Thursday, 25 May 2017

Best Wedding Photographer - 2017 - Its official

So we had been shortlisted again by I Do Awards as Best Wedding Photographer of 2017. This was a super achievement on its own. We were shortlisted also last year. This year the Presentation Ceremony was going to be a grand event yet again. With Jo-Jo from Hallam FM announcing the winners. The day arrived - 16th May 2017. Michele had a new frock and I dressed up like a penguin - again. Category after category was announced - Best Cake Maker, Best Venue, Best Stationer, Best Bridal Wear and so on. Then Best Photographer. I saw Michele tense up - her heart stopped. We were named along with five other quality photographers. And the winner is ....... Altered Images.
OMG. I don't know how I made it to the stage and Michele was struggling to walk in those enormous new heels. So, we had done it. On reflection we have worked hard. We produce quality but the most important thing we have learnt is to treat our customers like Royalty. The bride at her wedding is our Princess and the bridegroom is our Prince. That is our philosophy.Then finalising the wedding we know we have done our job well when they see their album for the first time and that give away tear is just there. We love this job. And it would not be fair without me saying how much I adore my own wife, respect her. She is my rock, always there, always supporting. I love you.

Kerie and Ewan have a beautiful pavilion wedding at Kings Croft.

So here we are. After knowing each other for more than eight years this lovely couple have decided that the time is right to make it known that they want to spend the rest of their lives together. And what a beautiful venue they have chosen to share their love with family and friends. Ewan met Kerie through a mutual friend on Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg - this is your doing) and after a few messages he invited her out on a blind date. Kerie said he was a gentleman. He picked Kerie up at her home and paid for dinner. He had told her that he had lived in Germany until he was 17 and that is why they had not spoken on the phone. Kerie was shocked that he wasn't German but his dad had been stationed in German through the army. Love blossomed and Ewan popped the question over a romantic candlelit dinner in Riviera Maya, Mexico on Kerie's birthday. It was a shock! He got down on one knee; omg.
Kerie was getting ready at King's Croft having her hair and makeup done by Nikki and Raya of Nouveau Hair and Beauty from South Elmsall. The dress was hung at the bottom of the four poster bed. A pure white princess dress, with layers of net and a long, long, long cathedral veil. Kerie spotted the dress in Wed2B and it was the first one she tried on but she fell in love with it straight away. It was a full dress and Kerie would recommend to other brides to try something lighter and not too big as she found sitting uncomfortable and had to stand most of the time. After buying the dress Wendie from Perfect Fit Bridal Couture completely transformed it, adding soft and romantic tulle sleeves. Wendie works miracles so if you need a seamstress she is the one to look up. The bridesmaids dresses all had individually named hangers and were hanging from the window pole. They were light-weight in dusky pink with steel grey sashes; obtained from Coast. The flowers had just arrived, hand delivered by Georgina from Mrs Bouquets. The bride had a beautiful bouquet of cream and pink roses set among gypsophila and would really complement the dresses. The bridesmaid were to carry bouquets of gypsophila - my favourite!

The chaps were also getting ready at Kings Croft. There is a terrace of apartment-suites within the grounds so they were well away from the bride. Best man Daniel had the rings. They were bought at Ernest Jones. Ewan is a mechanic so he wanted a tough ring and plumped for tungsten. Kerie wanted something more feminine but had problems getting one to fit with her beautiful star shaped engagement ring. The chaps were just finishing out getting their suits on, supplied by Jeff Banks, getting the cuff-links in and button-holes. All looking very handsome.

A few finishing touches for the bride and her girls and it was ready to go.A few tears from dad, Steve, and mum Lynn and then Bill, toastmaster stroke master of ceremonies, from Kings Croft gave the knock. He is so down to earth and a real gentleman - making sure the whole event goes like clockwork. It was so cold but thankfully no rain.

The new pavilion is luxurious with underfloor heating and large enough for all the guests. It is a lovely setting with a pond to its sides and open views to the west behind. The ceremony was really special with two special readings from guests. Followed by a guard of honour and some very quick photos in the grounds - it was bitterly cold.

Kings Croft is incredible. The staff are incredible. Everything went smoothly and the guests made comments calling it a hidden gem. Kerie told me it helped having a rehearsal with us the week previous. Michele joined us and we took a series of engagement shots in the lovely sunshine but freezing wind! We shared ideas and it all came good on the day.

