I first met Rebecca and Ian last year at a wedding fayre and when they mentioned where they were to be getting married I knew it was a wedding I had to capture. I'd heard of The Crab and Lobster Pub and Crab Manor and knew it was stunning. The creative juices started flowing immediately.
So, on May Day Bank holiday 2012, the scene was set. At Rebecca's mums house in Hartlepool everyone seemed very calm but as Rebecca was getting the laces on her dress tied by her bridesmaids I could sense a few nerves creeping in. The atmosphere though remained relaxed.
A quick dash down the A19 to Crab Manor and the sun was shining. We'd been forecasted for heavy rain all day but so far, despite a few black clouds, mother nature was on our side. Ian, his best man and usher were in high spirits as they tried to figure out how to attach their button holes.
The ceremony was to take place in the conservatory of Crab Manor, a small intimate room which was beautifully light and airy. As Ian stood nervously with the registrar the guests arrived. All of them seemed to have the same expression....a wide eyed "wow!" look on their faces. To be honest it was the expression I had when I was looking around on my pre-wedding visit. It was truly stunning with a lot of French memorabilia and vines running across the roof of the conservatory.
When Rebecca arrived there were gasps as the guests and Ian saw her dress for the first time. Little did they know that the dress would produce more gasps later on. Ian looked stunned.
The rain started to fall soon after the ceremony started but Rebecca was determined to have photos taken out on the lawns so with umbrellas to hand we managed to get the few groups Rebecca and Ian wanted and then we headed off into the larger gardens. I hope my images have done the grounds justice. They are spectacular! By now the nerves had gone and Rebecca was grinning from ear to ear. Even when a passing bird scored a direct hit bang on the middle of her head she still screamed with laughter. After all, it's supposed to be good luck!!!
The guests were treated to a mouthwatering BBQ where steak, chicken and tuna were served up before the cake was cut. It looked mind blowing. I cannot begin to comprehend the workmanship that went into making it!
With the speeches done and a few more photos taken in the gardens, the men descended on the small golf course in the grounds while Rebecca nipped off to prepare for her next big surprise. As the evening guests arrived and the excuses about the underfoot conditions on the golf course were passed around Rebecca arrived. Everybody double took as she walked in with her dress altered to a knee length. It also allowed her to show off her prized Jimmy Choos! Ian's reaction by the casino table was priceless.
The first dance was to David Gray's Sail Away performed by the singer Lee Maddison (such a talented singer who was perched on a bar stool with just his guitar). The first dance perfected reflect the extremely relaxed nature of the day. No flashing lights, no loud speakers, just a couple deeply in love, slow dancing to a song sung by a man on his acoustic guitar. The perfect end to a perfect day....lovingly planned and organised by Rebecca. A wedding which truly had the wow factor.
Thank you for a marvellous day Rebecca and Ian. Have a fantastic honeymoon in the Maldives and I'll see you when you get back.
Venue - The Crab and Lobster, Asenby near Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Dress - Espera by Cymbeline from Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen
Shoes - Jimmy Choo
Cake - Celebration Cakes
Singer - Lee Maddison
Photography - Jamie Penfold