|MATFEN HALL WEDDING REVIEW:|
ANNA AND WARREN IN THE GREAT HALL AT MATFEN HALL IN NORTHUMBERLAND DURING THEIR DECEMBER WEDDING
Anna had kindly penned a review of my performance as their wedding photographer!
".....When Warren asked me to marry him, I knew the one thing he’d want to look after in terms of wedding planning was the photography. However, whist doing my own research online, I’d already come across someone I was very keen on myself. I needn’t have worried though, Warren had identified the same person; we both were very sure that we wanted Dirk to photograph our big day!
One of the first things that attracted us to him was how natural his wedding photos looked. He seemed to catch all those important moments – and detail - without anything looking formal or staged. With both of us having lived in many different places, we were aware that a lot of our guests would be travelling a great distance and the last thing we wanted was to be taken away from our reception for lots of formal pics. I’d had my heart set on a late winter wedding which I knew would make it a bit of a challenge from a lighting point of view but from the moment we met Dirk for an informal chat at Matfen Hall (our reception venue), it was very clear that we were all very much on the same wavelength. We were just thrilled that he was available on our date.
Before the wedding, Dirk travelled up to my parents’ house in Northumberland, to take some pre-wedding photographs. After a nice chat and spot of lunch with my mum, we went up to take a look at the church we’d be getting married in in Felton. We both felt immediately at ease with him and just enjoyed messing around and being ourselves. Needless to say we were thrilled with the results.
Leading up to the day itself, the weather was pretty snowy but Dirk made it up no problem. Warren had been quite insistent that he wanted some photos of me getting ready and at the house Dirk literally blended in with the rest of the family. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that he almost doubled up as a bridesmaid at times – giving us tips and even offering to carry some of the girls’ bits and pieces in his pockets!
Our day was as magical and Christmassy as we hoped and Dirk really managed to capture every special moment – from the mince pies in the church, to the guests crying with laughter at the speeches. We had some beautiful family shots taken by the open fire and Dirk ensured we were never away from our guests for more than a few seconds. To us Dirk wasn’t just a photographer, he was one of our wedding guests and I can honestly say I felt quite sad when it came to saying goodbye.
We arrived back from our honeymoon to our gorgeous presentation box of 500 photos. Not only do we have perfect memories from the day, we also have the most perfect photographs to go with them!...."
(Red Faced) DIRK VAN DER WERFF