|WINDERMERE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:|
ALL CALM ON THE OUTSIDE ... A SWAN MAKES THE SCENE OUTSIDE THE OLD ENGLAND HOTEL IN BOWNESS ON WINDERMERE - THE VENUE FOR LINDSAY AND WAYNE'S WEDDING IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
|BOWNESS ON WINDERMERE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
OLD ENGLAND HOTEL AT BOWNES IN WINDERMERE .. THE VENUE FOR LINDSAY AND WAYNE'S WEDDING
|LAKE DISTRICT NATURAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
SMILES ALL ROUND AS LINDSAY GETS HER HAIR DONE...........
|JOKE MESSAGES SENT OUT FROM THE ROOM TO LINDSAY'S FRIENDS ...|
|WEDDING DAY PERFUME|
|A BEAUTIFUL GIFT TO LINDSAY FROM HER BRIDEMAIDS .. COMLETE WITH HER WEDDING DAY JEWELLERY|
|WAYNE CHILLS OUT WITH FRIENDS AND A BOTTLE OR TWO OF CHAMPAGNE|
|NOW THEY'RE ALL LAUGHING .. I SAID THIS WAS A CHILLED OUT WEDDING!|
|WAYNE'S BEST MAN SI AND NINA ARE OBVIOUSLY IMPRESSED WITH THE WAY THAT WAYNE SCRUBS UP!|
|TEARS AS SHE SEES LINDSAY IN HER DRESS FOR THE FIRST TIME|
|LINDSAY AND HER SISTER .. READY TO GO!|
|£1 MILLION SMILE .. LYNDSAEY SEES WAYNE FOR THE FIRST TIME|
|A RING ON HER FINGER .....|
|TIME FOR A KISS TO SEAL THE MARRIAGE|
|CLOSE-UP TIME FOR BEST MAN SI .....|
|TAKING THE APPLAUSE|
|THE NEW NAME TELLS THE STORY|
|QUICK RECORD SHOT FOR PARENTS!|
|THIS IS THE ONE FOR THEIR THANK YOU CARDS ....|
|WAYNE HAS A FIT OF THE GIGGLES IN THE COLD|
|BOYS WILL BE BOYS .....|
|THE HAPPY COUPLE|
|ITS CHRISTMAS .. SO WE NEED A CHRISTMAS TREE!|
|WATCHING THE SPEECHES ...|
|HAPPINESS THAT HIS BEST MAN SI HASNT DROPPED HIM IN IT ....|
|LINDSAY SEEMS PLEASED TOO ....|
|SI MAKES A POINT IN HIS SPEECH ABOUT WAYNE KILLING A DUCK WITH A GOLF BALL ... OOOOPS!|
|WAYNE'S FAVOURITE TEAM, EVERTON REPRESENTED ON HIS WEDDING CAKE|
|LINDSAY ONLY HAS EYES FOR WAYNE|
|SOME TIME ALONE .. AWAY FROM THE GUESTS|
|THESE GUYS WERE A NIGHTMARE TO WORK WITH TO BE HONEST ....|
|THE PARTY TABLE DO WHAT THEY DO BEST ... PARTY!|
|CHEERS ALL ROUND FOR THE SINGER!|
|TIME FOR KISSES ...... A GREAT WEDDING WEEKEND!|
Lindsay and Wayne are a lovely couple, much loved by all their close family and friends, so it was natural for them when they decided to get married that they would want to share their special day in a special place with those people closest to them.
Their favourite place is in the Lake District, especially around Bowness and Lake Windermere, so they chose The Old England Hotel on the lake front at Bowness in Windermere for their lovely relaxed, informal wedding celebrations just a week before Christmas.
For weddings 2 hours or more away from my home I travel the day before and stay overnight, usually in the hotel where the bride is staying. This means that there are no problems in case of accidents on the roads, or weather problems that stops me being 'on site' on the day of the wedding, and it often means that I can 'hang out' with the bride and groom and their family the evening before the wedding - all part of the 'bonding' process I cultivate with the couple and their family before we even get to their BIG day.
Even the pre-wed shoot is a bonding opportunity, it just means that we are not strangers on the day, everyone can chill out and have a fabulous day of fun!
The weather was very good for December, we even saw sunshine too - though it was pretty cold outside it was warm and full of sunshine inside the hotelas I met with Lindsay and her bridesmaids and hairdresser early on the morning of her wedding to Wayne.
Lindsay is a Photography Tutor at a 6th Form college and I first met with her before she decided to get married when I did some mentoring work with her students, she saw some of my stylish modern A3 wedding books and the relaxed way I photograph weddings, and she decided that when her wedding day came, she wanted me to be a small but important part of her and Wayne's day!
There was lots and lots of laughter as she got ready for the wedding, and when I popped along the corridor to see Wayne and he friends, he was lying on the bed, drinking champagne and chatting away with friends as though it was just a 'normal' day!
Both Lindsay's parents and their friends and Wayne's parents and their friends were excited for the wedding celebrations, while colleagues and friends had travelled safely from all over the country for the day, so that when Lindsay came down the stairs (crying ... ) with her father, there were quite a few tears among the guests as well.
Wayne was very quiet and a little bit pale as the moment arrived, but the look on both their faces as Lindsay arrived at his side was worth a £1 million!
The civil wedding ceremony in the Old England Hotel in Bowness in Windermere was over quickly and soon there were hand-sakes and kisses and cuddles and bear hugs as everyone congratulated the bride and groom.
These moments make for some lovely relaxed images, and my wedding guests appreciate that I let them have an hour or so to 'get into' the wedding, have a drink and a few canapes before I 'borrow' mums and dads and grandparents and bridesmaids to make sure we have some 'official' moments from this day of record which are important to older members of the family, so 15 minutes outside in the cold to capture some happy relaxed key images of family with a big group shot turned around in a few minutes so no one got cold and we were back inside for speeches, fine food and champagne!
We then had three of the finest speeches at a wedding I have heard this year from the father of the bride and the best man Si while Wayne's fantastic speech saw me struggling to see through my viewfinder as he outlines his love and deep devotion to his new wife Lindsay .. tears all round!
Time to chill out for an hour or so after the wedding breakfast and then I made a few more photographs of the happy couple around the hotel, nice and relaxed, nothing too posed or formal, before a friend played his guitar to the gathered throng before the first dance beckoned and the dance floor was filled until late.
Because I was staying a second night in the hotel as it was too late and too far to drive after 12 hours on my feet, I flopped down with some of the guests and treated myself to a few fine pints of beer!
What a great weekend for Lindsay and Wayne - one to always remember, and I hope my photographs give yo a flavour, a sneak peek of the happiness of the day!
All their photographs are HERE .... so ask Lindsay and Wayne for the passwords.
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I only photograph about 30 weddings per year so it never becomes a 'production line' and the diary fills quickly!
DIRK VAN DER WERFF