DIRK VAN DER WERFF - WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Headlam Hall Wedding Photographer for Andy and Samantha

Headlam Hall wedding photography
HEADLAM HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS:
ANDY AND SAM GET CLOSE DURING THEIR WEDDING CELEBRATIONS AT HEADLAM HALL BETWEEN BARNARD CASTLE AND DARLINGTON
Headlam Hall is a great wedding photography venue, and in the top three of all the wedding locations I photograph at in the north of England - especially in a late spring, summer or early Autumn wedding.
Samantha and Andrew's wedding was at Headlam Hall, the weather was wonderful, the celebrations wonderfully happy and they were two of the happiest brides and grooms you could wish for.
I first met with Andy and Sam almost two years before their wedding. We shared a pot of tea and some cake at a local hotel, and chatted about their expectations of the day and their photography needs. Natural was the way, as good looking as both of them were, neither were particularly in awe of being dragged away from their guests for hours on end for photography, they wanted to enjoy their day with their family and friends. I promised them that we would take just 20 minutes out of the day that I spent with them to keep parents and grandparents happy, and the rest of the time could be all theirs, and I would capture the days' events naturally as they happened. PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE ADDED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS
We chatted a few times in the intervening months online on Facebook, then arranged to meet for a chat and some photography about 6 weeks or so before their wedding - to built more of a rapport and 'bond' a little. We ended up on a beautiful day wandering through Great Ayton, sharing more tea and cake and taking photographs in the countryside with Roseberry Topping in the background - it's all about trust and confidence, and afterwards, they both said they were so looking forward to me being a small but important part of their wedding celebrations!
COME THE DAY .... Sam was happy and chilled out at Headlam Hall along with her bridesmaids and mum as I arrived on a beautiful sunny day, hairstylists from Nancy Darcy at Skelton and make-up from Amanda Bell all busy and smiling and happy to - such a lovely atmosphere!

Andy and 'the boys' were already chilling on the new terrace outside the garden room at Headlam Hall with a few alcoholic beverages - looking very smart indeed in their blue suits from Baker's Tailoring . The theme of sunflowers was to run through the day, sunflower buttonholes, sunflower bouquets, sunflower centrepieces .. in fact, sunflowers everywhere from the amazing florist Adam Prest - quite wonderful!
Sam's amazing Ian Stuart Bridal wedding dress was from Hayley Dennison / The Bridal Collection at Harrogate and it looked stunning! The dark blue bridesmaid dresses looked classy and by now the bridesmaids were ready in their Joanne Kay Bridal dresses. and Sam was busting to get into her dress. We had been watching guests arrive from the bedroom windows, sunning themselves on the terraces, but most now were heading towards the ceremony room. Sam's father arrived in the room just as his wife had finished dressing her - she truly looked a picture when she peeped through the door at the waiting bridesmaids and her father, who had to take a deep intake of breath!
Quick dash down the stairs and across the courtyard to see how Andy was doing, and he was absolutely fine, churning up a bit, but pretty good.

Soon Samantha was walking down the aisle to greet him with a great big smile .. and there were already tears in the audience!
After readings and a ceremonial lighting of candles by the mothers of the bride and groom as well as the B&G too, we were outside to hugs and kisses in the sunshine on the terrace at Headlam Hall.
I sneaked across to the wedding reception room to check out the room as it was put together for the wedding breakfast - including the lovely seating plan, stationary and table settings from Sarah Alexis Stationary - quite lovely, along with, beautiful chair covers with hessian from Stitch & Glitz from Great Ayton and a stunning wedding cake, featuring hessian bowes and sunflowers from Burnett4Cakes

There was time for a few family groups and getting the bridesmaids and 'the boys together for a few record shots and a big group shot on the lawn before we headed in for the entertaining speeches from two best men, Andy and Sam's father.
After enjoying a sumptious wedding breakfast (Thank you folks...) Chris and Janet from One Digital Image videography and I headed off with the bride and groom to capture some footage and some lovely images - the first time I had been alone with Andy and Sam all day. Fifteen minutes later, we were meeting and greeting additional guests as we moved towards the cake cutting and a very entertaining first dance ...
Unfortunately, yours truly was dragged into a Samba 'thing', ahem, with Andy taking my photograph - the shame!
Soon it was time to bid farewell to parents and thank them for the hospitality, throw a Man-Hug around the groom and a big kiss and cuddle for Sam - what a GREAT day they enjoyed at Headlam Hall!

