Sarah & Matthew were married at Headlam Hall Hotel on 30th August 2011. Headlam Hall is a beautiful 17th century country mansion near Darlington. A definite favourite venue of ours, we photograph weddings there very often and are always amazed at how well Andrew and his team organise their couples big days and at how gorgeous the grounds always look.

The weather on Sarah & Matthew’s wedding day was bad to say the least! Grey and overcast with the constant threat of rain was not ideal wedding weather but nobody was going to let another terrible British summer spoil the day!

As this was a two photographer wedding, Ann went to Sarah’s parent’s house to photograph the ‘bride at home’ whilst Jane went to Headlam Hall to photograph the ‘groom at home’. Ann found Sarah, her family and bridesmaids feeling happy and relaxed. The colours that Sarah had chosen for the wedding were beautiful, pastel pinks and blues that gave a really delicately fresh feel and Sarah looked lovely in her dress from Sorelle Bridal Boutique in Sedgefield. As well as her gorgeous dress and flowers, Sarah was lucky enough to have a handmade headdress made by none other than her, very talented, mum!
Just like Sarah, Matthew was relaxed and joking with his grooms men and family before the service. They all helped each other put ties on correctly and attach button holes (more difficult than you might imagine!) and eventually looked really smart in their attire from Baker Hire.

As Sarah arrived at Headlam Hall in her car from Durham Wedding Cars the heavens started to open but Andrew was on hand with an umbrella to stop her getting wet! The service was lovely, as ever, in the Edwardian Suite and heart felt readings from Matthew’s Dad and Neil Hodgson made a really nice touch to the service. After the service the rain was quite heavy so Ann and Jane took some great casual shots of people enjoying themselves in the Stable Lounge then as soon as the rain eased slightly they took Sarah and Matthew around the grounds and got some great shots, despite the weather, helped afterwards of course by the power of photoshop! We made use of the canopy over the walkway for the group shots and Headlam Hall had put up a really beautiful gazebo which was a great idea and ideal to have your photograph taken underneath!

The room looked gorgeous ready for the wedding breakfast, finished with beautiful decorations around the wine glasses again made by Sarah’s mum. At the reception guests were entertained by Sarah’s brother’s band ‘All Eyes To The Saint’ and the happy couple had a fantastic honeymoon in Crete. They were thrilled with their wedding photographs and so was Andrew who will be using some of them for the new Headlam Hall DVD that they send to prospective wedding clients.

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