DIRK VAN DER WERFF - WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Rockliffe Hall Wedding Photographs Reviews

I LOVE photographing weddings at Rockliffe Hall - the amazing 5 star wedding venue between Darlington and Northallerton. Emma and Matthew's wedding day celebrations were amazing .. this is their review of my services as their wedding photographer

" .... Words can't express how great a wedding photographer Dirk is! 

Dirk was the only wedding photographer I wanted to capture our wedding so when it came to start organising our wedding we checked with Dirk first to check what dates he was available from the three dates we had been offered by Rockliffe Hall before we booked as I knew I didn't want any other photographer. 
The photographs of our wedding day are all absolutely beautiful and so natural. Dirk gets on so well with everyone that people don't even realise he is the photographer.
We can't thank him enough for our photos....it's going to be so hard trying to select the ones to go in the album as they are all so nice.
Thank you so very much (again) Dirk for being part of our special day.... "
Emma and Matthew
xX



Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography Review 2014

I love photographing weddings at Wynyard Hall and have photographed many over the years:
Rebecca and Andy were married there this October 2014, and they have just placed such a lovely review on my Facebook business page. I thought you would like to read it in full !
" ..... I have been admiring Dirk's work for years, watching many of my friends getting married with Dirk as their photographer, so when I was getting married I just knew there would be no one else. I went straight to Dirk and I have never looked back.
Dirk came to our house to meet with us, we shared tea and biscuits and he showed us some of his amazing work. He was so friendly and we instantly felt at ease around each other and we booked him on the spot!
We then met Dirk in Yarm, were we chatted over tea, then he took us down by the river for our pre-wedding shoot! We all laughed, had fun and all his pictures were taken with natural love and laughter and were stunning to see. We hate photographs of ourselves so to see so many pictures we liked was unbelievable, he really is a genius! 
I was in touch with Dirk all the way through our wedding preparations and he was ways available for advice, or just a general chat. He was by our side at our wedding rehearsal, meeting all our family and everyone loved him, he was just like one of us!
All I can say about our wedding day is that it was perfect! Dirk spent the whole day with us .... longer than most of our guests! He mingled with everybody throughout the day and we were inundated with compliments about how lovely our photographer was. Again he fell into the background gaining lots of natural photographs as well as all the important family photographs of our wedding day.
The photographs are just absolutely stunning! We don't know how we will even begin to narrow them down!
Thank you for everything Dirk!!!
Not only have you captured our wedding day in a way we could never imagine but I also feel like we have met a true gentleman and a friend



Headlam Hall Wedding Photography Review 2014

I love photographing weddings at Headlam Hall and have photographed many over the years:
Andy and Samantha were married there this summer, and they have just placed such a lovely review on my Facebook business page. I thought you would like to read it in full !

" ... When looking for a wedding photographer for Headlam Hall we looked at Dirk's work and then chose Dirk! 
It was that easy and simple. He was available for our date and so we booked him.
He takes natural photos and really captures the day, after meeting him to sign the contract we both knew he was different to most! 
He added Sam on Facebook and was always on hand to answer any questions offer advice and guidance; something you cannot put a price on.
His experience is fantastic! 
During our pre wedding shoot we walked up to Roseberry Topping from Great Ayton and again he was great, always chatting and making us feel at ease (He has some interesting little sayings! Ooo Hello!? & Hell's Teeth! stick out in my mind). 
After this we told everyone how good Dirk was going to be on the day.
Dirk was tremendous on the day, he knew where to be and who to photo just at the right time. Always talking to family and friends who have all have spoke highly of him since the day! 
It was a great day, one we will never forgot and Dirk it was a pleasure to have you involved! 
Thank You  .... "

Andy & Sam

Headlam Hall wedding photography
REVIEW FOR DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Wynyard Hall Summer Wedding for Samantha and Michael

WYNYARD HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: SAMANTHA AND MICHAEL - HAVING FUN AT WYNYARD HALL
WYNYARD HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS: BEAUTIFUL PEONIES IN SAMANTHA'S WEDDING BOUQUET

LOVELY LOUBOUTINS TO GET MARRIED IN

VERY SPARKLY LOUBOUTINS IN FACT

RED IS THE COLOUR

PINK IS THE COLOUR

THE DRESSING GOWNS

THE FLOWERS HAVE ARRIVED

THE GIRLS .. CHILLIN'

DAD LOOKS ON AS THE LADIES CHATTER WITH EXCITEMENT AS THE HOUR COMES CLOSER

ALL DRESSED UP AND NOWHERE TO GO !

