Monday, 24 September 2012

Pre-Wedd Photo Shoot in Jesmond Dene #2

A few months ago, I found myself at Jesmond Dene again for another pre-wedding photo shoot. The couple had been keen to have their photos taken at their wedding venue, but once the bride-to-be saw the photos from a previous shoot at Jesmond Dene, she wanted to go there.

So on another sunny day, I met the couple in Pet's Corner and we took a stroll along the Ouseburn.

I liked the reflection of the water on the arch of the bridge in this one...

...and the shape of the tree branches in this one.

Again, this couple don't like themselves in photos, so I just asked them to sit or stand in a comfortable pose, then let them have a chat with each other. Trying to ignore me as I tried as unobtrusively as possible to get some relaxed shots.

We used the old pavilion building which looks fairly scruffy but in black and white looks quite stylised.

You'll notice that neither of the couple are looking at the camera in any of these shots. I don't mind that. The couple didn't mind that. The ones that they chose, they weren't looking at the camera.

I'm looking forward to the wedding day, and hopefully the bride and groom-to-be are feeling a little more relaxed about having their photo taken on the day.

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Photo Friday #33

Dunstanburgh, Northumberland
I'm looking forward to doing a pre-wedding photo shoot at the beach this weekend so I thought I'd share this shot of the coast at Dunstanburgh. I love taking portrait shots of the beach, especially when the sky is either blue or interesting. It gives a different perspective.

Monday, 17 September 2012

North of England Wedding Awards Dinner

Last Saturday evening, the Wedding Guide hosted their first North of England Wedding Awards dinner at Beamish Hall Hotel. The awards wanted to recognise businesses in the wedding industry, who provide outstanding service and inspire their customers to actively and positively promote them.

We were encouraged to ask our wedding couples to vote for us using the following criteria
  • Service Excellence
  • Excellent Product Quality
  • Value for Money
  • Outstanding Commitment
Then they were asked to comment on why they thought that business deserved to win.

We had to get a certain number of votes to be a finalist and early in August, I received an email congratulating me on being a finalist! I was so thrilled and promptly booked two tickets to the Black Tie dinner.

We arrived at Beamish Hall for the reception drinks in the Shaftoe room where they had a photo booth and casino tables set up for later on. Soon, we were ushered into the Winter Gardens for the first presentations.

The table names were all religious venues across the North East, past and present. The tables were draped with black tablecloths, a circular mirror in the middle with pink crystals scattered and tall, elegant five branch candlesticks. We were on a table with Elise Flowers, Mia Sposa and Longhirst Hall.

Gillian Cross Photography

Julia from the Brides Up North blog started the presentations including the winners for Wedding Flowers and Bridal Gown Retailer. Unfortunately nothing for our table so it was all down to me and Longhirst Hall.

There was a break in the presentations to start our dinner. Sorbet with fruit for starters followed by beef with vegetables. I had a mushroom and cheese tart with vegetables and a delicious tomato salsa (veggie!).

The next presentation was the Photography category. With six finalists, I knew it was going to be tough! It was - I didn't get it - but I am still very proud to have been a finalist. It means so much to me that my customers felt that I was worthy enough to win the award.

All was not lost for our table though! Longhirst Hall won the Wedding Venue category jointly with Beamish Hall. When the girls brought the glass trophy back to the table, they kindly let us pass it round so we at least had touched a trophy!

Onto the dessert which was a lovely light lemon tart and then tea or coffee. We stayed for another drink and then made our way home.

The night was good because it was businesses from a mix of wedding services. The previous awards we've attended have been Photography awards (I've won two portrait awards in the past!) so it was lovely to network with different suppliers. I've already had some more twitter followers and facebook likers as a result of Saturday night's dinner.

Congratulations to everyone who did win and to all of the other finalists.

Winning would have been the icing on the cake, but as I say, I'm immensely proud that I made it to the final and would like to thank all of the couples who took the time to vote for me.

There's always next year!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Photo Friday #32

St Lawrence's church, Northumberland

When I opened the curtains on the morning of this wedding and saw it was windy my heart sank a little. The veil and hair and skirts are going to be all over the place! But then, at the bride's house I saw the long veil and thought "Great! We can have fun with that in this wind" and we did.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Sneak peek ~ Dissington Hall wedding

North East wedding photographer, Gillian Cross, has just had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Katie and Mark at Dissington Hall in Northumberland.


Dissington Hall

More images to follow.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Photo Friday #31

Dissington Hall

Looking forward to this weekend's wedding at the beautiful Dissington Hall, I thought I'd share this photo from a previous wedding there. The guests, unknowingly, were so well colour-co-ordinated that it gives this photo a harmony. Especially good of the lady in the pink skirt to co-ordinate with the rhododendrons as well, I thought!