Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Longhirst Hall Wedding, Northumberland

Longhirst Hall was commissioned in the 1820's by the Lawson family. John Dobson was the achitect who designed it and it was built from sandstone which came from a quarry less than a mile away.
The family, including six children, lived there for almost 60 years before it passed onto the next owners, the Joiceys. They had five children, so safe to say it was a true family home!

This couple were having their ceremony in the oval shaped hall so some of the guests had the unusual vantage point from the gallery.

The colour theme to the bridal party was black. The thinking behind it being that the bridesmaids would  wear their dress again, and no need to get the hem shortened! (Sorry, just watched "27 Dresses" recently...research purposes of course...although I do like a wedding!)

We take a few photos, making use of the lovely honey-coloured stone.

While the guests mingle on the patio to the music of the singer-friend of the bride and groom.
The groom's parents particularly liked this song and just started dancing.

Meanwhile...back at the pillars.

Then we took a stroll over the lawns to the little bridge.

While the bride and groom did a bit more mingling, I popped into the Court Suite to have a look at their tables. Each one had a year with some information on who won the FA Cup, what was in the music charts etc. I photographed the 2011 one and the one which combined the years they were born. Then I had the brilliant idea of taking a photo of the year they got engaged! Firstly I asked an good asking a bloke. Then I thought the groom's sister and chief bridesmaid would know...she didn't. Eventually mum knew, hence 2004 below!

and ps the photo of the stars and what looks like little bits of paper will be revealed later!

The speeches included a slideshow of the bridal party when they were all children and photos of the parents when they got married. Much laughter at hairstyles! The best man confessed to stealing the bride's father's TV remote control on the stag do but ended up asking the groom if he'd be his best man at his wedding next year.

After the meal, we took some photos in the gallery of the oval hall.

Then time for the first dance...

...and those bits of paper from earlier!

Then the guests were occupied by a chocolate fountain and dressing up in wigs for the photo booth.


Monday, 29 August 2011

Wedding at St Mary's, Whickham

North East wedding photographer Gillian Cross has just had the pleasure of photographing
the marriage of Hazel and Rob at St Mary's church and the Gibside Hotel, Whickham.

More images to follow.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Crook Hall and Gardens

Crook Hall is a rare example of three eras of English domestic architecture; mediaeval, Jacobean and Georgian. The oldest part of the building dates from around 1208 and is a backdrop for the beautiful gardens.

I found the bride getting ready in a beautiful beamed room with a view over to Durham Cathedral.

The good weather plan for the day, was to hold an outdoor ceremony. Hooray the weather was good!
The guests arrived through a wood.

I spotted this guest quietly sitting sketching the musicians who were playing background music.


The groom was quite anxious beforehand and was too nervous for posed photos so I surreptitiously hid behind a handy tree to get a picture.

After the ceremony, all the guests wandered through the gardens to have their drinks in the Secret Walled Garden, accompanied by more music.

After some mingling and some group photos, the bride and groom and I had a walk around taking photos.
In the Walled Garden... the Cathedral Garden... the Orchard...

... next to the Moat Pool and Ponds.

I was spoilt for choice and ideas for photos and could've photographed all day but it was time for the lunch to be served. The good weather plan for lunch was to have it outdoors. Hooray, the weather was still good!

After a thank you from the bride to everyone who was there to share their special day, the couple cut the cake in the mediaeval hall...

...and everyone enjoyed cake and the famous Crook Hall cream tea.

The comment from the bride after the wedding.

" We're back from our honeymoon and I just wanted to say a big thank you for last Friday (can it really be a week ago already?). You blended in perfectly and several people commented how good you were with the kids. Thank you! It was such a special day - we're still on a bit of a high and can't wait to see your pics."

And after seeing the photos.

" We're thrilled with the pics!! Thank you so much! It's lovely to have some of the details of Crook Hall as well as people pictures."

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Crook Hall Wedding, Durham

North East wedding photographer Gillian Cross, has just had the pleasure of photographing Julia and Richard's wedding at Crook Hall Gardens in County Durham.

More photos to follow.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Longhirst Hall Wedding, Northumberland

North East wedding photographer, Gillian Cross, has just had the pleasure
of photographing the wedding of Louise and Michael at Longhirst Hall, Northumberland.

More images to follow.