Black Swan Hotel wedding: Ashley & Rebecca

After an unbelievable week of heavy rain and high winds, I was expecting a real shocker of a day in Helmsley for Ashley and Rebecca’s’s wedding at the Black Swan Hotel. However, the rain clouds parted and winter sun shone brightly all day, albeit windy and cold, and the North Yorkshire town had a real Christmas feel which can’t fail to have impressed the couple’s families who’d travelled from Surrey and Milton Keynes for the wedding. Rebecca got ready in the Royal Oak on the market square before making the short journey to All Saint’s Church for the service. Rebecca’s’s sister and bridesmaid, Victoria, entertained the guests during the signing of the register with her wonderful flute playing and then it was back out into the winter sun for the photos. Everyone put on a brave face and pretended to be warm while we did the formals and the bride & groom shots, then it was off to the Black Swan for a hot toddy and a good meal and to stand in front of the open fires to thaw out. After the speeches we did a short stint outside again to get a few shots in front of the hotel while it was all lit up against the dark winter sky.

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