Congratulations Mr & Mrs Fennell - SKL Photography

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Fennell

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Fennell

Congratulations to Tracey and Damian who were married on Friday the 23rd of May at 2.30pm at York Registry Office, followed by their Reception at Aldwark Manor.Aldwark Manor

After a gloriously sunny week or so leading up to the wedding, the day before was rather wet and their day did have the odd shower but nothing we couldn’t handle! We arrived early at Aldwark Manor where Tracey and daughter Ava were getting ready in a beautiful feature suite. Tracey was calm (maybe due to the bottle of Prosecco??) and Ava was having her hair done, deciding whether to show teeth or not to show teeth on her pictures (what a dilemma eh?) She looked beautiful both ways of course… especially with her hair all done. As mum (and bride to be) Tracey started having her hair done we got some lovely photos of Ava as she was keen as mustard to get her pretty pink bridesmaid dress on and despite her earlier shyness at being photographed, soon posed away like a supermodel!

Meanwhile Tracey was enjoying being pampered having her hair and make up done professionally. We got a few shots of the transformation from fresh faced in pj’s to glammed up and perfectly styled hair. She had all her accessories laid out for us and Ava joined in setting up the flowers and jewellery for detail pictures. The bride was then ready to get her dress on. There was then a knock at the door and an unlucky visitor! The groom – Damian had arrived to drop his bag off although he was soon sent on his way before seeing his Mrs to be. Tracey posed in the window and at the large landing window at the front of the manor for something a little bit different. As the make up had taken a bit longer than planned we had a few shots outside with Tracey’s parents and Ava then we had to shoot off to the registry office.

Once there we were able to capture the arrival of the limo. Damian seemed calm too and eager to see his bride. The room the ceremony took place in was very elegant and overlooked the courtyard. Damian was delighted to watch Tracey all the way down the aisle. The ceremony itself was made quite an emotional one due to a reading from one of Tracey’s friends. It seemed to fly by and it was soon time for Damain and Tracey  to leave the room as Mr & Mrs Fennell and they walked out on to the courtyard. Confetti was thrown and they smiled away for the photos!

Back at the venue which was around half an hours drive (and hard to locate without sat nav for some…) the guests arrived slowly but surely. Tracey and Damian mingled for a little bit then we persuaded them to venture to the beautiful pond area for some stunning romantic shots. Apart from Damian’s flatulence and Tracey sinking her heels in mud (we did suggest wellies Tracey – Honest!!), the romantic glances were in abundance. When we then went to gather the guests for some more pictures, the rain had started and was too heavy for large groups. We took a more candid approach taking individual pictures and small groups inside. The guests were then ushered into the stunning reception room which was elegantly decorated (by the bride the night before – a lady of many talents) and awaited the entrance of the newlyweds. We captured them making their grand entrance and then left to wedding party for the next couple of hours whilst they enjoyed the wedding breakfast. We then joined them again for the speeches which were as speeches should be – fun and emotional. The father of the groom did a speech to welcome Tracey into the family, Damian himself congratulated himself on landing the beautiful bride, then best man, Tony – who had his grandson well trained to bring him a drink halfway through! Last but not least, Tracey’s son Joe did a lovely speech with the bride by his side. This got a few tears flowing as he talked about how he was so happy to be a real family and how he loved his stepdad Damian.

In the meantime the rain had stopped so we quickly managed to get the group shots outside in the lovely adjoining garden. We had a few requests and due to the beer, wine and general merriness of the guests at this point, we captured some really fun moments. Also the groom and best man doing a bit-too-much-on-show-moony! Maybe we’ll leave them ones off the website eh? Ha ha. The rain then started again, thunder and heavy showers followed. We persuaded the bride and groom to come out and captured some romantic brolly shots. Top marks for effort from the brave couple and the pictures show that! It was then time for the first dance, which was to the lovely Amy Winehouse and Paul Weller song “Don’t Go Strangers”  and once the rain had died down – a lovely final few pictures of Mr & Mrs Fennell outside the beautiful venue that had hosted their happy occasion. This wedding was such a fun day from start to finish with lovely guests who were all up for anything. Thank you for having us and for making us feel so welcome Mr & Mrs Fennell, guests and the Aldwark Manor Hotel staff. We wish Damian and Tracey a lifetime of happiness. We have put a few preview pictures on Facebook but the rest will be available to view in the website within the next three weeks on our gallery.

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