Over the years I think I have got to know Kate and Andy quite well through my time at the company I used to work at before going full time as a professional photographer. I knew they had a mutual love of Formula 1, so it came as no surprise that when they went for a short break to Monaco, back came the news that Andy had proposed next to the Grand Prix circuit.
When they asked me if I was available to capture their special day I wasn't going to say no. Their wedding was to be held at the stunning Langley Castle, my favourite wedding venue. We met regularly over the 12 months before the big day and what struck me was that Kate had a very definite idea about what she wanted in terms of her wedding photography and how she wanted her special day captured.
And then, sitting one evening, eating my tea, I was watching the local BBC News. I wasn't really paying attention to what was on when I saw Kate and Andy on the screen, walking hand in hand up the drive to Langley Castle. Donna Redfearn from North East Wedding Planners was doing a feature about the wedding industry, and as she was helping Kate and Andy with their wedding plans, decided to feature them.
So to the big day! Where to begin? Well, I suppose with the rain. My heart sank as I had so many plans for the photos which was to incorporate the stunning surroundings of Langley Castle. It's too good a venue to simply shoot indoors. More of that later!
Inside, Kate was getting make up sorted. "It all seems so real now you're here" she said as I entered the room to begin the bridal prep shots. The dress was hanging from a four poster bed and looked amazing. It would look amazing with the shot I had in my mind for later in the day.
Kate and Andy - I'd like to wish you both all the best for your future together! It was a really pleasure capturing your day for you!