June 2011 | DIRK VAN DER WERFF - WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Rockliffe Hall Wedding: Showcase Open Day Wedding Fair

STEPHANIE AND DANIEL'S WEDDING AT ROCKLIFFE HALL - VIEW THEIR WEDDING 'SNEAK PEEK' HERE

THE ROCKLIFFE SUITE

ROCKLIFFE HALL

INSIDE THE BEAUTIFUL ROCKLIFFE HALL IN COUNTY DURHAM

TABLE DECORATION AND WEDDING BOUQUET AT ROCKLIFFE HALL
DAN AND STEPHANIE AT ROCKLIFFE HALL 2012

ROCKLIFFE HALL - READY FOR YOUR WEDDING!


Rockliffe Hall is a fabulous 5 star wedding venue on the borders of County Durham and North Yorkshire and has become very popular very quickly with discerning brides and grooms to be.
The Rockliffe Hall Etc. Wedding Show is on Sunday September 30th 2012 from 12pm -4pm when the dedicated wedding team from Rockliffe Hall and Etc. Magazine will be on hand to show off the beautiful wedding facilities while you enjoy a glass of bubbly and canap├ęs.
Guest numbers from just 10 to 150 can be catered for in a number of wedding spaces including The Rockliffe Suite with an abundance of natural daylight, stylish decor and an outdoor terrace leading into landscaped gardens 
where I photographed Elizabeth and Wayne's wedding recently.
The Old Hall Arches, Morning Room and Campernella provide a glamorous setting against many of the original features of the 18th Century Hall, including the magnificent stained glass staircase, beautiful hand carved ornate stone arches and many original pieces such as the ornate marble fireplace and for smaller more intimate weddings of up to 30 guests our bespoke Old Hall Wedding Experience created by Michelin starred Chef Kenny Atkinson provides the perfect choice. 
You can of course meet many of Rockliffe Hall's many preferred suppliers during the Etc. Wedding Show
If you would like me to photograph your intimate family wedding at Rockliffe Hall I would be delighted to meet you there or at your home to hear all about your exciting plans!
Telephone me at any time on 0778 7150966 to make an appointment. Ring me NOW .. dates get taken quickly as I only photograph a limited amount of weddings each year!
Read more about Rockliffe Hall HERE
Join their Facebook group HERE
View Stephanie and Daniel's Rockliffe Hall Wedding in late February 2012 HERE
View Elizabeth and Wayne's Sneak Peek of their wedding at Rockliffe Hall HERE.. just a few of the final edited images from their intimate wedding at the Rockliffe Suite.

Other recent weddings I photographed in County Durham and North Yorkshire are below:
Sarah and Dan's Wedding at Crathorne Hall HERE
Charlotte and Chris' wedding at Barnard Castle School Chapel and Headlam Hall HERE
Andrea and Peter's North Yorkshire Wedding at The Crab and Lobster HERE
DIRK VAN DER WERFF

