|WYNYARD GOLF CLUB WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:|
RENE AND ALISON .. SO IN LOVE!
|WYNYARD GOLF CLUB WEDEDDINGS:|
ALISON'S DAUGHTER IN THE MAKE-UP CHAIR WITH SAM
|A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING BOUQUET FOR ALISON|
|TIME FOR A SONG FROM THE BRIDESMAIDS!|
|WELL, SOMEONE HAS TO HOLD THE WEDDING DRESS!|
|SORTING OUT THE DRESSES WITH RUTH AND ALISON|
|THE GIRLS ARE READY .. SO THERE'S READING TO BE DONE!|
|TIME FOR A QUICK PHOTOGRAPH OF ALISON AND HER FATHER WHO FLEW IN FROM THE USA|
|A NERVOUS RENE AWAITS HIS GUESTS .. AND HIS WIFE-TO-BE|
|SMILE GIRLS ...... THE BRIDESMAIDS ATTRACT ATTENTION|
|ALWAYS NICE TO GET ONE OF THE GRANDMOTHERS .. PARTICULARLY WHEN SHE DOESNT THINK SHE TAKES A GOOD PHOTOGRAPH!|
|ALL LINED UP ....... THE BRIDESMAIDS COURTING ATTENTION AGAIN .. :)|
|ONCE OUT OF THE WAY OF THE CAMERAS .. THEY WERE LET LOOSE!|
|ALISONS SHOE ... ON THE STEPS OF THE CHURCH, RESCUED BY YOURS TRULY ..|
|RENE CAN HEAR HIS BRIDE APPROACHING|
|TIME FOR A QUICK HELLO AS ALISON JOINS RENE IN THE PEWS|
|THE MINISTER HAS THE AUDINCE LAUGHING|
|BRIDESMAIDS DEEP IN THOUGHT IN STOCKTON ON TEES UNITED REFORMED CHURCH|
|THE BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS|
|STOCKTON UNITED REFORM CHURCH - THE VENUE FOR ALISON'S WEDDING TO RENE|
|RENE'S MUM .. SO PROUD OF HIM AS HE TAKES HIS VOWS|
|ALISON ONLY HAS EYES FOR RENE|
|SMILES ALL ROUND AS ALISON MAKES SURE THE RING FITS|
|ALISONS DAUGHTER SINGS WITH ACTIONS HELPED BY THE TRAINEEE MINISTER IN THE CHURCH|
|AUNTIE HELPS ALISON'S DAUGHTER OUT WITH THE ACTIONS FROM THE PEWS|
|EVERYONE JOIN IN!|
|PLENTY OF CLAPPING AND CHEERING AS THE SONG COMES TO AN END|
|RENES MUM HAS THE MINISTER IN STITCHES|
|ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A CONFETTI SHOT FROM THE DAY|
|RENE'S GRANDMOTHER JOINS IN WITH THE CONFETTI|
|CUPCAKES AWAIT US AT THE RECEPTION|
|THE MUNCHKINS AT PLAY ....|
|ALISONS MUM WITH THE BRIDESMAIDS .. EAGER TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THE CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!|
|ALISON'S FATHER DAVE DURING HIS SPEECH|
|BEST WOMAN AMY LOOKS ON AS RENE'S SPEECH IS MADE|
|NOT QUITE THE PUB KARAOKE .. RENE DELIVERS HIS HEARTFELT SPEECH|
|WATCHED BY HIS WIFE ....|
|ALSIONS DAUGHTER CHLOE BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE SAYING THAT SHE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING RENE AS HER STEP-FATHER BECAUSE HE MAKES HER LAUGH!|
|SO CONFIDENT FOR ONE SO YOUNG|
|TIME FOR A FEW FORMAL PHOTOGRAPHS 'IN THE ROUGH' AT WYNYARD GOLD CLUB|
|FORMAL DOESN'T LAST SO LONG WITH THESE GIGGLY BRIDES AND GROOMS ...|
|LOVE AND HAPPINESS ALL THE WAY FOR RENE|
|SO WE TRY A FORMAL PHOTOGRAPH ONCE MORE .. WELL, THE PARENTS LIKE THEM DONT THEY?|
|FIRST DANCE FOR THE NEWLY WEDS|
|TIME FOR A QUICK PHOTOGRAPH BEFORE I LEAVE WITH ALISON'S MUM AND GRANDMOTHER!|
Alison's Mum Sue was at Ruth and Martin's wedding at a different church but at the same venue for the reception, Wynyard golf Club, last year.
