When I rebranded at the beginning of 2016 and started my new road in my wedding photography business I sat and thought about what my business really is, and what I provide to my clients.
What came to me first and foremost was real and personal; with such a flood of wedding photography that is very beautiful and creative but not always reflecting what is real and true about the couple or their wedding journey. Do not get me wrong, showing off photography skill is totally a chance to grab. However when you can use it to capture the real and the personal THATS THE SWEET SPOT.
So lets rewind.... and get personal!
I can not lie and say Tim & Heidi's wedding is all professional as Tim is my second cousin. We have always lived far apart and only ever saw each other at funerals and possibly a wedding or two many years ago.
Tim's parents have a huge place in my heart, I always wanted to be able to do something to say thank you for their love, kindness and belief in me which I never got the chance to do for them personally. Losing them both in the last few years meant I felt that I could never repay them, so you can imagine my sheer joy when after a 10 year engagement and then a engagement renewal Tim & Heidi decided to finally tie the knot!
So I sent them a message and that was all set! I was so excited and after some facebook chats and Skype calls I knew that it was set to be a show stopping wedding.
Fast forward and there was their awesome 2 part wedding. I spent 4 days in the company of the, their friends and family and my husband Dan came along too. We were part of so much, we laughed together, ate together, danced together and we hung SO MANY origami animals together.
Ok so lets get to the day! I know I am known for words but I take pretty cool photos too!
Our day started at about 12pm when myself and Dan arrived in York after a drive up from Bath. We sat and had a cup of tea and chatted to Tim whist we laughed and watched Heidi cut the grass.... 2 hours before their wedding ceremony. Tim then joined the preparations and hung out the washing! These were not moments I could miss in the capturing of their day as it truly reflected their relaxed approach to their special day.
Around 1pm after eating some snacks in the sun, Tim & Heidi decided to get ready and I had the chance to capture some of their home.
So many cool elements of design and personal touches to capture, which is always awesome for my visual mind. I spent some getting to know their very lovely dog Murphy. Who basked in the attention.
We then took a stroll to their intimate wedding ceremony.
We met Heidi's parents who were witnessing their ceremony and in we went. We didn't expect to be allowed to photograph the actual ceremony but the registrars were lovely and let me hide in a corner.
Cheese & Coffee
So then of course we did what every couple do... walked through the streets of York to eat cheese at Love Cheese.
Standard wedding day adventures.
We then took a stroll through York and through the museum grounds. It was beautiful to see the contrast of such a special moment for Heidi & Tim and the normality of a Wednesday afternoon for the people of York.
Add in a birthday!
To finish off the very non-standard wedding celebrations (part 1) Tim & Heidi met their family in the museum gardens to then celebrate Heidi's mums birthday as well.
Myself and Dan had the best day, really getting to know Tim & Heidi and spending time in their city. To see and capture so many personal and unique moments made me so photographically spoilt that it has taken me an age to share them. These are some of the highlights because I am hoping some awesome wedding blog will see them and snap them up and share them EVERYWHERE.
Keep an eye out for part 2.....