|HELEN'S BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AT CRATHORNE HALL FOR HER WEDDING|
|WEDDING SHOES AT THE READY AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|A BEAUTIFUL HAIRPIECE FOR HELENS WEDDING|
|BEAUTIFUL DETAIL IN TIA'S HAIR FOR HELEN'S WEDDING TO IAN AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|ORDER OF SERVICE FOR CRATHORNE HALL|
|HELEN LOOKING PRETTY COOL AND FOCUSSED JUST BEFORE HER FATHER ARRIVES IN THE ROOM - LAST MINUTE ADJUSTMENTS FROM BRIDESMAID TIA|
|HELENS LOVELY MARK LESLEY WEDDING GOWN SHOW OFF TO PERFECTION|
|A WARM GREETING FOR HELENS FATHER|
|HELEN AND TIA OFF DOWN THE STAIRCASE TO HER WEDDING AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|HAPPY TIMES .. JUST A MINUTE BEFORE SHE HEADS DOWN THE AISLE TO MARRY IAN .. SMILES FROM HELEN AND HER FATHER AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|I'M BEHIND YOU! HELEN HEADS DOWN THE AISLE TO GREET IAN - HER HUSBAND TO BE|
|I DO .. IAN PLACES THE RING ON HELEN'S FINGER AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|WE DID IT! AFTER 23 YEARS TOGETHER HELEN CELEBRATES!|
|A FEW MOMENTS ON THEIR OWN STRAIGT AFTER THEIR WEDDING AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|MUCH AS IAN HATES HAVING HIS PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN .... HE WAS STARTING TO CHILL OUT!|
|JAMES POND I PRESUME ... FUN FOR HELEN'S FATHER AT CRATHORNE HALL!|
|THE WEDDING TURNED INTO A BIT OF A GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORAL .. WHAT CAN I SAY?|
|THE WEDDING ROOM ALL DRESSED AND BEAUTIFUL AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|THE TABLES ALL SET AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|TIME FOR A QUICK BRIDAL PORTRAIT THROUGH THE CANDLES FOR HELEN ...|
|MMMM .. GOATS CHEESE TART .. FIRST COURSE!|
|DOES IAN LOOK LIKE A MAN WHO HATES HAVING HIS PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN?|
|I SAID ... DOES IAN LOOK LIKE A MAN WHO HATES HAVING HIS PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN?|
|... AND HAPPINESS TOO FROM HELEN DURING THE EXCELLENT SPEECHES!|
|IT LOOKS AS THOUGH IAN HAS SURPRISED HIM MUM - AND HELEN!|
|HAPPINESS ALL OVER HELENS FACE!|
|AND A SPECIAL WORD IN THE EAR FOR HS WIFE!|
|WHICH SHE APPRECIATES TOO!|
|AND A KISS TO SEAL HELEN'S GREAT WEDDING AT CRATHORNE HALL ....|
|SO ... THERE WERE THESE HEART SHAPED ITEMS ON ALL THE TABLES, CUT OUT FROM MILLS AND BOON BOOKS .. AND A COMPETITION STARTED AS TO WHO COULD FIND THE RUDEST PASSAGES ...|
|THIS WAS PRETTY RUDE, OBVIOUSLY!|
|TIA'S REACTION SUGGESTS THIS WAS EXTREMELY RUDE TOO!|
|CAUGHT IN THE ACT ! A LITTLE BEHIND THE SCENES SHOT AS WE GET HELEN READY FOR A SHOT THAT WILL SHOW OFF HER MARK LESLEY BRIDAL WEDDING DRESS AT ITS BEST!|
|ET VOILA! .... I THINK IT WORKS!|
Helen's wedding to Ian at Crathorne Hall in North Yorkshire was one such wedding - Ian HATES having his photograph taken so much, that I had to dispense with my usual pre-wedding shoot!
So we met again at Newcastle where Helen and Ian live on the Quayside , and theirs is a real love story as they have known each other from school - 23 years ago!
I usually spend an hour or two with my brides and grooms six or eight weeks before the weding, as it's good to catch up and chat about the forthcoming fun, and also grab a few photographs, the best of which we can get framed for the cake table or perhaps use as a signing board for guests, but having a pot of tea and a beer was good enough this time and I think Ian was convinced that I could capture all his happiness and emotions without making him aware of me being in his personal space! Helen was cool about it all and when it came to the day she was really chilled out in her suite at Crathorne Hall.
It was nice to meet her Mum too and Tia her bridesmaid as they giggled and laughed while they were getting their hair and make-up done.
Crathorne Hall is such a wonderful wedding venue, and this past year I have had 5 brides there, the serice and staff are first class and none of the dozen brides or so from the last two or three years have ever had a bad word about Crathorne Hall as their wedding venue!
I'd shook Ian by the hand and wished him well as I had arrived and although wary for the first ten or fifteen minutes, he relaxed so much that great photographs of him enjoying every minute of his weding to Helen were no problem!
The weather wasn't brilliant, but we grabbed some time after the ceremony to get key family photographs sorted out, and the young guests that had bubble guns with them were too good an opportunity for friends and relatives to miss - especially Helens father, I called him James Pond!
I then photographed various friends and relatives and family combinations before and after the wedding breakfast - the quality of which was outstanding as ever at Crathorne Hall (thanks folks for your hospitality!).
I managed to grab Helen for a few photographs around the building before I left them to dance the night away .. . and I an was still smiling and enjoying his very special day - naturally!
If you would like me to be your official photographer at Crathorne hall or anywhere else in North Yorkshire, ring me now on 0778 7150966 and tell me all about your plans!
See my other recent 2011 CRATHORNE HALL WEDDINGS .....
A sneak peek of Dan and Sarah's Crathorne Hall wedding HERE
READ THEIR REVIEW OF ME HERE
A sneak peek of Sarah and Lee's Crathorne Hall wedding HERE
A look at Catherine and Chris's Crathorne Hall wedding HERE
A look at Jo and Jez's Crathorne Hall wedding HERE
VIEW MY INSPIRATION BOARD FROM PREVIOUS WEDDINGS AT CRATHORNE HALL HERE
DIRK VAN DER WERFF