|CRATHORNE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS:|
KATIE AND GLEN TAKE A LATE EVENING STROLL ACROSS THE LAWN AS MAN AND WIFE AT CRATHORNE HALL
|CRATHORNE HALL WEDDINGS: BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS FROM PANSY POTTERS|
|CRATHORNE HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET FROM PANSY POTTERS|
|KATIE'S WEDDING SHOES|
|GETTING READY FOR THE DAY|
|KATIE'S BRIDESMAIDS ARE FIRST OUT OF THE BLOCKS|
|MUM AND DAD GET THINGS READY TOO|
|REAL DIAMOND EARRINGS FROM GLEN AS A WEDDING PRESENT|
|THE SOPHIA TOLLI WEDDING DRESS IS ON !|
|SOPHIA TOLLI WEDING GOWN FROM WILD BRIDES AT HEART IN DURHAM|
|ALMOST THERE ... AND DAD IS WAITING TOO!|
|NOT LONG NOW ...|
|KATIE'S MUM STILL HAS TIME TO ENJOY HER GRANDSON|
|A SECOND GLASS OF CHAMPERS GOES DOWN WELL|
|ALL HANDS ON DECK .....|
|NO SIGN OF NERVES HERE|
|SISTERS .. SISTERS ....|
|SMILES ALL ROUND FROM LYNNE AND KATIE|
|TIME TO GET MARRIED .. KATIE FOLLOWS HER FATHER DOWN THE STAIRCASE AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|ABOUT TO MEET THE REGSTRARS .... GLEN IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR|
|LAUGHTER AND HAPPINESS|
|SOMEONE ELSE IS BUSY DURING THE WEDDING CEREMONY ...|
|ONE FOR THE ALBUM .... AND PARENTS|
|.. AND ANOTHER ONE TOO FOR MUMS AND DADS|
|KATIE LOOKS STUNNING ...|
|IT MAY BE POURING DOWN OUTSIDE, BUT THERE'S A PARTY INSIDE|
|HEARTFELT CUDDLES FROM KATIE|
|STUNNING CAKE MATCHING THE JOLLY COLOURS FROM THE WEDDING FROM KELLYANN|
|.. AND IN MORE DETAIL|
|CENTREPIECES TO MATCH THE THEME - THE ROOM DRESSED BY BECKWITH EVENTS|
|QUICK ... THE TORRENTIAL RAIN HAS STOPPED FOR 2 MINUTES|
|WE EVEN MANAGE A QUICK PORTRAIT OF KATIE BEFORE THE HEAVENS OPENED AGAIN|
|HAPPINESS AS THEY ARE ANNOUNCED INTO THE WEDDING BREAKFAST AS MR AND MRS FRANCIS !!|
|JASON, THE BEST MAN, LOOKS COOL, CALM AND CONFIDENT .... WE SHALL SEE|
|KATIE'S FATHER GOES FIRST|
|TOP TABLE, ENJOYING THE SPEECH AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|ONE FACE FOR CONFUSED ....|
|ONE FACE FOR HAPPY|
|ONE FACE FOR VERY, VERY HAPPY TEARS|
|GLEN SAID ALL THE RIGHT THINGS|
|AND KATIE IS VERY HAPPY AGAIN|
|EVEN GLEN'S GRANDMOTHER ENJOYS HIS SPEECH|
|LYNNE ENJOYS THE FUN TOO|
|WE NEED A GREAT SHOT OF THE SOPHIA TOLLI WEDDING GOWN AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|KATIE IS VERY HAPPY AND A LITTLE SQUIFFY RIGHT NOW ... :)|
|WHEN THE RAIN STOPS IS TIME FOR THE YOUNG ONES TO LET OFF STEAM - AND THEIR DAD'S TOO|
|FRESH AIR NEEDED FOR 3 MINUTES BETWEEN DOWNPOURS|
|NO BINGO WINGS WEDDING GROUP PORTRAIT .....|
|TIME FOR SOME 'US' TIME|
|IT'S LUCKY THEY DIDNT SINK ON THE LAWN WITH THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT FELL ON THEIR WEDDING DAY|
|SO IN LOVE .. KATIE AND GLEN|
|THE FUN NEVER STOPS AS THE EVENING GUESTS ARRIVE|
|GLEN LEADS HIS BEAUTIFUL BRIDE TO THE DANCE FLOOR AT CRATHORNE HALL|
|KATIE'S DAD CAN NOW RELAX .. NOT SURE ABOUT THE BOYS HAVING A CUDDLE BEHIND!|
|THE GIRLS HAVE FUN SORTING OUT A PROBLEM WITH THE DRESS|
|KATIE AND HER DAD HIT THE DANCE FLOOR|
|A PREVIOUS GROOM OF MINE, JONNA SHOWS HIS STYLE|
|GLEN'S DAD AND GRANDMOTHER SHOW THEIR STYLE ON THE DANCE FLOOR|
Katie and Glen are party people and their wedding was going to be just that with all their closest friends and relatives attending.
We were hoping for great weather with it being an August wedding, it may have rained on their parade, but it didn't make a jot of a difference to their enjoyment of their wedding day celebrations at Crathorne Hall.
I had photographed the weddings of two sets of Glen and Katie's friends, so I knew what to expect, they're avery close-knit group of friends from East Durham, it was great to see Lynne (one of the bridesmaids) and her husband Ian again after I photographed their wedding two years ago, and a year ago I photographed Becky and Jonna's wedding at Shotton Hall, and it was lovely to see the two of them again!
I arrived good and early in overcast and rainy conditions at Crathorne Hall, which unfortunately didn't really change during the day - they just got worse, but it didn't spoil the happiness and fun of the day.
it was lovely to see Katie .. she had become more and more excited during the week as we chatted on Facebook, so I was pleased that her day had come. The champagne was open, Mum was getting her make-up done and her sister and Lynne were busy too.
Not long after I arrived, her father came through the door looking resplendent in his morning suit and orange cravat, matching the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and the cheery yellow and gold and red and white and green cheery colours that Katie so wanted, it was SO colourful!
I popped downstairs to check on Glen who had just arrived, he was the coolest man at the wedding all day (apart from me of course !), he never seemed worried or nervous at all. Katie was pretty cool too, just excited to see Glen and get the ring on her finger!
The guests had gathered, the registrars were ready and Katie in her stunning Sophia Tolli wedding gown came down the staircase with her father.
The smile from Glen as he saw Katie coming towards him was something to behold, she knocked his socks off I'm sure.
Sespite a small slip of words from Glen that brought laughter from the guests - and Katie, soon they were married and enjoying their first sip of champagne.
Because of the inclement conditions, we stayed inside and I spent time taking lots of nice natural photographs of guests and family and 15 minutes before they were taken to the wedding breakfast, I organised some relaxed family groups for Mums and Dads and grandma.
The fantastic wedding breakfast out of the way (thanks folks!) then came the speeches. Jason, the best man put on a sterling performance while Glen's speech and Katie's father's speech had Katie and the bridesmaids in tears with their fine words of admiration and love for the bride.
Still it rained .... but a 5 minute break (finally) meant that 'the girls' and 'the boys' managed to get outside and I borrowed the bride and groom for a few quick portraits on the soggy lawn as the light levels dropped quickly, before we dashed inside for their first dance and the start of the party to dance the night away!
It was a great relaxed day of wedding celebration at Crathorne Hall for Katie and Glen and their closest family and friends.
I hope you enjoy this 'Sneak Peek' of their day, just 30+ photographs giving a flavour of their celebrations, ALL their photographs will be available to view HERE on their return from honeymoon in Cuba - you will need passwords from the B&G and their families.
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