Crathorne Hall Wedding Photographer Review from Sarah and Dan


SARAH'S FABULOUS VICTORIA JANE WEDDING DRESS FROM RONALS JOYCE


SARAH AND DAN .. COMPLETE

SARAH GETS THE GIGGLES

HERE COME THE GIRLS!
Sarah and Dan's lovely small intimate wedding at Crathorne Hall was one of my first weddings of the year, and what a great day it proved to be!
We all had such a good time, and Dan and Sarah's closest friends played their part too in a cracking day of wedding celebrations ... anyways, Sarah has penned this (red-faced) review of my performance as their professional wedding photographer on their day at Crathorne Hall near Yarm in North Yorkshire.
"...We had already decided we wanted Dirk as our photographer for our wedding after seeing his photographs on his website and blog and seeing his book displayed at our venue at Crathorne Hall.
After our meeting when he travelled to our home we had no need to meet with any other photographers, he was so friendly and easy to talk to that we booked Dirk a few days later.
We had a lot of fun on our pre-wed shoot and Dirk put us both at ease especially Dan as he does not like his photo taken at all! 
The photographs from this shoot turned out great and it's brilliant to have some lovely photographs of us together in our home town of Hartlepool.
When it came to the wedding day Dirk arrived early on and took many photographs while chatting with my Mum and the girls and they all took an instant like to him.
He captured all the photographs I love so efficiently, not getting in the way at all while we were making our final preparations then heading off to get photographs of 'The Boys' arriving in a limousine.  
Throughout the whole day he chatted and joked with all the guests and got photographs of them all without them even noticing. 
He took all the group shots we asked for in such a fun and quick way that it didn’t even seem that we were getting photographs taken! All of the guests commented on how nice Dirk was on the day and after they viewed all his photographs how fab his work is!
We couldn’t be happier with our wedding photographs. They capture our day perfectly and will preserve our memories forever.
The photographs are so artistic and of such a high quality, he paid attention to every detail on the day not missing anything.
We were able to see a Sneak Peek of our photographs before we even headed to New York for our honeymoon and the very day we got back he had sent us a link to view the full set of images.
I can't wait for our storybook wedding album!
The service Dirk provided is second to none and we would highly recommend him to anyone!..."
Sarah and Daniel Bramley

If you would like me to photograph your wedding at Crathorne Hall in Yorkshire, or any other venue in the UK, Europe or anywhere in the world, ring me now and tell me all about your plans on 0778 7150966
See the full Sneak Peek of Sarah and Dan's wedding .. a small selection of the 400+ images which tell the story of their great wedding day HERE
See Sarah and Lee's Sneak Peek of their 2011 wedding at Crathorne Hall HERE
Read more about Crathorne Hall weddings HERE
Have a look at Catherine and Chris's wedding at Crathorne Hall HERE
Put a date in your diary with Crathorne Hall's wedding fair / open day in 2012 HERE
DIRK VAN DER WERFF




Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography Review from Caroline and Antony



CAROLINE'S LOVELY WYNYARD HALL WEDDING REVIEW / TESTIMONIAL



TRUE LOVE .. KISSES FOR CAROLINE AND ANTONY AT WYNYARD HALL

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHS AT WYNYARD HALL .....

CAROLINE LOOKING BEAUTIFUL ON THE STEPS OF WYNYARD HALL AS SHE ARRIVES FOR HER WEDDING

LOOKING GOOD .. A NICE RETRO FEEL TO THIS IMAGE AS WE MANAGE A FEW MINUTES WITHOUT BROLLIES AT WYNYARD HALL - IT RAINED FOR 14 HOURS!
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It's always lovely to receive reviews from my brides and grooms, sometimes an e-mail, sometimes a card, sometimes a gushing phone call from Mum and Dad too .. all good for the ego of course, but more importantly so that other brides and grooms contemplating which photographer to book for their wedding celebrations.
Wynyard Hall is a fabulous location for wedding photography, and a superb venue for weddings, full of history and beautiful rooms and architecture, with gardens and grounds that truly compliment the recent refurbishments and extensions.
So, enjoy the card I received from Caroline about their wedding at Wynyard Hall and a small selection of the 500+ photographs telling the story of their wedding at Wynyard Hall.
Ring me NOW on 0778 7150966 to CHECK YOUR DATE!
HAPPY PEOPLE HERE 
See the full sneak peek of their day HERE
Read more wedding photography reviews and testimonials about me HERE and HERE
Read Niki's review of my performance at her Wynyard Hall wedding HERE, her husband Steve also was kind enough to write a review from the groom's perspective HERE - with their Sneak Peek of their Wynyard Hall wedding HERE
You can also view a sneak peek of Kirstey and Mark's Winter Wedding at Wynyard Hall HERE
JOIN ME ON FACEBOOK TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ALL MY RECENT WEDDINGS WITH ADDITIONAL IMAGES NOT POSTED ON MY BLOG
DIRK VAN DER WERFF

BEAMISH HALL 2012 WEDDING FAIR


KISSIN' TIME FOR ANNA AND NEIL!

