With all the anxiety and stress that 2020 caused, the postponement of a wedding was added pressure and very tough on young couples who have spent months planning their wedding day. Georgina and Matthew made the brave decision to actually bring their wedding day forward. That way they knew exactly where they were with the planning. Also how many guests they could have without having to await a change in plan or have to uninvite familyto their Danby Castle, North Yorkshire Wedding.
I first met this couple at a wedding fair held by Danby Castle. I knew from the start they were just my cup of tea. Relaxed and silly happy with each other we talked about their plans and I was delighted when they chose me to photograph their wedding.
The 4th of June arrives and it’s 3 weeks earlier than originally planned. We are in the midst of a flaming June and the sun is bursting.
Matthew has decided to get in a quick round of golf at Hunley Hall on the morning of his wedding. Possibly not the keenest golfer I’ve seen. When I arrived he is perusing the long grass having lost one of his balls. Not the ideal wedding morning scenario but it was quickly found allowing putting to commence. I joined them and Scott who was the wedding videographer for the day and tagged along for a while to watch play. Matthews groomsmen are slightly more talented on the green and helped him along with sarcastic comments, belly laughs and much hilarity at his divot making.
Leaving the boys to enjoy another 12 holes I joined team bride at Georgina’s parents house. This beautiful cottage was the perfect setting for bridal preparations. Nestling deep in the North Yorkshire moors with it’s stunning gardens and in glorious sunshine the house is bursting with excitement and happy laughter. The light coming through the windows is perfect for my dress and shoes photographs. I’m absolutely loving Georgina’s bespoke denim jacket bearing her new name and wedding date.
Packed lunch arrives and so ensues a conversation about the best sandwiches, all present agreeing that cheese and pickle can’t be beaten. As the morning busyness continues Prosecco corks pop. Shoes are polished and flowers for the girls hair are picked from the lush garden surrounding the cottage.
Team bride get their dresses and assist each other with various different tying styles. Multiway dresses are a lovely way to keep that little bit of individuality. Georgina makes her way quietly to her parents room where her mum is going to help her get ready.
The light is amazing and I love the colour tone it provides for these final few preparation photos. Georgina’s dress came from Broughton’s Bridal and it suits her perfectly.
Scott and I head off to Danby Castle. We leave Georgina to have a bit of breathing space for a few minutes. Then it’s time to jump it into Mums Landrover Discovery for her journey to the ceremony.
Wedding venues have to work even harder than usual at the moment. Each guest has to sign in and declare their lack of symptoms. Danby Castle have taken this in their stride and are highly organised and efficient. The guests barely notice and are happy mingling and catching up with each other again.
Finn arrives sporting his collar and bow tie.
A short time later so does our beautiful bride.
With guests in their seats whilst Georgina speaks to the registrars I can photograph the room which is overflowing with fresh flowers.
Our golfing hero has a nervous wait until the door opens and Georgina walks down the aisle with her very proud Dad. A few giggles, some lovely vows and it’s congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Johnson.
We no longer have the register to fill, all in the name of technology. However there is a form and the registrars always bring a spare copy for me to recreate the signing photo. An important bit of the ceremony I feel.
Heading back down the stone courtroom steps and into the open air we meet Max Case. A phenomenal saxophonist whose music fills the air while guests enjoy welcome drinks and canapes.
Once everyone has had a bit of a breather I take all of our guests over to the West wall of the Castle for a confetti tunnel.
Leaving our guests to enjoy the sunshine and the hospitality of the Danby Castle staff we head up onto the moors with Finn for some couples photos. Georgina and Matthew want relaxed and natural photos and some with Finn their beautiful spaniel. So this is exactly what we do.
Wedding breakfast time is fast approaching and the plan is to hold the wedding speeches before the meal so it’s back to the Castle we go. The speeches are warm and witty and everything a wedding speech should be. Provoking both laughter and tears they are the perfect start to the festivities ahead.
The final toast to the happy couple gives me a few minutes to photograph the room before the guests take their seats and the bride and groom make their entrance.
With everyone full to bursting after enjoying the wonders of Danby Castle’s very own chef, I take the bridal party to the ruins for some photographs. With the hot weather everyone is very thirsty and I’m preparing for these photos to take a little longer. The groomsmen did their best to act sober and it was a brilliantly funny episode.
The wedding stack, by The Savvy Baker is ready for the couple to cut. I’ve never seen anything like this “cake”, it’s a chocolate lovers dream and even has a Freddie Frog.
During the first lockdown of 2020 Carolyn and Phil made some huge changes to the Castle grounds. Such foresight means an outdoor area for the bride and groom to have their first dance together with a dj providing the music. This is wonderful and stays within the difficult guidelines that wedding venues are having to follow. The setting sun provides some beautiful backlight. As a result I’m able to use the courtroom steps to take some different photographs for them too.
Thankyou Georgina and Matthew for having me to share such a wonderful day with such amazing family and friends. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together with lots of time for more hugs and smiles.