St Michael's Church, South Shields and Beamish Hall, Co Durham

After all of the presents had been opened and the mince pies eaten, at the end of December I set off for St Michael's church on Westoe Road in South Shields to photograph this delightful winter wedding.

 Stained glass window

The groom's daughter was looking gorgeous, even though her dad had been in charge of getting her to the hairdressers and dressing her! Everyone commented that she looked like Elsa from "Frozen".

St Michael's Church

When we had met for their engagement photo shoot at Beamish Museum, the groom had told me that he'd secretly arranged for an owl to fly down the church with the rings. They were having a practice before the ceremony so I thought I'd take a quick shot of the owl on the Best Man's arm.

Owl ring bearer

Wedding car

Little "Elsa" was waiting for the bride to arrive.

Tyneside wedding

The bride mentioned to me afterward that her mum never saw her walk up the aisle...we have proof! But at least she has a lovely smile :-)

Church wedding South Shields

Church ceremony

Eagerly awaited by the Groomsmen and me poised to capture it, the owl's turn had come! The Best Man fumbled in his pocket, pretending that he'd forgotten the rings - then he went to the pew to pick up the glove. Cue Frodo the Barn Owl!

Who very deliberately headed for the lectern to the left of the church. At least it was on my side and I had a great view of the Best Man trying to coax it down.

St Michael's Westoe Road

Wedding vows

Church window

St Michael's Church, South Shields

I love the wave!

Owl ring bearer

Time for a selfie with the owl, which apparently was on the groom's facebook page before the couple got to the wedding reception!

Selfie with owl

The reception was held at the gorgeous Beamish Hall Hotel in County Durham.

Beamish Hall, Co Durham

Beamish Hall wedding

The groom had requested some detail shots of the car...

Vintage wedding car

...and a fun shot with his groomsmen. We saw these five trees - five groomsmen - and put five and five together!

Groomsmen fun photo

Time to take some portraits of the happy couple.

Beamish Hall in black and white

We popped round to the terrace on the side of the hotel where the stone is just so lovely and warm and the light is gorgeous.

Beamish Hall bride

Beamish Hall groom

Beamish Hall wedding couple

Ah, those groomsmen again, and the bridesmaids looking all cosy in their furry jackets. What a sensible bride to have chosen them.

Bridesmaids photo

The Monboucher room was looking elegant in cream and gold.

Monbucher room at Beamish Hall

The new Mr and Mrs entered the room and the speeches began.

Speeches in Monbucher room

A bit of gift giving before the groom's second surprise.

Wedding gifts

On everyone's chair there was an envelope. They were all asked to stand up and help the groom to sing a song to his new wife. "Little Things" by One Direction. Most of the top table were in tears with emotion.

Wedding reception at Beamish Hall

Wedding reception at Beamish Hall

While the guests had their meal, a band played. I spotted the signing book that the couple had from their engagement shoot.

Signing book

Night was falling so I hopped outside to photograph the Hall. I even saw an owl swooping across the lawn. Who needs owl ring bearers?!

Beamish Hall at night

Evening reception at Beamish Hall

The cake-cutting was a family affair.

Cutting the cake

Christmas wedding at Beamish Hall

Where did that flower girl go?

Flower girl

After the meal there was some time for a couple more photos on the staircase and outside with the twinkly lights.

Beamish Hall Stairs

Thank you for looking and feel free to comment and share.

Gillian.

Comments

what gorgeous photos, it looks amazing x

it was an amazing wedding every thing was so perfect the church service was so special then followed at beamish hall the place was fantastic the staff were lovely,the photos were beautiful but most of all the bride and groom looked wonderful had a fab day and night wish it would happen all over again X

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