Sandburn Hall wedding photography - York wedding photographer

Ash and Charis were married recently at St Wilfred’s church in York City centre before celebrating their wedding at Sandburn Hall on the outskirts of the city. The day heralded the onset of winter as we drove through York on our way to the Hotel Du Vin to join Charis and bridesmaids for bridal preparation photographs we were subjected to rain, sleet and snow. Sprits at the hotel certainly hadn’t been affected and even though there were a number of bridesmaids getting ready with Charis the spacious room allowed us plenty of opportunity for photographing the bridal preparation, wedding dress and other details before Charis stepped into her dress and we were able to take a number of bridal portraits in the hotel before we left for the city centre church.

Ash and his groomsmen had just arrived as we parked and we were quickly able to complete some photographs of the groom, ushers and best man before the majority of wedding guests arrived. With St Wilfred’s literally in the shadow of York Minster we were able to use the large stunning building as  a backdrop to several of the guys photos before Charis arrived.

With a wedding obviously taking place and in a popular tourist location it wasn’t long before a gaggle of tourists and even a whole Japanese tour party stopped on the pavement opposite the church to see the bride arrive. This caused some hilarity as they waved and took photos paparazzi style of an excited Charis who was now feeling more like a Hollywood film star than a nervous bride.

Having photographed at St Wilfreds before I was aware of the photo locations and the priests rules on photography, thankfully as with almost all Catholic churches they are photo freindly and happy for us to record the events for the bride and groom’s wedding photo album. Sadly the same can’t be said of all churches. So with Alex squirrelled away on the balcony and myself located at the front we were able to unobtrusivley but comprehensively cover the wedding ceremony.

With York Minster so close by it would have been criminal not to use the area for a number of photographs of Ash and Charis before we left for Sandburn Hall. As well as the Minster the gardens made for some superb photographs as the trees were still a rich golden colour.

Arriving at Sandburn Hall we had just the formal groups and a few of the bride and groom on the golf course before wedding breakfast meaning the bride and groom could spend time chatting to their guests and allowing us ample opportunity for shooting candid natural relaxed wedding photographs. Following a brief  and unauthorised foray onto the golf course it was time for wedding breakfast and speeches. The arched beams and large window provide both a challenge and a stunning backdrop for the wedding breakfast photographs.

The sunset was just after coffee allowing us to slip out unnoticed onto a now empty golf course for a number of photographs before the first dance. Whilst the large screen slideshow was playing and guests dancing we took Ash and Charis out for one last photo against Sandburn’s fountain illuminated in a stunning deep blue.

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