What can we say about Kate and Matt? The signs were good the first time we met for the initial consultation one Friday night when we ended up chatting for almost two hours. When you get on with a couple so well it makes us extra happy when we get the booking, because we know it’s going to be great fun getting to know them, working with them, and that we are really going to enjoy the wedding!
Kate and Matt met through work and although Matt was based in Scotland at the time, and Kate in Leeds, the long distance relationship blossomed into something very special. They are such fun, down to earth, friendly people and a joy to photograph. We have very fond memories not only of the wedding but our tramp around Fountain’s Abbey in the Summer sunshine for their pre-wedding shoot.
So, to the day itself. Four days before Christmas and a chilly and damp morning saw both Kate and the girls, as well as Matt and the boys, preparing for the day ahead at the Boar’s Head, literally a 100 meter stroll from Ripley Castle itself. One of the most touching things about this wedding was Matt asking his Dad to be best man. He was clearly chuffed to bits and revelled in the role!
No mucking about with Kate – massive bottle of fizz and a mug to drink it from!
A spot of reading to settle the nerves…
Matt gave his Dad (and best man) a pocket watch inscribed with the words “the best man a son could have”. Now that is special…
There are two different locations for weddings at Ripley Castle. The recently refurbished, spacious, light and airy East Wing (with the old stables cleverly converted into a bar!) for larger weddings, and the castle itself, with it’s beautifully ornate rooms and magnificent staircase, for more intimate affairs. Kate and Matt’s civil ceremony in the castle was simply stunning – if not the easiest to photograph! The room was delicately lit by candles and the lights on the Christmas tree. It felt truly magical in there as Matt waited for Kate to arrive…
It was officially the shortest day of the year and by the time Kate and Matt had officially tied the knot we only had a small window of opportunity to get some photos outside in the lovely watery Winter sunlight. So it was on with the wellies for Kate and straight to it!
Time to head back into the castle, the roaring fires, the champagne and a spot of mingling! After some family photos the guests headed in for the wedding breakfast which, we can testify, was delicious. High fives to the staff at Ripley for serving us up copious amounts of festive food to keep us going – we particularly enjoyed the massive bowl of pan-fried sprouts and chestnuts! The speeches, by Kate’s Mum, Kate, Matt and the the best man were all lovely. Matt’s was particularly impressive as it was all in verse – for about 10 minutes – and we even got a poetic mention!
And so it was time to get the evening party started, including plenty of drinking, dancing, eating, and at 10.30pm sharp the guests got wrapped up against the cold and headed out for a fantastic firework display.
It was an impressive end to a wonderful day. We’re so pleased to have met Kate and Matt – not only as we got to photograph such a lovely wedding but because we also have two lovely new friends.
Thanks to you both