Today I caught up with Cecile and Alessandro for their wedding at The Pavilion, York. The ceremony itself was at the York Registry Office and then we had planned on heading to the York Museum gardens for part of the photoshoot before heading back to The Pavilion for drinks, canapes and more photographs. However, like all great plans, it didn’t happen quite the way I had envisaged as major roadworks by Northern Gas Networks, just past The Pavilion and before the A64 junction, caused a traffic jam that gridlocked the whole of York city centre at 4pm on a Monday afternoon and it took exactly 1hr to do the 2.2miles from Marygate to The Pavilion!
We began the day at Cecile’s house in York for the bridal prep shots before heading over to the registry office to meet up with Alessandro and the rest of the wedding guests. It was only a small wedding with around 29 guests making the journey over from France and Italy, but it was a lovely friendly, family gathering and three different languages didn’t seem to present too much of a problem. The weather had been set to be cloudy all day with maybe a shower mid-morning, but on the way to York, it was pretty grim and we had drizzle for most of the early part of the day. However, as we apporached the time to leave Cecile’s, the weather broke and we had a lovely sunny day right through to dusk. After the ceremony, we headed into the museum gardens for the family and friends photographs and while the guests picnicked on home made canapes and Prosecco, we began the photography. As the guests left and headed to The Pavilion, we took Cecile and Alessandro down to the river for a few shots, but not before doing some lovely images around St Olaf’s gateway into the gardens.
By the time we hit The Pavilion, things were running very late and so there wasn’t a great deal of time to do any more images as the wedding breakfast was ready to be served. In true Italian tradition, the meal was taken at a leisurely pace so, straight after dessert, it was into the bride’s dance with her father followed by a super Europop dance routine from the bride and groom. There’s lots of images to go through, below is just a sample from the day so that the friends and family who couldn’t make the journey can see what we got up to and how beautiful the bride looked :¬)
Yves MADECDear John, thank you for those beautiful pictures perfectly summarizing a great day and a fantastic mood. And a special attention to this hour spent with you in the trafic jam, although you were getting a little bit nervous… Kind regards, Yves