Rachel and Simon got married in July at the Merchant Taylors Hall in York. It was the first day of the summer holidays; the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the A64 was at a stand-still! There is a reason I always work in lots of extra time to get to a wedding - although hold-ups on the A64 are predictable enough, you never know what else might delay you! After queuing for a long time, then navigating York city centre, I made it about an hour before the ceremony; still plenty of time to do what I needed to do beforehand, as I wasn't doing any 'getting ready' shots. The Merchant Taylors Hall is a fourteenth century building and it's beautifully restored. I spent some time capturing the details like decorations, before turning my attentions to the groomsmen and the arrival of the guests, before going outside to capture Rachel arriving.
After the ceremony, I gave everyone time to congratulate the bride and groom, before organising the group shots. It was insanely bright and so it was difficult finding somewhere to take the shots without everyone squinting in the sun!
After the group shots, Rachel, Simon and I went to do a few shots of the two of them. As the outside space is limited, we went inside the venue. I usually try to do the couple shoot outside in natural light, but since it was so bright, with no open shade, it was actually better to go inside.
After the couple shoot, it was time for me to leave the bride, groom and their guests to enjoy afternoon tea and party into the evening. A short day for me (although I went on to another job in the evening!).