THE GIRLS ARE JOINED BY MUM TOO!

CHEERS!

PRESENTS FROM MICHAEL

... AND A LOVELY CARD AS WELL ...

A TOUCHING MESSAGE AND MOMENT ... 

DESERVING OF A CUDDLE AND TEARS

IT'S GETTING WARM - AND THOSE LABELS NEED CUTTING OFF ..  FANS OUT

SAMI IS DRESSED BY HER MUM

ALMOST THERE ....

BEAUTIFUL DETAIL IN HER MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN

READY TO GO AND MEET DAD AND THE BRIDESMAIDS!

WOW .... 

DAD LOOKS VERY HAPPY !

SO DOES MUM !

THE GIRLS ... LOOKING GOOD

ORDER OF SERVICE .. 

REFLECTED GLORY ......


HERE COMES THE BRIDE .. AND HER BRIDESMAIDS

READY TO GO !

WAITING FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS TO SORT THEMSELVES OUT ... 

THE BOYS ...  WAITING FOR A FREE-KICK SEEMINGLY ... 

HERE SHE COMES!

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY .... 

HOW LOVELY DOES SAMI LOOK?

EXCHANGING RINGS ... 

SO WARM ...  FANS ARE NEEDED 

LAST MOMENTS OF THE SERVICE

A FLURRY OF CONFETTI

FROM BEHIND .... 

RED CARPET NEEDS A GOOD HOOVERING

CHATTING WITH GUESTS

LOOKING BEAUTIFUL - TAKING THE APPLAUSE

KISSIN' TIME


TIME FOR KISSES AT WYNYARD HALL

GOTTA USE THE FERRARI 

SO COOL .. SO NICE

THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR ... 

TIME FOR MICHAEL'S PRESENTS

SHE MADE HIM CRY .. AND HERSELF!

ONE FOR THE PARENTS

.... AND ANOTHER FOR THE PARENTS

THAT S&M WILL MAKE THEM LAUGH .. SHOULDN'T IT BE M&S .... ?

TOLD YOU THE S&M WOULD MAKE THEM LAUGH

THE ROOM DRESSED AND READY TO GO

THE WEDDING CAKE ..  BLING! ..... 

READY FOR THEIR GUESTS

SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN

SO HAPPY ....

SAMI'S BEAUTIFUL WEDDING BOUQUET AT WYNYARD HALL

A NICE FORMAL PORTRAIT FOR MUM'S AND DAD'S !

ENJOYING THE WINDOW LIGHT ....

FATHER OF THE BRIDE TIME .. 

ENJOYING THE SPEECHES!

A FEW TEARS

LAUGHTER TOO

THE GUESTS ARE ENJOYING THEIR DAY

MICHAEL IMPRESSING TOP TABLE, HIS WIFE AND GUESTS WITH HIS ROUTINE !

GUESTS ENJOYING THE SPEECHES

A COMMAND TO DRINK SHOTS FROM THE GROOM TO HIS STAG NIGHT CREW!

LAUGH A MINUTE FROM THE BEST MEN!

MICHAEL IS ENJOYING HIMSELF!

LAUGHTER ALL ROUND

A SPECIAL MESSAGE ON THE DESSERT PLATE FOR SAMANTHA FROM MICHAEL

... AND SHE'S TOUCHED

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY 

THE RAIN HAS STOPPED .. QUICK, OUTSIDE!

GOTTA USE THE FERRARI AS A PROP!

