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Yesterday I joined Wing & Andy for their fabulous Anglo-Chinese wedding around Leeds!

I hope you enjoy our the story of this special day!

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I joined Wing at her pal Shanshan & Chris’ house (whose wedding I photographed back in May 2011 – blog here!), just a stones throw from my own house!

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Here’s Wing – our excited bride – hanging out with Molly, one of the lovely little flower girls!

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Loving this dress!

Not sure who it was made by, but it looks like an Ian Stewart to me!  (How sad is it that I can possibly tell?!)

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Two pairs of shoes for a half time costume change!

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Meanwhile, as my usual 2nd shooter Clare couldn’t join us for this wedding, my good pal (& all round excellent snapper) Joel Skingle stepped into the fray to photograph the chaps at St. George’s Church in the centre of Leeds…

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Love this relaxed portrait of Andy. Top bombing Joel!

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Meanwhile I was loving the beautiful soft light in the room where Wing was gowning-up

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All hands on deck Molly!

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I always like to document a bride switching engagement rings from left to right hands.  There’s something a bit special about it.

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Downstairs the remaining bridesmaids and flower girls had assembled for fun and games.

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A few relaxed teamshots and we’re church-bound…

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Here comes the bride!

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Love this one.  Again, it’s a lovely moment to capture, seeing a bride catch eyes with her groom for the first time on their big day!

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With this ring I thee wed…

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Sealed with a kiss!  (…and a legally binding document) 😉

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Liking Joel’s birds-eye view from the balcony at the back of the church!

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The first wedding I ever photographed (back in 2006) was also in this church, and I did a full teamshot on the stage at that one too!  Brought back a few memories!

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As they don’t really like clearing up the confetti at the church, we improvised with bubble-fetti…

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Then, as guests headed off to Maxi’s for the traditional Chinese wedding meal, Joel & I had a few minutes with Wing and Andy to catch some relaxed couple portraits

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Andy & Wing then hit to the road to the reception in Wing’s convertible!

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Instead of hiring a wedding car, Mr & Mrs boyes decided to invest the dosh they’d have spent in two private plates for their cars!

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The traditional Chinese wedding meal wouldn’t be the same without…

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Traditional wedding outfits!

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A traditional part of all Chinese wedding ceremonies is serving tea to guests and the giving & receiving of gifts, including some fancy gold jewellery!

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We then did a whole bunch of family shots (Man, do Chinese weddings love the groupshots?!)

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After the meal, we all headed over to the Leeds-Bradford Holiday Inn in Tong for the wonderfully sunny evening reception celebrations.

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As we’d only had chance to do a few quick portraits at the church, Joel & I took Andy and Wing out for another quick round!

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They’re really natural together.  Though this was helped by doing a pre-wedding practice shoot around Leeds Centre a month or so back (blog post here)!

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It’s so nice when the weather’s fine and the ground’s dry! It’s finally starting to feel like summer!

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Afterwards, we rounded up the wedding party for a few fun groups

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Then it was Pimms on arrival for their masquerade-ball themed evening reception!

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The kids in masks were hilarious!

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It was great to catch up with Shanshan & Chris (still naturals after papping their wedding!), who’ve become pals of ours (& fellow rescue dog owners!)

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Also nice to have a big old hog roast sandwich later on!  Nom nom nom

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Unusually, speeches were done before the cutting of the cake, so evening guests could enjoy them

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Then in the evening Joel & I ran my fun Photobooth for guests to mess about on!

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It’s all the easier to get guests to play when they’ve already got their own masks!

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Arguably shot of the day!

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🙂

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😀

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Then it was time for a brilliantly choreographed first dance…

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…before guests hit the dancefloor for a good party!

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Though by the time we left, some may have hit it too hard… 😉

What an ace wedding eh?!  Fun times all round, and super lucky with the beautiful weather.

Here’s hoping Wing & Andy have a brilliant life together and a lovely minimoon in Amsterdam ahead of their honeymoon in the Maldives and Sri Lanka next year!

Thanks to Wing & Andy for asking us to join their brilliant day and high5 to Joel for his duties as my 2nd shooter wingman!

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