Posts tagged Saltwell Park
Ellie & James rock their pre-wedding shoot at Saltwell Park

Ellie and James are an ultra cool creative couple and I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their DIY wedding on the Northumberland coast. I knew the wedding day would be a blast after we had such a fun, laid back time during this engagement shoot.

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Don't just slavishly follow tradition - Have your wedding YOUR way

I've been excited about this wedding since I met the couple and they told me their plans. The main reason is that they're arranging the wedding their way.

It's an outdoor wedding at Pot-A-Doodle-Do, which is a brave thing in itself here in the UK, where it's been raining since my sixth birthday. The wedding breakfast is a picnic where the guests bring all the food, and their flowers are made from the pages of old books.

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Newcastle Engagement Photography making beauty out of rubbish with Ellie & James

The stream was choked with rubbish; paper cups, rusting Coke cans, discarded crisp packets.

It hadn't looked like this a few years back, when Ellie & James came here on their second date, playing pooh-sticks and tentatively laying the foundations of their relationship. Building a connection that would culminate in them marrying each other later this year.

I wasn't going to be able to recreate that memory for them.

I had to create a new memory.

I had to come up with an interesting photograph of them, in this space, right now. It's a pressure I'm familiar with while photographing a fast-moving wedding day. It's a pressure I thrive on.

This is the photograph I made.

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