I was back at in Durham for the marriage of Wendy and Louise. Both Brides looked amazing, their smiles radiated the joy they shared at committing their lives to each other. We started their wedding day with an intimate wedding ceremony at the City of Durham Registry Office. Surrounded by close family they promised to love each other for the rest of their life and where proclaimed at life partners to a wonderful round of applause and massive smiles After a beautiful wedding ceremony, they travelled to Bowburn Hall Hotel after a quick stop off at Greggs for a coffee to start the celebrations, with Service of Worship that incorporated music, reading and hymns selected by the couple. It was a fantastically day with these two lovely ladies and a joy to be involved.
Here are a few pictures of their day…
During the Easter weekend, I was at Healey Barn in Northumberland to be the wedding photographer for Lisa & Gareth. what a wonderful day their wedding day was.What can I say about these two? Lisa and Gareth are a beautiful couple. On their wedding day, they wanted to be relaxed and have fun surrounded by the family and friends, and that is exactly what they did. Although the weather altered plans a little be all battled through the snowy roads of Durham and Northumberland. Determined that this was going to be a fabulous day, wellington boots and umbrellas for all.
Relaxed and beautiful wedding day
I adored working with and getting to know them as a couple, their boys and their extended families and friends. It was a joy to be their wedding photographer, a day that I won’t ever forget, especially because of all the snow!
Lisa said “We absolutely love them, Michelle! They capture the day brilliantly. Honestly, you did such a great job Michelle. It’s made me want to do it all again just looking at them. Thank you so much”
If you would like to chat about how I could be your wedding photographer please get in touch
Laura and Mark’s Rustic Autumn Durham wedding was a day so full of joy, love, and laughter, I’m still smiling now.
There was everything a wedding should have – friends and family surrounding them to celebrate the love of a couple who were clearly smitten with each other.
Durham Wedding Day
The fun began as the bride got ready at The Radisson Blu hotel in Durham, the ladies had enjoyed a relaxing morning with when I arrived in a room filled with lots of giggling and excitement. We soon realised that there was someone missing from the preparation group. The hairdresser and makeup artist had failed to show up! Yes this is a bride’s worst nightmare but Laura took it in her stride, and I put my camera aside after offering my services in hairdressing.
Durham City provided the perfect backdrop for the festivities – a stunning view down the river towards the cathedral provided a great setting for some lovely natural portraits of the happy couple.
The evening party was equally memorable, with a fantastically energetic singing and dancing which pretty much everyone got involved in.
Read on to hear their story…
The met whilst at The University of Roehampton, in London, Mark was in his second year Laura was in her first. They stayed friends for about six months and were best friends and just kind of got together, so when people ask, did you have any awkward first dates, the answer is no because they were already good friends. So the process was enjoyable. You just can’t write better love stories than this.
Mark proposed to Laura at Disney World Florida it was right in front of the castle and was Laura’s first time to the states and just after a romantic meal at, ‘Tony’s Italian” the restaurant from “The Lady and the Tramp”, Laura’s favourite film.
When asked “What was the highlight or your favorite part of your wedding day?”
For Laura, the first dance and the cutting of the cake was her favourite part as she could finally relax fully and when everyone came onto the dance floor at the end of the song, really the feeling of togetherness for everyone
For Mark, the speeches were the best part of the day, as the speeches were heartfelt and funny and were so nice to hear all the lovely words said about Mark and his wife. Also to look out and to see everyone who was there.
I asked the Laura and Marc why was photography important to them and why did you choose Michelle Mercer Photography Their answer was;
“to capture the true emotions of people on the day is priceless, and Michelle did a spectacular job at this, looking through the photos it tells a story better than any words can. Formal Photos are great but rarely tell a story. We chose Michelle initially because of her great work, but one thing I didn’t really think of is the personality she brings to each of the photos, most of the people we spoke to at the wedding fair we attended seemed like they were only doing it for a job. However, this is Michelle’s life and passion and went above and beyond our expectations of what a photographer can do with a camera and have made looking back at them even more special. “
I asked them both if they have any advice for brides and grooms who are planning their own Wedding Day?
