Principal Hotel Weddings//Mags and Jamie

May 05, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Sometimes weddings come along that you know are going to be unique and allow you  to create some fabulous wedding day photographs for the bride and groom. As soon as I met Magdalene and Jamie I just knew that their wedding was going to be something special!

Their wedding took place on a lovely sunny day in September last year at the fabulous York wedding venue, The Principal Hotel. As a recommended wedding photographer at The Principal Hotel, I always know where to get the best photographs on the wedding day.

Magdalene is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and met Jamie during their time at York University back in 2012. When Jamie proposed over cream tea at the Principal in 2017 they just knew that was where the wanted to tie the knot.

brides purple wedding bouquet on staircase of hotelprincipal-hotel-wedding-photographer1


First I headed off to capture some photographs of the amazing wedding bouquet with it's vibrant colours and styling from Dutch Nurseries. It looked stunning amongst the backdrop of the historic staircase as did Magdalene's dress when displayed in the same area.

Brides gown hanging majestically in doorway of hotelyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel1

bridal party having their hair and make up done prior to wedding ceremonyyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-6

The bridal party used one of the rooms at the hotel to get ready in. And apparently they were there very early in the morning to get themselves sorted. Daniella from Boss Blend Beauty did an amazing job, making sure that all the ladies looked stunning! And Sarah from Elegance & Flair made sure that everyones hair was set in place, including Jamie's.

Groom and his groomsmen in the gardens of the principal hotel principal-hotel-wedding-photographer-3
Father sees his daughter in her bridal gown for the first time principal-hotel-wedding-photographer-4

There is always something special when a father sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress. It is special moments like this that you will treasure forever from your wedding day. Knowing the hotel like I do, I knew exactly where to stand to capture this amazing series of emotional wedding day photos.

Bridesmaids, with the bride and her father making their way to the wedding ceremonyyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-4
The father of the bride escorting his daughter down the aisle with blossom trees on either sideyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-11

The Oak Room looked stunning with the blossom trees from Fulford Flowers beautifully framing the aisle. There were also lots of decorations and personal touches around the room which Mag and Jamie had put in place. They represented their likes and interests like Studio Ghibli animation films, succulents and decorative symbols from Chinese culture representing double happiness. It really was a wonderful setting that expressed both of their personalities and culture.

Bride and groom wedding ceremony photograph including their first kiss as Mr and Mrsyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-12
The bride with her bouquet in window lightyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel2

bride and groom on victorian staircase at the principal hotel yorkyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-5
bride and groom walking down stunning staircaseprincipal-hotel-wedding-photographer-5


After the ceremony we took advantage of the stunning architecture inside The Principal Hotel before heading out into the gorgeously manicured gardens and fountain area for those stunning wedding day portraits. Magdalene had also expressed an interest in going to York Minster to capture some photographs in front of that too. 

bride and groom portraits in the hotel groundsyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-8
Bride and groom in the gardens holding hands next to a fountain york-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-10
Bride and groom wedding photograph in front of York Minsteryork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel3


I think you will agree that taking a quick trip to York Minster on the wedding day for a few more photographs was well worth it.

bride and groom in Principal hotel gardens with the cathedral veil blowing in the windprincipal-hotel-wedding-photographer-6

The finishing touches at the wedding breakfast york-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-13
Bride and groom with wedding cake principal-hotel-wedding-photographer-7

As the evening function was about to start Mag and Jamie saw the wedding cake for the very first time and they were blown away! The cake was a work of art and made even better by the fact that it was handmade by Magdalene's sister Elena. It's decoration also focused on succulents with a string of hearts (a type of succulent) trailing down the cake and a Studio Ghibli - Totoro character on the top. The cake itself was mille crepe, so each of the three layers were made up of wafer-thin crepes. Apparently there was a 'cake team' working well into the night before making and assembling the cake! 

Bride tossing the bouquet at the evening reception to the ladiesprincipal-hotel-wedding-photographer-8


Before the traditional first dance, Mags and Jamie had some other things planned. After getting announced into the room by Pat their DJ and evening host, Mag wanted to throw her bouquet to the ladies in the room and then it was Jamies turn to remove the garter before tossing that to the gents.

Groom retrieves garter with his teeth before tossing it to his male guestsprincipal-hotel-wedding-photographer-9

bride and groom do their first dance as man and wifeyork-wedding-photographer-principal-hotel-7

I had the best time with Magdalene and Jamie at their wedding and it was a real honour to capture their first wedding. Thank you so much for having me, for allowing me to share your day and for letting me write a lovely follow up on your day!

Now, as I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, Mags was from Kuala Lumpur and in October they went over to her home for a second wedding. They had a ceremony at their family home and then went onto a reception near by. The photographs below are from that wedding!



Thank you, as ever to the team at The Principal Hotel for letting me be part of their organisation for the day. If you want to speak to Holly about having your wedding at The Principal, give her a call her on 01904 653681.

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]


Dress - La Novia

Suits - Debenhams

Bridesmaid Dresses - Mix Bridal

Hair - Elegance & Flair

Make up - Boss Blend Beauty 

Flowers - Dutch Nurseries

Blossom Trees - Fulford Flowers

DJ and Wedding Host- Pat Mulligan

Guitarist - Steven Heath 

Cake - Mags Sister Elena Teh

Videographer - Thomas Midgley 




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