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Belinda and James at Bamburgh
07 January 2012

Belinda and James were married at St Aiden's Church, Bamburgh, Northumberland and then went onto their reception in their marquee next to Bamburgh Golf Club. A beautiful setting above the fabulous Northumberland Coast. When I visited the marquee I found a stunning array of flowers. Delicate variations on a theme.

wedding flowers bamburgh wedding photo
wedding flowers and bridesmaid getting ready photos

Belinda and her bridesmaids were getting ready in a holiday cottage in Bamburgh and I quietly followed the preparations.

I also had time to visit James and the groomsmen as they were nearby and as often happens the soft rain eased so that we could pop outside for some garden photos.

groom at bamburgh castle
groom and groomsmen at bamburgh castle
wedding guest at Bamburgh Church door

I arrived at church a little while before Belinda and so I was able to photograph guests entering the church. This is always a delight for me as I move from behind the scenes of people getting ready into the event.

bride and bridesmaids arriving at bamburgh church

St Aiden's has a lovely walk to the church door. It feels natural for me to be in this position as the bride moves towards her future !

bride and bridesmaids entering bamburgh church

This is a lovely photo. I rarely tell anyone what to do, I may ask of course but as I remember it the bridesmaids gave a last look quite spontaneously. If you look through the group you can see the vicar watching me. He will want to know that I won't hold anyone up and I never do. I don't feel it's appropriate.

bride and groom at bamburgh church door

I do ask the couple to pause at the door as they come out and then what they choose to do is always natural to them. So as long as they feel comfortable I'll keep taking photos.

And then everyone comes out and it's an exciting time for candid photos and spontaneous confetti if thats what the couple wants. At some weddings the ushers arrange the confetti throwing which works well too and I can count to three. We discuss all this before the wedding so I know what you want and how to make sure the photography fits in with your plans.

bride and groom and confetti at bamburgh church

We went back into the church for a little while as the flowers were too good to miss!

bride at bamburgh church door and wedding flowers

It's a beautiful church door at St Aiden's so a very natural comfortable space for the agreed group photos. If the light had been uncomfortable we would have found some soft shade somewhere nearby. The quality of light takes precedence.

bride and bridesmaids at bamburgh church door
bride and groom and bambrough castle northumberland

On the way to the golf club I had found this spot to stop and hop out of the car. It was a damp day and the couple didn't want to take too much time away from their guests which going onto the beach would have meant. This is such a lovely view of the castle.

It got wetter! But by now it didn't matter at all. The couple are waiting to enter the marquee for the speeches and there is always something good to photograph whatever is happening.

bride and groomsmen natural wedding photos

Belinda and James now have children and are coming up to Northumberland this year to have their complimentary family portrait session with me so it will be lovely to see them all. I feel very lucky.

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