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This was by far one of my favourite weddings I have ever photographed. It was just. so. fun!
From the huge TV screen placed in the gardens so that the guests could watch England win one of the World Cup matches, to the hilarious surprise 'Dirty Dancing' routine, the day was filled with joy and laughter.
It was the height of summer, the sun was shining and it was looking like it was going to be another clear, hot day. I met Anna at her sister Jess's house to document the bridal preparations.
Makeup artist Lucy (@BridalbyLucy) and hair stylist Jonquil (JQ Hair) were already there, preparing the girls for the day ahead . .
Meanwhile the groomsmen got ready at a hotel in York, near by to the church where they were about to marry . . .
The ceremony was held at a beautiful church in Heworth, York. After the ceremony took place the guests all threw confetti for the newlyweds and then began their journey to Scampston Hall wedding venue.
Anna wanted to visit her family members headstones in Dunnington, to lay flowers for her loved ones who couldn't be there on her wedding day. The three of us went there, I stepped back and documented it as it naturally happened, capturing the emotions and the love between the newlyweds.
The reception was held at Scampston Hall, it is a stunning country house in North Yorkshire with the most beautiful gardens and grounds, it's well worth a visit in Spring and Summer if you haven't been before, it really is a stunning place.
The sun was shining and the guests were already at the venue when we arrived, enjoying a drink in the gardens, awaiting the start of the World Cup England football match which was playing on a big screen by Media Displays.
As the wedding party and guests relaxed I took lots of natural images as the day unfolded...
Singer Rachel Croft sang beautiful acoustic songs during the course of the afternoon.
I have photographed numerous weddings where Rachel has been the singer and she is fantastic, she has such a gorgeous voice, I would really recommend her for those looking for some dreamy live music for their special day.
The guests enjoyed the speeches and wedding breakfast in the marquee (a beautiful, large marquee provided by Will's Marquees)
There were little personal touches throughout the marquee, such as special framed photographs, flowers and of course the beautiful wedding cake made by Bridezillas Cakes.
As the guests entered the marquee to prepare for the speeches I walked over to the table with this little lady, I had my camera in my hand and she just stared at me like this, haha, I love her little expression! What a cutie :-)
We headed into the beautiful gardens for some Bride + Groom portraits. I also wanted to capture the beauty of Anna's flowers, her bouquet featured some gorgeous grey-toned roses called 'Earl Grey Roses', I absolutely loved them!
Her florist was Flowers at the Barn for those who are looking for beautiful flowers for their wedding :-)
We also walked through the gardens to the beautiful bridge to capture some family and wedding party portraits. I can't express how much I loved this venue! So many beautiful little spots for photography . . .
On the evening the newlyweds cut their cake and then surprised their guests with an amazing surprise performance, the 'Dirty Dancing' dance routine, where Wubbsy played the part of Baby and Anna was a brilliant Patrick Swayze! There was so many laughs it was so fun!
I absolutely loved this day, it was full of laughter and a wedding I will always remember (thanks to that dance routine haha!)
Thank you so much Anna + Wubbsy for asking me to document your day.
If you are interested in me photographing your wedding please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from you!
Sophie Eleanor Photography | Based in York, North Yorkshire | Newborn, Family + Wedding Photographer