Beamish Hall is one of the finest wedding venues in County Durham with a history that goes back more than 100 years.
It is also one of the most popular wedding venues in the north east with over 250 brides a year choosing it as their preferred wedding venue.
On Sunday 5th February 2012 they hold their Biggest Ever Wedding Fair, showing off all the rooms dressed so you can see the venue in all its glory and get a feel for it's atmosphere and speak with members of the wedding team and suppliers.
It's FREE ENTRY between 11am - 4pm
See Ann and Neil's sneak peek wedding preview HERE, and their review of my performance at Beamish Hall as their professional wedding photographer HERE
Wedding photography from £1195 - £1495 depending on guest numbers, the day of the week and your own needs for your wedding day.
I am a full time professional photographer, fully insured with superb customer experience and a superb customer service, read my reviews HERE


DIRK VAN DER WERFF

Crab and Lobster Wedding Photographer for Louise and Dave


THE CRAB AND LOBSTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:
DOGS ON PARADE ..... THE FAMOUS 'POT DOGS' AT THE ENTRANCE TO CRAB MANOR FESTOONED WITH BALOONS FOR THE WEDDING

THE CRAB AND LOBSTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:
LOUISE ...  GLOWING EVEN BEFORE SHE HAD HER MAKE-UP COMPLETED

THE CRAB AND LOBSTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS:
CLOSE YOUR EYES .... LOUISE GETS THE HAIRSPRAY TREATMENT AT CRAB MANOR
LOUISE'S SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE BOX ......

LOUISE'S SOPHIELOUISE WEDDING GOWN HANGING FROM A WARDROBE, WAITING TO BE CENTRE STAGE!

IT WAS A BIT BUSY IN ONE OF THE ROOMS, BUT LOUISES MUM WAS HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND HER OUTFIT!

A LOVELY MUM AND DAUGHTER PORTRAIT AS THE DAY GATHER'S PACE AT THE CRAB AND LOBSTER

INDEED .. TIME WAS REALLY MOVING ON ACCORDING TO THE FAMOUS CLOCK ON THE WALL AT CRAB MANOR

LAST MINUTE ADJUSTMENTS FOR 'THE GIRLS'

LOUISE'S FATHER IS IMPRESSED AS HE SEES LOUISE FOR THE FIRST TIME

LOUISE ... OUTSIDE .. SUDDENLY BLOOMING AND REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HER WEDDING TO DAVE - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF

... AND ALL THAT WAITING UNDER THE TREES WAS WORTH IT .. TOTALLY CHILLED OUT AND READY TO GO!

WALKING THE WALK .....

LOUISE'S FATHER LOOKS NERVOUS NOW, BUT LOUISE IS TOTALLY RELAXED NOW!

... AND A GREAT REACTION SHOT AS THE BRIDE AND GROOM MEET EACH OTHER - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

OUSIDE, DAVE REVEALS HIS WEDDING DAY CUFFLINKS FROM PAUL SMITH

SMILE PLEASE .... I LEAVE THE GUESTS TO LINE UP THE HAPPY COUPLE .. 

THREE OF THE FOUR BRIDEMAIDS GET THE GIRLY GIGGLES .. 

CLOSE UP OF LOUISE'S HAIRPIECE 

TIME FOR A FEW QUICK BRIDAL PORTRAITS

TIME FOR A QUICK KISS BEFORE WE DASH DOWN TO TAKE THE APPLAUSE AS THEY ENTER THE RESTAURANT FOR THE WEDDING BREAKFAST

GREAT FOOD FOR THE WEDDING BREAKFAST AT THE CRAB AND LOBSTER

A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING CAKE FOR LOUISE AND DAVE

LOUISE'S BOUQUET MATCHING THE CAKE


BOTH LOUISE AND DAVE ARE ENTERTAINED BY LOUISES FATHER'S WEDDING SPEECH!

