Monday, 22 August 2011

Crook Hall and Gardens

Crook Hall is a rare example of three eras of English domestic architecture; mediaeval, Jacobean and Georgian. The oldest part of the building dates from around 1208 and is a backdrop for the beautiful gardens.


I found the bride getting ready in a beautiful beamed room with a view over to Durham Cathedral.



The good weather plan for the day, was to hold an outdoor ceremony. Hooray the weather was good!
The guests arrived through a wood.


I spotted this guest quietly sitting sketching the musicians who were playing background music.

 

The groom was quite anxious beforehand and was too nervous for posed photos so I surreptitiously hid behind a handy tree to get a picture.


After the ceremony, all the guests wandered through the gardens to have their drinks in the Secret Walled Garden, accompanied by more music.




After some mingling and some group photos, the bride and groom and I had a walk around taking photos.
In the Walled Garden...


...in the Cathedral Garden...


...in the Orchard...


... next to the Moat Pool and Ponds.


I was spoilt for choice and ideas for photos and could've photographed all day but it was time for the lunch to be served. The good weather plan for lunch was to have it outdoors. Hooray, the weather was still good!


After a thank you from the bride to everyone who was there to share their special day, the couple cut the cake in the mediaeval hall...


...and everyone enjoyed cake and the famous Crook Hall cream tea.


The comment from the bride after the wedding.

" We're back from our honeymoon and I just wanted to say a big thank you for last Friday (can it really be a week ago already?). You blended in perfectly and several people commented how good you were with the kids. Thank you! It was such a special day - we're still on a bit of a high and can't wait to see your pics."

And after seeing the photos.

" We're thrilled with the pics!! Thank you so much! It's lovely to have some of the details of Crook Hall as well as people pictures."



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