Thursday, 4 August 2011

Oakwood Hall Wedding: Terri & Luke

Ceremony & Reception: Oakwood Hall, Bingley, West Yorkshire

A truly memorable wedding, for many reasons but mainly because Terri & Luke and all their friends & family are such a great bunch of people. What a clash of cultures, though! Terri's family are all from the North of Scotland and Luke is half Sicilian, so there was hardly a word of English spoken all day!
I met Luke and the lads at Hollins Hall for a few prep shots. It was absolutely chucking it down when I got there and Luke was looking anxious. The forecast (once again) was pretty dire but I gave him the usual reassurances that it would clear up later!
It was still bucketting down when we got to Oakwood Hall but we managed to grab 10 mins outside when there was a small break in the clouds. By the time Terri arrived it was bouncing down again, then lo and behold, half way through the ceremony, the sun came out! How do we keep getting away with it every week?
Of course there was a piper on hand to lead Terri & her Dad down the aisle, which must have been an experience for the Sicilian guests. After the ceremony, there was a blessing conducted by two Scottish ministers, who threw in some very funny and surprisingly risquee jokes along the way and this was followed a rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma by one of the guests from Sicily.
After worrying all morning about the weather, the group photos were done outside on the lawn in the sunshine, including the obligatory kilt-lifting one which had everyone in stitches!
The speeches, particularly Terri's Dad's (which he did in 3 languages), were very entertaining, as was the piper getting entangled with the balloons and having to be rescued by a member of staff!
The evening highlight was, without doubt, the entire contingent of Sicilian guests dancing enthusiastically to YMCA.

Congratulations to Terri & Luke and thanks for a great day.

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