IF YOU would like me to be the photographer at your wedding, or the wedding of your son or daughter, with great customer service and great customer experience added to trust and confidence, ring me now on 0778 7150966 and CHECK YOUR DATE !
I only photograph a limited amount of weddings each year so that it never becomes a production line - I really am there for you and your family from the day you make your enquiry to the date I hand over your images and album.

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Rockliffe Hall Wedding Photographer for Emma and Matthew

Rockliffe Hall Wedding Photography
ROCKLIFFE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS: EMMA AND MATTHEW ENJOY THEIR FIRST DANCE

ROCKLIFFE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS: EMMA'S HAIRPIECE IN PLACE

THE BRIDESMAIDS ARRIVE FROM THE HAIRDRESSER .. 

EMMA'S BEAUTIFUL KATHY IRELAND WEDDING GOWN .... WAITING

THE GIRLS ARE DRESSED IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CORAL WRAP BRIDESMAID DRESSES FROM Y.A.P. BRIDAL

MUM - SO PROUD WITH MATTHEW

THE BOYS

EMMA'S SISTER KATE .. GETTING IT JUST RIGHT

PRESENTS FOR THE GIRLS

HUGS FOR THE BRIDE TO BE .. 

BEAUTIFUL DETAIL ON THE WEDDING DRESS

LAST MINUTE ADJUSTMENTS

SO, SO HAPPY ... 

HOW FABULOUS IS THE DETAIL ?

LAST MINUTE ATTENTION TO DETAILS

THE GIRLS ARE READY TO GO 

FATHER AND DAUGHTER

MOTHER FATHER AND EMMA

THE MARRIAGE ORDER OF SERVICE

MATTHEW NLOKS PRETTY CHILLED AT THE CHURCH IN HOUGHTON LE SPRING

THE GIRLS WAITING FOR EMMA, WHILE OUR VICAR CHATS TO THE WAITING LADIES

I'M HERE !!

GETTING READY TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE TO MEET MATTHEW

LAST MINUTE CONCENTRATION

KATE IS FIRST DOWN THE AISLE AND FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN HER EMOTION

THE BRIDESMAIDS ARE NEXT

EMMA IS BEAMING WHILE DAD IS CONCENTRATING ON THE TASK IN HAND!

SHE'S COMING ...  !

NICE TO SEE YOU .... 

SO, SO HAPPY .... 

I DO ... 

ONE YOUNG LADTY HAVING FUN .... 

THE SERVICE IN PROGRESS

ON THEIR WAY OUT OF CHURCH

TAKING THE APPLAUSE AND CONGRATULATIONS

THEY'RE IN THERE SOMEWHERE!

EVERYONE ENJOYING THE CONFETTI

SO IN LOVE

A FEW SMILES FOR A QUIET WORD IN THE EAR

A FEW QUICK PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GROUNDS OF THE CHURCH AT HOUGHTON LE SPRING - ESPECIALLY FOR EMMA'S GRANDMA

SO HAPPY

A QUICK PHOTOGRAPH AT ROCKLIFFE HALL ON THEIR ARRIVAL

THE WEDDING RECEPTION ROOM - ALL READY

DETAIL FROM THE CAKE

THE CAKE

THE SHOWERS WERE LIGHT .. BUT UMBRELLAS NEEDED

THE GIRLS .... 

LOOKING GOOD

MAKE SURE WE GET ONE OF EVERYONE .. 

DAD IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS SPEECH

ENJOYING THE FUN

EMMA'S MUM LISTENING TO HER HUSBAND'S SPEECH

KATE ENJOYING HER FATHER'S SPEECH TOO

BEST MAN MARTIN GOES DOWN A STORM

AS DOES SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF MATTHEW ON HIS STAG NIGHT

FIRST TIME EMMA HAS SEEN THESE IMAGES FROM THE STAG WEEKEND!

