I think you are going to thoroughly enjoy today’s feature, and what a start to the week it is!
Ian and Katherine were married on the 6th November 2010 at the gorgeous The Downe Arms in Wykeham, Scarborough. The couple’s vision for the day was an “Art Deco Cinema 20s-30s Vintage with Golds and Purples” and wow did they pull it off! Katherine looks stunning in a dress custom made for her by her monther-in-law.
I think i will leave the rest of the words to the amazing Yorkshire based wedding photographers York Place Studios, who has the most beautiful description of the day, thanks so much to them for letting me share their gorgeous images… enjoy….
“Fireworks Ignite – The smoky haze of the bonfires had lifted, the sound of distant fireworks had ended and the autumn leaves were drifting gracefully to the floor on a crisp November 6th. As the sun caught the trees and illuminated the gorgeous 17th century Downe Arms, the peace and quiet of this country inn was suddenly interrupted by the echo of laughter. As we gathered our camera bags and walked towards the elegant church spire towering behind the former farmhouse, the source of the disturbance became clear as the silhouette of six men in matching smart brown suits hove into view. They laughed as they shared a joke and their glasses clinked together in a toast. A toast towards the man in the centre with a smile broader than the rest: the groom, Ian.
They looked great and they knew it. You could almost hear the Reservoir Dogs theme music as they strolled confidently down the country path around the Wykeham venue. As they hung out beneath the old stone walls of the church a raucous shoot began and you could be forgiven for thinking we were shooting a rock & roll band rather than a wedding. They epitomised cool as they gave us a stone cold stare under the pavilion, and only Ian’s eyes betrayed him; under that cool, calm exterior you could just see the nerves and excitement bubbling behind the surface as he prepared for the most important moment of his life.
Meanwhile, inside the bridal suite an entirely different atmosphere was brewing. As the bride and her elegantly styled bridesmaids got ready you couldn’t keep the smile from Kath’s face as her excitement boiled over on the day she had been planning so meticulously for so long. Her dress was beautiful, custom made for her by her mother-in-law, and it couldn’t have been more perfect for Kath or more special to her so enriched with sentiment as it was. The flowers were perfect, the venue opulent and the bride stunning. This would be a very special wedding.
As the guests assembled in the bar, the finishing touches were applied to the ceremony room, the boys got ready to rock and the girls oozed glamour in their purple themed dresses. The stage was set. As we were ushered into the ceremony room and saw Ian turn to see his bride arrive, the cool façade dropped and you could see just how perfect these two are for one another.
It was a beautiful ceremony, complete with emotional readings from the happy couple’s closest friends and huge smiles from all of the guests. After signing the register the bridal procession and all of the guests braved the cold to celebrate with a drinks reception on the lawn and some group photos beneath the red and gold Autumn trees. But whilst the guests were clearly feeling the cold things were really heating up between the newly married couple, and as everyone else trudged back to the bar you could see a bright bonfire being lit under this new marriage.
As the sun set over the gardens and the guests took their places at their cinematically themed tables, Kath and Ian seemed to forget about the camera and let their passion show as they enjoyed their first moments together as a married couple. The fireworks of the previous night may have faded, but this fire is clearly one which will never go out.”
New Year’s Eve 2009 on the stroke of midnight.
The Vision for the day….
Art Deco Cinema / 20s-30s vintage /golds and purples.
The Planning process….
Spreadsheets spreadsheets spreadsheets! and a detailed itinerary for the wedding party. Read wedding magazines, watch wedding tv shows; my advice to all newly engaged couples is to absorb ideas for a little while before committing to any decisions – you’ll only realise how things will all come together if you take a little time, and visit some wedding fairs!
Were arranged by me (and purchased from supermarkets – you really DON’T need to spend a fortune for beautiful flowers) with help from my sister-in-law Debi Dunn – I was so thrilled to get some help from my Californian sister-in-law, who once she’d told me she helped with prom corsages at the school she works at, was instantly roped in to do the buttonholes! I put together the bouquets and arranged the table centres.
The Downe Arms, Wykeham, Scarborough. I can’t underline enough how fantastic Jane & Paul Abdenadher and their team were.
The Ceremony Readings + Music….
I Love You (anonymous); These I Can Promise (Mark Twain); I Make This Solemn Promise (Tyr Annassassi). I walked down the aisle with my Dad to Lou Reed’s Perfect Day, which meant a lot as my Dad had helped choose it. But we also used some more personal rock/indie tunes whilst our guests were assembling/leaving the ceremony – Tom Petty (Built to Last), U2 (All I Want is You), Massive Attack (Protection), Smashing Pumpkins (Today), Robbie Williams (I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing)
Pop back this afternoon for the amazing amazing reception… :-)
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