Mark: December is a very busy time at Halo Photography. We normally have our hands full with Family Portraits so we don’ normally go out of our way to do anything that shuts down the studio for a whole day. But at a certain point, we can’t do anymore as labs need time to get prints and canvases made so our Christmas period ends around 18th – 20th Dec. In 2017 though we had the great please of booking 2 weddings after this date. Susan & Duncans was one of these. Susan has been a customer that became a friend and we where honoured to be asked to be part of her day. It was going to a grand day. Setting off at what felt like the crack of dawn from Doxford Hall.
Mark: Anyone that’s been to one of our Makeover Parties Lisa has an extra talent. She’s a hair & makeup artist. This normally means that if the bride has a hair malfunction a makeup emergency she is more than capable to help you through it. Susan didn’t trust anyone else so asked Lisa to do the all the hair & makeup. Lisa obviously couldn’t do that with a camera in her hand so I got to photograph both sets of preparations. It also meant a very early 7 am start for Lisa. I drove up to Doxford for 9 am just in time for the sunrise.
It was a beautiful crystal clear day, but on the northeast coast that always comes with a cutting wind in December. With an 11 am service, I joined Duncan and the lads on a beautiful drive to Bamburgh Castle. Their drivers took us past Beadnell and through Seahouses. I love where we live, there is no place more stunning.
Duncan & Susan were to be married in the Kings Hall. Its about as grand a venue that you can choose and creates a wonderful atmosphere. Especially with Northumbrian Bagpipes to see everyone in.
After the service everyone got to enjoy a tour of the castle while we stole the bride and groom to explore the height and depths of this wonderful place.
Outside the wind had picked up to gale proportions. We made the call that the beach was to exposed on a day like this. Poor Susan bravely faced the cool and wind so we could get some wedding pictures outside. The tourists all enjoyed the show as they were far more prepared for December in Northumberland.
Back at Doxford Hall, everyone got warmed up and feed well.