There’s no denying it, it’s pretty cool being an Old Lodge wedding photographer! The Old Lodge in Malton near York, that is. You see, there are several wedding venues around the country with a similar name.
A 17th century Tudor mansion with 3 acres of amazing gardens, this is a stunning hotel close to Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. The gardens and outside terrace is a great place to chill out and play party games with your guests and the cosy wood panelled bar complete with a real log fire provides warm comfort on those colder, rainier days, not to mention during your evening reception too.
Emily had already had her hair and make-up done when I arrived. I was in tie however for her to see the results in the mirror and she wa a very happy lady indeed. Bridal prep was a relaxed affair, with our bride even finding time to make the whole bridal party some croissants! Emily put her dress on quickly, and there was a funny moment when she suffered a minor vail fail. The father of the bride’s reaction to seeing her daughter in her wedding dress for the first time was classic! He welled up instantly, only for Emily to begin welling up too. They exchanged gifts and began crying again. A few photos in the garden and then it was time for me to leave to head to the church.
I found Ryan and his entourage of groomsmen in a great mood, having a laugh and enjoying some banter. As usual before most church ceremonies there was plenty of hugging and cheek-kissing as guests arrived. Emily and her dad arrived not long after, and were in such a good mood they even gave me a wave as they walked up the pathway to the church.
The wedding ceremony was beautiful and Emily didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as she and Ryan read their vows to each other. The first kiss was a great moment and then Ryan, Emily and their guests laughed along to the funny sermon by the priest. The ceremony over, the congregation moved outside where Ryan and Emily were showered with confetti by their guests. Just before we left for the Old Lodge, Emily couldn’t leave before placing Ryan inside the stocks. There were no tomatoes to throw at him but Emily made good use of her bouquet.
Upon arrival at the Old Lodge, all the guests congregated in the gorgeous back gardens to have a natter and catchup. Emily enjoyed throwing one of the children around; while Ryan and his groomsmen posed for a Beatles album cover style photo (their idea 🙂 ). A few couple photos in the grounds and on the giant swing and then it was time to sit down for the wedding breakfast and speeches. Just outside the dining room was a ‘who tall are you?’ plaque, where guests could see which celebrities they shared a height with.
A hoot from the Old Lodge’s famous announcement horn and our bride and groom entered the room to rapturous applause. The speeches were a mixture and laughs and tears and Ryan was presented with a commemorative plaque of his opening line to Emily when they first met.
The cake cutting was fun and the first dance had real character – starting off as a slow number before breaking quickly into a true dance off! Guests soon flooded the dance floor and Emily and the mother of the bride soon began some energetic dancing together. For the first time in my career evening entertainment was provided by the groom and band. I was blown away by how good they were, attracting wolf whistles from the crowd after every song. Emily in particular got down to the beat and it made for a really fun wedding reception.
Just before I was due to leave, many of the guests enjoyed an impromptu game of ‘kick the top hat off the bench with the football’. Everyone had a go, even one gentlemen with an injured leg who was helped by his teammates.
What a wedding! Massive congratulations to Ryan and Emily!
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