Shooting Weddings at The Hallmark Hotel is always a great experience – the hotel is a big fave in the East Riding and wider Yorkshire area – it’s a contemporary venue with lots to offer couples who want the best in hospitality, sculpted grounds and super atmosphere.
We joined Alex and Rachel on Saturday just gone to capture their special day at The Hallmark Hotel and we had an absolute blast.
Our day started early with the boys’ preparations who were ahead of the game and just about suited and booted when we arrived – eager beavers or what! We helped the boys finish off the bits that were outside of their comfort zone – namely, cravats and button hole flowers. We’ve been photographing weddings for almost 15 years and we never get tired of helping those poor defenceless groomsmen, our years of experience are always appreciated when the fingers and thumbs get tangled!
Once the guys were ready and we’d created portraits inside the house, I took them outside to cool the down and get into the cool, lit portraits but there was first to be a surprise from our bride. She’d organised for a very special car to take our groom and the boys to the Hallmark Hotel – a long wheel based Jaguar XJ in silver, supplied and expertly driven by our good friend Howard over at Silver Lane Wedding Cars. it’s a new vehicle for him and is absolutely perfect for transporting/your VIPs and/or bridal party on anybody’s wedding day. Alex’s face was a real picture when he saw the Jag parked up on the green outside his house and it made an ace set of pictures for the boys.
Once we’d finished up with the boys, we headed over to the Hallmark Hotel to photograph Rachel’s final preparations. The girls were all just about done in hair and make-up when we arrived so it was a chilled morning photographing moments as the wedding drew closer and closer. Once Rachel was dressed, she took on a beautiful radiance of a young women who was totally ready to gallup down that aisle!
I was so happy for Alex and Rachel, we managed to completely avoid bad weather, even though the 2 times we met to shoot pre-wedding photos, it rained and the forecast said it would rain on the wedding day – we said. ”No Way Mother Nature’! We get everything done and just as we shot the last frames, the heavens opened – we won!
The wedding ceremony was held in the Merlot Suite and to see Alex’s face when he turned to watch his bride walk down the aisle towards towards him was a real treat! A kiss sealed the deal and we had a new Mr and Mrs Cooper – Huzzah!
The rest of the festivities went exactly to plan and the bride and groom really enjoyed the rest of their wedding celebrations when their friends joined them in the evening to party the night away. We left as the temperature was rising on the dance floor and some very special dance moves were being thrown down – we even cut a little rug ourselves!
We want to wish Rachel and Alex all the very best for a lovely life together, they have a ‘mini moon’ in Fueteventura to look forward to after the weekend and will pick up the keys for their new house on their return and then’ they’ll venture to St Lucia for their ‘big honeymoon’ later in the year. These guys deserve the best life!
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