In October 2021, I had the immense pleasure of spending the day with Darryl and Naomi - along with family and friends - as they celebrated ten years of married life by renewing their vows. By my height and my name, it's very clear that I'm a Guernsey girl (not a relative of Walter though!) and this beautiful family moved to the Lake District just before Covid from Guernsey too. There's a small but strong group of islanders who have made Cumbria their home! I'd not crossed over with Darryl and Naomi before (unusual in Guernsey circles!!) and so it was a double delight to meet them and record their day.
The service - which was filled with celebration and warmth - was at St. James' Church followed by a fantastic reception at Woodlands Country House in Ireby. The Etoile String Quartet played beautifully at both locations and after months of little or no live music, their playing added to the emotion of the day which was already full of so much joy and love. If anyone is considering how to celebrate a marriage milestone, I can think of no better life and love-affirming way to do so! Congratulations Darryl and Naomi!
With weddings feeling a little bit closer every day, it's a good time to celebrate them! If you haven't seen it yet, the new edition of Your North West Wedding magazine is out and de la Mare Creative features on quite a few pages! You can see images from the styled shoot I was involved with at Calthwaite Hall, a feature on the new Polaroid options in our wedding collections and a few of our favourite photos!
On a beautifully chilly day in January, Ben and Ailsa got married! We had a lovely wedding wander around the balmy Winter Gardens in Duthrie Park, Aberdeen. Lots of joy and beauty in these photos! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Millard!
Just before Christmas we had the pleasure of spending a wintery day with these lovely people down in the South Lakes at St. Thomas' Church in Kendal. The day was crisp and the atmosphere was joyful with lots of smiles and laughter! Congratulations to the lovely Mr and Mrs Theobald!
It's been a busy two or three months leading to a very delayed 'Best of 2017'. I almost considered leaving it until 2018 but there were so many lovely moments in the last year that I thought it was worth popping them up even if they are a little late. Thank you to all those who have appeared through the lens of the de la Mare camera this year!
Starting with a stunning Couple's shoot for Simon and Bethany in January, following their London wedding, this year's weddings have been a joy! There's a couple in here too of Tom and Hannah's stunning Graphistudio album that arrived this year. Congratulations one and all.
Floral and Fauna...
It's hard categorising photos - a few in here could fit into the lovely people section, just they aren't people! Getting out and about or shooting pets in the studio were some of the highlights of 2017, with another successful Pet Week in Angel Square and lots of opportunities for capturing nature.
Businesses and Organisations...
It's been such a pleasure to work with lots of different local businesses and organisations again this year including the beautiful work of mj cabinetmakers, a stunning fashion collection, work for the wonderful Ullswater Community College (including a little bit of Joey Essex) and Eden Boutique and a project for Hospice at Home's 20th anniversary including a visit from The Duchess of Gloucester. If you don't know about Hospice at Home, please check out their website - it's a wonderful charity.
Sessions with some lovely people...
Really, it's all about people. Thank you to all of these people who spent a little portion of their 2017 with me as we preserved a few memories together.
Happy Anniversary to these two! It was a crisp, beautiful day in London last November (followed by a equally crisp and beautiful day in the lakes for a couple shoot which will follow soon!) when these two tied the knot. Such a beautiful one and lots of fun and colour! Congrats Mr and Mrs Ward-Wilson!
A little later but here we go! The mini-film for Amy and Yann's Wedding Day. Congratulations once again. I can't wait for the French day!
The locations were Wetheral Parish Church and the Heather Glen Country House. The music for the film is 'Life is Good' by Derek Clegg (freemusicarchive.org).
Such a sun-kissed, joyful, atmospheric and beautifully crafted wedding was Tom and Hannah's! Tom and Hannah's personality and love brimmed out of every aspect of their day - congratulations Mr and Mrs Wright!
And their Wedding Film...
It was a few months ago (but fairly similar weather!) that Sarah and Andy were married at Low House in Armathwaite. It was a lovely, relaxed day with lots of children running around the grounds of the beautiful house. The setting of Low House was fantastic with such a comfortable feel and yet with real attention to detail - and a very warm welcome from the owners Charles and Sara Ecroyd.
I've had the pleasure of photographing Sarah a couple of times and the rest of the family at their engagement sitting which was wonderful. It's so lovely to get to know couples before the wedding and it makes the photo-taking experience even more special.
Here are a couple from the day:
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