PRESENTS FOR THE PARENTS

DAVE'S SPEECH WAS OUTSIDE THE CRAB AND LOBSTER ON THE TERRACE

LOUISE FINDS IT ALL VERY ENTERTAINING

DAVE MAKES A POINT DURING THE BEST MAN'S SPEECH

DAVE FINDS OUT THAT LOUISE IS TO BE A VERY DEMANDING WIFE!

OFF FOR A FEW MOMENTS ON THEIR OWN AT THE CRAB AND LOBSTER

LOUISE HAS TIME FOR A FEW MOMENTS WITH ME BEFORE HER EVENING GUESTS ARRIVE ..... PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

A QUICK SWISH SHOWS OFF HER SOPHIE LOUISE WEDDING GOWN - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF

DAVE IS ALMOST BROUGHT DOWN ON THE TRY LINE BY HIS NEPHEW!

CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS .... LOUISE AND DAVE CELEBRATE THEIR GREAT WEDDING DAY BY CUTTING THEIR CAKE - WITH A LOT OF EFFORT ON DAVE'S PART!

LOUISE REALLY GETTING INTO THE GROOVE FOR HER FIRST DANCE WITH DAVE AT THE CRAB AND LOBSTER
VIEW MY FIRST 2013 WEDDING AT THE CRAB AND LOBSTER HERE
Have a look at my Pinterest Inspiration board for Crab and Lobster North Yorkshire brides HERE

Smaller intimate weddings are more and more popular nowadays. Gatherings of your closest friends and family for one of the biggest days of your life makes a wedding seem more special than a huge wedding at a country house hotel.
Louise and Dave knew this was the type of wedding they would prefer and fell in love with Crab Manor and The Crab and Lobster in North Yorkshire. 
It was the second of four weddings I'm photographing there this year and I have photographed many other wedding celebrations there too over the last few years - all of them lovely gatherings of the bride and groom's nearest and dearest.
Louise was busy with her make-up artist when I arrived and seemed pretty chilled to me, though she confessed later she was really, really nervous, but her bridesmaids put her at ease as well as her Mum, while we had a giggle and a laugh at the time for her vows came closer. 
Dave had arrived much earlier than most grooms, but his mates were all there early too and the chance for an early beer or two to settle the nerves was tempting I'm sure!
There was time for me to put their signing-in board in place in the restaurant area where their wedding breakfast would be. 
They selected the image from their pre-wedding portrait shoot near Leeds and as the day progressed, their family and friends signed the board with lovely messages - a great memento from their wedding!
Louise's father arrived with a big smile on his face as he saw his daughter in her Sophie Louise wedding dress for the first tme, and very soon after, the anxious look on Louise's face lifted dramtically. Suddenly, she realised she was about to be married - and it excited her, and I could see her face change with the most enormous smile just before she walked down the aisle .. a great moment.
The simple ceremony was soon over and the black skies and driving rain and high winds threatened by the weather forecasters seemed very hollow as we walked out into the sunshine for lots of kissing and cuddling and handshakes and bear hugs!
In good weather, with your guests on the lawn outside the conservatory at the Crab and Lobster with a glass of Pimms in hand, always strikes me as a perfect scenario.
Lots of lovely photographs to be had, people laughing and chatting and having a great time, with a few quick family photographs in between before we walked down to the restaurant for the beautiful wedding breakfast (thank you !) before we headed outside after coffee and chocolate truffles for speeches outside - a great feature of having a wedding at this venue.
Soon after, I manged to grab Louise and Dave for 10 minutes to create a few nice photographs, as the evening guests arrived followed not long after by a barbeque, cutting the cake, first dance and the party to follow!
It was a great intimate wedding for them both with their family and friends who are closest to them, and the photographs I took will be a brilliant record of their great wedding celebrations!
See Fay and Nick's wedding at The Crab and Lobster HERE
See Andrea and Peter's wedding at The Crab and Lobster HERE
If you would like me to photograph your intimate wedding at The Crab and Lobster, near Asenby, Topcliffe North Yorkshire, ring me now and rell me about your plans - DON'T LOSE YOUR DATE!  0778 7150966

DIRK VAN DER WERFF