The meal came and went. Followed by really heart-felt speeches from the chaps. Ewan conveying his endless love for his new wife. The cake was so emotional - in tiers. It was made by Lisa of White Rose Wedding Cakes. All pink and lovely! This led onto a few more photos - these are proper Yorkshire folk - a bit of a chill would not beat them! Then is was all systems go for the reception. Kerie said it was so hectic looking back. It was a non-stop day and there is just not enough time to take it all in.

First dance was "A thousand years" - not literally you understand - but there was no stopping these two. They just stayed on the dance-floor all night. The resident DJ was spinning some right tunes. Other guests were having fun with the photo-booth props. There were love letters,  a sparkle dance floor and twinkle backdrops all supplied by Elegant Bows and Covers.

Next off on honeymoon. Off to Paris for a mini-moon and then to Las Vegas and Cancun in November for the mega-moon.
The final words to others planning a wedding: Plan, plan plan! Try to do as much as possible early as you will find you quickly run out of time.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A warm welcome for new Mr and Mrs Bates

I love Ringwood Hall. It can be a dream location for photographers. The grounds and architecture are amazing. I was looking forward to seeing Tara again. She was getting ready at Ringwood Hall. It was one of those days where you don't know what the weather will decide to give us. It was looking a bit overcast and rain kept trying. Tara was in a fantastic bedroom suite; it was huge. Samantha Frearson and Louse from Bridal Creative were attending to Tara and her chief bridesmaid, Claire. The two younger bridesmaids, Alyscia and Megan were sprawled across the huge bed in the adjoining room watching something educational on the TV. Tara's dress looked very slender, hung up on the wardrobe door. It came from Strides. It was a lovely light-weight dress. The Chief bridemaid's dress was from Chi Chi London and the younger girls were ordered from Children's Special Occasions Wear. Weather was looking decidedly dodgy. But the bride looked gorgeous! She brought a tear to her Dad's eye when he saw her. Mum, Angela had already gone through the emotions with a few hugs along the way. The flowers looked amazing. Tara told me she had made them all herself. Silk with little jewels here and there.

I had to leave them to see the chaps. Mark had already told me he only had a small family. Sadly he had lost his mum, who he was very close to, and I think he really wished she could be there with him on this special day. Still he had Stefan (bride's brother) there as his Best-Man, three ushers and two page boys, Aaron and Hayden. All looking very smart in suits from Youngs East Midlands Designer Outlet. The boys suits were ordered online from Children's Special Occasions Wear. Hayden, was to carry the rings down the aisle and had them tied to a cushion. I borrowed it to get a close up of them. The rings came from H. Samuel bought just at the right time as the jeweler had reduced the price by 20% during their special wedding event. They liked the shop as they were not pushy and they did not feel like they were being forced to buy.

So why Ringwood? I suppose it was the obvious choice as the couple live nearby, but they both said they absolutely fell in love with it the moment they walked inside. Everything about the day was perfect from the start of planning right through to the day after the wedding. The food was amazing; the staff went out of their way to personalize the day and made the couple feel as if they were the only people in the world who mattered on that day. It was everything Tara had ever dreamed of. Old and timeless, with the modern twist that she really wanted.

Lindon, he is a real gentleman at Ringwood, was panicking during the ceremony. He told me it was looking very stormy outside and was raining. Oh no! Just what we don't want. But like a miracle the clouds thinned and crossed their legs and let us get out on to the bowling green. Plan A was back on. Tara wanted a heart photo on the bowling green and I set up a guard of honour for them as they emerged from the conservatory. It was a rush! We were sure the clouds were not going to be forgiving for much longer. They were kind! We walked up to the rose garden and managed to get the photos they wanted. It was a bit cool but we coped.

The coach-house was all dressed for the wedding breakfast. It looked stunning. Tara had made the table centre pieces with the help of their three children and a local park! She also made personal colouring books for the wedding breakfast and she had prepared a kids' table for the evening. This girl is so thoughtful. And of course the invites - you guessed it. And who styled the bridesmaid's and flowergirls' hair? You guessed it again! The only thing Tara couldn't manage was to play the keyboard during the breakfast. This had been organised by Ringwood, hiring Mark Briggs for the event. There was a ladies and a gents menu. Lindon was MC and he was a Godsend. It felt like he was our best friend looking out for us throughout the day. Speeches followed the meal and all three chaps had all prepared top speeches. The Best Man was very nervous and there was the pregnant silence when nerves initially gripped his tongue but once he was away he was brilliant with lots of kind words. Every child was give an Easter Egg - courtesy of ...... well of course! Next on the menu, a hog-roast but you would have to wait until 9.00pm for that.

