The Grange Hotel in York is such a beautiful venue, and I especially love it at Christmas time.
Martha and Dan's big day was really unusual, and a real pleasure to be a part of it. I met them at The Grange Hotel for drinks with their guests before the ceremony. I have never known a couple do this before, but actually it worked so well! Yes, it took the element of surprise away for Dan, when Martha walked down the isle later, but they both said it helped them relax before the ceremony, and it was lovely for guests to mingle before heading to the Register Office.
Another great thing about planning the day like this meant we were able to get the majority of the bride and groom shots done before the ceremony, which was far better for light at this time of year, and it meant the formal shots were out of the way early.
Martha looked absolutely stunning, with a gorgeous backless dress with beautiful detail in the sleeves. Dan too looked great in his suit, and the button holes and bouquet by Fleuadamo completed the outfits perfectly.
The Grange is just beautiful for bride and groom shots, and my favourite spots are on the amazing staircase inside, and on the stunning steps outside. At Christmas there is always a huge beautifully decorated tree in reception, so that works perfectly for the group shots.
Just before heading to the Register Office, we got all the guests outside for a full group shot on the steps. Luckily there is a pedestrian crossing right outside, so if I make the traffic lights turn to red, I get a few seconds to stand in the middle of the road to get the best shot, without getting run over!
Guests walked down to the Register Office and the ceremony was just lovely. And emotional! Luckily we just had enough light left to get a few group shots in the gardens afterwards.
The reception was held at the stunning De Grey Rooms, opposite York Art Gallery. This is another beautiful York venue. Martha and Dan had told me they didn't want any more formal photos once the ceremony was over - they just wanted to party! This is why the format of their day worked so well for what they wanted. However, it does mean I only have candid images from the reception, hence this blog is mainly about The Grange Hotel and not so much about the equally beautiful De Grey Rooms!
I am so passionate about my job, and I love Christmas, so a winter wedding at two gorgeous York venues (3 including the Register Office) was just amazing to be a part of.