Easter Saturday was the first of two Easter weekend weddings for us. Spring, blossom, daffodils, warm sunshine…..right? Wrong! This crazy Winter still had it’s claws well and truly into the Yorkshire Dales , but we’re not complaining. The sun was out, the snow was sparkling and everything looked fresh and beautiful for Gemma and Asa’s wedding at Bolton Castle.
We were really looking forward to this wedding, and not just because Bolton Castle is one of our very favourite wedding venues – a proper medieval castle perched on a hill overlooking the rolling Dales. Gemma and Asa are one of the lovliest, funniest, warmest couples you could ever hope to meet, and after numerous conversations on Facebook we were pretty sure their family and friends were going to be the same. We weren’t disappointed – starting with a very pleasant bear hug from Alison, the bride’s Mum, upon arrival at Gemma’s house in the morning! I had a really fun morning with Gemma, Mum, Grandma (who had turned 98 the day before), beautiful bridesmaid Melissa and the lovely Becci from Hair by Becci. Caroline met up with Asa and the boys for their preparations and the obligatory trip to the pub in Askrigg (commonly known as the “middle pub”). Here are some highlights from the wedding preparations:
It was then time to head up to Bolton Castle for the Wedding Ceremony and Reception. It’s such an atmospheric, romantic setting for a wedding. The ceremony took place in the beautiful bright Solar and was full of laughter (as is usual with these two) and some tears – just lovely. You have to be hardy to live in Askrigg so there was never any question about heading out into the very low temperatures for some bride and groom photos. When I say “heading out” it was more of a “slipping and sliding out”…followed by family and group photos in the old Chapel.
The wedding breakfast room looked stunning, complete with plenty of personal touches: individual favour bags filled with treats including Gemma’s fine homemade shortbread, and a fabulous wedding cake baked by Gemma, topped with Gemma and Asa sheep doppelgängers!
And so to the speeches, starting with a traditional Scottish toast by the piper and then another toast to Grandma’s 98th birthday! The speeches were fantastic with much hilarity and no shortage of emotion around the room. Full of fine food and wine, everyone was then ready to hit the dancefloor as the ceilidh band struck up the first chords.
A truly fantastic day. We left everyone hurling each other around the dancefloor, just stopping to look back at magnificent Bolton Castle, nestling under the stars. Our heartfelt thanks to Gemma and Asa for asking us to capture such a special event.
Love, Richard & Caroline xxx