Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Sandburn Hall Wedding | Jo & Tom

Bride & Groom's Preparations: The Royal York Hotel, York
Ceremony & Reception: Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, York 

The glorious weather continued for a third consecutive weekend- unbelievable for April! It was really hot when I arrived in York and, with it being Easter Sunday, the city was buzzing with tourists.

Jo & Tom were getting ready at the impressively grand Royal York Hotel, adjacent to York Railway Station.
After a quick visit to Jo's room to say 'Hello', I left Gav with the enviable task of shooting the girls getting ready while I nipped next door-but-one to do the same with a considerably more nervous Tom.

Needless to say, it wasn't long before the lads were down in the bar, attempting to keep Tom occupied. Unfortunately the following conversation didn't help calm his nerves.
TOM: "I don't know why I feel so nevous!"
FRIEND: "That's because everyone you know will be there and absolutely anything could go wrong!"

A beautifully restored classic 1950s coach arrived to take the guests to Sandburn Hall for the ceremony & reception (always great for the photos!) and everyone piled on. I don't think Tom's nerves were helped by the traffic being at a virtual stand-still on the A64 but we still arrived in plenty of time and the bus returned to collect Jo and the girls.

Jo looked amazing in her 1960's retro-styled dress, with matching beehive and false eyelashes and she made her entrance to The Beatles' "Something".

The first dance was unusual. The couple danced to a karaoke version of "I Got You Babe", sung (and I use the term loosely) by a large group of friends and relatives. This was closely followed by a bizarre rendition of the Kate Bush classic, "Wuthering Heights", which sounded more like the commentary to a horserace than a song.

So, in summary: Glorious weather, stunning bride, funny and entertaining speeches, nice venue and some nutty karaoke performances - I'd say that all adds up to a pretty good day!

Congratulations to Jo & Tom and thanks for a great day's "work"!

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