TEARS TO BE WIPED AWAY

TEARS OF LAUGHTER TOO

MATTHEW ENJOYS MARTIN'S SPEECH AS WELL

GUESTS HAVE FUN WITH THE COCO LUMINAIRE ILLUMINATED SIGN

MATTHEW AND EMMA - CATCHING UP WITH FRIENDS AND RELATIVES BEFORE HIS OWN SPEECH AT THE END OF THE MEAL

EMBARRASSMENT AND FUN IN EQUAL MEASURES FOR EMMA

SO PROUD AND HAPPY TO BE MATTHEW'S WIFE

MATTHEW'S FATHER GETS THE JOKE AS WELL

MARTIN ENJOYING HIS BROTHER'S SPEECH TOO

TIME TO RELAX FOR 2 MINUTES .. IT'S A LONG DAY !

QUICK TOP-UP OF MAKE-UP FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM BEFORE THE EVENING GUESTS TURN UP

KISSING ON THE STAIRCASE AT ROCKLIFFE HALL

A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF HER WONDERFUL KATHY IRELAND WEDDING GOWN AT ROCKLIFFE HALL

HAPPY TO BE TOGETHER

A FEW MINUTES ON THEIR OWN

TIME TOGETHER 

CUDDLES ALL ROUND

VERY VERY HAPPY TOGETHER

A LOVELY PORTRAIT OF EMMA AND MATTHEW AT ROCKLIFFE HALL

TIME FOR A QUICK FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH

FIRST DANCE SHENANIGANS

ONE LOVE .. ONE WIFE

DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY

I'm so lucky to be invited to photograph the happiest day in people's lives - their wedding.
Photographing Emma and Matthew's wedding was a delight at Rockliffe Hall  surrounded by their closest friends and relatives.
Like many of my brides and grooms they were uncomfortable in front of a camera, but by building their confidence and trust in the year or more since they booked me, meeting with them a few times, meeting with parents and bridesmaids at the wedding dress rehearsal, they were able to totally relax and enjoy their wedding day celebrations.
Emma's father phoned me over a year ago and said: "We have 3 dates on offer at Rockliffe Hall Dirk, which one are you free for?..." so we got off to a great start - love a bit of confidence!
I arrived at Emma's family home good an early to capture some early hair and make-up action, she was so happy and excited for her wedding! The flowers had been delivered and her glorious Kathy Ireland Wedding gown was ready and waiting - she couldn't wait to get that on either!
The house was full of fun as I dashed a mile or so down the road to catch Matthew as he and his 'crew' were getting ready to leave for the church - a few quick photographs with hi grandfather and mum for good measure too, before a return to Emma's home as the dress went on!
So looked amazing!

Soon enough I'm inside the church to check all is well with the vicar and Matthew just as the bridesmaids and Emma's Mum make their arrival.
Emma look joyous as she arrived with her father and had a smile as wide as the aisle as she walked down - luckily after her sister kate, one of the bridesmaids who cried nearly all the way down the aisle .. bless her!

There was happiness in the air all around us and it continued outside as confetti caught in the wind, before we took a few photographs in the gardens of the church as rain threatened before heading down the A1 to the lovely 5 star  Rockcliffe Hall near Darlington.
Luckily the rain held off while we enjoyed champagne and canapes on the terrace for 90 minutes or more while I was taking some nice relaxed images of the bride and groom with their friends and relatives.
I took 15 minutes out of their time to capture the images that their parents and grandparents needed, then I took a quick group shot of everyone before we headed in for the wedding breakfast (thanks people - it was wonderful food!).
father of the bride and best man speech took place before the first course, while Matthew left his speech until after the dessert course - all the speeches were funny and sad - but most of all entertaining!
Afterwards, we had 15 minutes together to create some nice memento photographs of their wedding day in the grounds of Rockliffe Hall and on the staircase in the oldest part of the hotel.
Evening guests were starting to gather by now, so there were lost more hugs and kisses and happiness to capture, as we headed inside for the cutting of the cake and the first dance.
It had been a great day for Emma and Matthew and their parents, grandparents and closest friends at Rockliffe Hall.

IF YOU would like me to be the photographer at your wedding, or the wedding of your son or daughter, with great customer service and great customer experience added to trust and confidence, ring me now on 0778 7150966 and CHECK YOUR DATE !
I only photograph a limited amount of weddings each year so that it never becomes a production line - I really am there for you and your family from the day you make your enquiry to the date I hand over your images and album.

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