Our own photographers Hollie and Patrick (together they are the ‘M’ in M and G Photographic!) had their own wedding celebrations in August 2019 – and our own photographer Chris and our regular second shooter George were both there to photograph it all! Hollie and Patrick explain a little about their day, from their outside ceremony, to their outside first dance!
“We got engaged at the beginning of 2018 and we had our legal ceremony, at Hull Guildhall later last year, with just a few family members present. So, we’ve been legally married for over a year now – however, we had always planned our ‘official’ wedding celebrations for 20th August 2019, exactly four years to the day after we first met. We asked Patrick’s parents if we could have our wedding celebrations at their house – which is a beautiful old farm – and luckily and very happily, they said yes!
In hindsight, as wedding photographers with a 10 month old baby, perhaps picking a date at the height of summer wasn’t the wisest decision. In fact, a few days before the big day arrived, we were worried we were looking at a wedding equivalent of Fyre Festival! After photographing 8 weddings in the previous 14 days leaving us more than a little exhausted, we had two days to make the wedding happen! Throughout the summer, as with every summer, we have been rushed off our feet, we really do work just about every hour that is available when we are not sleeping. Add to that it being the first wedding season we’ve had since having Harrison, who is our newest edition to our perfect little family. All in all, this all meant finding time to put a DIY wedding into action was rather difficult. We planned the really well, but we did leave dressing the venue to the last minute a little!
In the end though, with a lot (and we mean a lot) of help from friends and family, we were all able to pull it all off. The wedding day was perfect – a real DIY Wedding triumph! We had planned the day just how we wanted it, with no big gaps or lulls. After the ceremony, live music from Chris and Louie and Pavey Ark, plus the fantastic Magician James Kirman kept everyone entertained.
Also at many DIY weddings we photograph, though the decorations and other aspects have been beautifully made by the couple, there is generally someone there ‘running’ the day, be that a caterer or bar staff. However, we had no one to do this as we wanted an intimate day, all in one location, with a completely non-commercial. So, it really was just us, our family and our friends setting everything up, serving everything and keeping the whole day running smoothly. This is what we wanted – an utterly unique day, unlike any other wedding we’ve photographed (and we’ve photographed hundreds and hundreds of beautiful weddings!) Our day also lacked many of the traditional aspects of a wedding day: bridesmaids, best man, we just had one speech, no sit down meal. This wasn’t a deliberate act – it’s just when we came to plan our perfect wedding day, we just planned it to be as relaxed as possible, so many things just got left out of the planning without us really realising.
We had a humanist ceremony, superbly officiated by our very close friend and our fellow photographer Matt (the G in M and G Photographic!) The ceremony involved handfasting – using a handfasting cords made by Hollie – that were tied by our siblings and children. We also had personal vows, plus readings chosen by our friends Stef and Hannah. Then, the rest of the day was just what all our couples have always told us to expect – it was a complete blur! The hours raced by and we are so pleased we chose Chris and George to document it all.
As photographers, picking our photography team was the biggest decision for us. We knew we wanted two photographers, as we know how beneficial it is to be able to be in two places at one time. Also that first look during the ceremony was important to us. Both of us cried as soon as we saw each other – so we are so pleased we had two photographers present to capture this, plus all the other important moments, from two angles.
We knew exactly the kind of photography Chris and George specialise in, as we work with them every week – and most importantly, we know how good they are. And they delivered images beyond even our expectations – not one pose, no staging, no direction. Just stunning, natural photography. Thanks so much Chris and George – we will treasure these images always. We took only one group shot all day, that you can see further down this blog. We knew as documentary photographers how much group photos get in the way of everyone having a good time. But we did ensure we got one single group with our perfect little family – apart from that, it really was all just natural photography and that’s what we wanted. The results are stunning.
We had an ‘unplugged’ wedding – we asked our guests to leave their cameras in their bags and their phones in their pockets, as we knew we could trust our own photography team to do the most amazing job. Importantly, we just wanted everyone to have a fantastic and relaxed day and forget about documenting moments – and just enjoy them. There were a few notable exceptions: Hollie sneaked a few photos in the morning before our photographers arrived, more out of nerves than anything (see the first photo in this blog!) Then, Patrick took one image of Hollie breastfeeding and lastly, Patrick’s dad is never without a camera at his own house – you can see a few images by him in this blog! We are so pleased we had an unplugged day – it was so refreshing when going through the images to see people interacting with each other all day long, rather than posing for photos or taking selfies.
We did as much as possible ourselves in terms of the wedding itself, with Hollie working tirelessly on decorations right the way through the year and Patrick’s parents working day and night on their already beautiful garden to make it look even more beautiful. Nevertheless, we did enlist the support and expertise of the following quite frankly amazing people: Floral and Lace (Zara is THE best Florist in Yorkshire – if you want stylish and contemporary flowers, do not go anywhere else), Patrick’s sister Ellen for baking AMAZING cakes and making AMAZING evening food and AMAZING canapés and AMAZING extra buffet food – we have no idea how she managed to find the time to do it all, The St Quentin Arms for providing lovely buffet food, The Artisan Cafe for supplying so many delicious cakes and sweet treats that everyone loved, Sophie Cash for doing a stunning job with Hollie’s make up, Edge Mobile Hairdressing for doing a wonderful job with Hollie and her family’s hair and Deborah Moore Bridal for supplying the stunning Sottero Midgely dress that looked so amazing on Hollie. Above all, our thanks to Patrick’s parents for letting us hold the wedding at their beautiful house – we left it a little tight by leaving only a few days to put it all together, but it was more than worth it. We planned the day we wanted and everyone had the very best day ever.
Shortly after the wedding, Hollie’s family had some really sad and unexpected news that has really rocked everyone. So now, even more than we imagined, we are so pleased that we have this collection of images to look back on forever. Our images show both our families smiling and laughing, everyone captured in time enjoying such a perfect day together”. Patrick and Hollie Mateer.
Photography by M and G Photographic – thanks again to George and Chris, we absolutely love our photographs.