As the summer comes to an end, I finally get chance to reflect on weddings that I had the joy to capture during the sunnier months (well, allegedly).
The first one I just had to revisit was the gorgeous and lovely Laura and Patrick who tied the knot back in July.
Events began early in the morning at Laura’s family home where the girls all got ready together.
There was a lovely atmosphere in the house and I was honoured to be part of it. During the morning, Patrick had arranged for a few surprises to happen. Firstly there was a gift, a box of chocolates with a clue indicating there would be a knock at the door at 10.30. It was all very “Milk Tray” man.
And then right on the dot, there was a man at the door! He was hand delivering Laura’s something blue, an Omega watch!
Then it was time for Laura’s Dad to come and see his daughter for the first time in her dress. I cannot begin to tell you just how emotional it was. Dad took a good 5 minutes to compose himself before he could even walk in the room. There were tears, lots and lots of tears, mine included!
Thank you to all the parents that let me share those amazing, heart melting moments with them!
After all the preparation it was time for the ceremony at St Paul’s Church, Acomb, York. Patrick and his groomsmen were all there looking very dapper, ready for Laura's arrival. It was a lovely ceremony, there was a choir who incidentally sang the Leeds football anthem at one point during the service. It was a fun, love filled, gorgeous ceremony!
Heading out from the church, we did a great confetti shot with all their friends and family taking part. Then it was onto The Principal Hotel for the wedding breakfast and celebrations. The bride and groom travelled in style in a stunning vintage car. There was even transport for the guests, Laura and Patrick really did think of everything on their day!
The wedding breakfast went perfectly. There was a scratch card competition for all the guests to take part in and a bottle of Prosecco with a sparkler for the winners! The Father of the Bride was also presented with a giant cheque for a whopping £8. Apparently that was what was his change left over from the wedding budget!
The weather was fabulous all day so we used the gorgeous grounds for some photographs before heading inside to capture Laura and Patrick in the opulent surroundings and architecture of the Principal's interior.
Then it was time for the party! After the cake cutting and a gorgeous first dance by the bride and groom it was time to get up and boogie. The band were amazing and I am sure everyone was still on their feet long after I went home to rest mine.
Head down through the photographs to find all the suppliers details!
Laura and Patrick wanted to say thank you to all the suppliers that made their day perfect with a couple of special thanks to a few that really went above and beyond.
Firstly, Nicole at Elise Design who made the mother of the brides outfit, altered all the bridesmaids dresses and the brides dress. Laura says that she virtually took her dress to pieces before turning it into the dress of her dreams!
Also, the staff at The Principal and in particular Holly and Beth. As a self confessed perfectionist and an events manager herself, Laura knew what she wanted and the team at the hotel supported her fully and made sure that their wedding was the best day of their lives.
It was such a lovely day, one I will remember as one of my favourites for a long time to come! Thank you to Laura and Patrick, their friends and family for making my job such a pleasure on their day. I hope my photographs bring them all lots of joy for many years to come.
Thank you as ever to Holly and the fabulous team at The Principal for letting me be part of their organisation for the day. If you want to speak to Holly or Helen about having your wedding at The Principal, call them on 01904 653681.
And if you need a photographer for your day, please get in touch. I would love meet you for coffee to hear more about your day, I can show you some more of my work and we can see if we get on. Give me a ring on 01904 533476 or drop me a line on [email protected]
The Dress - Louise Perry Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses - ASOS
Mother of the Bride & dress alterations - Elise Design
Hair and Make up - Michaela Love Make up and Hair
Suits - Ted Baker at Moss Bros
Wedding Car - Max Wedding Cars
Vintage Bus - York Pullman
Flowers and styling - Fulford Flowers
Cake - Cakes by Rebecca
Band - The Entertainment Company UK
Milk Tray Man - Berry's Jewellers