Kitty & Oli were married in central York before heading to Oli's family home. It was as photogenic as weddings get - beautiful people having a lovely time in fantastic locations on a gloriously sunny day - see the proof in the photos below...
I started out at the Acton family flat as the bride, bride's family and bridesmaids gathered to get ready and have a light lunch, courtesy of Steve who was very happy to have a task. I arrived to a busy household, but a welcoming one full of chatter and laughter and the welcome sight of neither Steve nor father of the bride Chris still in running gear. Kitty was relaxed (outwardly at least).
The flowers were late and the cars early, these things balance out.
St Olave's on Marygate is spectacular, and backs onto the Abbey in Museum Gardens - you may spot a few photos in the gardens, another stunning locale during a day full of them. We spotted another recently wedded couple there - it's a popular gathering spot for them (I'd use the collective noun for newly wedded couples here but I'm not sure what it is, suggestions welcome in the comments).
The service was traditional and grand, it made a welcome change from the typical minimal (but equally meaningful of course) registrar ceremonies I'm used to. Kitty looked beautiful and joined in with the choir for the finale. There was a very long - and wiggly - confetti line, you'll see Oli even had to duck at one point (I've no idea how I reversed the whole way in one piece, whilst also photographing).
We headed out of town to a lovely house on a farm, drinks were on the lawn and a large gazebo had been erected on the tennis court (for those of you interested - as was my wife who attended, who notices such things) - the tent was held in place by massive barrel weights since it could not be pitched into the ground (the court). This vast space had dining tables at one end and room for an evening ceilidh at the other.
Wedding food is nearly always excellent but the food served at this one was a clear 10/10 and although I did not try the casked ale, I heard glowing reviews. The speeches were very special; some of my favourite shots of the whole day came immediately after them as everyone was visibly emotionally exhausted from the speeches - Oli and best man Sam, and with Oli's grandma - those are the types of shots I just love.
Then there was dancing. A LOT of dancing. It seemed to me nearly everybody participated in every dance. I did my usual dance of taking shots whilst keeping out of harm's way. There'll be a separate blog for the ceilidh as this blog already has far too many nice photos.
Everybody at the wedding was lovely and friendly and funny...and photogenic as you'll see below. (Well I have to say that because I'm shooting Kitty's sister's wedding in September so I'll see half the guests again there).
Enjoy the photos!