The first time I met Lynsey and Gary was at their house where I showed them some of my work before they booked me. Their home had a great family feel to it with lots of banter and laughter all of the time. That was the sort of relaxed, family-orientated wedding they wanted. They had some friends who had just renovated a 10 bedroomed Tudor Manor house in Howden-le-Wear and who loved putting on small dinner parties for about 10 people. They agreed to host the wedding and do the catering. An added bonus was that the Manor house also had a large garden great for a marquee and BBQ.
The day of the wedding was glorious. I spend most of the morning photographing Lynsey at her house with all the girls. The bridesmaids had some lovely 50’s style dresses in lovely pastel colours. Gary’s mum came over with the flowers mid-morning and because I had got lots of great shots with the girls I decided to follow her back to her house where Gary was getting ready with the boys. All the guys, even the young ones, had stylish blue suits with waistcoats. Before heading back to see how the girls were getting on, I decided to go with the lads down to the local where they were meeting some more people for a few pints before walking down to the church.
Lynsey was bang on time for the ceremony which all went to plan. The Vicar was a character with short hair and a biker’s beard. After the service Lynsey and Gary were in their convertible Beetle wedding car when the vicar rode past on his Triumph motorbike.
On arrival at Smelt House there was a drinks reception. The BBQ got under way soon after. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the gardens drinking and eating with family and friends. The sun was really warm so some people sheltered in the apple orchards at one side of the garden. The evening consisted of a band with karaoke and, by this time, people had had enough to drink to get up and have a go.