Newton Hall Wedding Photographer
This wedding was a little more personal than most. I’ve known Matt for over 15 years as we’ve played football together, hit the town, been gym buddies and we’ve travelled together (well, if lad’s holidays to Malia, Magaluf and Kavos count) so it was awesome to be asked to be his Newton Hall wedding photographer for his November wedding to Michelle.
It always adds a bit more pressure when photographing a friend’s wedding, you always want to do a great job but when it’s a mate I just add more pressure on myself to deliver. On top of that, I pretty much knew all of the guests too, most of whom were seeing me in action for the first time since my career change. No pressure then!
I really wanted to nail this one as Matt is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. No one, ever, has had a bad word to say about him. No one. Even when we played Sunday league football together in some of the dodgier parts of West Yorkshire, even the opposition players all seemed to like him (less so me). He’s that guy that everyone loves and in Michelle he’s found his perfect match. Michelle hails from Sunderland which explains why I was back as a Newton Hall wedding photographer for the second time in 2014 (the first being for Esther and Ben’s summer wedding). It’s a brilliant venue, stylish and modern with a team that are fantastic at what they do and I can now say the food is absolutely superb too, having stuffed my face during the wedding breakfast.
Michelle had really worked hard to style the wedding and you could tell, the venue looked amazing. The addition of the light up love letters supplied by Coco Luminaire looked amazing in the service room and really added something special to the service and later on, the wedding breakfast and first dance. I’m a big fan of light up letters (although they did make me a little warmer than usual at the top of the aisle). On top of that, Michelle had styled the tables beautifully making the reception room easily the best one I’ve seen. Check out the images below and you’ll see exactly what I mean. I reckon Michelle should be a wedding stylist!
With rubbish weather sweeping in off the nearby North Sea, we were locked in to the venue, so almost every shot was done inside (we made a brave effort to head outside but that lasted about 2 minutes), so out came the off camera flash guns for the Vanity Fair shot of the bridal party, a cracking photo that always gets a lot of interest as I set it up. Not being biased (well, maybe I am a little bit), but I think this one is definitely the best one I’ve done this year!
Like all weddings, it was all over too quick, so here’s Michelle and Matt’s Newton Hall wedding photography. Music by Of Monsters and Men, photos by me….
Newton Hall, Newton by the Sea, Northumberland NE66 3DZ. 01665 576239