So, me being me, I wanted to know more about the newly weds. Mark was a Chef preparing special diet meals in a care home and Tara was a care assistant in the same home looking after dementia sufferers. They got to know each other and it turned out they only lived 5 minutes from each other. They both had children and they went to the same school and were the best of friend with each other without the parents even knowing. This sounds like a film script. One day following work Tara's bus was running late and Mark kindly offered her a lift home. Tara says she didn't like Mark much at first - a wannabe Gordon Ramsey - occasional blue words and cocky attitude! But when she got to know the true Mark it was the best thing she ever did. Tara says it really is true that you should never judge a book by its cover!
How did he pop the question? The two of them had been chatting quietly during the evening, strolling down memory lane, talking about childhood and growing up. Mark said he planned on proposing on Christmas Day but he said the time felt just right. He had the ring already wrapped in layer after layer of wrapping paper and in box after box. It took Tara 20 minutes to eventually get to it. So after knowing each other for four year they were now planning their future together.

Anyway back to the day! The couple opened up the dance floor with music by John Legend and Meghan Trainer; "Like I'm Gonna Lose You".  An unusual choice but the words really meant a lot to both of them as Mark has dealt with a lot of loss in his life and the two of them have both gone through some really tough and testing time individually and together so the focus of the song was that they would love and live ad if each day were their last. Being stronger by knowing they have each other.

What was your favourite parts of the day?
Tara: It was walking down the aisle towards Mark and seeing his face as he saw me walking towards him.
Mark: It was seeing Tara walking towards me for the first time that day and seeing how amazing she looked. I anticipated the moment but it was so much more than I expected to feel.
The day was perfect! The best day of our lives. Everything leading up to that moment and all the stresses of planning was made all worth while in the end. Unforgettable.
Photos: I was worried about being photographed because I am so self conscious and hate being photographed. However on the day, I loved it and it didn't bother me one bit. I let myself go for the first time and I felt so comfortable in myself with Robert there to guide me. It was all very relaxed and enjoyable. I would advise that you make sure you are comfortable with your photographer otherwise I don't think if would work very well if you feel uncomfortable and not relaxed.
Advice for others: Don't stress over little things that don't matter. Focus on each other as that's all that counts. Do what you both want to do and not what others expect you to do. Follow your heart and your gut instinct and everything will fall into place. Enjoy every minute of your special day. Be a bridezilla if you want and be a bossy groom too! Its your day that you will remember forever so do it your way. Have no regrets.
So its off to Paphos, Cyprus just for a week of pampering in the warm laced with history if they have time for site-seeing.

PS. I wish I could do it all again. I wouldn't change a thing! It goes by so fast, so enjoy every minute. Oh and be prepared for bruised cheeks the next day! All that smiling really does take its toll!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Congratulations to Rebecca and Andrew

We met up at Rogerthorpe Manor a week or so before the wedding to chat and plan the arrangements for the big day. The Sun was shining and the grounds at Rogerthorpe were amazing as always so we made use of the light and took a few engagement photos. These two look so happy together; always smiling and clearly so much in love.

So the big day finally arrived! The weather was not quite as kind and it looked like rain was due. I arrived at Rogerthorpe Manor early with Michele to assemble our Photo Booth in the conservatory. Samantha from Glamourpuss weddings had just finished dressing the room for the wedding breakfast and it looked stunning. Cadbury's purple - a neat choice.

Rebecca was in the bridal suite getting ready. The bridal suite at Rogerthorpe is to die for. Hannah (Hair by Hannah) was doing the hair and make-up. Laura was the senior bridesmaid and three flower-girls, Ellie, Charlotte and baby Grace. Ellie insisted that at nine she was a bridesmaid! Mum Amanda was looking good and dad Clive kept popping in and out looking for pins and other things like fellas do usually to be shouted at and told to go away! And there was the dress - wow - from Jaynes in Doncaster along with the bridesmaids dresses. I managed to clear a spot in the window to hang the dress and get a photo along with a few other special items. Keepsakes for ones sadly missed and a special present from the lucky fella. Dad was eventually allowed in to see his daughter when she was ready and she did look absolutely stunning. The flowers arrived from Blossem.   She had been putting flowers in the breakfast room earlier and the unusual spelling on her jacket caught my eye. "Its blossoms by Emma" - I see.

