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May 24, 2016

BEVERLEY MINSTER WEDDING WITH RECEPTION AT ROWLEY MANOR – ELENA AND MATTHEW

We're going back a few months in time to our first wedding of the year with the wonderful Elena and Matthew. These guys got married at Beverley Minster, following in the footsteps of Matthew's parents who also married there many years ago. Their wedding reception was at Rowley Manor which always has the most amazing winter wonderland feel with mulled wine, roaring fires and hot drinks on arrival for the wedding party.

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When we first spoke to Elena and Matthew, we recognised a little of ourselves in their interests and their wedding plans - a love of Tolkien, Shakespeare, board games, the aurora borealis and all things fantastical. We absolutely loved their wedding plans because of the way they incorporated their favourite things.
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When we arrived at Rowley Manor everything was quiet, peaceful and calm while Elena had her hair and makeup done by Bows. Elena is Russian and there was a lot of chatter with her family and friends we didn't understand, but we did get a brief lesson in Russian etiquette and that saying "hello" is very difficult!
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Meanwhile, Matthew got ready at his parents' house, carefully tracking the weather. This resulted in the accidental discovery that Leeds apparently has an anti-rain defence forcefield - where everywhere in Yorkshire expected rainfall, Leeds did not!
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Elena is one of our calmer brides, seemingly unphased by what was unfolding, and listening to her mother telling her how proud she was of Elena and how brave she would be for walking down the aisle by herself - it was rather sweet.
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At Beverley Minster, the walk down the aisle is a very long walk but Elena aced it and Matthew couldn't have looked happier to greet his bride. It was pretty amazing to hear the Waltz of the Flowers played on the organ during their ceremony too.
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When we got to Rowley Manor it was warm, cosy and inviting; a stark comparison to the fresh breezes that everyone had encountered outside the Minster for the group shots. Whilst Elena and Matthew were having a bit of time to themselves in the wedding car, everyone was warming up by the fire, drinking mulled wine while preparations were made for the Bread and Salt ceremony.
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As you can see Rowley Manor really is a picture perfect Yorkshire wedding venue, especially for winter weddings!
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A Bread and Salt ceremony is a Russian tradition where the bread represents hospitality and salt represents prosperity. The offering of bread and salt is traditionally presented to the bride and groom by their parents before the newlyweds enter the reception hall. The bride and groom must feed each other and both take a bite of the bread to symbolise their care for each other and that they'll never be without life's necessities - cute, isn't it?
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These guys had Smaug the dragon for a wedding cake. And they cut the cake/ slayed the dragon with that sword. There was a moment we were a little nervous for Elena when Matthew started showing us some of his moves with the sword.
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Some of the reactions to the speeches were the funniest we've seen in a while - the best man (Matthew's brother) made an amazing speech that had everyone in stitches.

Then there were fireworks, with thank to the Fireworkers, who put on an amazing display - this was a true surprise for the wedding guests. Obviously, we were in on the secret and helped keep the fireworks a surprise which is always great fun and for a moment the guests think you're the worst photographer in the world... all worth it in the end though.

 
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The evening's entertainment was a fantastic Ceilidh dance with Hessle Ceilidh band, and Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit, here in the above picture, are members of the Tolkien society stuck on a particular question if you weren't sure what was going on!
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Fantastic wedding - thank you, Elena and Matthew
May 4, 2016

STYLED SHOOT AT DUNEDIN COUNTRY HOUSE

                  This is something new for us as we don't usually do styled shoots. Being documentary wedding photographers we don't like to pose people but we'd been talking to some really great local suppliers and we've always thought styled shoots look like they could be fun.
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We would like to thank Dunedin Country House, Bows HairLove Blooms Florist and Amore Headwear, all based in Hull and East Yorkshire, for working with us. Also, special thanks to Claire O'Neal too for supplying dresses and table accessories.
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Dunedin Country House in Patrington is one of our favourite Hull wedding venues. Not only do we love it's boutique style and decor, the staff are great; welcoming, professional yet totally relaxed and the service on your wedding day is actually amazing...
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As you can see above, it's a bit different to the usual hotel style rooms found at a lot of venues and each room is totally different.
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Bows Hair based in Anlaby have a very specific talent for making beautiful hair and makeup look totally effortless. Jenni wouldn't have been without their advice for our wedding day (and in general, her hair looks ace) and we have lots of brides who would certainly say the same, these ladies are very talented.
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Amore Headwear is based in Beverley, Joanne creates bespoke jewellery pieces, here's a selection of some of our favourites :)
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Then there's the inspired Love Blooms based in Beverley. Julie is really innovative with her designs and choice of colours. We love the bright styling with quirky details. If you're looking for something really unique for your flowers, Julie has so many great ideas that she would love to bring to life.
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Last but not least, we need to thank our beautiful  models Holly and Tanya who were so incredible on the day that we took them to dope burger for tea!
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The only thing we had in mind when putting this shoot together was fun, we wanted to see what would work and what might not in a styled wedding shoot. If we're being really critical it's a little rough around the edges but that's us all over, we love a bit of chaos and letting things work themselves out organically. Even when we plan things, we just can't seem to get away from a bit of reportage photography. :)
January 24, 2016

SALTMARSHE HALL WEDDING OPEN DAY

Saltmarshe Hall were having a wedding open day and as we'd recently booked clients at this wedding venue we thought we should pop over and have another look. 37 Jenni had photographed a wedding here but I hadn't visited before so we asked Charlotte if it would be ok to pop in and have a nosey and take some discreet photos. 41 As you can see this is a really beautiful venue and I'm seriously impressed. It has similar styling to another local venue we've shot at (Rise Hall) but with a bit more charm and intimacy. The finish on the decor is really something, it feels light and airy but still maintains it's heritage. 45 It seems a bit silly, but look at these radiators! The full house from top to bottom carries these little details through and you'll feel like you're in an interior design magazine, with the wedding dressing added to the rooms it just exudes luxury. 49 As for the grounds there isn't really much missing, the gardens are well designed and ideal for guests to hang out in, great views and also some secret garden areas, the space is used very well and offers many options for wedding photographs and more. 53 It was great to bump into this year's and past year's clients who were looking with their families at the venue, as well as waving at the random couple who were looking out of an upstairs window while we took these outside photos. Wedding dressing by https://www.alloccasionsflorists.co.uk/ Wedding venue if you've missed the headline is https://www.saltmarshehall.com/ Those lovely looking musicians are https://www.eventmusic.co.uk/ If we can take these photos on a grey day in January then just imagine what it will be like in the summer.
January 19, 2016

ELENA AND MATTHEW – ROWLEY MANOR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

Elena and Matthew will soon to be getting married at Beverley Minster followed by a reception at Rowley Manor.They had traveled up from London to finalise a few details at the venue where we met them in person for the first time, on what was an extremely blustery day. 57 Rowley Manor is one of our favourite wedding venues in Hull and Beverley, it's got such a warm and classic feel with Georgian features and details. It seems to certainly suit Elena and Matthew with their plans. We'd love to tell you but we're thinking it would be easier to show you the wedding photos! 61 Now this was a short and sweet photo shoot, considering it was too windy for Matthew to put his umbrella up and Jenni was close to being carried away in the gale, we decided to make our way back inside. 65 Then it was a case of having a chat about the solar system, hacking, northern lights... sorry, we mean wedding plans... We're very much looking forward to this wedding, dragons and all! 69 This will be a great start to our year and return to Rowley Manor whatever the weather brings!