Ross & Grace’s DIY Wedding at Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, County Durham

London based couple Ross & Grace had a beautiful DIY wedding in a church in Grace’s hometown of Darlington just round the corner from her house near Stanhope Park. View the full wedding using the slideshow below (swipe through images on a mobile) or scroll down for a few shots:

The weather was very humid, at the end of a late May heatwave, so the sunshine in the morning was very strong, with the threat of a summer storm, which caught us at around 3pm, just as we got the reception venue after taking some photos walking through the park.

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This backlighting from the window created a brilliant glow to the image, which surprised me when I started shooting the bridal preparations as this room was quite small, but worked so well for this shot.

0180_Ross_&_Grace_Wedding_Holy_Trinity_Church_Darlington_County_DurhamThe Father of the Bride (Kevin) having some fun checking his watch (we were totally on time) as we walked to the church through the park.

0209_Ross_&_Grace_Wedding_Holy_Trinity_Church_Darlington_County_DurhamA reassuring elbow squeeze from the Best Man.

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0251_Ross_&_Grace_Wedding_Holy_Trinity_Church_Darlington_County_Durham0283_Ross_&_Grace_Wedding_Holy_Trinity_Church_Darlington_County_DurhamThe church had some beautiful wild flowers in the gardens and a path way with cherry trees for some portraits.

0327_Ross_&_Grace_Wedding_Holy_Trinity_Church_Darlington_County_DurhamI loved the architecture of Darlington, with it’s victorian houses of rustic brick and quaint little alleys, mews cottages and sash windows.

Ross & Grace Wedding, Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, County Durham

Ross & Grace Wedding, Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, County Durham

Ross & Grace Wedding, Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, County Durham

Ross & Grace Wedding, Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, County Durham

Ross & Grace Wedding, Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, County Durham

Ross & Grace Wedding, Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, County Durham

Grace had an amazing veil that Father of The Bride, Kevin, and Bridesmaid, Emily, helped me utilise for a couple of shots. We took some shots in the park on the way from the church and got to the reception venue just before the heavens opened with a summer storm.

Ross & Grace Wedding, Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, County Durham

We shot this photo just outside the doorway of the reception venue in the car park. Some off camera flash backlighting and exposure settings really help make the rain stand out (and hide the carpark in the background!)

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Catering: Paella by Antonio

Dress: Wed2B.co.uk

Hairstyling/Make-up: Vincent Owen -Darlington

Bridesmaids dresses: Chi Chi London

Groomswear: Moss Bros