Charlie and Christina – their names even sounds good together don’t they?! This wedding was full of beautiful rock n roll spirit just like them. Both snowboarders, both lovers of metal music; I knew Christina’s hair would be pretty rad but WOW. Charlie and Christina who live in York kindly asked my to be their Sandburn Hall Wedding Photographer which I was particularly pleased about as they are good friends of mine. Charlie and I met in the same way Christina and Charlie met – on a snowboarding holiday. Needless to say there was a lot more romance involved in their meeting and no-one broke any bones as far as I’m aware. Unlike me… I’ve not snowboarded since.
On the day of the wedding I went to Charlie’s sister’s house (whose wedding I was also the photographer for so it was nice seeing my pictures on the walls!) to meet Charlie and his groomsmen getting ready. The entire time I was there was pretty much taken up with Charlie trying to tie is bow tie. I really felt for him but had no idea myself how to do it just like the other groomsmen who supportively made positive comments and stared intently at Charlie’s attempts and the offerings Google were providing. He got there in the end and in the blink of an eye I was at their house taking photos of Christina. Except Christina wasn’t there – she was running a little late whilst having her hair and make up done elsewhere. When she did arrive and put on her gorgeous dress her Dad was treated to the sight of his daughter looking absolutely stunning.
It wasn’t long after that I was at St Mary’s Church at Sand Hutton with the groomsmen and a slightly more nervous looking Charlie waiting for Christina to arrive. There was glorious sunshine as a double decker bus offloaded excited guests. Christina’s entrance blew everyone away; she looked radiant. It was a lovely ceremony with a memorable moment of hilarity when the youngest groomsmen replied, “ketchup” to the vicar’s enquiry of about the types of herbs the congregation could recall! After a crazy confetti moment outside the happy couple were whipped away to the stunning Sandburn Hall. It was the second time I’ve shot a wedding there so I was aware of how lovely it is but again was surprised at how much so. If you’re not a fan of golf don’t be put off booking a wedding a golf course. There are some absolute gems out there and this is one of them.
The weather decided to take a turn for the worse when we arrived but fortunately this was brief and we managed to get outside for the group shots and some lovely shots of Christina and Charlie alone. The food was excellent as were the speeches. The ceilidh however was perhaps even more fantastic! I’ve been to a lot of ceilidhs recently and they have all been very good. This one by The Monster Ceilidh Band was absolutely no exception by any means. Virtually all guests dancing and mingling early on in the evening is always a guarantee for an amazing party. The ceilidh smoothly transitioned into the disco later on and we were even treated to some much promised heavy metal moshing by the end of the night!
It was, all in all, an amazing day. Thanks so much guys for asking me to be your York wedding photographer! Here is a small selection of the images I took that day.
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