I first met Gemma and James in January 2016 when they won a competition for an engagement shoot I had been running, and from Gemma's first email I knew they were a relaxed down to earth couple who were going to have a wonderful stress free wedding day. I guess I wasn't quite prepared for just how laid back the day would be though, but when I arrived at Gemma's mum's on time to photograph Gemma getting ready only to find them out I soon realised everything would be as chilled as the champagne toasts. Preparation was simple with lots of laughter and, after a welcome interruption by Tracy and Grace from Campbells Flowers, Gemma appeared looking the radiant bride that she was for the day. Off in a stunning vintage Austin to St Mary's church in Bolsterstone for a lovely ceremony before their grand arrival at Whitley Hall for celebrations with family and friends. There were also two very special and important guest appearances at Whitley Hall. First were Gemma and James' little dogs dressed in tutus, and second was Dixie from Heart FM who had very kindly agreed to DJ for the evening party - Gemma's mum wasn't the only star struck guest, but I think more than one dream had come true for her that day.
Wedding dress: Bijou Bridal Boutique, Holmfirth
Flowers: Campbell's Flowers, Sheffield
Suits: Carl Stuart, Ossett
Hair: Jessica Shaw-Jones of Hair Dot Com
Cars: Laura's Vintage Limousines and Wedding Cars
Reception music: Catherine Rannus pianist
DJ: David Dixon (Dixie) from Heart FM
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Red roses and a party atmosphere were the order of the day for Clare and Andrew's beautiful wedding day at Whitley Hall Hotel. The end of May was blessed with beautiful sunshine and we certainly made the most of it - just check out the wonderfully warm light in the bride and groom portraits.