Jill and Richard were married at, the fantastic, Headlam Hall Hotel on 18th June 2011. Headlam Hall is a beautiful Georgian mansion set in the Durham Dales near Darlington, with it’s own wonderful gardens it is a photographers dream! The weather on Jill and Richard’s wedding day was not the best unfortunately but the drizzle and darkness wasn’t going to spoil their big day!
Upon meeting Jill at her parents house before the service we were struck by how calm she was. With an air of grace she went about getting ready without any stress or panic. When she put on her beautiful dress from Freya Bridal in Sheffield she looked really radiant.
Jill had made a mood board to help her plan her wedding which was a fantastic idea. The colours she chose were soft pinks and cream which were perfect for her and her bridesmaids (Jill’s sisters). Jill even wore a pink ribbon around her waist to tie in with her choice of colours, brilliant attention to detail!
The florist for the day was Claire Metcalfe who made gorgeous bouquets of pink and cream roses.
When we met Richard at Headlam Hall before the service, again we were struck by his calmness! Having been as involved in the planning of the wedding as Jill had been they probably had every eventuality covered! We always find that it’s the ones that take a back seat in the planning that panic on the day!
Unphased by the drizzle, Richard laughed and joked with his best man, ushers and family. We could tell that he couldn’t wait to marry his beautiful bride!
Jill and Richard had a beautiful service in Headlam Hall’s Edwardian Suite. With readings from Ruth Waistell (Jill’s sister) and Jack Crossley (Richard’s uncle) which brought lovely sentiments to their special day.
After the service Jill and Richard strolled down the covered walkway while their guests lined up either side and blew bubbles at them. This makes a lovely alternative to confetti. We then photographed the newly-weds with the cars, supplied by Special Day Wedding Cars.
After a bit of ‘down time’ with their guests and being entertained by the harpist Elisabeth Westhead, we took Jill and Richard around Headlam Hall’s wonderful grounds. So in love, Richard couldn’t keep his hands or eyes off Jill and we got some fantastic, romantic pictures of the two of them! Despite the drizzle (and with the power of photoshop!) all the pictures look as though they were taken on a beautiful Summer day. We are currently using one of their pictures on our website home page.
The Edwardian Suite looked amazing when we returned to photograph it ready for the wedding breakfast. Carrying on the theme of pink and cream roses, pink candles and chair covers Jill was thrilled with it. The adjoining room, the Stable Lounge, was decked with old photographs of the happy couple hanging from the ceiling and guests could help themselves to sweets and cupcakes as they enjoyed a drink.
Jill and Richard came to the studio just the other day to collect their photographs and were thrilled with them. They told us all about the rest of their wedding day and also their fantastic honeymoon at Cocoa Island in the Maldives, they had a great time and were sorry to return! The most romantic couple we have met in a long time, we hope that they are still just as romantic in many years time!