Sunday, 27 December 2009

Emma and Chris become Mr and Mrs at Matfen Hall




Matfen Hall is a fantastic place for a wedding...expecially winter weddings due to the space your guests have indoors to mingle...and the HUGE Christmas Tree! Also if the weather is mild, like it was on Emma and Chris's big day, you dont need to venture too far outside to get some awesome photos.

I was accompanied by the lovely and talented Julie Tinton and we had a great time. We started in the room where the wedding breakfast was to be held. Matfen Hall are so organised and had the tables all set well in advance which gave us a headstart photographing the details.




Emma had chosen a tightly packed red rose and berry bouquet. Perfect for a Christmas wedding don't you think? The Wedding Co-ordinator told us that Emma loves all the sparkle so I made sure the Christmas Tree made an appearance on this shot.


Next it was off to find the Groom and his Best Men. Having 2 best men is becoming popular and Chris chose his brother and his best friend to stand next to him on this important day. They were very relaxed and lots of fun and, even though it was December, the weather was really mild and we got some really great outdoor shots of boys being boys!






We then ventured inside to be told that the cake had arrived...ooooh yum yum! Emma and Chris had designed the cake themselves to fit in with the winter theme and I thought it was really pretty.




It was then time to find the Bride in the Bridal Suite. Now, another reason Matfen Hall is a wonderful place is the Bridal Suite. It's large, very comfortable but but above all else the light is amazing. More about this later....for now let me introduce the dress!




And the bridesmaids who wore the most stunning dark green dresses.









And finally the beautuful Bride with a very helpful, attentive Mum who was at hand to keep Emma calm and make sure she looked at her best.








We had a moment to capture Emma with her Bridesmaids



and her Dad.



The next thing we knew Emma and Chris were saying their vows. The Registrars don't usually allow photographers to use flash so it was assuring to know my Nikon professional kit can cope very easily in these dark conditions. I captured some lovely moments between these two lovebirds and their family and friends were so excited to welcome the new Mr and Mrs Donnelly.










I then whisked the couple off for some lovely romantic portraits outside, on the magificent staircase and then back to the Bridal Suite. The sun was setting and a lovely golden light was flooding their room and it was perfect for indoor portraits.












We ended their session with a beautiful portrait of Emma at the window.



Then it was outside into the gorgeous sunset for some 'fun' formal shots.







The light faded so it was back indoors for some serious mingling...and drinking of course! I put the long lens on, stepped back and caught some lovely candid shots of the guests. Everyone was having such a good time and before we knew it dinner was being called and the receiving line was well and truly underway and then one of my favourite parts of the day....the speeches. All three speeches were very funny and full of emotion. I usually shed a tear at this part so it's a good job I have a huge camera in front of my face!














And there endeth 2009 for me. It's been a truly unbelievable year and I can honestly say I've loved every single wedding and I've been booked by the nicest couples a photographer could wish for.

I would like to wish everyone I've met this year a happy 2010. May you acheive all you strive for and receive all the happiness in the world. And thank you x


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1 comment:

Keith Fusco said...

Your work just keeps getting better and better! Keep up the good work.