Lyndsay and Mathew - 23rd August 2015 - Stephen Beecroft

I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Mathew and Lyndsay recently. They were granted a lovely summer's day for their nuptials. We started off at the mother of the bride’s house with the bride, 6 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls. The champagne was soon flowing whilst hair and make-up was being seen to.

After a few bridal portraits in the garden I was soon on my way to St. Wilfrid’s Church in Blyth for the ceremony. I have photographed at St. Wilfrid’s Church before, the architecture and the stained glass windows overlooking the altar mean it really is a beautiful location to get married. While the guests were arriving, I took a few candid shots of the groom and his brother who was also the best man.

The bridal party arrived in a combination of a VW camper and classic car. One of the nicest elements of this Church is the long walk to the altar. As always, Father Quinn is very accommodating with regards to photography and allowed me to photograph throughout the service.

After a lovely ceremony, we managed to get all of the planned group shots taken outside in some nice warm sunny weather. After we finished doing the scheduled groups the guests set off to the reception venue in buses. We then went to get some bride and groom portraits in the beautiful Church.

The reception was held at the very well decorated – ‘As You Like It’, the couple had added a lot of personal touches, which I then photographed.

We were soon onto the speeches where there was a mixture of love, laughter and embarrassment. It is an excellent venue in regard to photographing the speeches as I could walk around freely getting shots without disturbing or distracting other guests.

During the planning stages of the wedding the couple were very keen to get some more relaxed shots in another location so we scheduled some time after the reception meal to head to Jesmond Dene. A few months before we headed there to scout the location out to make sure we knew exactly where we were going to go on the day. Heading there with the best man to carry and hold things we arrived in the Dene and walked down to the waterfall.

We set up a few locations and shot quite a few images with off camera flashes and various props that Lyndsay had brought. Luckily, like everything else Lyndsay had every detail thought and planned out including bringing some boots for the walk around Jesmond Dene. They were especially useful for the climb down to capture some amazing photos right next to the waterfall which was a bit of a steep climb not to mention having to manoeuvre it in a wedding dress.

After this shoot we headed back to As You Like It for the evening reception. We did some more group photos with some of the night time guests and even got Lyndsay to conquer her fear of heights and stand on a table.

After cutting the cake we moved on to the final photography of the night in the form of a dance between Lyndsay and her father and then Mathew and Lyndsay.

Thanks so much Mathew and Lyndsay for choosing me to be your wedding photographer and I wish you all of the best in the future!

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