I'm not quite sure that anything I could write here would ever do this York wedding justice; from start to finish I was just in a total daze of wonderment and to this day have trouble describing just how amazing it was. On so many levels!
I was second shooting with my wonderful friend Claire Penn Photography and we always knew that this wedding was going to be special...if not only because they were getting married in the incredible York Minster! (according to Google "the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe" and pretty darn impressive it is too)
My first port of call was to meet Paul and his best man in a pub in the middle of York. Now, Lucy had originally joked that she was going to make Paul dress as the rather dashing Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (ooh remember that scene where Colin Firth wades out of the lake in his clothes? Anyway... ) What she didn't know, and neither did I until I spotted Paul across the room for the first time, he was in fact dressed exactly like that, ready to surprise her when she walked down the aisle. I could not contain myself!
When we got into the Minster...wow. I spent a fair few minutes taking in my surroundings before I went to meet the younger bridesmaids and page boys who were getting ready in the choirs quarters. I then had to get into position before Lucy arrived, which meant squeezing into a tiny balcony up in the gods with the organ player and a man with a trumpet...slightly surreal to say the least! As the wedding party started to walk down the aisle after the ceremony (and I was back up on my balcony) I had the strangest double take moment...was the organist playing the Star Wars theme tune? Yes, yes he was! Haha. He confirmed that that was indeed a first for him.
We were greeted by tourists galore when we left the Minster, all gathering to see who had just got married and to take as many selfies as they could with the happy couple in the background - some were even now mingling with the guests and were only distinguishable by the fact they were wearing a mac and not dressed to the nines.
The journey from the Minster to the Merchants Hall was by far the highlight of the day...we all skipped and danced (and I did a fair bit of running to try and stay ahead of the crowd) through the beautiful streets of York led by a brass band. It was something I am pretty sure I will never experience again.
Thank you to Lucy and Paul for letting me be a part of your truly incredible day