I drove through the heavy fog cloaking the Northumberland countryside, hoping the weather would change. It was late November, when the days are already very short and good light for wedding photography can be elusive. Linden Hall is an elegant Mansion House set within 450 acres of private woodland and I really wanted to be able to take Kevin and Aigul out onto the grounds for photographs.
I arrived nice and early to take a look around, as it was a new wedding venue for me. I've been to virtually every wedding venue in Newcastle but not so many in Northumberland. Fortunately the fog began to lift a little and I managed to get some photographs of the exterior. While Aigul was slipping into her wedding dress I got Kevin and his best man Eddy outside for some portraits.
Kevin is a typical Northern bloke in many ways, straight talking and direct, and not one to let his emotions show. He and Eddy enjoyed a laugh and joke around, and I thought I detected a hint of nervous emotion from Kevin.
He had every right to let the occasion overwhelm him. He and Aigul had witnessed their love blossom, but had to delay their wedding due to Home Office bureaucracy. Now the day was finally here.
Aigul made Kevin wait for the ceremony to begin and I think that this opportunity to reflect pushed him over the edge and his true emotions began to sneak out.
I hope that these photographs manage to convey their feelings for each other.
Sadly, the fog and cloud returned during the wedding ceremony, along with some unwelcome mizzle (mist + drizzle), so I was unable to take any photographs outside, other than the group shots where the guests were all under cover and I was out in the rain!
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