|ROCKLIFFE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
ANDREW AND CLAIRE ... SO HAPPY
|ROCKLIFFE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS:|
YOU ARE INVITED TO A WEDDING ....
|ROCKLIFFE HALL WEDDINGS:|
BOUQUETS FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS
|AFTER .. WITH A BROOCH THAT CLAIRE BOUGHT AT A MARKET IN LONDON|
|SASSI HOLFORD WAS CLAIRE'S WEDDING GOWN OF CHOICE FOR HER WEDDING TO ANDY|
|CLAIRE'S SASSI HOLFORD WEDDING GOWN AND VEIL AWAIT CENTRE STAGE ....|
|FINE DETAIL FROM CLAIRE'S SASSI HOLFORD WEDDING GOWN|
|HI GIRLS ... CLAIRE GREETS THE BRIDESMAIDS AND HER MUM AFTER RETURNING FROM THE HAIRDRESSERS|
|CLAIRE'S CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN WEDDING SHOES|
|CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN WEDDING SHOES FOR CLAIRE|
|WELL, THE GIRLS ARE READY .. SO IT'S TIME FOR THE WEDDING DRESS!|
|CLAIRE PREPARES TO PUT ON HER SASSI HOLFORD WEDDING GOWN|
|LOOKING GREAT .. CLAIRE GETTING READY WITH THE HELP OF 'THE GIRLS' ...|
|QUICK PHOTOGRAPH OF 'THE GIRLS' BEFORE WE HEAD TO THE CHURCH|
|CLAIRE WITH HER MUM AND DAD BEFORE SETTING OFF FOR CHURCH|
|THE HISTORIC CHURCH OF ST PETER AT CROFT ON TEES|
|ST PETER'S CHURCH CROFT ON TEES .. CLOSE TO ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|ANDY AND HIS BEST MAN CHRIS ARRIVE AT CHURCH AFTER A SMALL REFRESHMENT IN THE LOCAL PUB TO SETTLE HIS NERVES!|
|ANDY'S MUM AND DAD GREET THEIR SON AT CHURCH|
|THE SERVICE ...|
|DETAIL ON THE CHURCH PEWS|
|STILL TIME FOR A CHAT WITH HIS NEPHEW FOR ANDY|
|THE BRIDESMAIDS ARRIVE FIRST ....|
|... AND HAVE TIME TO SORT OUT CLAIRE'S WEDDING GOWN|
|GREETINGS FROM THE VICAR AND MUM WHO ARRIVED EARLIER|
|STILL NO SIGNS OF NERVES FROM ANDY AND HIS BEST MAN CHRIS!|
|A LITLE MORE QUIET NOW AS THE BRIDE ARRIVES ..|
|CLAIRE GREETS HER HUSBAND TO BE WITH A BIG SMILE!|
|CLAIRE LOOKING BEAUTIFUL AS SHE TAKES HER VOWS|
|INSIDE ST PETER'S CHURCH, CROFT ON TEES DURING CLAIRE AND ANDY'S WEDDING|
|HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY ....|
|GREETINGS FOR A FRIEND FROM CLAIRE'S FATHER OUTSIDE CHURCH|
|CLAIRE ENJOYING THE ATTENTION OUTSIDE OF CHURCH|
|GATHERING CONFETTI ....|
|ENJOYING THE GUESTS THROWING THEIR CONFETTI OUTSIDE OF CHURCH!|
|CHAMPAGNE TIME AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|WEDDING CAKE DETAIL .....|
|BIRDCAGE DETAIL FROM THE TABLES AT THE WEDDING BREAKFAST AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|TO HAVE AND TO HOLD ..... CLAIRE MADE THESE LOVELY LAVENDER BAGS ON THE TABLES FOR GUESTS|
|LAVENDER BAG DETAIL|
|ENJOYING A DRINK WITH FRIENDS AT THE RECEPTION AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|ANDY WITH FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES WHO ATTENDED HIS WEDDING TO CLAIRE AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|CLAIRE'S BROTHER MATT HAVING FUN IN THE RAIN ...|
|CLAIRE AND ANDREW .. SO IN LOVE|
|ENJOYING SOME QUALITY TIME TOGETHER AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|CLAIRE SHOWING OFF HER SASSI HOLFORD WEDDING GOWN AND VEIL ON THE STAIRCASE AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|CLAIRE .. LOOKING BEAUTIFUL AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|CLAIRE AND ANDY WITH BEST MAN CHRIS (LEFT) AND GROOMSMEN|
|BORN JUST 10 DAYS BEFORE TO ONE OF CLAIRES BRIDESMAIDS ..... AWWWWW....|
|THERES ALWAYS A FOOL AT A WEDDING .. USUALLY IT'S JUST ME, BUT CLAIRE'S BROTHER MATT HAD PLENTY OF FUN TOO!|
|CHATTING .... AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|GUESTS ENJOYING THE FUN|
|THE BEST MAN CHRIS ENJOYING HIMSELF WHILE PREPARING FOR HIS SPEECH|
|CLAIRE POSING WITH HER MRS WOOD NAMEPLACE|
|CLAIRE'S MUM .. TAKING IT ALL IN|
|ENJOYING THE WEDDING RECEPTION WITH HER FRIENDS AND RELATIVES|
|THE BEST MAN CHRIS TURNS IN TO A HIGH COURT JUDGE!|
|SUDDENTLY, ANDY KNOWS HE IS IN FOR SOME STICK!|
|HOW DO WE FIND THE DEFENDENT ANDY ... ? GUILTY!!!|
|CLAIRE .. JUST LOVING HER WEDDING DAY!|
|CLAIRE LOOKING GLAMOROUS AT ROCKLIFFE HALL|
|VERY ARTY .....|
|TIME TO THROW THE BOUQUET .. NO POINT OUTSIDE AS IT'S DARK!|
|WHO IS GOING TO CATCH THE BOUQUET?|
|YES, CLAIRE'S SISTER ......|
|.... AND SHE ENJOYED IT TOO ... !|
|TIME FOR THE FIRST DANCE .....|
Claire and Andy had a fantastic day of celebration with their closest family and friends with the early part of their wedding bathed in sunshine, only to be greeted with persistant drizzly rain during their time at Rockliffe Hall.
