The second of our Easter weekend weddings saw us photographing for the first time at the delightful Priory Cottages near Wetherby for Amy and Luke’s gorgeous wedding. This was a real double bonus for us. Not only are Amy and Luke a/hot and b/super-lovely, but we were also really looking forward to being let loose on this most beautiful and intimate of venues. In fact we met Amy and Luke at the first wedding fair we took part in at Priory Cottages and got on with them instantly. Amy is a Yorkshire lass and Luke is from Cambridge. As they now both live and work near Cambridge we agreed this would be the best place to do their engagement shoot which duly took place earlier this year – see the photos here.
As you know, Easter this year was chilly. Actually scratch that – it was freezing! Luckily Easter Sunday was at least bright and one of the major plus points of the Priory Cottages is that they have an amazing sheltered courtyard that keeps the icy wind at bay! Amy and Luke were getting ready for their big day just yards from each other (in opposite cottages) so Caroline and I didn’t have far to go to cover both camps in the morning! Just as a footnote, our dashing groom Luke officially wins the award in the “most nervous groom ever” category. Not that you’d know it from the photos where he looks as a cool as a cucumber….Here are some of the preparation highlights:
The wedding ceremony was just beautiful, and all the more meaningful as it was led by Amy’s uncle. There is one photo in particular here that keeps putting a lump in my throat: Amy’s Mum and Dad looking up at their daughter as proud as punch. Now isn’t that what it’s all about? After that (and of course the confetti) it was off for a beautifully sunny bride and groom shoot around the courtyard and the extensive Priory grounds, followed by some fun family/group photos:
The wedding marquee was decorated to perfection with an Easter theme throughout and, after the wedding party received their guests into dinner, it was time for the speeches. Actually Simon, the best man, saved his speech until after dinner and boy, was it worth the wait. Very very funny – take a bow Sir.
And then there wasn’t much left to do other than party! Superb band, even better shapes thrown on the dancefloor, and of course with that ambience outside we had to whisk the lovely couple outside for a final photo:
So we left Amy, Luke, family and guests to their celebrations, and we left the Priory Cottages sparkling under the Easter Sunday night sky. What a day – what a wedding! Love and thanks to a wonderful couple for asking us to capture such a fantastic event.