Debbie & Tom met us at a wedding fair where we were exhibiting. They liked our work and the package we had available so booked us a little while later for their wedding photography at Dissington Hall in December. Originally they had booked their wedding at Longhirst Hall and sadly were one of the couples let down when the venue suddenly closed down. Fortunately they were able to get booked at a new venue for the same date!
Dissington Hall is a lovely venue, we were sad to hear that they have now stopped taking wedding bookings, so it was lovely we got to photograph one there before they stopped!
Debbie had hair done at home before arriving at the venue and was putting final touches to make up. She had her bridesmaids with her as well as her daughter. The couple’s son was with Tom for the morning, while their daughter was with the girls. The kids were all excited!
Dresses were being put on and jewellery fastened, Debbie’s dad arrived at the room ready to walk her down the aisle.
With everyone ready and Debbie was dressed in her bridal gown it was time to head downstairs for the ceremony
The bridal procession made their way down the stairs and Debbie entered the room on the arm of her dad.
Debbie and Tom made their vows to each other and wedding rings were exchanged between them. The couple had their first kiss as husband and wife and the register was signed. After they walked up the aisle looking very happy everyone had a drinks reception in the bar area.
We had some group photos with the family and friends in one of the gorgeous rooms as it was freezing outside!
We left the guests enjoying their drinks and chatting to each other and headed outside for a short walk around the grounds to catch some gorgeous photos of the newlyweds together.
The weather was on our side for all it was freezing cold it was a clear day and there was no rain, not bad for just after Christmas!
We had some shots with the beautiful hall in the background, and used the beautiful scenic countryside as a backdrop for some pretty poses. We didn’t stay out for too long due to the temperature, Debbie and Emily also had a few shots with our vintage parasol’s for some cute mum and daughter pictures! We had a few more shots indoors in the rooms and on the staircase with the kids too.
We headed back into the hall for the meal and speeches.
We headed up to the reception room, which was a marquee, ready for the speeches and the meal. The room was dressed with a Christmassy feel with blue being the theme, there were snowflakes on the cake and even sweet little bauble place card holders.
The couple had a receiving line and greeted their guests as they entered the room and cut their cake in front of all the guests first then everyone took their seats ready for the speeches to start.
Father of the bride went first and had some lovely words to say about the couple. Tom went next and thanked everyone for coming and gave out thank you gifts and said how happy he was for Debbie to be his wife. The best man took the stage last with some funny tales to tell about Tom that gave everyone a giggle! Now the speeches were over everyone settled down for their amazing meal.
We then took a break to let everyone enjoy their food and we got to work on a selection of the images from the day so far so they could be ready to go up on our projector for the evening reception guests to see! We love our projector service, it’s a wonderful way to include evening guests in everything that happened during the day time and a great talking point for guests too, as well as giving the Bride and Groom a sneaky peak at what’s to come!
After the meal the guests made their way to the bar while the room was set up ready for the evening celebrations. The DJ was set up and ready for the party to begin, the projector was up displaying the images for guests to see. The kids had a great time running around the dance floor chasing the lights and Emily was having lots of fun with granddad on the dance floor.
Mr and Mrs McMasterhit the dance floor for their first dance as newlyweds. We set off one of our fun confetti cannons to add a bit of fun to the first dance pictures (please let us know if you want us to supply one of these for your first dance! They make amazing first dance pictures!)
Other couples joined them on the dance floor and the DJ got people up on to strut their stuff, and everyone was having a great time and were still enjoying themselves when we headed off home!
It was a lovely day for all involved, a great celebration after the festivities of Christmas. We had a great day at a stunning venue with a lovely family. We hope they love their photos. Thanks to Debbie & Tom for choosing us to photograph their wedding day and allow us to capture their memories.
We wish you all the best for the future, here’s to many happy years together!