Kyle and Cassandra chose the fairytale venue of Alnwick Treehouse for their winter wedding. This wedding had been in my diary for sometime and I had really been looking forward to it. The ceremony was late in he day, and I knew that it would be pitch black when Cassandra arrived at the venue. This meant that we would be working under artificial light to capture their special day.
I arrived, with my assistant Callum, at a location just outside of Alnwick, where he wedding part had spent the previous night in various lodges. We met up with Cassandra and started to photograph the bridesmaids and some of the wedding details. Cassandra had arranged a very country themed mode of transport to take her to the Treehouse – a vintage Landrover.
I took Callum to meet Kyle at a pub in Alnwick, where we spent the next few hours before heading to the Treehouse.
I made my way ahead of the wedding party to set up at the Treehouse and to photograph some of the wedding guests. When we arrived we saw just how dark the venue was and how technically difficult he photography was going to become. However it was obvious why a couple would choose to hold heir wedding ceremony in such a romantic setting.
We went out to meet the bridal party, who were arriving in the Landrover, and saw for the first time the full effects of the lights in the bouquets. This was such an unusual idea but very effective for the time of year.
Inside the packed Treehouse the guests were standing very close to the bride and groom, this made for a very intimate ceremony. To capture the ceremony I had to crouch on the floor right in front of the couple, so as not to obstruct the view for any of the guests.
The couple had full run of the Treehouse, so whilst the staff set up for the wedding breakfast I took some portraits of Kyle and Cassandra. I had spoken to the couple before the wedding to plan some locations, as well as some of the wedding details they wanted captured.
The Treehouse was lovely for the ceremony, but when it was set up for the reception it was spectacular. Below are a few details of the room.
Next was the speeches, with some particularly funny stories told about Kyle by his two best men.
The nighttime party was slightly different to other weddings I had photographed, with a saxophonist and banjo player to entertain the guests. The instruments were lit up as they were played, as you can see below.
I would like to thank Cassandra and Kyle for allowing me to be a photograph their special day, and I wish them the the very best for the future.
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