SARAH & MARTIN’S YORK WEDDING AT THE NORMANS - 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018
I’ve never seen a wedding end with such a bang! I actually went to the same high school as Sarah in Preston. She was a few years above me but I was in the same year as her sister and bridesmaid, Fiona. Fiona was following me on Instagram and had seen that I was now a wedding photographer, so she passed my website on to Sarah and she and Martin booked me soon after. It was a great blast from the past when we met up, and my mum came along as she made their wedding cake after I recommended her to them! Check her out on Instagram @terribakes. I also found out that two of my old P.E. teachers were also going to be at the wedding as one of them was the mum of one of the bridesmaids. It was great to see them again after so many years!
Sarah and Martin are THE most chill couple you could wish to meet. SO easy to get on with and such a pleasure to spend the day with. They got ready at The Lawrence apartments on Mickelgate in the centre of York, had the ceremony at All Saint’s Church in Bolton Percy, and the reception at The Normans. Hair & makeup was done by one of my fave teams, Jenn Edwards & Co and the flowers were by Tangled Up In Blooms.
Sarah looked absolutely INCREDIBLE. Her dress was dreamy. Both Sarah and Martin are Paralympians! Sarah played basketball in the 2012 London Olympics, has won gold at the Paralympic World Cup and won bronze at the European Championships in 2011. Martin is also a British Wheelchair Basketball star, most recently winning gold at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg. Superstar couple!
I don’t seem to shoot many church weddings, but when I do they’re always super lovely. Nestled in the Yorkshire countryside, All Saints Church in Bolton Percy is a real beauty. The sun was shining and Autumn was really starting to kick in so there were plenty of gorgeous golden leaves all over the ground.
Everyone arrived at The Normans and tucked into drinks and loads of canapés by Friends 4 Dinner before heading inside for food and speeches. By this point, Sarah and Martin were about 75% sozzled, so the cutting of the cake was absolutely HILARIOUS as they basically just stabbed at it and scored a new pattern into the icing. This has to be one of my favourite cake photos of all time. In reality, nobody prints and frames a photo of the bride and groom cutting the cake, so when couples get silly with it (which a LOT of mine do) I absolutely love it!
The INCREDIBLE New York Brass Band came out for the first dance and really got the party going. I hadn’t worked with these guys before but I’d heard a lot about how awesome they were, and they are! The dance floor didn’t let up once… my favourite kind! Things got pretty messy and it made for brilliant photos! My absolute favourite is the picture of Sarah with her legs in the air (scroll down to see it!) I’m surprised I managed to take it considering how much I was laughing!
Without a doubt a great time was had by all, including us! Huge thanks to Chelsea Shoesmith for assisting/second shooting! I can’t wait to shoot here again in 2019.