I shot off to the church. St Peters at Askern. Rebecca and the bridal party were to follow me in cars supplied by Cartwrights. Their cars are all superb and Philip - chauffeur - is such a gentleman (there's not many of us about)! We could not have hoped for worse weather. The heavens had decided to let us have all they had. But the lads and lass (Andrew passed the honour of Best Man to his sister Mel who was today the Best Lady) braved the elements outside albeit quite quickly. The rings were shiny and ready to be worn. They came from Ernest Jones as the couple said they were the best quality. Suits made the fellas look very smart - from Greenwoods in Doncaster.

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to have any photos in the church. I did want to go back in after the ceremony for a few with the bride and groom but I think Rebecca just wanted to get off to Rogerthorpe. The rain was still bouncing and I think we were all hoping for an opening in the clouds later at Rogerthorpe. Still, me being me, I did make the guests form a guard of honour to greet the new Mr and Mrs as they left church. A little wetting never hurt anyone - did it girls?

And so it was back to Rogerthorpe. I did say a little prayer on the way for a let up in the rain and my prayers were duly answered. It wasn't completely dry but we did manage to get a large group photo outdoors and then after everyone had raced for cover I managed to get a few photos using the new amazing pavilion in the grounds as an umbrella. Andrew told me that they love Rogerthorpe and often go for a meal at weekend. They both decided to get married there as it is simply a great venue.

And so the festivities went on. Guests were welcomed with complimentary drinks and entertained by an amazing harpist.With very moving speeches before the breakfast courtesy of son Oliver, Dad, Groom and Best Lady. The cake was emotional - in tiers - made by a friend who Rebecca works with. It even had little Rebecca and Andy!!! Brilliant! The evening went well with a first dance "A Thousand Years" - it seemed to go on forever - by Ed Sheeran. The couple's fave song. To be followed by a little jaunt with Dad.

 So what was the whole experience like? "We loved all of it! No single special part. A fantastic day from start to end. Rogerthorpe is an amazing venue; lots of food and top quality and fantastic Rob was brilliant!" Makes me blush!
How did you meet each other? "We met in our local pub. After 3 years, Andrew proposed properly, down on one knee. A proper gentleman."
Advice for others? "Plan ahead and save loads - lol".
Rebecca - how did you choose your dress? - "As a bride you just know what your princess dress looks like and you just know when you've found the right one."
A honeymoon in Mexico next for this lovely couple. 5 star luxury to look forward to.
Finally - our warmest best wishes go to the two of them and of course all of their family and friends. I always feel like I have made lots of new friends myself - a real pleasure for me.

Almost forget to mention. Andrew asked me if I could sort him out with a good head of hair in the photos. So here you go - the Ed Sheeran look - please don't say anything Rebecca!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Saving Tips - Wedding Photography

Wedding photographs are blooming important. They are one of the most special mementos that you have after your wedding. Your children will look through them and their children after them, let alone the many times you yourself will browse through remembering the best day of your life. While we think it is essential you choose the best professional you can find, we also maintain that there are still ways to save and stick to your budget, so here are our top tips:

1) All wedding photographers tend to advertise a flat rate, which will normally be a few hours at a hourly fee. You can save money by asking them for their day rate and hiring them for a full day instead. Bonus point: no time constraint will make you more relaxed without clock watching when posing for the wedding photographs!
2) Again, photographers tend to advertise set bundles, which will normally involve an album and a certain amount of printed images. Settle for the basic fee and make your own wedding album! You can always add extras if you have cash left or print some, or most of the wedding photographs yourself. Just make sure you have top quality paper available so the photos will last forever. A good photographer will allow you to come back for an album later.

3) Find out if your desired photographer will offer a discount based on a referral. Word of mouth dominates the wedding industry, so this is often the case with a lot of professional photographers. Remember to always mention who it was that referred you in the first place!
4) Invest in buying a print licence of your wedding photographs. That way, they will be yours exclusively, which means you can print as many copies as you want and at a time when you have some extra cash.
5) Book as soon as you possibly can. Photographers will often have a discount for advanced bookings, which you can definitely utilize!

6) Some photographers are amazing with technology and will add fantastic add-ons such as video, Facebook articles etc often at no extra cost. Ask what extras the photographer can offer.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Claire and Lee - at Tankersley!

