Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Wedding Photography The Priory, Syningthwaite | Wedding Photographer York | Amanda and Matthew

Saturday, 11 June and two new venues for us - St Mary's church, Great Ouseburn, York and The Priory, Syningthwaite, Wetherby.  As York wedding photographers, it was such a pleasure to capture the celebrations as Amanda married Matthew in this pretty village church.  The couple actually live in a cottage at The Priory, Syningthwaite which is in an idyllic location surrounded by open countryside and it was when they were looking for a new home that they found not only that, but the perfect venue for their wedding reception.  We arrived at the couple's cottage to begin taking photographs of Amanda's dress and accessories whilst Amanda was still at the hairdresser.  Having just enough time left before we had to leave for St Mary's to meet Matthew, we got some shots as Amanda's mum, Sue, laced the back of her daughter's dress.  Matthew and his best man, Clive were nice and early and after taking their photographs and some of Matthew with his mum, Sandra and sister, Emma, we waited for Amanda's arrival with her dad, Andrew and she too was early, travelling to the church in Matthew's parents' car, chauffeured by his dad, Paul.  Following the marriage ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Webster were greeted by a guard of honour and at almost exactly the moment they exited the church, it started to rain.  Amanda had been worried by the weather forecast during the week and admittedly, it hadn't looked good and on the day, it did give us the run around a bit! We decided to start the group photographs with parents inside the church and had just got set up when Andrew reported that the rain had stopped.  Back outside on the lovely lawn between the church and the vicarage and we had hopes of getting all the group photographs done there as it is such a pretty location, but with just one group shot in the can, the rain started again.  We suggested that everyone travel to Syningthwaite Priory and we hoped that in the meantime, the rain would clear.  It did - about a minute later allowing us to get some fab confetti shots before we left for the reception venue and although it was windy all day, the rain didn't make another appearance and Amanda's beautiful smile never left her face.  Once Amanda and Matthew arrived, we flew through the group photographs they'd asked for, leaving plenty of time to get some beautiful bridal portraits, couple shots and fun pictures with the girls before dinner.  Amanda and Matthew had decided that a first dance wasn't for them, so they enjoyed a bit of relaxed time out after the wedding breakfast having some romantic photographs taken.  They were a joy to work with and what fantastic families and friends they have.  It was a privilege to share their special day and wedding days like this, surrounded by such great people, remind us why we love our job so much.    

If you were a guest at Amanda and Matthew's wedding, please feel free to leave a comment below - thank you.

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