Joanne and Andrew were married at Headlam Hall Hotel on 4th June 2011. Headlam Hall, a beautiful 17th century mansion in the beautiful Durham Dales is always a favourite venue of ours. With it’s wonderful gardens it is a photographer’s dream!

We arrived at Headlam Hall to find a slightly nervous Joanne and everyone had a tear in their eyes when Joanne changed into her stunning dress from Just Perfect in Durham. Everyone quickly came around though especially when Joanne’s mum commented “Come on everybody, cheer up, we look like we’re going to a funeral”. This really cleared the air and made everyone laugh! The bridesmaids and flower girl were dressed in purple dresses from Simplicity Weddings and Joanne’s flowers by Wild and Wonderful mirrored the lovely shade of purple beautifully. By the time we left Joanne and her family and made our way to photograph Andrew, everyone was feeling much calmer and ready to enjoy themselves.

Andrew and his family were very laid back in comparison. Andrew’s Dad was cracking jokes and making everyone laugh the whole time and Andrew, his Best Man and Ushers looked very smart in their suits from Simplicity Weddings. 

The Edwardian Suite looked beautiful for the service, with lovely flowers at the end of the rows of seats, floral candelabras and an amazing display above the fireplace, again all by Wild and Wonderful.
Joanne and Andrew had a lovely service with a candle lighting ceremony and a reading from Andrew’s Gran. A musical interlude was provided by Stuart Collingwood while Joanne and Andrew signed the register.

After the service, (and walking through millions of bubbles!) Joanne and Andrew enjoyed a bit of time to relax and have a drink with their guests while the nerves of earlier in the day started to disperse. We then organised everyone for the group photographs and, after that, took the happy couple around Headlam Hall’s beautiful grounds for some romantic shots. You could have sworn that Headlam Hall had planted purple flowers especially for them as they were a great match to Joanne’s bouquet!

Returning to the Edwardian Suite to photograph it ready for the wedding breakfast, we were absolutely stunned at how beautiful it looked. With a flower adorned candelabra on every table, fairy lights behind a gauze curtain behind the top table and every detail carefully thought out, the room looked nothing short of magical! Again, Wild and Wonderful were the people to create such beautiful room decorations.

Before we left Joanne, Andrew and their guests to enjoy a full-filled night, Joanne was really eager for us to photograph her throwing her bouquet. And the lucky lady was … Lucy Grimston, the daughter of one of Andrew’s family friends.

Having spoken to them after they returned from their honeymoon in Villamora in the Algarve, we were so happy to hear that they thoroughly enjoyed their big day and also the honeymoon and we hope that our photographs bring back lots of happy memories for them in many years to come.

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