It was one of those days where a photographer is on tenterhooks. Perfect for photos, a little overcast, no bright sun but will it rain? We hope not. I found Shona in one of her 6 bridesmaid's new homes in Leeds. Three of the girls were sprawled out, relaxing and enjoying a glass of fizz and there was Shona in the hot-seat, having her hair done by Harj Flora whilst Sarah Kay was working her magic on one of the bride's maids in the kitchen. The flowers had arrived already and were looking good in a long box. The bouquets had beautiful, pastel peach roses and orange rosebuds set amongst cream freesias and gypsophila supplied by Blooming Fantastic of Tingley. One of the bridesmaids took me upstairs to see the dress but she had to make an exit before I debagged it as none of them were allowed to see it before Shona had it on. It was a bit tight for space but I managed to hang it up on the landing for a quick photo. It was a lovely white lace-up with a lace neckline going over the shoulders with a net overlay covering the skirt. Shona says she tried on lots of dresses but she knew the first one she tried at Gowns UK was the right one for her. The bridesmaids' dress looked really elegant in a rose pink colour from Little Mistress.
On to meet up with the chaps at St Michael's Church in East Ardsley. The chaps were there looking good being videoed by Ken and Carol from Phase 5. Did the best-man have the rings? Yes, we are off to a good start. Aiden told me he bought Shona's ring from Earnest Jones and his came from Warren James. The chaps all wore grey tails with cravats to match the bridesmaid dresses and a pastel peach rose button hole to compliment the girls' flowers. Suits supplied by the Groom's Room in Ossett. It wasn't long before the first set of bridesmaids arrived. Unfortunately they could not all get in the car so Philip from Cartwrights was forced to make 3 trips instead of the planned two. I let the vicar know that the bride would be quite late because of this slight problem and he entertained the guests in church I am sure whilst we waited for the bride. The car took the bride's father from the church to meet Shona at her friend's home, so I didn't get to see the look on his face but I am sure there would have been a few tears as he was an emotional chap and Shona looked amazing.
The service was really lovely and I was kindly allowed to take photographs from the front of the church capturing all of the formalities. After the obligatory confetti and lots of hugs and kisses we toddled off to Bagden Hall in Scissett. A message had come through that the M1 was snarled up so it was a case of taking a long detour via Wakefield. Bagden Hall is a lovely venue with plenty of grounds for group photos, a lake far enough away from the hall to get great photos with the hall in the background and of course the Folly which reminds me of the witch's house in Hansel and Gretel. The wedding breakfast room was stunning. There were hanging lanterns above the tables supplied by The Hanging Lantern Company, twinkle backdrops by Wedding Venue Lighting and huge martini glasses stuffed with flowers made the table centrepieces by Emma of Unique Wedding Flowers. The cake was emotional - it was in tiers, produced by Celebration Cakes.
So on to the evening reception with more guests arriving at 7.30. They loved our Photo Booth with its greenscreen and video. The resident DJ, Gary of Rhythm of your Choice plays cracking music and really make the guests feel welcome and in the party mood. First Danceat 8.30 was "How Long Will I Love You?" by Ellie Goulding. These two were loving it! There was even a fireworks display and oodles of sparklers but we had to wait until about 10.15 at the days are long in June!
The couple met during History Lessons at High School and that's where the romance blossomed. Shona was having her 21st birthday at Longleat Safari Park when out of the blue Aiden got down on one knee and said those all important words almost exactly ten years ago. So what next? A honeymoon in Mexico and a long and happy life together to look forward to. All our very best wishes to both of you.