Vicki and Lee's wedding ceremony was going to take place at the beautiful St Bartholomew's Church in Newcastle followed by reception at the stunning Dissington Hall in Northumberland. In the run up to their big day, they had been a photographer's dream customer. Plenty of ideas being thrown my way, open to suggestions from me and most of all very enthusiastic about their images.
I arrived at Vicki and Lee's house for the bridal prep shots and immediately found myself double taking. Having been welcomed into the house by Vicki, she disappeared upstairs and then reappeared but had managed to get changed in the blink of an eye from her tracksuit into a dark blue gown. I was about to comment on the speed when I thought I was starting to see double! Yup, Vicki has a twin sister! "Meet my twin" she said with a chuckle.
Upstairs there was the usual commotion with all the bridesmaids getting ready and downstairs in the sitting room, Vicki's dad sat quietly, nervously working through his speech. I gave my usual advice of "You'll be fine, everyone is on your side so just relax"....words which had helped me through a best mans speech the previous May.
With everyone settling down inside the church, Vicki arrived. The sun was shining as Vicki walked from the car to the church doors. It was breathtaking as she stood in the doorway with the sun shining in from behind her, creating a superb silhouette.
The ceremony itself was quite simple with the usual mixture of laughs and warm heart felt moments. There's something about St Bart'. I always get lost looking at the woodwork of the ceiling and the stone arches. And with the sunlight streaming in, it made it look so much more magical than normal.
After the ceremony, confetti and bubbles we headed over to Dissington Hall with me leading a convoy of 4 cars of guests.....on the A1 Western Bypass I did lose myself while singing along to Chesney Hawkes (on the radio, not my music collection). I'd completely forgotten I had people following!!!! Thankfully nobody got lost.
The Hall still had the Christmas decorations in place. If you've never been to Dissington Hall before I suggest you go over and have a look. It's amazing. A Georgian style hall set in the middle of rural Northumberland surrounded by trees and parks. And with the late afternoon sun shining on it, it looked haunting! Mulled wine was on offer for the guests so there was the smell of cinnamon wafting around mixed with the smell of smoke from the open fire.
For more information about Dissington Hall please visit www.dissingtonhall.co.uk/ or go along to their wedding fayre on March 4th 2012 between Noon and 4pm.