“It will be stressful, it will be handwork, things will go wrong and people won’t show up… However, it will be the best day of your lives and will be worth every bit of stress and worry. You may not feel that it’s worth the stress, but trust me it will be and having someone to document the day for you to relive those memories is every bit as important as the day itself.”
What is your favorite part of being married now?
We get to do everything for the first time again, for example, first time on holiday as a married couple, the first kiss in the snow as a married couple, first Christmas as a married couple.
Congratulations to you both are was wonderful to capture your wedding day.
Newcastle wedding photography
What to expect ?
Your Wedding is the most emotional and exciting day of your life and naturally you want to capture every moment of it. By now the Church and venue are booked, you have been reading all the wedding blogs online and have a stack of bridal magazines by your bed. You have been trying on dresses and may even have bought the dress of your dreams! So what is next? you need find the perfect photographer for your day. Here’s what you can expect from me!
“Am I right for you?”
My style is classic and contemporary, natural and relaxed.
“Is your date available?”
If you like my photographic style please don’t hesitate to contact me by calling or emailing me to confirm your date is available. Likewise, if you have a few questions I’m always here to help.
“Arrange a meeting”
We will appoint a date to meet up and discuss everything YOU WANT for your photography. This is the ideal chance for you to tell me YOUR plans and ideas. This is also a perfect time for you to view more of my work and see my style of photography first hand. No hard sell and no obligations, just a friendly chat that will hopefully help you determine that I am indeed right for you.
“Great. You want to book”
Simply call or send me an email to confirm you would like me as your photographer, and I will send out my pack of information which includes booking forms for you to complete and return along with a £150 deposit to secure your date. Your date may well be several months, a year away or even longer so please do feel free to friend me on Facebook, it’s a great way to keep up to date with my recent work and we can always chat there if you feel you need to any time!
“The Big Day”
I will truly capture the essence of your day, starting from the bridal preparations – capturing the excitement of the bridal party and emotions of the proud parents and family – along to the individual details of what makes your wedding unique. Groom preparations are also available on request.
The high point of the day! Nerves and anticipation of the groom and the arrival of the bridal party are captured along with candid journalistic style shots of your guests. Your full ceremony will be covered, although this is subject to permission from the registrar or church, please ensure you discuss with your chosen ceremony venue what photography they allow during the service. After the ceremony comes the time when we capture the well wishes from your guests as they congratulate you, resulting in beautiful and natural style photographs. As your guests then relax and enjoy your day, we will have an opportunity to wander around the grounds and capture your wedding portraiture, it is also a time when you can have a few moments to yourselves. I capture a mixture of romantic, fun and intimate shots for you both to treasure for years to come, these are your first pictures as husband and wife. I stay throughout your day to record the cutting of the cake, the speeches up until just after your first dance and a little bit of party time this ensures you can look back and see all the emotions and splendors of your day.
Each and every one of your images are individually edited and enhanced to look their very best. A selection will be available online 48 hours after the wedding day as i know you will want to see a snapshot of the most important day of your lives so far. When your wedding images are ready i will publish them on an secure online gallery so that you can share them with family and friends. Your finished images will be presented to you in a USB folio at a high resolution for you to print yourself, along with full print rights and proof of permission to show any print labs or shops. The digital images will be ready within approximately 6 to 8 weeks after your wedding, although we always aim to give you them earlier if at all possible.
Once your images have been enhanced and edited, they will be uploaded onto your own personal secure pass-worded gallery, available for you and all of your friends to view,this is an opportunity for you to choose your favourite images for inclusion in your album. This is when we create your album, your first family hierloom. Once completed, I will send you an electronic version of your album as a PDF file for you to view and approve.
Every wedding is unique and my aim is to capture the true essence of it. I simply offer contemporary and stylish wedding photography with love!