No worries, they were looking forward to a great day of happiness and fun, shared among the people they love, so the weather certainly didn't put a dampner on things.
Claire and Andy and to VERY BUSY corporate lawyers in London, and they would admit them selves to owing a huge debt to their family in particular for helping to arrange and organise much of their wedding dat at St peter's Church at Croft in Tees and at Rockliffe Hall.
I first met with Claire's parents at their home west of Durham where we chatted and shared a pot of tea. They had viewed many of my weddings on this blog and also on my website, so knew that I would fit into their celebrations professionally while capturing all the happiness of their daughter's day with Andy unobtrusivly and with courtesy and a BIG smile.
They were right too ... :)
The happy couple-to-be managed to fit me into their hectic schedule during their final visit to the church and Rockliffe Hall before their wedding, so it was great to share a pot of tea and some time together, even if we didn't manage a pre-wed shoot .. the time together is the important bit, it gives couples confidence and trust in my being a small but important part of their wedding day.
So, I met with Andy's parents and the best man, the vicar and the bridesmaids as well as Claire's parents again at the dress rehearsal the night before the wedding. It's always nice to make that point of contact if at all possible, and with a personal service such as the one I offer to brides and grooms and their families, all part of the 'bonding' and trust I try to instill in my clients.
The following morning I was at the family home before Claire got back from the hairdressers, welcomed with a nice mug of tea while I set about photographing Claire's beautiful Sassi Holford wedding gown, and her gorgeous Christian Louboutin wedding shoes.
Before long she joined us and suddenly the house was alive with chitter-chatter and the bridesmaids and the groomsmen dashing here and there to finish off before heading 45 minutes down the road to Croft on Tees.
At one point Claire was convinced that the dress had been altered a little on length .. just pre-match nerves we thought!
So, a quick couple of family photographs and an image with 'the girls' and I headed off to the church to meet with Andy and 'the boys'.
All was quiet, lots and lots of guests milling around the church and Andy walked across the road after a few 'refreshments' to greet me with a handshake! The day was ON!
He looked cool, calm and collected - even after Claire swept down the aisle with her father to greet him with her lovely wide smile!
Outside, the sun was still shining, so there was lots of kissing and cuddling, handshakes and bear-hugs before we threw the confetti and made the short journey up the lane to the magnificent Rockliffe Hall Hotel, a venue I now know well.
Just as we arrived, the drizzle started, and unfortunately didn't really let up for the rest of the day, even though it was August! Neither Claire or Andy were bothered and set about meeting and greeting their guests in the Rockliffe Suite inside, though we did pop outside on the balcony area for a few family group photographs later in the day despite it still raining.
The speeches were great fun, espcially the best man speech when he donned a wig and encouraged the baying crowd to declare that Andy was 'GUILTY' of many offences, among them being 'weak' and of 'not being in control' ... the room engulfed in laughter!
I managed to borrow the happy couple for a few quick portraits in the older part of Rockliffe Hall, managed to gather the chaps with kilts (and there were many ... ) in an ante room, because not only was in raining now, it was dark too!
Cutting the beautiful wedding cake preceded the first dance which went down very well and when I left after thanking Claire and Andy for their friendship and their parents for their hospitality, the celidh was in full swing!
A great relaxed day for the bride and groom, and I hope my small selection of documentary / reportage images from their day gives you a flavour of their day.
See all their photographs HERE, and when they return from South Africa and Mauritius on their honeymoon, they will send out an email with the passwords
If you would like me to photograph your wedding day at Rockliffe Hall, or any other venues across the UK, ring me now on 0778 7150966 and CHECK YOUR DATE!
I only photograph a limited amount of weddings each year so it NEVER becomes a production line process ... I'm ALWAYS there for my brides and grooms and their families, often long after the big day, when I photograph their first children or special family events.
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DIRK VAN DER WERFF