Rachael & Eddie Wedding - Tynemouth Priory

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…. When Rachael & Eddie first got in touch, I have to say I was a little bit excited at the prospect of shooting my first ever wedding at Tynemouth Priory. They only hold around 4 or 5 weddings a year there, so I knew it was going to be pretty special. On the morning of their wedding I went and caught up with Rachael and the girls at Rachael’s parents house in Tynemouth. It was a relaxed atmosphere on the morning, with bridesmaid Joanne providing lots of laughs for everyone, including accidently leaving her pyjama bottoms on under her bridesmaid dress! Rachael was super organised and had even made a timetable, so everyone knew what they should be doing at specific times of the morning. Her organisation skills (or OCD as Rachael would call it) paid off and the girls were all ready in good time, allowing me some time to get some photographs of the stunning Rachael inside her parents beautiful home. When Rachael came down the stairs to be greeted by her parents, it was a moment that I’m sure they will treasure for the rest of their lives. The ceremony took place at Holy Saviours Church, which was just around the corner from Rachael’s parents home. On arrival there was a quick touch up of make up for the girls and then we were ready to begin. When I got to the front of the church, groom Eddie was looking a little nervous, backed up by his four best men. I’m not sure if it was the usual pre-ceremony nerves kicking in or just the thought of what his four best men had lined up in their speeches later on (It’s also worth noting at this point that Eddie now holds my personal record for the most best men at a wedding that I’ve shot as well!). The ceremony was great with everyone in fine voice (some more than others Joanne!). Following on from the ceremony and hats off to the bridesmaids and best men who quickly organised the confetti line up with military precision (you can all come to more of my weddings if you like!?). What followed a few moments later was pure comedy gold, when a stray bit of confetti entered our groom Eddie’s windpipe and nearly ended his short lived life as a married man! For legal reasons I can’t name the culprit who threw the projectile into Eddie’s throat but she was the only one wearing a cream jacket, so you can do the detective work yourselves. The guests then headed over to the Priory and I managed to get some lovely shots of Rachael & Eddie in the grounds of Holy Saviours, before we all headed over to the Priory as well. My original plan was to do the group shot when everyone arrived at the Priory. In fact I got as far as setting everyone up ready, awaiting the bride and grooms arrival. However the British weather had different ideas and we were forced to retreat into the lovely marquee as the heavens opened. Inside the marquee we were treat to canapés and music by a talented local lad Glen Roughhead, who used foot peddles to record bits of his vocals and guitar riffs to create a fuller sound (not unlike Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury but way lot cooler obviously!). On to the meal itself and what would be more appropriate for a seaside wedding than fish and chips, followed by ice cream. I thought this was a great touch and worked really well. It gave the day a lovely relaxed atmosphere. On to the speeches and Rachael’s Dad did a cracking joke involving a empty glass jar, some stones and a can of beer. Groom Eddie gave a great speech too, which was interrupted by a passing ships’s fog horn, with the most perfect of timing, much to the amusement of everyone there. We were then treat to the four best men speeches, who had us all in stitches, culminating with a slide show and short video from the stag do! After the meal and speeches the sun was starting to get lower in the sky and the lighting was just phenomenal! This is when I got some of my personal favourite shots of the day. The night time guests then started to arrive and it was time to start the party. The marquee was done out beautifully with chandelliers and white cloth draped on the walls and it really did give their wedding a mini festival feel. For the first dance Eddie wooed Rachael with his best ‘Deep Nightclub’ moves before saving his best move to last and tipping Rachael back, which made for a great photo! Rachael & Eddie’s wedding was even better than I imagined and I feel so privileged they asked me to be a part of it. Thanks again guys xx 

 Bride’s dress: Stella York from the Wedding Dress Company 

 Shoes: Mulberry 

 Flowers: Fleurt Florist 

 Make Up: House of Beauty in Whitley Bay  

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