So the weather forecast all week had been for heavy rain all day at Charlotte and Alastair’s wedding. On the wedding day itself we were blessed with good weather (or at least not heavy heavy rain) when we needed it most, and also that other special ingredient which comes with intermittent heavy showers – some gorgeous light to work with.
Charlotte began her day at The Marriott Hotel in York, where she met up with her mum and dad, and her bridesmaids, for their journey to St Andrews Church in Bishopthorpe. She wore a lace covered Suzanne Neville wedding dress and full length veil, and her three bridesmaids – Nikki, Maddy and Charlotte – wore gorgeous ‘Cadbury purple’ dresses. They were driven to church in a classic 1952 Bentley Freestone and Webb by Niki from Superior Motor Cars.
The girls braved the drizzle for the short walk to St Andrews Church door, and after the service, it was time to dodge the rain again for a quick dash to the car, some confetti, and away from church. The wedding guests were then taken by coach to Castle Howard for a grand wedding reception in the Great Hall.
In the meantime, we went with Alastair, Charlotte and their parents to take a few pics at Charlotte’s parent’s home, and also a few bonus photos at Bishop’s Palace in Bishopthorpe, before heading to join the guests at Castle Howard.
The approach to Castle Howard was amazing – a heavy storm cloud hung in the distance to the North, but we drove through strong sunlight highlighting the spring colours on the tree-lined drive with the famous obelisk in the distance. I just had to stop and grab a photograph before driving through to the venue. Jane Nordli from Castle Howard greeted Charlotte and Alastair with champagne when they arrived, and welcomed them to Castle Howard. At this point, the sun was still breaking through and lighting up the bride and groom against a heavy storm cloud backdrop, with the lake and Castle Howard estate in the background, there are some fabulous photographs of this in the main set of wedding photographs.
The Great Hall is such a splendid place to hold a wedding reception. The whole ambiance of the venue was enhanced even more by a pianist who played for the couple, both in the Great Hall during the champagne and canapés reception, and also in The Long Gallery during the wedding breakfast.
Rain then stopped play outside, so we spent a short while with Alastair and Charlotte in the corridors at Castle Howard taking some photos of just them together, before dinner.
The Long Gallery at Castle Howard has no equivalent that I know of, there is nothing to match it. In a word it is magnificent, and a perfect setting for a wedding breakfast. The staff are really friendly and accommodating, and the whole day was overseen by Jane and Penny, who were thanked by Alastair during his speech for such a wonderful day.
The first dance was downstairs to a live band, and as we left the newlyweds were rocking away with their friends.
Friends and relatives will be able to see the full set of images from the wedding here once Charlotte and Alastair are back form honeymoon. I have added a few ‘teasers’ below in the meantime.
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