It is an absolute pleasure to photograph Weddings for a living and none more so than that of Natalie and Richard. Lovely couple, whose family and friends were totally thrilled to be there for them on their Wedding Day. Natalie’s grandmother was even well enough to attend the church ceremony and you could tell that was the icing on the Wedding Cake! The sun was shining and spirits were high as the girls got ready at home and awaited the arrival of that special car from Legends Wedding Services.
From the night of the rehearsal you could tell there was a great warmth emanating around Natalie and Richard, I think it has extra meaning when the officiant on the day has known the Bride from being a little girl. The ceremony flew by and we were soon on our way to Hellaby Hall for the Wedding Breakfast. There were games laid out on the lawn across from the impromptu bar of Budweiser and fruit filled sparkly. All lovely touches to refresh the guests as they arrived. Flowers were by Millie’s Flowers, Makeup by The Relaxation Den and Hair by Emma.
Monday the 18th of July saw a Wedding that we had really been looking forward to. While we love covering Weddings for all our couples, there is nothing more special than when the happy couple are close friends of many years. Sue and Derek asked us to not only capture the images of their special day but to be full Wedding guests as well. I met up with Sue at her fathers house and Deborah greeted Derek and his best man John at Wortley Hall. The sun shone down in spectacular style as the wonderful couple exchanged vows and their family and friends enjoyed champagne on the lawn as guests spilled out into the grounds. Speeches followed the Wedding breakfast and the happy couple mingled with their guests on the terrace at Wortley Hall as evening fell – a wonderful day!
We posted a brief look at this Engagement session a few weeks back but now that Natalie and Richard are married (images of their Wedding coming soon) we thought we would share some more images from their Engagement photography session. We had a total failure trying to take some images at Roach Abbey, English Heritage wanted to charge us £150 for us to take their photos there, we didn’t bother and won’t be visiting the place, ever, £150 to take a few photos we could have kept quite about and sneaked in and done anyway is ridiculous. The folks at Hellaby Hall could not have been more helpful and accommodating so we went there instead, Wedding Day images to follow soon!
Another instalment of our holiday epic, this time in the form of Red Kites. These are some of the most amazing birds I’ve ever had chance to see flying, massive creatures with an almost a six-foot wingspan but so graceful. These were photographed at the Red Kite feeding station at Bellymack Farm, Laurieston near Castle Douglas, well worth the five pound entry fee, they must have eaten a ton of meat! They seem well trained, when the farmer appears with the bucket of food at 2pm the sky goes black with birds, superb, can’t wait to go back again. Sad to think these magnificent birds were persecuted to the point of extinction but fortunately they are on the rise again.
Following on from the red deer post yesterday here is some more Scottish wildlife. This time red squirrels which we sadly never see in Sheffield anymore. These were taken at the Kirroughtree Visitors Centre near Newton Stewart in the Galloway Forest Park. These are tremendous little creatures so full of life and character it is so nice to see them bouncing about in the trees. The South West of Scotland is so close to Sheffield (on a good day) we can be over the border in less than 4 hours, there are some tremendous places to go and some amazing things to see. Some Wedding related posts coming soon, I promise!
We had a nice gap between photographing weddings and it being the summer holidays decided to have a week in one of our favourite parts of the world, Dumfries and Galloway. It is a simply stunning part of the UK, we all love it (including the dogs), have had some fantastic walks, see some amazing animals, stunning scenery and many beautiful birds. I’ll be posting some images over the next few days, red deer today followed by red squirrels and then some birds. The deer shown here were photographed on the Red Deer Range in the Galloway Forest Park, this is on the A712 between Newton Stewart and New Galloway, not too far from the Kirroughtree Visitors Centre. On certain days it is possible to hand feed the deer for a very small and reasonable fee, and to listen to an interesting talk and some stories of the deer in the park.
These are not very Wedding themed but we all have to have a hobby! There are 3 weddings in the pipeline, one to blog about now, I’m in the middle of uploading another to a clients gallery as I sit here plus another in post production which should see the blog soon time allowing.
All these were taken with the D3s, most of the longer distance shots with my new Sigma 150-600mm sport (I’ve still got the Tammy, just trying to decide which one to keep, decisions, decisions…) and the closer-in photos with the Nikkor 70-200mm f/4. Hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I did taking them.