The National Trust’s East Riddlesden Hall in the sunshine, a beautiful couple, military uniforms and sparkling medals – what a wedding Fleur and Mathew had yesterday! We thought we’d pop up a few of the highlights from yesterday for them to check out on honeymoon (wherever that may be – it’s a big surprise for Fleur) and to share with their family and friends.
First up is the highlights slideshow we put together while the wedding party were eating. Sadly we didn’t get the chance to put it up in the evening – so here it is now with a sneaky first dance shot thrown in for good measure!
I joined Fleur, her Mum and the bridesmaids in the morning at the hairdressers. It was a lovely atmosphere punctuated by a regular random “I’m getting married” squeal from Fleur’s direction! Caroline meanwhile met Mathew (looking dashing in his uniform) and the boys for some photos at East Riddlesden.
Photographer and bride both arrived fashionably late due to the Bradford traffic and we were straight into a beautiful ceremony in the big old beamed barn at East Riddlesden – an amazing building for a wedding ceremony and a wedding reception. Following the Reception, Mathew’s militatry colleagues formed the traditional guard of honour. Fleur clearly hadn’t heard of the tradition of giving the guardsman a kiss before they could be let out the other side!
Then it was off to do some bride and groom couple portraits. For the first time for many weeks we didn’t have to dodge any showers, it was a simply beautiful afternoon. So we made the most of the stunning gardens – both the formal and the wild sections – at East Riddlesden Hall. The guests were lapping up the sun (and the Pimms!) so we had to drag them away for the group shots at the front of the Hall. Special thanks to Pat, the fabulous best man, for his help in organising everyone.
The barn looked magnificent laid out as it was for the wedding breakfast and there were some lovely touches. Our favourite was the duck bread basket: Fleur and Mathew’s first date was feeding the ducks in the park; so inviting the guests to do the same for the ducks on the lake outside the barn was genious, and very touching. Top notch speeches followed, with a small break for guests to catch some breeze outside before the band kicked off.
What a day! Huge thanks to Fleur and Mathew for having us there to tell the story.