Lauren and Jonathan - 20th August 2016 - Stephen Beecroft

A lovely Saturday in the middle of August I headed up North to a lovely country Wedding Venue just North of Wooler.

Cuddystone Hall is situated in North Northumberland on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills, an area of renowned beauty. The estate extends to some 12,000 acres and lies entirely within the Northumberland National Park.

It is an amazing venue that is surrounded by fantastic scenery. Lauren and Jonathan reside in New Zealand so for them to find this remote location is all the more remarkable. 

Because of where they live our communications were via email before I met them for the first time about a week before their ceremony. I knew I had to make sure I had all of the details and plans for the day in such a short space of time. 


Setting off early I picked up my Assistant for the day - Richard Davison - and we headed up. The weather was a bit of everything and we couldn't quite work out what we were going to expect.

We found the cottage Lauren and her bridesmaids were staying in and we began to photograph the details and the Bridal preparations. 

Next we headed along to have our first view of the actual Wedding venue and meet up with Jonathan. A windy road led us from the cottage to the hall. As we approached I understood why you would pick this place. The views are spectacular and remoteness added to making the venue into a very special place.  

Photographing the details and the venue we moved onto the Groom and the rest of the guys. It was interesting to see the Groom taking such an overview of the catering. We could hardly get him out of the kitchen to get some photos! 


Heading back along to the cottage I wanted to get some photos of Lauren and her immediate family ready before they headed to their ceremony. 

Cuddystone Hall is a well lit venue for a ceremony so we had no problems lighting wise. I covered predominantly the front and Richard covered the back of the hall for me. As mentioned it was a lovely touch to have the couple known the registrar. I suppose it makes the ceremony more personal and memorable. Especially as they were also invited guests for the full day.

After the ceremony we headed outside to do the formal group photos. The conditions were exactly what we wanted, some lovely clouds just taking the edge off the harsh sun. We had a relatively short list so we were able to get through them quickly. Especially since nobody could exactly wander off and go missing which can sometimes happen.

We were invited to have a meal in the marquee at a table with the rest of the guests which was a really appreciated touch. We were soon back to work photographing the speeches. There was a great mix of humour and emotion from all of the speakers even if Jonothan wouldn't let his brother bestman get his words out without kept interrupting him.

We had some time to get some photos of the guests relaxing and utilising the bouncy castle and outside games. We then were able to take the couple further down the road to allow them some time to relax and allow us to get some photos of just the couple. Just driving a little way down the road we were met with more beautiful scenery including some lovely feature tress and a small lake.

Something I am trying to do now I have an even wider lens is at all my weddings where there is some spectacular scenery is capture an image making the bride and groom very small in the final image surrounded by their location.

Although I could have photographed the couple for hours with all of this scenery we had to eventually take them back to the hall for their night time reception. We photographed the cutting of their cake and then their first dance as a married couple.

Thanks very much Lauren and Jonathan for booking me to photograph your special day.

Thanks to Richard Davison for being my assistant photographer on the day.

Here are a few more images from the day.

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