A nice bright day, cool but no rain, and its off to Tankersley Manor. I am being spoilt; Tankersley is only 15 minutes away. First job would be to get the Photo-booth built and ready for the evening then off to see our bride. Even after 30 years I still have a few butterflies and I must have photographed the wedding at least ten times over during my sleep the night before! I was really early so I spent a bit of time chatting with Beverly Clarke as she was setting up the beautiful wedding cake. She told me she does it more as a hobby from her home in Mexborough rather than professionally but I must say the cake was a show-piece. So off to see Claire. She was looking good being made up by Jennifer Law as I entered the room. Her six bridesmaids were also there in their Jim-jams all giggly and quite excited. So a few shots to capture the overall feel. The flowers were amazing; mainly roses in different shades of pink supplied by Vicky Jackson (groom's sister and best lady). The bridesmaids' would have sprays of gypsophila. Then of course the dress from Elegance Bridal was hanging and looking very elegant.

If the bride is at the venue I like to make the first visit brief as I can go back later once the girls are dressed and ready. So off to find the chaps (and chapess). Lee felt it right that his sister should be his main support and asked her to take on the role of Best Lady. Unfortunately his father was too unwell to be there and his mum was taken some time back so I suppose he was relying on his sister for support. They were just arriving and looking good. Vicky had the rings bought at Argos as a matching pair, both in white gold. I took a few photos and included the Usher - young Ben and Claire's dad, Kevin. The suits came from Alfred Angelo.

Back to see the girls. Wow - they looked stunning! The bridesmaid dresses were grey and quite fitted. Mum, Sharon was ready also looking really lovely in a dark blue dress with a turquoise jacket.Then dad appeared! Would there be tears? A few held back, trying to come through, but they all did very well! It wasn't long before Kaydie from the hotel gave the knock. "Are you ready to go?" The ceremony was in the Crook Barn. Claire loved it when she came for a viewing, and it did look amazing yet again. The registrars are the best! They allowed me to photograph and video from the front so I captured the procession arriving and of course Lee - in tears - overwhelmed by emotion as he saw his fiancee walking up the aisle! Claire said later this was her favourite part of the day, looking at Lee as she walked towards him.

Plenty of photos outside. It was dry and thankfully quite mild. I don't remember hearing too many complaints about being cold! There were plenty of hugs, kisses and smiles. Isn't that what it should all be about? It didn't seem like 5 minutes until the wedding breakfast was being served in the large room. A nice size for the 60 guests. Stationery had all been handmade by the bride's sister and chief bridesmaid, Nicola Haywood. Speeches were first and very meaningful. A lot of emotion from Lee, kind words from Kevin and then the icing on the cake was the really heartfelt speech from Vicky. Lee must have been very proud. The food was amazing - perfect. Everyone commented on the atmosphere. It was brilliant; everyone was having a good time.

The evening reception was to start at 7.30. Michele was coming along to help to run the photo-booth.
It went down a storm, the guests loved it! Then first dance at 8.30 courtesy of James Arthur singing You Won't Let Go and played by the resident DJ. Some of the bridesmaids and their friends go to a dancing school and as a special treat they did a Flash Dance immediately after the first dance. This lifted the roof!

The couple met about 15 years ago in Nicola's pub. It wasn't long after that that Lee popped the question. Claire was racking her brains to remember how it came about! She told me that she was really looking forward to the day. She used Facebook to research shops for her dress but she ended up revisiting Elegance Bridal's page as there a dress there that was the perfect look for her. The day was amazing in every way. Claire's advice: Take your time to look around and make sure you get it how you want it to be and don't let others sway you. She thought she would be nervous being photographed but on the day she was just so much in the moment that there were no nerves and she just could not help but relax and smile!

From us, Altered Images - a great big congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Jackson. Wishing you all, many years of happiness together.
The final word comes from the young daughters - bridesmaids:

Friday, 11 November 2016

Kelly and Simon sitting in a tree.....

What a luxury for me this would be. Kelly lives within two minutes walk from my home so I could pop round in the morning to see her with her two bridesmaids, flower-girl and ring-girl, no problem. But first I had to go to Tankersley Manor to set up our photo-booth so it would be ready for the evening celebrations. Everything was quite calm when I arrived at the bride's home. A bit of music and hairdresser Lucy Kemp was brushing and combing and beautician Megan Lewis was beautifying away and it looked like everyone was loving it!