LETS BRING IN THE BRIDE AS WELL!

ENJOYING THEIR WEDDING DAY AT WYNYARD HALL

QUEEN OF THE BRIDGE AT WYNYARD HALL

THE BRIDAL PORTRAIT - WITH NEW HUSBAND

ALL MINE ....

MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN AT WYNYARD HALL

THE GIRLS MANAGE A FEW MOMENTS WITH THEIR FRIEND SAMI ON HER WEDDING DAY!

BEAUTIFUL IN SILHOUETTE AT WYNYARD HALL COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

FROM BEHIND ... 

HOT ...  FROM THE FRONT

OUR BEAUTIFUL BRIDE

SO HAPPY AT WYNYARD HALL

TIME TO CUT THE CAKE AND FIRST DANCE

TRADITIONAL POSE WITH THE CAKE FROM KELLY ANN'S CAKES

SEALED WITH A KISS

AHH ...  M&S AT LAST !
Wynyard Hall weddings are amongst my favourite as a wedding photographer.
They are close to home, so there's little travel involved compared to many I shoot, and it's one of the finest wedding venues in the north of England too - a great combination.
Samantha and Michael fell in love with the place, and it's not far from their own family homes in Hartlepool, even though they now live and work in the North West of England. They're a fine young couple full of happiness and hope for the future with a great network of supporting families and friends.
They first met with me at a wedding fair at the historical country house hotel, and after a meeting later at Sami's parent's house, we all seemed to gel and we were up and running! 

Cue 16 months later and we were together again at Wynyard Hall for afternoon tea and a stroll on the banks of the lake in the grounds, 'bonding' a little a few weeks before their wedding day so that on the day, we were not strangers and everyone could relax.
I was at Samantha's parent's home good and early on the day and all was relaxed, VERY relaxed. Once she was back from the hairdresser there were presents to open from Michael .. including another pair of Louboutin shoes in addition to the pair she was wearing for the day! There was an emotional moment between Mum and daughter after Sami gave her mum Gail a present .. tears all round!
The girls assembled in their dressing gowns for a few quick photographs before the serious business of getting ready to get married got under way!
the colours of the bridesmaid dresses were perfect for a beautiful summer's wedding at Wynyard Hall - even though we had some intermittent rain, nothing was to spoil Michael and Samantha's day!
Once Sami was in her beautiful dress, I had a few minutes to capture some images with her parents - and 'the girls' before I headed off to Wynyard Hall to catch up with Michael - and say good morning to the vicar conducting the ceremony in the beautiful Wynyard Chapel.
michael was calm, cool and confident - looking forward to the moment he saw Sami as she came down the aisle towards him - and he didn't have long to wait!
She looked stunning as she stepped out of the Beaufort car with her father Les and joined the bridesmaids on the short walk to the chapel.
It was beaming smiles all round as their eyes met and they both beamed all day!
Back in the sunshine there was a flurry of confetti, before we headed to the Statue gallery for some canapes and champagne. For an hour or more they enjoyed getting into the spirit of their day along with their parents and friends, then I borrowed them for 15 minutes to keep parents and grandparents happy with some nice relaxed family groups before we headed in for speeches and superb food (thank you for your hospitality folks!).
The duo of best men pulled of a corker of a speech involving the word 'Bangor' and had everyone in hoots of laughter after a fine speech my Les and a long and entertaining one from Michael - tears and laughter is a good mix at a wedding!
Afterwards, I borrowed the happy couple for 20 minutes to have a wander and get some photographs with an amazing award winning Ferrari that a family friend had lent to Michael for a few days .. what a car!
I later followed Michael and Sami as they went upstairs to prepare themselves for their evening guests - and Michael was to surprise them all by turning up for his first dance with Sami in a tuxedo - he looked the business!
Cake cutting and first dance out of the way - it was headlong into party time!
I said my farewells and thanks for hospitality to the parents of both, and offered  a manly handshake to Michael and a big hug and a kiss for Samantha and headed off into the night with the sounds of happiness still in the air!
I love my job! 

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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