Alina & Vince’s big day last month had all the ingredients from our perspective for a truly wonderful wedding:
1. Not one but two fantastic venues: grand, stunning, classic Sledmere House and intimate, beautiful Burythorpe House.
2. A wonderful, fun, easy-going couple who are a delight to photograph.
3. An intimate wedding of approx 30 guests (not that we don’t also love large weddings, but the smaller ones have their logistical advantages!).
4. A lovely early Summer’s day.
We first met Alina & Vince at their beautiful cottage in the York countryside last year and got on like a house on fire. They told us all about the plans they had for their wedding and we were hooked! We then had their engagement shoot around York this Spring which was great fun and it was lovely to hear how thrilled they were with both the experience and the results.
The wedding day started at Sledmere House where Alina & Vince were to have their wedding ceremony and part one of their Reception. We had never photographed there before and had therefore visited a few weeks earlier for a good nosey around. It’s the most magnificent stately country house and gardens displaying wonderful art & architecture and we had a real job narrowing down the possible photo locations!
Alina was getting ready with her flower girls in a beautiful bedroom next to the Library where the ceremony was to take place whilst Vince arrived with his ushers later in the morning.
The Library, in which the ceremony was to take place, is simply gorgeous and with Alina ready in good time it was the ideal spot for a few bridal portraits. Alina did a great job of holding down the nerves!
And so to the ceremony. Light, elegant and emotional, with moving readings and a beautiful recital of Claire de Lune on the piano. Just wonderful.
The guests made their way down the magnificent staircase, soon to be followed by Alina & Vince. No normal entrance this though – whilst the organist pumped out the Wedding March, Sledmere House staff dropped petals from the balcony. What a way to start the Wedding Reception. The guests were treated to the most elegant and delicious looking display of sandwiches, cakes and tea whilst we headed off around the venue and gardens for some photos of the newly-married Alina & Vince.
After a very competitive bouquet-toss it was time for Alina & Vince to depart to nearby Burythorpe House where the celebrations were to continue and the wedding breakfast was to be served. Burythorpe is perfect for intimate weddings like this one. It is a wonderfully atmospheric house that feels like home. The service from the fantastic staff is second-to-none and the gorgeous garden is ideal for sitting out with drinks on a late afternoon in Summer. And the food (which we were lucky enough to get our hands on)…..wow!
After an outstanding meal, the speeches kicked off. Now there were a few and they lasted a while, but when they are as good as these were, everyone was transfixed. After Alina’s Stepfather and Vince had spoken, Alina bucked tradition to make her own speech – and this is the first time we have ever seen this done – she said something about every single guest in the room. It was such a lovely thing to do and there were plenty of tears. Vince’s brothers then rounded off with a hilarious performance that featured a drawing of Vince’s head and a deconstruction of everything that makes up his personality. Brilliant stuff.
The size of the wedding and the surroundings didn’t really fit a DJ/band so after dinner the guests relaxed in the lounge with coffee, wedding cake, drinks and were entertained by a little bit of magic.
For us the whole day had been magic and we enjoyed it hugely. We’re so pleased to have met Alina and Vince and had the opportunity to capture such a fabulous wedding day. We wish them every happiness in their married life!
Love, R&C x