She was impressed with the way that I interacted with people, how relaxed the day was and that I 'wasn't like other wedding photographers'...
She thought I would be ideal for her daughter's wedding to Rene, not just because it would be a lovely family wedding, but because Rene had been blind since he was four years old.
It would never be a problem for me, as I capture emotion and happiness and celebration, I'm not one for 'standard' wedding photography, though of course I always make sure that we keep parents and grandparents happy with the group images they always expect.... but I knew what she meant.
Rene is a great guy, who fell in love with Alison at University while studying for a BA in Translations and she completing a BSC in Biological Anthropology and who has also become step-father to Alison's daughter Chloe. His parents flew over from their home in Germany to attend the wedding at Alison and her Mum's family church in Stockton on Tees in the north east of England.
When I met with Alison and her Mum at home on the morning of the wedding, they had just come back from the hairdressers and the lovely Sam was busy with the make-up and there were little people EVERYWHERE!
Alison's grandmother was busy ironing the wedding dress because she had spotted a crease in it, sandwiches and cups of tea and coffee were being made and before long Rene's BEST WOMAN , Amy was wanting to be in her dress!
It was all good humoured and relaxed and even when my former bride Ruth and her husband turned up to help out and to 'dog sit' it was like a friendly gathering with excitement building!
Before long I was heading off to the Stockton United Reform Church to meet with Rene and the Minister who was conducting the service - I had met with them both the evening before at the dress rehearsal, so we pretty much knew how things were going to work out between us!
Rene told me he was nervous, but he has such a stromng solid smile, he used it to mask those feelings very well indeed!
Lots of friends and relatives turned out to support the happy couple, and Alison's father flew in from California too to give her away!
Alison and Rene shared smiles and held hands as they finally stood together, a moment almost interrupted when her shoe came off while she was climbing the steps on the way into the church.
Luckily, a passing photographer (!) rescued the damsel in distress!
At the end of the ceremony, Alison's daughter Chloe and the trainee minister sang a song with plenty of actions for those who wished to join in - it was all good!
Confetti fun followed on the steps outside as we headed of to Wynyard Golf Club for the reception and wedding breakfast!
The sun was a welcome visitor at the church, but it didn't hang around too long at the reception - though, luckily it was still warm and it never rained which was a huge change from many of my weddings so far this year!
Canapes and champagne flowed as guests arrived and this was a great time to capture some nice relaxed images of everyone having a great time.
I also sorted out some family groups before we headed inside for a lovely wedding breakfast (thanks folks!) and some fine speeches.
Alison's daughter Chloe brought the house down when she stood on her chair and read her own little speech which mentioned that she was looking forward to having Rene as her step-father because he 'made her laugh' ..
Aaaawww, how nice is that?
Time was moving fast with the first dance and the cutting of the cake following quite quickly afterwards, so it was time to get some important family photographs sorted out with a smile and some charm, before I borrowed the bride and groom for ten minutes to make sure I had some of them too!
So, not long after their first dance, I bade farewell to Alison's Mum and dad and Rene's parents and wished them a safe journey back to Germany, before kisses and handshakes with Alison and Rene, thanking them for their hospitality and a great day of celebration .. they both looked VERY happy indeed!
Job done ...
I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of their wedding, just 25/30 images from the 300+ that tell the stoty of their wedding day.
You will be able to view ALL their photographs from Friday, HERE, ask the bride and groom or their parents for the passwords.
If you would like to see my previous recent weddings at Wynyard Golf Club, Victoria and Simon's wedding is HERE, AND Ruth and Martin's wedding is HERE, and if you would like me to photograph your wedding, naturally showing all the happiness and fun of your day,l ring me NOW and check your date for 2013 / 2014 / 2015 as I only photograph a limited amount of weddings each year, so it never becomes a production line. Ring me now on 0778 7150966 NOW !
DIRK VAN DER WERFF