On the 8th December I had the pleasure of photographing Kim and Paul’s wedding at the absolutely stunning Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street. The castle is from the 14th century and is a pleasure to discover. Thick walls, nooks and crannies everywhere, medieval artifacts, majestic staircases, staff dressed in medieval garb make you lose track of this timeframe and soon you could find yourself thinking you stepped through a fissure in the space-time-continuum and ended up a few centuries back. Or is that just my geeky Star Trek mind going nuts? 🙂
Anyway, I started the photography just before the ceremony when the guests were gathering in the bar before being led to the ceremony in the Scarbrough Room. All of these were made with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ED wideangle.
Meanwhile Paul was already waiting anxiously for Kim to arrive. After a short wait Kim arrived at her father’s hand and the ceremony got underway. I used the silent shutter mode of the E-M1 during the whole ceremony firing off silent bursts to capture those little nuances in looks and movement. It is a massive job to sort out but it is worthwhile doing in my opinion. Scarbrough Room is not that big and space wise I was confined to a little 4 feet strip in which I could move so I was glad to have the 12-40 mounted so I could use the zoom to frame.
After the ceremony it was time for some pictures outside. Unfortunately it had been raining the night before and on the morning of the wedding so we could not get out into the grass and even the inner courtyards who are absolutely beautiful were soaking wet. After the group photos we went inside to do a few shots inside the building.
After the wedding breakfast it was time for the speeches and the cake cutting. There even was a Santa’s Grotto with all the trimmings and after everyone had gotten their presents from good ol’ Santa it was time for the first dance. After the first dance my duties ceased and I went home with another fantastic experience behind me. A lovely wedding couple and warm, friendly family and friends. Thoroughly enjoyed the day!