Sam was a much loved wedding co ordinator at Beamish Hall for many years and Nigel and I have known her for a very long time, so naturally we jumped at the chance to photograph her very own wedding day when she got in touch to ask. The icing on the cake was to find out that they had also chosen Durham School Chapel, the very same chapel that Nigel and I were married in seven and a half years ago and were going to be married by Barnaby, our much beloved vicar who also married us.
I started the day with Sam and her bridesmaids at Beamish Hall as she prepared for her ceremony.
Nigel met Liam and the groomsmen at Durham School chapel, right in the heart of the ancient city of Durham
Nigel, and Liam a few years later both attended services here on a regular basis when they were Durham School students, and so not only is this a beautiful building sited in a spectacular location, but it also holds a lot of meaning and personal history for the groom.
Graphic designer Liam designed all of their invites, stationary and message boards himself, along with their orders of service which told their story in clever typography.
Their autumn wedding ceremony made for a warm and cosy, inviting atmosphere. The hurricane lanterns lining the aisle flickered as the light faded.
Before heading off to Beamish Hall we all made time for a quick photograph of all attending.
Beamish Hall, Co Durham looking gorgeous in the late afternoon light
Our stunning couple at the venue that Sam co ordinated so many other weddings before her own.
With the help our friend Helen Craggs of Beamish extras, Sam and Liam did a wonderful job of decorating the winter gardens. The paper honeycomb balls suspended from the ceiling were really effective and looked even better as soon as the disco lights went on.
The party started and the whole house came alive
Congratulations to a wonderful couple, Sam and Liam it was a joy to spend the day with you both.