The Village hotel
Jill & Adi found us while looking for a wedding photographer for their wedding at The Village Hotel Newcastle. We work regularly at this venue and its one of our favourites! They got married at the lovely Earsdon Chapel then had their reception at The Village Hotel.
Jill was getting ready at home with her bridesmaids and son, when we arrived hair and makeup was underway and everyone was looking beautiful in their dressing gowns with their titles on. There were plenty of drinks flowing and the nerves were starting to kick in a little.
Jill’s son was to give her away and nick found him struggling a little with his cuffs and braces! But after a bit of assistance and a lot of laughs he was all sorted and looking pretty sharp! Jill’s hair had been expertly curled and styled beautifully she was ready for her dress.
Jill was helped into her gown dress by her bridesmaids, with her look complete by adding shoes and jewellery the bride looked amazing and she was ready to go!
When we arrived at the Chapel in Earsdon Adi was waiting with his best man- they needed their cravats sorting out (so many people struggle with them!) but were looking good in their suits greeting guests. The weather was on side with the sun shining- they feel it was Jill’s dad watching over her giving them luck!
The bridal party had arrived so the guys took their position at the front of the room for the ceremony to start.
The couple made their wedding vows to each other and there were a few different hymns sung. We must say the vicar gave a lovely service. They exchanged wedding rings. It was then announced the groom could kiss his beautiful bride and they were officially married!
The formalities of signing the register were completed then everyone headed outside ready to head off to the next venue- The Village Hotel.
This is a great time to have your photos done together as a couple as guests are less likely to miss you as they will be getting a drink, freshening up, and chatting about the day so far when they arrive at the hotel.
The Romantic Couple’s Portraits
The Village Hotel is often underestimated as a wedding venue due to its location. It actually has a lot to use! We took the couple over the road to the Rising Sun Country Park for some gorgeous shots next to the lake in picturesque surroundings and did a few shots with the vintage car in the car park area.
We then headed back over to the hotel to get some quirky shots inside the Hotel Restaurant. Wedding Photography in the Buca Restaurant is always a little different and gives some unique images which are great. We did some photos with the couple, and then Adi brought his groomsmen round for some fun shots with cards around the godfather table.
By the time we were finished with all the photo fun it was time to head to the Inspiration suite for the speeches and wedding breakfast.
The room looked fab decorated with pretty centre pieces and the guests were all being seated.
The speeches were short and sweet and there was a bit of an emotional speech from Adi’s sister which was lovely and heartfelt. Everyone involved did a great job.
We then took a break to let everyone enjoy their food and we got to work on a selection of the images from the day so far so they could be ready to go up on our projector for the evening reception guests to see! We love our Image Projector service as it’s a wonderful way to include evening guests in everything that happened during the day time and a great talking point for guests too, as well as giving the Bride and Groom a sneaky peak at what’s to come!
After the meal the guests made their way back out to the bar area while the room was set up ready for the evening celebrations. We try to keep the family formal photos brief so guest don’t get bored, it usually takes around half an hour, we managed to get them done after the meal before everyone arrived for the evening as this worked out best timing wise on the day. Everyone's wedding is different so things need to be done where they fit in best!
The DJ arrived to set up and the dance floor was put down down to get ready for the party to begin, the projector was up displaying the images for guests to see, and we also had our PropStudio set up for some silly pictures with props for the night! The PropStudio photos are uploaded to our facebook page by the following morning for guests to share and tag themselves- it’s a lot of fun for your guests! We also had a signing frame out as a guest book alternative for everyone to leave messages to the happy couple.
After the cutting of the cake was done Mr and Mrs Laverick stepped onto the dance floor for their first dance as newlyweds. We set off one of our confetti cannons to add to the first dance fun.
A lot of people were on the dance floor which made for some great pictures and everyone was having a lot of fun! They were still enjoying themselves when we headed off home!
Overall it was a great day for everyone with lots of genuine emotion and we had a great time. We hope they like their photos and had a great day, we certainly enjoyed capturing them!
Thanks to Jill and Adi for choosing us to photograph their wedding day, we wish you all the best for the future together as Mr & Mrs Laverick!