|SLALEY HALL WEDDING: ST MARY'S CHURCH PONTELAND WEDDING:|
ST MARY'S CHURCH PONTELAND NEAR NEWCASTLE - THE VENUE FOR SHARON AND MARTIN'S WEDDING
|PONTELAND WEDDINGS: WEDDING SHOES AT THE READY .....|
|PONTELAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:|
THE SHIRT AND WAISTCOAT FOR SHARON'S YOUNG SON AWAIT FITTING ....
|SHARON CHECKS THE HAIRSTYLE WITH TRACY|
|SHARON'S JIMMY CHOO PERFUME FOR HER WEDDING|
|DETAIL FROM THE BEAUTIFUL HAND-MADE WEDDING GOWN|
|DETAIL FROM SHARON'S BESPOKE WEDDING DRESS|
|SHARON'S DELIGHTFUL SON IS HELPED UP THE STAIRS TO SEE HIS MUM AFTER HE HAS BEEN DRESSED WITH HIS WEDDING SUIT!|
|YOU CAN SEE THE HAPPINESS ON SHARON'S FACE MINUTES BEFORE SHE LEAVES FOR THE CHURCH TO MARRY MARTIN! PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|WAITING FOR THE BRIDE AT ST MARY'S CHURCH!|
|THE BEST MAN LOOKS MORE NERVOUS THAN MARTIN INSIDE THE CHURCH ....|
|MARTIN AND SHARON ARE MARRIED IN ST MARY'S CHURCH PONTELAND|
|HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT WRITTEN ACROSS THE FACES OF THE HAPPY COUPLE INSIDE CHURCH ... PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|SEALED WITH A KISS ....... IT'S MAN AND WIFE TIME!|
|SHARON AND MARTINS SON STRAINS TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|THE WEDDING BREAKFAST ROOM IS SET FOR THE GUESTS|
|WHITE FEATERS DECORATE THE TABLES FOR THE WEDDING BREAKFAST AT SLALEY HALL|
|TIME FOR A FEW MINUTES TOGETHER IN BETWEEN RAIN SHOWERS AT SLALEY HALL|
|SHARON SMILES AT THE COMMENTS MADE BY HER COUSIN AT HER WEDDING BREAKFAST AT SLALEY HALL IN NORTHUMBERLAND|
|SHARON'S SON WALKS THE WALK ON THE DANCEFLOOR AT SLALEY HALL|
|FIRST DANCE TIME ...... HAPPY LOVE BIRDS ON THE DANCE FLOOR!|
|SEALED WITH A KISS - SHARON AND MARTIN AT SLALEY HALL - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|SHARON AND MARTIN WATCH THEIR FANTASTIC FIREWORK DISPLAY IN NORTHUMBERLAND|
|SHARON AND MARTIN VIEW THEIR FABULOUS FIREWORK DISPLAY TO MARK THE CULMINATION OF THEIR WEDDING CELEBRATIONS AT SLALEY HALL IN NORTHUMBERLAND - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY|
Their wedding was one of the latest I have ever booked, we met for the first time at their home in Ponteland while Martin was home for a few days from working abroad just 5 weeks before their big celebration ... life had just been too busy, and luckily, I was free that day!
Often I first meet with my bride and grooms a year or two or even three before their wedding and after they book me, it's great to catch up five or six weeks before their wedding celebrations to catch up and get a feel for the day with a walk on the beach or at a country park and share a pot of tea. That means that we're not strangers on the day, and things go swimmingly. In their case I drove 2 hours north to their holiday cottage near Beadnall not far from Bamburgh Castle only 5 days before their actual wedding date to have a chat and do some pre-wedding photos on the beach with their delightful young son ... phew, we were all cutting it a bit short, but the chemistry between us felt right and they wanted me to be a small but important part of their fabulous wedding!
On the day I was up and out early to Ponteland as Sharon got ready with Tracy Taylor Arbid of Beautiful Bridal Makeovers providing not just the skills of hair and make-up, but head massage the night before too and she also helped Sharon with her dress, one which was hand-sown and modified to her exact specifications, so the wedding gown was totally unique!
Even when her cousin arrived to check how things were progressing, he was amazed how chilled out everything was as time flew on towards 12pm
Sharon had some beautiful pieces of jewellery to photograph as well as her Jimmy Choo perfume and her lovely son's beautiful wedding outfit and shoes!
Soon it was a dash off to the church to say hello to the Vicar, meet Martin and his best man and groomsmen and before long Sharon was at the church with her cousin to give her away.
The service went in a dash, and despite being confined to the back of the church most of the time I captured the flavour of the ceremony, before we headed out into sunshine - which hadn't been forecast, and to grab a few informal family and friends photographs on the green outside the famous church.
Slaley Hall was a venue I had not been back to in the previous year or so, since Ajey and Teedah's lovely Indian wedding I photographed there. Luckily the rain stayed away, but the high winds meant that most guests didn't venture outside very much - though I did manage to get Martin and his bride outside for a few location photographs, before we headed into one of the function rooms that had been beautifully dresses to Sharon's design for the wedding breakfast and speeches.
This was my second wedding in two days in Northumberland - after Kathryn and Richard's wedding at Matfen Hall, but it was just as much fun, with tears and laughter from the wedding speeches and a beautiful wedding breakfast.
Time was moving on and soon enough evening guests were arriving and the first dance was upon us!
Martin and Sharon had asked me to stay longer than normal, which I am always happy to accommodate when there is a firework display!
And What a Firework Display! The fireworks were all set off to a Take That song and someone behind me was heard to say: "I don't think Newcastle's New Year fireworks are better than that!" at the end of a quite astonishing display.
So, all done, it was kisses for the bride Sharon and a shake of the hand for Martin as I bid them goodnight and wished them a lovely honeymoon.
If you would like me to photograph your small intimate wedding at Slaley Hall in Northumberland or your HUGE Asian wedding in Northumberland at Slaley Hall then please do ring me at anytime on 0778 7150966 and tell me all about your plans!
SEE Rowena and William's wedding at Ellingham Hall HERE
VIEW Amy and Fraser's winter Ellingham Hall wedding HERE
HAVE A LOOK at Liz and Steve's wedding at Ellingham Hall HERE
SEE Danielle and John's wedding a few miles away from Ellingham Hall at Bamburgh Castle and Budle Hall in Northumberland HERE
VIEW a small intimate 2nd wedding in Northumberland at Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, just a few miles from Ellingham Hall HERE
WOODHILL HALL is another weekend wedding venue in Northumberland, while you can also have a three day long wedding weekend at GUYZANCE HALL in Northumberland too.
A WINTER WEDDING AT LANGLEY CASTLE FOR KATE AND CHRIS IS HERE
DIRK VAN DER WERFF