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The Wedding of Katie & Andrew at The White Hart in Lydgate


 Kate and Andrew were married recently at Christ Church in Friezland, with a reception at The White Hart in Lydgate; allowing me to share with you an example of my being a White Hart wedding photographer, sourced and commissioned from finding me featured in  Little White Books.


When I arrived at Kate’s house, she was (literally) in the safe hands of talented make up artist Nina Wren, along with her four bridesmaids. With clockwork precision, the flowers duly arrived, safely delivered in the now famous Red Floral Architecture van, and Mat and the team yet again didn’t fail to impress everyone with the ‘wow’ factor only they produce – sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – nobody comes close to Mat and the team when they’re in full tilt on a wedding. The arrangements – both at the venue, and the church plus the overall design and ‘feel’  is just stunning. Maybe one day, somebody will prove me wrong… 😉 Whilst I was at Kate HQ, my colleague Jason was a mile or two down the road with the groomsmen. Between us, the four Nikons and a bag full of prime lenses, we were busy from the word go…


A phone call from the Far East, half expected came in as Kate was halfway through her makeup and hair preparations. Totally live and unstaged, I love this shot of Kate talking to her friend on speakerphone! With me on videography duties was John Wilson – highly regarded as a top quality wedding videographer.


Meanwhile back at Andrew HQ, the usual ‘stress’ of positioning and fastening buttonholes was well underway. I’m asked every week…I still don’t know! 😉


I rarely work with a second photographer, unless client requests, or geographics dictate. This was one occasion where  client wanted more time spent ‘on camera’ with both her and Andrew, so I got to spend some quality time shooting some natural portraits of Kate as she was ready to leave for Church…


Wedding cars came via Horgan’s – and what else to drive Kate (or Katie as she’s known to her friends) than this little number with her name on the side! A top choice, expertly driven by Steve! (Well, he never gets a mention…)

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From church, it was a whistle-stop trip to a small vantage point overlooking Saddleworth for a few formal images. Great fun trying to get Katie over a style surrounded by barbed wire. Proper trooper though, that lass – nailed it perfectly without even a spot of mud on her beautiful dress! Battling the early afternoon sun, I opted for a bit of fill-flash. Not my usual style, but perfectly fitting for Kate and Andrew’s style of wedding coverage.


After thirty minutes, we were at The White Hart for the reception, played in by a stunning string quartet – the happy couple, not me! Then off to the wedding breakfast room, stunning and typical of Red Floral Architecture….a mini hanging gardens of Babylon. Just beautiful – and I know nowt about flowies… 😉


With the wedding breakfast and speeches finished, we, yet again – jumped a wall and a style / barbed wire fence combination for a few sunset images….and the video cameramen had to come along too, cameras, tripods, all over the dry stone wall….organised chaos, but well worth it. Thanks Kate & Andrew (again).


And there we have it – a brilliant, fun-filled day at a stunning rural wedding venue.

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