It was an absolute joy photographing this very special wedding at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn last summer. Katie and Adam are two of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. From the moment that we met, it was clear to see how much love they have for one another. I knew from the outset that I dearly wanted to shoot their wedding, and we were both delighted when they decided to book us.
A few months later we learned their amazing news that they were to become parents. Carefully, they together planned a very relaxed and informal wedding with outdoor ceremony, and the day went ahead without a hitch. Katie, the radiant bride and expectant mum looked incredible. Her tiny 20 week baby bump just showing. The look of love, joy and pride did not lift from Adam’s face the entire day. With all of their family and friends together in the same room, Adam, during the wedding speeches, announced the news that they were to have a daughter. The room erupted, and celebrations of not only their new marital status but also of their shared news lasted well into the night.
I am so happy to share these images with you, photographs of two beautiful people, about to begin the biggest adventure of their lives. Now, some months later, that adventure has already begun, they welcomed their little girl safely into the world at the beginning of December.
“2tone Photography were incredible. From Nigel meeting us in the morning and helping me and my groomsman through the difficult tasks of getting ready, to Christina's beautiful manner with us and our guests, we couldn't of wished for more, Thankyou so much from me and Katie .“
We are no strangers to photographing Chinese weddings in Newcastle. Over the years we have had the joy of attending and photographing countless Chinese weddings for local couples, and we have had the pleasure in creating long lasting friendships within the Newcastle Chinese community. We know and understand the traditional Chinese wedding customs, the fast paced fun of the day and we know that they are never the same twice.
Fiona and Rico’s big day was one such wedding. It was a feast for the eyes, Chinese wedding customs were combined with English wedding traditions resulting a multifaceted wedding day of fun and silliness, emotion and sincerity, elegance and romance.
The day started at Fiona’s family home. Inside, the ladies were busy getting ready, while outside, the street filled with family and friends, waiting for the boys to arrive. Moments after stepping out of the car, Rico was presented with a series of tasks set by the bridesmaids before being allowed entry into the house to collect his bride. The boys really got stuck into the challenges and luckily, they suitably impressed the girls. Once allowed inside, they all took part in the traditional tea ceremony before heading over to Rico’s parents home to perform the same ceremony with his family.
Later in the day, everyone poured over to Matfen Hall in Northumberland for their elegant and very English wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast.
Here are a few images from their day.
Our first wedding at Doxford Barns in Northumberland was for Sarah and Max. A stunning venue filled with rustic charm and perfect for lovers of the outdoors. Max met us as we arrived, getting out of the car, he pulled us in for a huge bear hug. Their warmth continued throughout the overcast late August day, brightened by their mutual cheerful and relaxed disposition. Two people so likeminded in every way, beginning their married life together.
Thank you to you both for your warmth and friendship, it was a joy to attend your beautiful wedding day.
How did you meet? How did he propose? What is your story?
"Max and I met at work. I worked in the box office of a music venue and he worked for the security that were contracted for events taking place there.
We were going on holiday to Center Parcs and he was locking the house up. I’d moved his bag into the back of the car and when he got in he started panicking about where his bag was. This was odd; he’s never normally like that. I had no idea why but then brushed it off and we headed off. When we got there we checked in as normal, and went for a walk. I didn’t have a clue he was about to propose but we stopped at one point in the forest and went down on one knee. Instead of crying or anything all I could do was laugh. Turns out he was panicking about his bag because it had the ring in it! I feel so awful now for laughing, sorry Max!"
What was the inspiration behind your wedding?
"We just wanted to have a day filled with fun and joy and laughter - a day the two families could really come together. Pinterest was also a big help!"
What was the most memorable or your favorite part of your wedding day?
"The most memorable part has to be the registrar calling Max by the wrong name in the middle of the ceremony! It was hilarious then and still is now! As for the favourite, the first dance was pretty special for us. One of our favourite songs played acoustically by my cousin. It was a beautiful rendition."
Why was photography important to you and why did you choose 2tone Photography?
"Photography was so important because it’s the way of capturing those little moments you may miss, forever, and telling your own story through images. We chose Nigel and Chrissie because, from meeting them once, we knew they could do just that for us."
Do you have any advice for brides and grooms who are currently in the planning process?
"Make sure your plans are for you, no one else. Everyone else will be happy for you both no matter what you plan. Take it easy in the immediate run-up to and on the day itself. Take a few minutes to just be together after you’re married. You’ll thank yourselves for it afterwards!"
What is your favourite part of being married now?
"Our favourite part of being married is just being together! Being able to share memories and planning our future together is so much fun."
Venue: Doxford Barns
The wedding dress: Ronald Joyce - Robyn - purchased at Something Special, Low Fell
The men's suits: Slaters Menswear
Wedding cake: Sarah’s mum
Flowers: Sarah’s mum
Hair and Make up: Hair: Danielle Hurst, make up: Sarah’s sister
Entertainment: DJ: AMV Live