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Mr and Mrs Omara
22nd July 2018
Heres a little blog about my recent Wedding with the Omara's, who are currently enjoying their honeymoon travelling around Europe then heading on a safari in Africa (jealous is an understatement)....
Dress: Enzoani purchased from Cheadle Bride
Shoes: Alexis by Rainbow Club
Flowers: by Elaine Forrester
Musicians: Classic Ensembles
Photographer: Steve Mitchell
Videographer: Matthew Laraway at Laramedia
Band: City Sounds
Photo Booth: Solway Selfies
These two love birds tied the knot at Armathwaite Country House Hotel and Spa which was breathtaking to say the least. the building was stunning and the view from the master suite was breathtaking! (see picture below)
I arrived at the venue and was in awe of the grounds straight away as I drove in the huge walled entrance and made my way to the Hotel car. park. The interior was just as impressive throughout & as I made my way upstairs to greet the bridal party I was led up the impressive staircase, straight away I decided that this would be the location for getting details of the rings and dress. I didn't dare ask to hang it on the chandelier!!! which is unlike me because I've always been one for getting risky shots... Think it was probably the thought of the bill I would get if it came crashing down. altering Chloes dress size on the way!!
There were a few tears as Chloe looked outside at what was soon to be her own wedding ceremony and then a few more as her father entered the bridal suite. even after these goose-pimple moments Chloe still looked stunning before she made her way down to her wedding and I knew Joey would light up when he saw the love of his life walking toward him to become his Wife.
The Ceremony was perfect and I loved the couples choice of music . they booked 'Classic Ensembles' who played a great mixture of themed songs along with the Game of Thrones title! (one of my faves)
the rest of the day was full of love and laughter and I overheard several guests commenting on how perfect it all was. the location, the details and how happy the newlyweds both looked.
I worked alongside Matthew Laraway at Laramedia who covered the wedding Videography. this was the first time working with Matthew and it was a pleasure, Very respectful and helpful andI'm looking forward to see more of his work.
After the couple had spent some time with their family and friends we made a start with the group shots then took the them both away for a bit to get some couple shots. I Knew that we would nail this section of the day because of Joey's character and Chloe's smile that she always seems to have! the light was perfect so we went for a walk around the grounds and so they could pretty much make out the whole time!!! only kidding, they kissed about 23 times but who's counting.. This is my favourite part of the wedding (not just because I get to watch people have a cheeky kiss) but because this is where we get the bride and groom to ourselves and generally get our 'WOW' photos. We couldn't have wished for better conditions for this and everywhere I pointed the camera gave a stunning backdrop which makes it so much more epic..
Speeches next: and yes... there was a lot more laughter and some tears!
Chloe's Dad started off and you could tell straight away he was full of pride for his Daughter and it was lovely to hear about all the little things that make their bond so special as a family.
2nd on the microphone was The Groom, Joey who didn't need the microphone. He never fails to get a smile out of people, a happy guy with a great sense of humour, I'm pretty sure he's visited more places than Christopher Columbus too!!
next up was Chloe's Made of Honour, Joanne. they've been friends from a very young age and shared so much together so she was honoured to be by Chloe's side on the best day of her life.
Finishing off the speeches was Joeys best man, Sam! who ended this part of the day perfectly with some comments about Joeys past.... which received mixed reactions but Joey did warn everyone to not listen to Anything he had to say for the next 20 minutes!!! I'm glad I was taking pictures and no videoing because I'd have been laughing most of the way through!
Next up we continued with some more couple shots as the sun was lower in the sky making it perfect to get some silhouettes and sun Flares. Again these two legends were super cool and laid back as they chatted about how great the day had gone so far. You could see the happiness bouncing off both their faces which made the photos so natural just like Joeys impression of a velociraptor..
Shortly after we Finished this section we made our way back to the evening reception to do the cake cut and First dance. then all that was left was to let the sun set and wait for the Fireworks.
I just want to thank Chloe and Joey for booking me for such a lovely day and to you who are reading this and were at the Wedding, it was nice meeting you and locking in memories in which the Omara's can keep forever.
Keep your eyes out for a few more of their signature photos which I will be uploading to social media very soon!
Thanks for reading.
Heres A recent Wedding Highlight Film I shot at the stunning Rockys Boutique Resort on Koh Samui, Thailand for Mr and Mrs Whittam.
A little about me..
Hi, I'm Steve! A creative photographer from a little seaside town on the East Yorkshire coast.
I'm a singer and play a few different instruments: guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and a little bit of piano,
Adrenaline Junkee!, Scuba Diver and a big fan of festivals, especially ones by a beach. My favourite singers are Ben Howard, Damien Rice & Jack Johnson.
I featured on a successful TV Commercial for Match.com singing on the platform of a train station.
Graduated from the Arden school of theatre in 2011 and since then I have been a member of a Frankie Valli tribute band (Jersey Boys) which has taken me all over the UK, Ireland and as far as Dubai. Spending so much time on the road got me really hooked on photography because I frequently visited areas of the country I hadn't been before, there were endless amounts of photographic opportunities and I'm fortunate that this line of work allowed me to have lots of free time to explore and document my journey.
I'm self taught when it comes to photography but I feel this does not reflect in the images I produce. In my spare time I'm always trying to better myself , so usually have ongoing projects to get me out of the house and also learn new techniques during the editing process on software such as Lightroom, Photoshop or Final Cut Pro X. A good example of this is with the video below, produced last year when I travelled New Zealand
Before you begin, sit back, turn the sound up and enjoy the short video below:
Please take a look around my site and if you like what you see, or already have a project in mind! lets make it happen