|CRAB AND LOBSTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: |
KATE AND JORDAN - SO IN LOVE AT CRAB MANOR IN NORTH YORKSHIRE
|CRAB AND LOBSTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
|THE SPRING GARDENS AT THE CRAB AND LOBSTER / CRAB MANOR IN NORTH YORKSHIRE|
|DESPITE THE THREAT OF APRIL THUNDERSTORMS AND SHOWERS, THE WEATHER WAS GLORIOUS|
|EVEN THE DOGS HAD A MAKEOVER AT CRAB MANOR|
|KATE AND HER MUM CHILLING OUT AT CRAB MANOR IN NORTH YORKSHIRE - WEDDING DRESS AT THE READY!|
|KATE'S JUSTIN ALEXANDER BRIDAL WEDDING DRESS - READY FOR CENTRE STAGE|
|ZOMBIE WEDDING CAKE - PART 1|
|ZOMBIE WEDDING CAKE - PART 2|
|HURRAH! ZOMBIE WEDDING CAKE - ESPECIALLY FOR JORDAN!|
|THE WEDDING RESTAURANT - ALL READY FOR GUESTS|
|SPRING FLOWERS AND HERBS DETAIL FROM THE TABLES|
|BEST FRIEND REACTION AT SEEING KATE IN HER WEDDING DRESS FOR THE FIRST TIME|
|DETAIL FROM THE BACK OF KATE'S WEDDING DRESS|
|LAST MINUTE ADJUSTMENTS TO MAKE UP - AND READY TO GO DOWN THE AISLE TO MEET HER HUSBAND TO BE|
|WITH THIS RING, I THEE WED|
|STROLLING THROUGH THE GARDENS|
|A FEW MOMENTS TOGETHER FOR KATE AND JORDAN|
|FUN IN THE GARDEN - WITH A BORROWED BOUQUET FROM KATE|
|TIME FOR A QUICK FAMILY GROUP FOR THE RECORD|
|KATE LOOKING BEAUTIFUL WITH HER SPRING BOUQUET AND HER BEAUTIFUL WEDDING DRESS FROM JUSTIN ALEXANDER|
|FUN DURING HER HUSBAND'S SPEECH|
|.. AND TEARS DURING HER FATHER'S SPEECH FOR KATE|
|THE GIGGLE TWINS WERE OUTFOXED THIS TIME BY JORDAN!|
|KATE HAS A FIT OF GIGGLES WITH THE GIRLS - DESPITE TRYING TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE!|
|A GROUP SHOT WITH A DIFFERENCE WITH SOME OF KATES FAMILY|
|THE LIGHT IS DROPPING FAST - SO TIME FOR A QUICK BRIDAL PORTRAIT FEATURING 'THE DRESS'|
|EVENING STROLL WITH THE MUNCHKINS!|
|JORDAN RATHER OVERTAKEN WITH ZOMBIE FEVER DURING THE CUTTING OF THE CAKE!|
|HAPPINESS ALL ROUND DURING THEIR FIRST DANCE AT THE CRAB AND LOBSTER|
The young couple were like many of my brides and grooms - busy people, who lived far from the venue and relied on many people to help pull their wedding together.
Time was short and on this occassion we didn't even have the opportunity to get together for a pre-wedding portrait shoot - a key part of the 'bonding process', so that we are not strangers on the day and everyone can relax.
Kate and I kept in touch through Facebook and we managed to meet up for a cup of tea and a chat with her friends a few days before the wedding, but I only met Jordan for the second time on the morning of his wedding.
They are both pretty chilled out people, they had seen my work, followed my weddings on this blog and facebook, so they knew they could have trust and confidence in me to capture a great documentary record of their wedding, naturally.
Kate was amazingly chilled out when I arrived at The Crab and Lobster, a venue I have photographed many weddings at over the last four or five years. Kate and her Mum Joann and two of her closest friends who were make-up and hair experts were having a girlie giggle and a glass or two of champagne while Jordan was wandering about his lodge in the grounds of Crab Manor in his dressing gown.
I had passed his way to see 'THE CAKE' that Kate had told me to go and see, and what a different cake it was - a ZOMBIE WEDDING CAKE !
Zombie's also featured in the wedding speeches too, something that Jordan, whose fascination for Zombies didn't quite extend to a first dance to Thriller in full zombie make-up ... shame!
I popped back to see Kate and her beautiful Justin Alexander Bridal wedding gown from Miranda Marie Bridal in Yarm - WOW!
It was the perfect dress for Kate and I knew she would blow Jordan's socks off when he saw her coming down the aisle.
There were tears for Kate and her Dad as he saw her for the first time, all dressed and ready to be married.
Friends and relatives of Jordan from across the south of England and Kate's from the north east awaited in the conservatory at The Crab and Lobster and, like Jordan, they were not disappointed as they glimpsed the bride for the first time walking down the aisle.
Heavy rain had threatened most of the day, but we managed to gather in the grounds for champagne and canapes in bright sunshine and blue skies immediately after the service.
After 45 minutes or so, with plenty of back-slapping, kisses and cuddles and handshakes all round, I gathered key members of the family for some quick record shots for Mums and Dad's with brothers and sisters - quickly and with a smile and a laugh, before the party headed off to the restaurant for speeches, Zombie references and the presentation of a machete (!) to Jordan's brother Courtney after his speech as best man!
Laughter had filled the room, but the band for the evening arrived from Brighton and new guests were arriving too. Time to take a 5 minute break for some quick photographs with the happy couple and their friends, before the first dance.
It was a great day for the happy couple, and a lovely day of wedding celebrations for their closest family and friends.
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If you would like me to capture images naturally, without fuss and with a laugh and a smile having full trust and confidence that I will enhance your wedding day experience rather than detract from it like many wedding photographers, then ring me now on 0778 7150966 to check your date. I'm happy to travel across the UK and abroad to be a small but important part of your wedding day celebrations.
DIRK VAN DER WERFF