Who would have thought with the weather we have suffered recently that Saturday would have turned into an idyllic day for a winter wedding. Friday evening and overnight saw a significant snowfall which had me slightly concerned about whether it would be possible to get to the wedding. I always try to consider every eventuality to minimise the risk of being able to photograph a wedding day. I therefore chose a car which allowed the fitment of run-flat tyres so that if I were to suffer a puncture on a wedding day, I can still get to where I need to be and sort out the puncture later. Saturday however, was one of those days where I started to wish I had looked at a 4×4. Having said that I prepared for the weather, and was up at an early hour to even consider walking if need be to ensure I got to the wedding on time. Neither the 4×4 or walking was necessary as I set off in plenty of time and got to Allerton a good 30 minutes before I needed to be there, and with the whole wedding day set in one location it made things much simpler.
With the overnight snow and a relatively bright sunny day on Saturday, Allerton Castle looked ever the impressive castle fit for even the most discerning clientele. Mariola & Christian married at 2pm, with approximately 100 guests in attendance, and Allerton Castle easily has the capacity accommodate that many guests. Some photographers apparently complain that the main hall is too dark with its dark wood oak panelling and limited windows to let in light, but I for one think the combination of limited lighting and wood panelling make for an inviting warm cosy environment for a wedding, even more so on a winter wedding day. In fact I thoroughly enjoy working at Allerton Castle due to its stunning architecture, subtle lighting, and stunning location. When using flash lighting indoors I have to be careful not to get reflection from the oak panelling, but providing I do not photograph straight at the panelled walls, there is not a problem.
Mariola & Christian are a lovely couple, and the whole day was very relaxed. For me as a photographer that is great as it gives me a lot of freedom to capture the photographs I need to as well as to try something creative and different. Mariola & Christian were also more than happy to take advantage of the day and have some photographs outside. We were limited on where we could go but made the most of the opportunity to be outside. Sophie & Lyndsey from Dine Services as always were great at organising the wedding and making sure everything went without a problem. It is always a pleasure to work with them. A mention must also go to Emma White who played some lovely piano music throughout the ceremony and the whole of the drinks reception.
Mariola & Christian both have an interest in skiing and are away for a few days now on a mini skiing honeymoon break, though I believe they are planning a Mountain Biking honeymoon later in the year. That is my kind of holiday. I wish them a lovely time away and I look forward to seeing them when they return. In the meantime here is a selection of highlights from their wedding day.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Wedding Photographer Yorkshire)
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