Marriott Hotel York Wedding Photographer Winston Sanders shot of beautiful bride and group on bench in garden

This was my first Christmas Wedding. Well it was the day after Boxing Day to be precise and it was a predictably nippy start to the day. However the sun was out giving the frost a brilliant twinkle and remained shining for the entire day. This was made even more incredible given that surrounding York and throughout most of the country snow was falling! I was really honoured to be asked to be Rich and Nic’s York Wedding Photographer. Rich is a friend with whom I had previously worked as a Primary School teacher for a few years, so it was especially enjoyable and humbling being such an important part of their wedding. Rich and Nic asked me to photograph Rich getting ready whilst Nic had a friend photograph her as she prepared herself for the big day. It was fun hanging out with Rich again and his best man Adam at the Marriott Hotel, the venue for their reception. He seemed remarkably calm although I suspected that perhaps he was hiding his nerves well! Nic and Rich were married at St Paul’s Church, Holgate in York. It was a lovely church with a very welcoming vicar and they had decorated it beautifully, fully embracing the Christmas theme. In fact the songs were Christmas carols with a swing feel thanks to the fantastic band. Tea and coffee was served after the service which gave everyone a chance to wish the bride and groom well whilst stuffing their faces with lovely homemade cakes! Back at the Marriott Hotel, Rich, Nic and I took a walk around the grounds stopping every now and then for a minute to take a couple of photos. We got through the formal group shots in super speedy time so we could all get back in and enjoy a glass or two of bubbly in the warmth. The evening was awesome and I had lots of fun shooting some long exposure dance floor shots. It was a superb Christmas Wedding. Thanks Nic and Rich for choosing me to be your York Wedding Photographer. I loved it.

Groom doing up his waistcoat before his weddingGetting dressed at the Marriott Hotel York for his big day!A nervous Mr Bunce about to get marriedRich getting ready at the Marriottphone shot of the churchpreparing the cakesRich having his best man attach his flowerA christmas wedding St Paul's Church YorkRach and Emma hugThe groom meeting guests St Paul's Church York Wedding PhotographySt Paul's Church YorkThe bride arrivesA nervous groom having a laugh before the ceremonyA happy bride about to get marriedthe bride looks for her groom St Paul's Church York Wedding PhotographySt Paul's Church YorkThe groom looks for his bride St Paul's Church York Wedding PhotographyThe bride makes her way down the aisle as the groom's mother sheds a tearThe ceremony St Paul's Church York Wedding PhotographySt Paul's Church York Wedding whole church back shotSigning the registerA happy coupleHappily marriedSigning the registerRich and Nic leave St Paul's Church YorkThe best man goofing around.St Paul's church band and whole group wedding photography shot from overheadDiane the best receptionist ever from Copmanthorpe Primary schoolMore happy guests at St Pauls's YorkHappy guestsCute baby St Paul's Church York Wedding PhotographyMarie and Julie Guests in the churchMore confettie!Confetti throwing galore St Paul's Church York Wedding PhotographyConfetti throwing St Paul's Church York Wedding PhotographyThe classic car wedding shot in YorkChilled wedding shot in York on a wooded pathA brick wall shot Marriott Hotel York Wedding PhotographyBrick walls are quite good for wedding photographyBride and groom looking hot Marriott Hotel York Wedding PhotographyMarriott Hotel York Wedding Photography Rich and NicMarriott Hotel York Wedding Photography by Winston SandersMore group shotsFormal group shotsThe groom and his groomsmen Marriott Hotel York Wedding PhotographyFormal group shotsSay whaaat?Well hello there fella!Black and white Marriott Hotel York Wedding Reception trio of photographsWhispering to the bride at the MarriottBaby having the time of his lifeWedding cake and heart Marriott Hotel York Wedding PhotographyThe wedding cake Marriott Hotel York Wedding PhotographyRings and a treeAt the piano having fun Marriott Hotel York WeddingRich and Nic at the piano at Marriott Hotel York WeddingThe wedding dress looking awesomeBride and Groom cutting the cake at The Marriott Hotel York WeddingGood chatFun and laughter at this York weddingBride and groom laughingToasting the bride and groomGroom does his speechEnjoying the wedding speechesLaughing at the speechesSpeech funMr & Mrs wooden silver lettering table stand for weddingB & W receptionThe first dance Marriott Hotel YorkDance floor shotsDance like no one is watching Winston Sanders Wedding PhotographyLong expose with flash dance floor shotsGetting it on on the dance floorLong exposure with flash wedding shots Winston Sanders PhotographyDancing it upWedding textingDancing like a bossDancing the Macarena at a wedding. Obligatory cheese.
Thanks so much to these two lovely people who helped the day go super smoothly: My awesome assistant Rachael and Rich’s best man Adam. They were worth their weight in gold.

The best photography assistants ever!

In need of a Marriott Hotel York Wedding Photographer? Someone who won’t keep you away from your guests for long but will capture all the beauty of your wedding? Not getting married in York? Don’t worry, I don’t charge for travel for anywhere in England! Get in touch by clicking here, sending me an email to or giving me a ring on 07896 486474, and lets have a chat.


Great photos, looks like an excellent day.

Lovely photos of a wonderful day!

Great pictures.

Katharine McBride

Great pictures Winston, very natural and capturing Rich and Nic’s personalities.

Beautiful photos that really capture the day and some special memories.

Such natural photos, Winston. Brings back memories of you taking the photos at Marde and Rhys’ wedding in Australia.

Beautiful photos. A great photographer and lovely guy!

Cracking photos – captures what was a great day!

Lovely pics on a lovely day for a lovely couple!

Such wonderful photos effortlessly capture a truly beautiful day.

Wendy Featherstone

Lovely photos that have captured every part of your wedding in such a lovely way. Congratulations once again Rich and Nic 🙂

Amazing photos of an amazing day!

Fab pictures.. Make sure the Maariott buy the one which has their sign in the background….

Katherine Chaplin

Fantastic photos that sum up a fantastic day! 😀 x

Monica Jones from Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
What a lovely wedding and such lovely photos.

Lovely photos, lovely day!

Wonderful photo’s of a wonderful couple! Am recommending you to a colleague for her wedding!

Lovely Christmas Wedding,lovely photos too

What a beautiful day for you both! My prayers are with you for a long and joyful marriage 🙂 xx

It was such a pleasure to share the special day with Nic and Rich. Great pictures which capture the sense of joy and happiness amazingly well. 🙂

Becky Inonge Herrington

What beautiful pics for a lovely couple!

Really stunning pictures, so relaxed and capturing their happiness

Nice pics. Enjoy your free print, random strangers. 🙂

Stunning photos, i almost feel as though I was there!

Didnt even notice you there and look what an amazing job you’ve done. excellent photography!

Amazing day, captured perfectly on film! Great photos, helping to secure memories for a lifetime! ps love the natural “laughing” shots 🙂

Amazing photos, gorgeous couple, you really capture the feel of the day on your photos!

Superb photos, lovely to see such an amazing range of shots.

Great photos , no fuss and well presented

Loved your no fuss way of producing such beautiful photos. An album any newly weds would be proud of.

Beautiful photos of my best friend and her new husband! Good job!

Fab pics as always Winston!

It was a pleasure to see how you worked on the day and the photographs produced are excellent.

Great pictures! Hot band.

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