Matt and Anastasia had already booked me to cover their Yorkshire wedding, when we arranged to meet on the South Bank in London to discuss their wedding plans. After many emails, the plan was to get to know each other a bit better before their September wedding came around. As it was a nice summer evening, we decided to have a glass of wine over our conversation, which ended up being two bottles. It was one of those meetings that clicked from the start, so much so that they delayed their dinner plans, and I got a later train home so we could carry on chatting! I knew from seeing their interactions, affections and wild sense of humour, that the wedding would be in equal parts romantic and raucous. Matt is a Yorkshire lad through-and-through, so the wedding was taking place up north near his hometown. Anastasia is Russian so there was going to be a great combination of cultures for their celebration.
Due to the distance involved (Dorset to Yorkshire is a long way), I flew up the day before. An otherwise great journey up marred only by the outrageous excess baggage charges slapped on me at the airport. So with my wallet lighter to the tune of £140 I arrived in beautiful Yorkshire and met up with our new associate Ian for dinner in Harrogate.
The wedding started at the Hotel du Vin where Anastasia was getting ready with her family and bridesmaids. After some time with them, Ian and I then met up with Matt at the Balmoral before heading to St James' Church near Killinghall for the ceremony.
One particular highlight of the ceremony, was Anastasia's Uncle Nikolai reading Corinthians 13 firstly in Russian and then in English. Hard to describe the passion he put into his delivery but it was fantastic!
After the ceremony, Matt and Anastasia drove off in their gorgeous Porsche 911 Turbo. Definitely one of my favourite wedding cars!
More to follow in part 2 on Friday.
If you were a guest at the wedding and would like to see the full set of images, please visit the gallery or take a look on facebook. Comments are welcomed at the bottom of this post and always appreciated by the bride, groom and future couples.