Several of my wedding couples have become friends on Facebook and it is a lovely way to keep in touch after the business side of things is over.
This was one of my favourite weddings, not least because it was the smallest wedding I have ever photographed, i.e. only 5 people at the wedding. They even asked to include a picture of me in the album that the groom's daughter had taken, as they considered me to have been a significant part of the day (not intentionally, as I shoot reportage wedding photography style).
Simonstone Hall Hotel is also one of my favourite wedding venues, having the character of an old shooting lodge, with it's associated history, the views of the Yorkshire Dales as a backdrop, and the many locations within the house and grounds for taking some lovely photographs. We love the place so much that I do not charge any extra for travelling there to shoot a wedding, and I now have had the pleasure of shooting several weddings at Simonstone, each one individual in its own way. The hotel even paid me the honour of letting me do many of the photographs for their own website.
Two years on, Gida wrote me the following comment, in response to me letting her know I still remembered their wedding as one of my favourites...
"Ah that's lovely howard. We were so glad that we picked u as our photographer because u are unique and professional. You captured the moments that most would miss, we have stunning pictures to prove that. I just don't understand how quickly our lives pass, almost 2 years gone already howard. I hope that u continue taking great pictures like u do!! And thanks again x".
Here are some of the photos we produced on the day. It was a rainy day, but the hotel still provides enough scope to get lots of lovely pictures, even when you can't spend much time outside (hence the brolly shot!).
The mirror picture is one of my favourites of all time, the well took a little courage to step out on, and the last shot below beautifully captures the love and emotion of the day which, from the tone of the Facebook posts, has not dwindled in the slightest.
Just some of the very special and lovely people that I have the pleasure of spending time with in my profession.