING THEIR FIRST DANCE|
|OOOH ... AAH.... DANIELLE AND JOHN AND THEIR GUESTS VIEW THE FIREWORK DISPLAY AT BUDLE HALL IN NORTHUMBERLAND|
|AS THE FIREWORKS LIGHT UP THE SKY .. THE END OF A GREAT WEDDING DAY FOR THE HAPPY COUPLE!|
Luckily, they chose me as their wedding photographer and we had a few video chats using Skype so they could tell me all about their plans and we could bond a little bit. Building a relationship with my brides and grooms and often their families is an important part of the way I work.
Soon it was the week before the wedding and I met with them for a pre-wedding portrait shoot in Durham just 4 days before their wedding .. and luckily, we got on great and everything felt just right for their wedding celebrations.
Family and friends from all over the world and the UK headed to the small Northumberland village of Bamburgh where the magnificent castle dominates the landscape all around. Danielle and John and their families were staying at Budle hall, just a mile awy from the village and a great place for everyone to hang out for a long weekend and a place where friends could gather before and after the wedding date.
Danielle seemed really chilled out and we had a few laughs as I photograhed lots of details at Budle and as she got ready into her beautiful Maggie Sottero wedding gown.
I needed to meet with John and his pals and close family at a hotel in the village as their plan was to walk to Bamburgh Castle. My only reservations about the weather when we chatted months previous was that quite often the rain comes in sideways on the coast in Northumberland, but it had turned into a stunning summer's day, blue skies, not a breath of wind and really warm, hot in fact!
It was good to see John again and he was too chilled for words, and soon we were off on the 15 minute walk up to the castle to get married!
We were a good 35 minutes before the wedding time, but as we neared the top of the climb up the hill to the castle, the bridemaids were arriving, and some of the 150 guests were already assembling outside the Great Hall - a quite magnificent room in an unbelievable fairytale castle!
Danielle arrived bang on time and was smiling away along with her father .. all the way to the front of the hall where she met her husband to be. There were a few tears as friends made lovely readings, before the kidd sealed their marriage to a round of applause!
A quick group photograph or three on the lawn in the quadrangle before the geusts headed to an area festooned with canons facing out to the North Sea on an almost tropical day in the north east of England for a drinks reception. I was almost expecting to see palm trees bending gently in the breeze, as it looked and felt like the Italian coast rather than Northumberland!
Weddings at Bamburgh Castle take place at 5pm, so we didn't have long before we had to head off to the wedding breakfast at Budle Hall. I jumped in the front of the wedding car to get dropped off at the car park at the bottom of the hill where my car was so I could follow them to the sand dunes for a quick photograph with the castle in the distance .. it was funny as we drove past friends waiting for their lift in a double decker bus, waving like royalty at the newly weds who were hanging out of the car to take the applause!
At Budle House, the marquee was dressed and ready to go ... the newly weds were clapped into the room where we laughed and had a few tears at the speeches, before John wielded his trusty sword to slice the croque en bouche a pyramid of profiteroles before the first dance and evening entertainment began.
Fireworks in the grounds of Budle Hall were a bonus for family and friends before local noise abetement bylaws meant that fun was had with a silent disco as the fun headed past midnight.
It was a long drive home, but I reflected on what a cracking weding day it had been at Bamburgh Castle for Danielle and john, all the way from Melbourne Australia!
Enjoy this sneak peek of their exciting day here.
DIRK VAN DER WERFF
If you would like me to photograph your wedding, naturally, unobtrusively in Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle or anywhere in the UK or across the world, ring me now and tell me all about your plans on 0778 715 0966 - dont delay, book your date today before somebody else does!
View my other recent weddings in Northumberland .....
Cate and Andrew's wedding at Matfen Hall HERE
Mark and Lynn's 2nd wedding close to Bamburgh Castle in Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island Northumberland HERE
Amy and Fraser's review of my photography at their wedding at Ellingham Hall, just a few miles from Bamburgh Castle HERE
Kathryn and Richard's wedding at Matfen Hall HERE
Shelley and Stephen's wedding review at Langley Castle HERE
SHARON AND MARTIN'S WEDDING AT SLALEY HALL IS HERE
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