|REDWORTH HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: SMILES ALL ROUND FROM GRAEME AND DANIELLE ON THEIR WEDDING DAY AT REDWORTH HALL|
|REDWORTH HALL WEDDINGS PHOTOGRAPHERS: REDWORTH HALL, WEST OF DARLINGTON, THE VENUE FOR DANIELLE AND GRAEME'S WEDDING|
|REDWORTH HALL WEDDING PHOTOS: IT HAS TO BE CHAMPAGNE .....|
|DANIELLE'S MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN - AT THE READY|
|BEAUTIFUL COLOURS FOR DANIELLE'S WEDDING BOUQUET - IDEAL FOR A WINTER WEDDING|
|CHEERS GIRLS ..... GLASSES AT THE READY FOR THE VIDEOGRAPHER|
|A SURPRISE WEDDING PRESENT FROM HER HEN NIGHT!|
|SHE'S IN THERE SOMEWHERE!|
|THERE SHE IS......|
|GUCCI FOR HER WEDDING PERFUME|
|GIRLIES TOGETHER - FOREVER!|
|HOW HAPPY TO THEY LOOK?|
|PLENTY OF TIME NEEDED TO TIE UP THE WEDDING GOWN|
|NO NERVES HERE .. DANIELLE TOTALLY CHILLED OUT|
|LOOKING IN ...|
|DONT DRIP THE CHAMPAGNE OVER YOUR DRESS DANIELLE!|
|DECORATED WINDOWSILL AND GOODIE BAGS AT THE READY|
|ORIGINAL WEDDING DETAILS FROM PURPLE PEACOCK|
|GRAEME AND DANIELLE TAKE THEIR VOWS IN THE GREAT HALL AT REDWORTH HALL ON NEW YEAR'S EVE|
|WATCHED BY THEIR CLOSEST FAMILY AND FRIENDS|
|MAKE A WISH - AND RELEASE YOUR BALLOON!|
|DAZNIELLE'S NEW DOUBLE-BARRELED NAME!|
|HOW FANTASTICALLY HAPPY DOES DANIELLE LOOK?|
|TOTALLY CONTENT ON THEIR WEDDING DAY - DANIELLE AND GRAEME|
|HAPPINESS AT REDWORTH HALL ON NEW YEAR'S EVE|
|THEY LOOK JUST AS GOOD IN MONOCHROME TOO|
|TIME FOR A LAST ONE BEFORE THE SPEECHES!|
|BEAUTIFUL DETAIL ON DANIELLE'S WEDDING CAKE|
|LOVELY COLOURS ON TOP OF THE WEDDING CAKE|
|ALL THE DETAILS FROM DANIELLE'S STYLING|
|THE GREAT HALL LOOKING ITS BEST AT REDWORTH HALL FOR DANIELLE AND GRAEME'S WEDDING|
|BEAUTIFUL STYLING FROM PURPLE PEACOCK|
|CHEERS .. DANIELLE REACTS TO HER HUSBAND'S SPEECH|
|CARICATURE TIME AS THE PARTY RELAXES|
|LOOKS JUST LIKE THEM!|
|TIME FOR SOME NEW YEAR'S EVE SILLINESS FOR THE GUESTS|
|SOME PEOPLE JUST CAN'T BELIEVE HOW GOOD THEIR CARICATURE IS !!|
|READY FOR THE MASQUERADE BALL LADIES?|
|TIME OUT FOR ONE LAST PHOTOGRAPH OF DANIELLE AND HER MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN AT REDWORTH HALL|
|THE FIRST DANCE GETS UNDERWAY TO A CHEERING AUDIENCE OF GUESTS!|
I have great affection for all my brides and grooms.
When you spend ten to 20 hours with two people through two or three meetings with a pre-wed shoot and their wedding day too, you become pretty close for a while.
I have particular affection for Danielle and Graeme as I first met Danielle and her Mum over 2 years ago when the wedding plans for Redworth Hall were starting to come together.
