When I’m travelling around the UK with the camera I often rent a car. For the past few years I’ve been using the same branch and got to know the staff there really well. I won’t mention the company but lets just say they’re the ones that pick you up! And that’s how I got to know David and Lucy. And as you’ll see below, this wedding nearly didn’t happen for me! So sit back, relax, grab a cuppa and read all about this amazing Jesmond Dene House Wedding.
It was almost 2 years ago. My summer diary for 2015 was already quite full. I didn’t have a spare Saturday in July. That for me felt pretty amazing. I was doing my usual of zipping about all over the UK, meeting couples, doing shoots and generally spreading the word about what I do. And to save my car from running itself into the ground, I used my local car rental company. Now as they pick you up (or drop you off) you get to chat to the folks there. David was the branch manager. I’d got to know him quite well. He’d always ask where I was off to each time and over the months started asking more and more questions about how I do my photography, how much I charge etc etc. Then one day I was in his office getting a car when he came over and asked “Are you available in July 2015? I’m getting married and we’ve booked our venue.” The simple answer was no. His face dropped and I swear the colour ran from his face! “She’s going to kill me!” he said. With tongue firmly in cheek I jokingly said, “You could always change the date to a date I’m available.” David’s eyes lit up. “What dates are you free that summer. I told him and off I went. Nobody ever shifts their wedding for a photographer! Do they?! A couple of days later I had an email…checking my availability for August 15th 2015. That was clear in my diary and within 24 hours the booking was confirmed.
Fast forward to the Spring of 2015. I’d been in regular contact with David and Lucy. So as we rolled into 2015 I began to think about pre wedding shoots. I had a shoot in London so organised a car and was picked up by one of the delivery drivers. “Have you heard about David’s accident?” I hadn’t. He’d been cycling home one day and come off his bike. In a battle between face and tarmac, the tarmac won. I saw the pictures of him in his hospital bed. I’m a keen cyclist and seen some pretty horrific injuries following falls. This was up there with the worst of them! Thankfully David made a full recovery and by July we were doing their pre wedding shoot in Alnmouth, Northumberland. Both were nervous, but both were stars!
On a rare warm sunny day for 2015, I made my way to David and Lucy’s house to capture the bridal preparations. I was greeted by two familiar faces. Lianne and Lee, whose wedding I’d shot at Woodhill Hall weeks before are David and Lucy’s neighbours and they were loading their car ready to go on honeymoon! Small world!
In the house there was the usual chatter and chaos. Danielle Cochrane was doing everyones make up. I’ve worked with her so many times now. She has a brilliantly relaxed approach and puts everyone she works with at ease. Corks popped, the music was playing. I think it would have carried on all day like that had it not been for the fact we had a wedding to go to!
Down at Jesmond Dene House, David was pacing about. After talking to the registrar he took his place at the front of the room, welcoming guests. Later I passed through the room and he was sat talking to a couple of guests. “I’ve counted them. I’ve got an escape door there, there and there” he said laughing as he pointed to the various doors around the room.
A slight mix up with the wedding cars meant that Lucy was a little late in arriving at Jesmond Dene House. No dramas though. David had been kept informed. But finally she arrived, literally springing out of the car. I think she’s have beaten Usain Bolt in a race to the aisle.
When Lucy walked down the aisle, and David turned to see her, his eyes welled up. The emotion got the better of him and tissues were quickly handed out. Throughout the ceremony, there were a lot of laughs but as the vows were exchanged David’s voice repeated cracked and got higher in pitch as he fought back the tears. Lucy laughed as David sighed and then laughed. He goes down as one of the most emotional grooms I’ve shot.
So needless to say that once the ceremony finished the pair of them legged it outside, grabbed a drink and took a deep breath. We headed down to the Armstrong Bridge, opting to head underneath as the Arts & Crafts Market was in full swing. We didn’t stay long but stayed long enough to get some great shots before heading back for the wedding breakfast.
The speeches, as with the ceremony, were packed with emotion. David joked about the day he met Lucy. “THAT LAUGH!!! Please tell her to stop laughing”. Thankfully things got better after that first day! And then the tears started again. David speech went from one leaving everyone laughing their socks off to one where everyone needed to grab tissues. I fought back the tears from behind the camera (that seems to be a regular occurrence with me!).
We headed back down to the Dene to do some more shots now that the sun was dropping and turned a beautiful golden colour. It made for a stunning view as it streamed through the trees.
By the time we got to the venue, the room had been turned around complete with a Dessert Bar by Sara’s Kitchen. Now this was the bit David had been dreading. The first dance. The band struck up Lonestar’s “Amazing”. David and Lucy slowly swayed to the music. No dramas! Nice and simple does it! And on the last not the band struck up a string of 60s classics from the likes of The Beatles and The Stones. The dancefloor filled and the place began rocking.
That phrase…”No Dramas”. That’s what I’d use to describe the wedding. It flashed by. It was a wonderful day. A wedding day; pure and simple. Two people deeply in love just totally lost in each other. I love my job. There’s no better feeling than capturing wedding days like this! Amazing.