|HARTLEPOOL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH'S SHOES READY TO WALK HER DOWN THE AISLE|
|HARTLEPOOL WEDDING PHOTO: ANOTHER ANGLE OF SARAH'S SHOES|
|HARTLEPOOL WEDDING VENUE: THE VENUE FOR SARAH AND MARTY'S WEDDING, THE NEWLY REFURBISHED SEAFRONT HOTEL AT SEATON CAREW HARTLEPOOL|
|PEPPA PIG WANTED TO COME TO THE WEDDING TOO ...|
|I RATHER LIKED THIS IMAGE OF SARAH'S MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN .... BUT|
|I RATHER LIKED THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF IT TOO ...|
|HELPING GET THE BRIDESMAID READY .. ESPECIALLY THE LOVELY SHOES ...|
|HARTLEPOOL WEDDINGS PHOTOGRAPHERS: WHERE AS AN OLDER BRIDESMAID GETS HER OWN SHOES READY|
|THE LOVELY CONTRAST OF COLOURS OF HER BOUQUET AGAINST SARAH'S IVORY WEDDING GOWN|
|A LITTLE BIT OF FEMININE HELP NEEDED WITH ALL THESE THREADS AND BOWS ON SARAH'S GLORIOUS MAGGIE SOTTERO WEDDING GOWN|
|DETAIL FROM THE FRONT OF SARAH'S WEDDING DRESS|
|LAST MINUTE NERVES FOR THE YOUNG BRIDESMAID AS SHE IS COMFORTED BY HER MUM|
|A GLOWING SMILE FROM SARAH AS SHE GREETS MARTY AFTER THE WALK DOWN THE AISLE WITH HER FATHER|
|THE BEAUTIFUL ST JOSEPHS CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HARTLEPOOL WHERE SARAH MARRIED MARTY|
|SARAH IS STILL SMILING AS I GLIMPSE HER BETWEEN THE BEST MEN!|
|.. AND LOOKING GOOD TOO AS SHE ARRIVES AT THE BLUSTERY COAST|
|MARTY LOOKS LIKE A CAT THAT HAS NICKED THE MILK .. AND OF COURSE, HE HAS!|
|ALL SMILES AS FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TAKE THEIR PHOTOGRAPHS|
|TIME FOR A FEW MOMENTS FOR THEMSELVES|
|A BEAUTIFUL SARAH RESTS AGAINST THE PIANO IN THE DINING ROOM AT THE STAINCLIFFE HOTEL|
|THE SPEECHES WERE OBVIOUSLY ENTERTAINING .....|
|.. EVEN SARAH'S FATHER JOINED IN THE FUN!|
|.. AND MARTY'S PARENTS SAW THE FUNNY SIDE TOO ...|
|BUT THE BIGGEST LAUGHS WERE WHEN MARTY COCKED IT ALL UP RIGHT AT THE END!|
|SARAH GETS THE CHANCE TO TRY ON HER WEDDING PRESENT FROM MARTY .. JIMMY CHOO SUNGLASSES FOR THEIR HONEYMOON IN ARUBA!|
|TIME FOR A FEW BRIDAL PORTRAITS - I LOVE THIS BLACK AND WHITE IMAGE|
|A NICE REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR OF SARAH IN HER WEDDING GOWN|
|SARAH LOOKS GREAT - SHE WAS SMILING ALL DAY LONG AT HER WEDDING|
|A LOVELY PORTRAIT OF SARAH AND MARTY .. A COUPLE VERY MUCH IN LOVE!|
|HAPPY AND CONTENT.. AND SO MUCH IN LOVE - SARAH AND MARTY TOGETHER AS HUSBAND AND WIFE|
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I was born and bred in Hartlepool on the north east coast of England, but over the past 10 years or so it's been rare that I have photographed weddings in my home town where I still live... More Hartlepool Brides HEREI have photographed lots of Hartlepool brides at wedding venues across the north or England from Langley Castle in Northumberland to The Crab and Lobster in North Yorkshire, the grand Wynyard Hall just 10 miles inland or the outstanding new 5 star wedding venue at Rockliffe Hall on the borders of Durham and North Yorkshire - even on the Greek island of Corfu!
The exclusive use venues in the town haven't changed, but they are looking more attractive for local brides due to extensive refurbishment, the Staincliffe Hotel on the seafront at Seaton Carew being one of them.
Sarah and Martyn contacted me after enjoying the relaxed wedding photography I produced on my BLOG and on my Facebook page, and they both knew that they didn't want to be standing around all day having endless group photographs done like many of the weddings they have attended themselves, they just wanted me to be a part of their families for the day and capture the fun and the atmosphere of their very special day with their 200 guests.
A light airy room overlooking the seafront was where I met Sarah early on the morning of her wedding to capture lots of detail shots and of course her and her bridesmaids getting ready and some photographs of her amazingly different Maggie Sottero wedding gown. She wanted a Greek Goddess / Cleopatra look and she pulled it off spectacularly!
It was nice when all her closest family gathered before she left the hotel for a bottle of champagne and cheers all round to wish her well for the day.
Martyn, or Marty as he was known to everyone is a cool guy, chilled out with not a worry about him, and as he says, almost as soon as he had met sarah just over 2 years ago, he knew they were right for each other and they set off on their journey of life together at St Joseph's catholic Church, one of the finest churches in Hartlepool.
I had met with parents and close friends a week before during the rehearsal (all part of the service .. ) so it was good that they knew how I was to photograph the wedding and how they all knew I was there for them as family as well as for Sarah and Marty.
Although Sarah was 15 minutes late because of the traffic, Marty stayed cool and I could see he was blown away by his beautiful bride to be as she came down the aisle toward him!
After three lovely readings from friends and the rest of the service we were out into the bright sunlight for kisses and cuddles, backslaps and bearhugs from their family and friends before we headed over to the coast for their wedding breakfast.
The Staincliffe Hotel doesn't have much outdoor space unfortunately, but it is nicely decorated throughout since it's recent refurbishment and this gave me an opportunity as people gathered to grab the happy couple for a few portraits around the piano in the dining room and around the grand staircase.
The speeches allowed for some fun photographs and plenty of smiling faces and then I followed the bride and groom around the tables as they chatted to their guests.
Outside I managed traditional wedding groups with a long lens to disguise the lack of greenery and cracked enough jokes to keep everyone smiling for the ten minutes I needed to keep grandparents happy and make some images of record on this special day for the families.
Later on, I made some nice photographs of Sarah with her VERY expensive Jimmy Choo sunglasses purchased by Marty as a wedding gift for their honeymoon on the sun-kissed beaches of Aruba in the southern Caribbean.
Three live bands finished off the evening with the bride and groom insisting there was to be no traditonal first dance! I'm all for something different at weddings, and Sarah and Marty had the best day of their lives at their family wedding in Hartlepool and it was a joy to be allowed to be a small but important part of their wedding celebrations!
If you would like me to be your wedding photographer, in Hartlepool or anywhere else in the UK or abroad, ring me now and check your date as I only photograph a limited amount of weddings each year, so popular dates get booked a year or two in advance!
Telephone me now on 0778 7150966, digital packages with a pre-wed shoot, signing board, a presentation box of prints (up to 500) of all your final edited images, a password protected website, and a CD for unlimited personal printing is £1250-£1450.
DIRK VAN DER WERFF