In between, they had a devastating fire at their home in Suderland that was no fault of their own, and with the support of their families and their closest friends, they pulled through, worked extra hard and all hours to be able to have the wedding of their dreams despite their home being destroyed.
So, their New Year's Eve wedding at Redworth Hall was always going to be a special occassion - and so it turned out to be!
It was a mid-day wedding so I was out the door early and arrived at 10am, 2 hours beforehand as I usually do, to capture the girly giggles, early champagne and make-up and families gathering for the special day.
Danielle was cool as a cucumber throughout, with just the odd tear or three, and the whole atmosphere was very relaxed at Redworth Hall where family and friends had taken 40 rooms for a couple of days.
Dominique is Danielles sister and one of two bridemaids along with Kay, Graeme's sister.
Dominique has already booked me for her wedding in 2012 at The Morritt in Teesdale, but I said that if she didn't like my 'performance' at her sister's wedding, it was OK to cancel!
I haven't heard from her yet - so I think were still on!
It's always nice to meet parents before the big day so they know how I approach wedding photography, most people have only had bad experiences of 'wedding photographers' unfortunately, and as long as parents and grandparents know that group shots are as important to me as they are to them, its just that I will do them at different times and do them quickly, they gain confidence and trust as well.
Danielle's beautiful Maggie Sottero wedding dress was perfect for her - it must be the most popular designer wedding dress from my weddings in 2011, there have been lots, and once the photographs of her dress were complete the bridesmaids were keen that she get it on as soon as possible b ecause they had been told that it would take between 20-40 minutes to tie Danielle into it! That gave me a chance to pop downstairs to the bar (where else?) where Graeme and his friends and family were gathering.
Graeme was really looking forward to the fast approaching service, but he was a bit quieter than normal - and who could blame him!
We had a few last minute dramas which meant that we called for sewing thread and a needle from Housekeeping in the hotel, then another 'minor' problem meant that poor Graeme was left waiting for his bride-to-be for more than 20 minutes ... poor fella!
The readings and civil ceremony were over in a flash once started and before long there were balloons in everyone's hands outside on a balmy afternoon of 12ºC on the 31st December 2011 .. bonkers.
The wishes and balloons were released, then it was time for a co-ordinated Confetti Shower so that everyone could join in and take photographs, before the hand-shaking, air-kissing and bear-hugs could begin as everyone wanted to rejoice in the marriage of Danielle and Graeme.
I let everyone chill out and really get into the spirit of the day for an hour or more before I borrowed some of the key players for 15 minutes to make sure we had the important family groups - all done quickly and with a smile, working with parents and Danielle and Graeme to make sure we had the images needed for family keepsakes in the future.
Wedding breafast was served after some really great speeches, where Graeme surprised himself by the emotion his own speech brought in thanking his parents and Danielle's parents for their support in what has been very difficult times for the young couple recently.
Food was beautiful (thanks folks!), then afterwards I caught up on some bridal portraits, and a few casula groupings of the girls' and 'the boys' around the hall as it was already dark outside.
A magician had entertained the guests earlier in the day, and for the evening Caricaturist Mike Giblin was around for much of the evening, and provoked much hilarity in his superb drawings - Danielle's father John also insisted that I get one done too - you can see it on my Facebook account HERE.
First dance was different and entertaining and received huge cheers from the guests, before everyone donned Masquerade masks and celebrity masks to continue enjoying the day's events.
With the clock heading towards 2012, it was time to bid farewell and thanks everyone for their hospitality and congratulate the happy couple once again.
Great day for everyone - I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of more than 350 photographs which tell the story of Danielle and Graeme's wedding day at Redworth Hall.
They will send out a LINK and a PASSWORD so that you can see al the photographs of the day that I captured.
If you would like me to photograph your wedding, naturally, to capture the fun and the happiness of your wedding day with a laugh and a smile and great customer experience and service, then ring me anytime on 07787150966 and CHECK YOUR DATE!
See Claire and Jamie's Redworth Hall wedding HERE
See Anne and David's intimate small family wedding at Redworth Hall HERE and their review of my photography HERE and my website HERE
DIRK VAN DER WERFF