I clicked with Paige and Ant when I met them. Paige was all chatty and Anthony was super quiet. Opposites really do attract, and being the louder one in my own relationship I can really vouch for the fact that this does work well. I was excited to see how Paige’s creativity was going to be put to use in the wedding, and she blew me away with her attention to details in the planning of the engagement session.
We headed to a very sunny afternoon at Saltwell Park in Gateshead to set up a vintage inspired picnic. Paige even went to the trouble of baking her own cakes for it!
In addition to her bakery prowess, Paige had also made all of her own bunting from scratch. We sourced one of the picnic baskets and the vintage rug and china from Heather at Talking Point Events.
We had been joking around whilst making up the poms to hang in nearby tree before the shoot commenced, and laughing about the US tradition of covering each others faces in cake icing as part of the “cutting of the cake” tradition. So we gave it a go ourselves. Anthony wasn’t too impressed.
Living well and truly up to their sweet nature, Anthony proposed to Paige with a “Marry Me” Loveheart pendant. She made sure to wear it to the shoot, and you might spot it later on in the blog at the wedding.
Believe it or not, Anthony told me he really hated having his picture taken. Once we had broken the ice, I worked with this reservation by making sure we got totally natural shots of him. I always recommend this method of tackling camera-fear before a wedding, so that when the day rolls around having a camera pointing at you is not such a big deal. Developing that working trust with clients means these fears dissolve away.
Paige’s engagement ring is a gorgeous Sapphire stone surrounded by diamonds. Vintage chic in every way. I had to include a picture of the gorgeous cakes she made too.
So with a seal of approval on the Engagement Photography work, we were all set to rock it when the Wedding Day came around. That it did on Saturday 5th July, and it began with some seriously stormy weather too.
I arrived at Kirkley Hall to teams of suppliers and staff planning out ‘raining’ and ‘dry’ contingency plans. Meeting very cheerful Jon who was Videographer from Top Table Films, we both took a last minute scout around the hall before going to see Paige getting prepared. By the end of this, the sun was starting to break through, and staff seemed to be going with their ‘dry’ set of plans.
Paige and all of her girls were getting ready with Claire from Outrageous Nails doing Make up and Ashleigh from Femme Fatale doing all of the hair. Mum Debbie cracked open the champagne and preparations were officially underway.
Paige gave her Mam a gorgeous box with special poem on it, it made Debbie cry.
Paige’s Something Borrowed and something Blue was this gorgeous garter loaned to her by her Stepmam.
Paige had her gown and the bridesmaids dresses made by a family friend, Trish, who even went to the trouble of coming with them all to make sure they were all fully fitted before the walk up the aisle. Paige had managed to keep the gown completely secret from everyone, so when she was finally ready, she gave them all an even bigger surprise at seeing her in her bridal glory.
With all of the surprise build up to the big dress reveal, I had to include the bridesmaids reaction to Paige’s gown.
We were all very entertained by two doves that had decided to stay at the hall instead of returning back to their owner, following an earlier Wedding. I couldn’t believe how tame they both were, and having got many close up shots, we all agreed it seemed fair to christen them Paige and Anthony.
Just before we all left the room Paige gave her Dad a lovely gift. A special USB stick with a heartfelt poem on it.
With the weather at full Sunshine peak, it was time for Paige and her bridesmaids to begin their walk up the aisle. Guests all waited outside on the beautiful terrace of the Hall.
She walked up the aisle, although Anthony was indeed nervous, you could see his pride at how stunning his wife to be looked.
Both Paige and Anthony had a little giggle during their vows, Anthony made the classic mistake of being super keen to shout “I do” just a little too soon. Don’t worry Ant, I’ve seen this many times before.
I gathered the full bridal party onto the terrace lawn for a slightly different type of guest group shot. Sprawling out and at different heights, this shot was really fun for me to capture.
I love these two shots of parents kissing their children, makes for a super cute set,
I have pulled together this compilation of all of Paige’s hard work at making the day theme together.
Before we knew it, it was time for the speeches, they were very entertaining, especially Paige’s Dad, who had a wealth of pre-made props at his disposal,
Their beautiful cake
And personalized puddings, a gift from the chef.
Paige and Anthony just left for their mini-moon today, so I do hope this finds them once they’ve settled in. May I take this opportunity to tell you both that it has been a real joy to work with you so far, and I am really looking forward to helping you design your album and finished pieces from the Wedding.
Congratulations guys, and may your marriage be every bit as sweet as your Wedding Day.
Love Laura xxx
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