To photograph Alix & Drew’s beautiful countryside wedding meant my first ever trip to Newcastle, specifically to Shortflatt Tower, Belsay. I’ve said time after time how my couples are awesome, but these two were something else. Rich was my second shooter for the day and we both could not stop saying how the whole day felt like we were just hanging out with our mates. They wanted my usual style of natural wedding photography and not a single aspect of the day felt like work. Blimey am I lucky.These two are currently living in Hong Kong so it was extra special that they held their wedding back in Northumberland so that all their nearest and dearest could attend. As well as family from home, the room was filled with guests that had made the journey from Hong Kong with them. Travelling that distance didn’t phase any of them – they were all so bloody chuffed for Alix & Drew, you could see it at a glance. Natural wedding photography worked so well for these guys – they all made our job super easy – everyone had the biggest grin on their faces the whole time and there was constant fun and laughter. Alix & her bridesmaids got ready at Shortflatt Tower after staying the night there, before making the journey to the church (the same one that Drews parents got married in all those years ago) in her stepdads pride Golf. Coolest wedding car I’ve ever known anyone have yet? Absolutely. No doubt about it. After a super relaxed ceremony with the most hilarious vicar in the world, we drove back to Shortflatt where we were met by the most stunning, elegant decor – hundreds of tea lights hanging from the trees (not sure whose job it was to do that, but high five to them, must have taken forever!), gold fortune cookies at every place setting and, well, you can flick through the photos and see the rest for yourself. Their guests were treated to drinks a plenty, delicious food (one of my favourite parts of the day was when someone on each table had to adorn a chefs hat and apron and carve for the table), and the first ever ceilidh dance I’ve ever witnessed – FYI, so much fun, more people down south should so do this. Alex & Drew, we love you guys, thanks for letting us be part of your incredible day.
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