The flowers had already arrived from Millie's, our local florist. They looked amazing. A mixture of pure white roses with white freesias (these smell divine) set among gypsophila and other tiny buds that I did not recognize. Kelly had three small cameos of grandparents embedded in her bouquet. Ken and Carol from Phase 5 arrived just as I was photographing Kelly's dress. Kelly had bought it from Its Bliss along with the bridesmaids. Kelly's was ivory with a bejeweled bodice top and a layered net bottom and a long flowing cathedral veil. She should look good. The bridemaids were coral chiffon. The flowergirl and ring girl were going to wear cute little ivory dresses found ont' tinternet. I even managed to get photos of the rings. Kelly obviously would not trust the fellas with them! Both in white metal. Simon was going to have a plain band with a brushed finish from H. Samuel and Kelly was going to have a band studded with diamonds from F. Hinds. Kelly said that as soon as they both saw them they knew they were exactly what they were looking for.
A few final photos once the girls were ready. They looked amazing. Kelly's mum, Kim, looked amazing in her new cream dress but getting her to stop busying for two minutes for photos was a challenge! Then Dad arrived - I hope he wasn't going to get them roaring - Megan don't go yet you may be needed! But it was Dad, David, who needed the Kleenex! What emotion! I asked Kelly to make a message for Simon and OMG it was me who nearly made her cry as she poured her heart out to Simon!

Tankersley Manor was only ten minutes away. Simon was there, cool as a cucumber with his best man, Jason. Both looking very dapper in bright blue suits with ivory waist jackets bought from Slaters. The button-holes were very delicate, mainly gypsophila, with tiny freesias and hydrangea petals all in white. A few photos and then it wasn't long before the girls started to arrive.

Beth and Charlotte, daughters Summer and Sophie and the two Mums, Kim and Julie, arriving first in one of Tyson's limousines. The driver was then to return for Kelly and her Dad. We were OK for time. Simon and Jason had gone to see the registrars (they are so good from Barnsley register office) and the guests were now settled in the Pennine Conservatory being entertained by a harpist - I must find out who she was. Sam from Glamourpuss Weddings had prepared the ceremony room - it looked amazing and also the Tankersley Suite for the evening reception. She was there early with me.
Kelly arrived in good time with her Dad and we had time for a few photos before going in to say those immortal words. Kelly and Simon had always thought they would get married abroad but when they viewed Tankersley Manor they knew it would be perfect for them and provide everything they wanted.

The ceremony was really lovely. The newly-weds came out of the front doors to be greeted by a guard of honour by the guests with confetti, cheers, lots of hugs and kisses (of course).

A few photos and then it was back in for the wedding breakfast and some very kind words from Dad, Groom and Best-Man. It was quite emotional, even the cake from Amanda's was in tiers. The celebrations continued into the evening in the Tankersley Suite. How many friends? The room was packed to the rafters! The couple opened the dance floor with a dance to Feels Like Home by Chantel Kreviazuk and Kelly dancing with her dad to I Loved Her First by Heartland joined by Simon and his mum dancing to Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder. The guests made good use of our photo-booth - lots of fun! The DJ was fantastic - "One of the best DJs we have ever heard. Our guests said the same. He was brilliant".

Kelly and Simon met through mutual friends whilst enjoying a night out in a night club. They have now been together for eight and a half years. Kelly received an early Christmas present - a proposal and a ring on Christmas Eve! Kelly says she loved every minute of the day and wishes she could do it all again (best get some overtime in Simon). It was truly perfect - "Honestly, the best day of our lives". Kelly admits she was a bit stressed (OCD coming out!) and her tip to others is DON'T because on the day the little things don't matter. Your day will be perfect, no matter what. Photographer, Rob, was brilliant with us. He knew exactly what to do to get the perfect photos so we are now spoilt for choice.

After trying on over 30 dresses I finally found the one. I always knew I was going to be a nightmare! Everything has to be perfect. Although I did end up with exactly what I said I didn't want - A big sparkly dress LOL!!! I tried every style possible. Lace, plain, fishtail, you name it. When I put my dress on my Mum said "Kel, that is so you". So even though I set off not wanting that style, when I put it on I knew instantly it was the one and perfect for me.

Final words - The reception was wonderful. Speeches were fantastic. Food was lovely and all the guests commented on it. Tankersley Manor was so accommodating to everyone's needs. So it was off to Crete, somewhere the couple have not been before. An amazing holiday - the hotel was out of this world (are you sure it was not Mars?) We just want to add that we wish to thank all the people that helped make our day one to remember, forever!!!