It's no wonder a photographer recommended Kelly and Caroline Briggs of The Twins, the sister wedding photography team out of Newcastle in the UK, for this Northumberland wedding; they were named Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars this past year (and in addition to their beautiful imagery, Caroline shared her expertise on how to keep your business profitable—look out for her in the May Wedding issue, too).
"After meeting Kelly in the couple's local pub for a drink and a chat, the deal was sealed and we were on board," Caroline says. "Ingrid and Graeme's energy, style and natural charm really shone through on the day, which was such fun to capture. As were Ingrid's killer red lips."
Kelly designed the couple's stationery and table plan, too, a nice way for the sisters to get to know the bride and groom, their tastes and what they had in mind well before the big day. "It was lovely hearing their initial ideas," Caroline says, "seeing them evolve and come together wonderfully on the day."
The choice of venue was another thing to look forward to: Brinkburn Priory is a medieval monastery that is "absolutely steeped in history, charm and atmosphere," Caroline explains, "and we always love shooting there. A great start!"
That's right: the Briggs twins have shot at Brinkburn Priory before. Photographing a wedding at a familiar venue certainly has its benefits, but, as Caroline explains, "it always runs the risk of losing a fresh edge."
But for the photographers, there's an easy fix: "We draw inspiration from the two things that always change: the couple and the light. Each couple will have their own dynamic—we try to tap into that and let them be themselves during their portraits."
When it came time for portraits, the weather was "a typically grey and drizzly English day," Caroline recounts, "which lent itself well to using Brinkburn's crumbling (and reputedly haunted) Manor House for couple photos in front of the beautiful full-height, shuttered windows."
Cameras: 2 Canon 5D Mark IIIs
Lenses: 24-70mm f/2.8, 35mm Sigma Art, 85mm f/1.8mm, 70-200mm f/2.8