|MATFEN HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
ANNA AND WARREN ALL SMILES UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE GREAT HALL AT MATFEN HALL IN NORTHUMBERLAND
|MATFEN HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: WINTER BRIDAL BOUQUET|
|ANNA AND CAROLYN CLAYTON, HER HAIR STYLIST, SHARE A LAUGH - ONE OF MANY!|
|BONKERS BRIDESMAIDS ... I GET A LOT OF THEM .. :)|
|THE BRIDESMAID DRESSES ...|
|THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR .. FROM ANNA'S MUM AND DAD ...|
|LIPPY TIME ....|
|EVERYONE SEEMS HAPPY ...|
|THERE WERE A LOT OF PHOTOGRAPHERS ........|
|BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAID AND BEAUTIFUL HAIR DETAIL ...|
|ALMOST READY ....|
|HIGH AND MIGHTY .. CAROLYN USES THE BED TO HELP HER FIT ANNA'S VEIL|
|WAITING .... 2|
|BOOTS AND WELLIES FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS .... WELL, IT WAS SLIPPY, AND THEY CHANGED INTO LOVELY RED SHOES ...|
|ITS LOOKING A LOT LIKE .. A NEW HUSBAND ....|
|THE EYES TELL THE STORY ...|
|THE EYES HAVE IT ...|
|SO CONTENT .... ANNA LISTENING TO THE READINGS ..|
|THREE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS ... LOOKING GOOD|
|SOMEONE HAS TO COLLECT THE BOOTS ...|
|MATFEN HALL ... READY FOR THE WEDDING RECEPTION OF ANNA AND WARREN FOR THEIR WINTER WEDDING|
|MR & MRS MOUSE .. AND THEIR CHEESE WEDDING CAKE!|
|ANNA AND WARREN .......... AT MATFEN HALL NORTHUMBERLAND|
|CHRISTMAS TIME .. MISTLETOE AND WINE ....|
|ELLIE WITH THE SIGN .......|
|ELLIE AND TEAGAN AND MYSELF SNOOK UP TO THE BRIDAL SUITE ..... TO LEAVE A LITTLE GIFT FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM|
|ANNA'S FATHER BRUCE MAKES HIS SPEECH|
|GUESTS LISTEN TO THE SPEECHES IN THE GREAT HALL AT MATFEN HALL|
|BRUCE HAS A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE ....|
|GLYNIS MAKES HER SPEECH .. TO TEARS AND LAUGHTER ..|
|WARREN BRINGS THE HOUSE TO TEARS WITH HIS SPEECH ...|
|LAUGHTER WAS AMONG THE EMOTION TOO ...|
|ANNA .. SMILING THROUGH WARREN'S SPEECH ......|
|WARREN ENJOYING HIS BEST MAN'S SPEECH .....|
|WARREN ENJOYING HIS BEST MAN'S SPEECH ... EVEN MORE .. !|
|PARTY TIME AT MATFEN HALL ....|
|FIRST DANCE FUN .... LOVE IN THEIR EYES ...|
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Matfen Hall and Northumberland are beautiful places in winter, a sprinkling of frost and snow, low temperatures and a Christmas tree and candles with a roaring fire .... It's what Anna and Warren's winter wedding at Matfen Hall was all about!
Warren is an airline pilot and Anna works in television production in Liverpool but are heading out for a new life in Dubai after their wedding, and they wanted a no-fuss wedding, with lots of their closest family and friends from all over the world to share their special day at St Michael and All Angels Church Felton, a small village near to Anna's family home in Swarland, Northumberland. PHOTOGRAPHS LATER TODAY!
I first met with them on a flying visit to Matfen hall some 6 months or so beforehand, we got on well, they liked the way I worked and had been impressed with my endorsements and reviews online, so signed me up!
I met with them back at Felton about 6 weeks before the big day for a pre-wedding shoot to share a pot of tea and have a chat and take a few photographs around the church - so we were not strangers on the day.
The weather was pretty terrible in the days leading to the wedding, but luckily cleared enough for me to travel on ther day to meet Anna and her bridesmaids who were busy getting their hair and make-up completed with the lovely Carolyn Clayton .. there were empty champagne bottles and more waiting to be consumed when I arrived - no wonder it wa so chilled out!
Anna's bridesmaids had travelled from afar for the big day, and her sister was also part of the 'gang' .. what a lovely group of young ladies they were too - very welcoming and fun!
Warren ahd stayed at a pub close-by and wrote a very emotional Facebook message about marrying his soul mate Anna at 2am, and he was sharing his evening with 22 other people - and some of the Itish band who were playing at Matfen Hall on the evening ... I was getting a VERY good feeling about this day!
Soon it was time for the dress to go on, Anna's father Bruce appeared and Carolyn stood on the bed to make the final adjustments .. Anna truly looked lovely in her Cathy Ireland Wedding gown with a beautiful fur stole and a veil to finish things off, while the bridesmaids looked fab with their red shoes and very different dresses!
We had over-run att he house a little, but that was fine as the bus with the guests making their way from Matfen was threatening to turn up AFTER the bride, but luckily, all was well ijn the end.
The bridesmaids were in BOOTS when they arrived because of the slippy conditions, but changed into their fab red shoes as Anna arrived with her father and came down the aisle to meet a BIG grin from Warren ... their eyes told the story!
Afterwards, it was 150 mince pies at the back of the church - which Warren's Mum Glynis had made before we all headed down the road for 45 minutes to Matfen Hall, where roaring fires, Christmas trees and candles awaited us all!
After a few quick family groups around the fireplace in the warmth, it was time for the wedding breakfast (thank you folks - delicious!) and then speeches which made me cry, again.
By now it was 8pm as the wedding didn't start until 2pm and it was almost dark as we left the church. There was a little down time, before we headed downstairs for the band and the first dance of the new Mr and Mrs Russell!
Later, I thanked Anna's parents and Warren's Mum for their friendship and hospitality, offered Warren a handshake and a big cuddle for Anna - and they both had the look of love still in their eyes .. it was time for me to head back home and leave the 150 people to party on!
Great day for Anna and Warren - when they get back from their honeymoon in New York, The Hamptons, they will send out an email with a LINK and a Password so that you can view all their images.
I hope you enjoy this Sneak Peek of their wedding day in Northumberland in the meantime.
If you would like me to photograph your wedding, naturally, and document your great day of celebration, in Northumberland, or anywhere else in the UK or abroad, ring me NOW on 0778 7150966 and CHECK YOUR DATE for 2013 / 2014 / 2015!
DIRK VAN DER WERFF