A little while back, I made another visit to one of my fave wedding venues in Leeds, the lovely Woodlands hotel

For the civil union of these two fine fellows, Matt & Nigel!

We’d done the pre-wed shoot at Woodlands a few weeks prior (check it out here) & they were totally relaxed in front of my camera.

It was possibly the smallest ceremony I’ve ever been to, with a total of 14 guests.  Which was actually really cool, not only cos they were all such fun, but because there was loads of time to get great shots of everyone.  Gay ceremony’s are also cool because the couple often spend the morning helping each other get ready.  It’s really nice, and helps dissipate the nerves.  Here’s everyone having a drink before going into the Brooklands ceremony room.

While they were chatting to the ceremony officiator, I took this shot of their rings.

They came in together too, which was nice.

That’s a great connection if ever I caught one.

A few tears were dropped all round.

Awww! Look at Mum! That’s lovely.

The weather had been on & off all day, and as soon as the ceremony ended, the sun came out; staying out for the rest of the day!

A few quick portaits around the grounds…

It’s all about those relaxed moments

This one of mum & Nigel is a lovely storyteller. She looks so proud.

I love this portrait of the two of them

And this backlit shot.

Their pals & guests were lots of fun, and everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Jill Ryder, Yorkshire’s answer to Eva Cassidy, was playing some lovely covers during the ceremony & on the terrace. Jill’s a total star and it was her birthday that day, so we sang happy birthday to her!  

Woodlands mini fish & chips 100% rule.

I think this shot has pretty much everyone in it!

A nice chilled out group shot.

The girls…

…and the guys

The brooklands room was turned around and set for dinner.  Looks ace eh?

Not as cool as their cake!

Or as cool as these kids…

It was lots of fun joining Matt & Nigel for their big day.  It was such an intimate & joyous occasion and I really enjoyed being involved!

Here’s to a happy future for Matt & Nigel!

nb: Matt & Nigel have a private client area containing their wedding & pre-wedding highlights at www.barnabyaldrick.com. If you were at the wedding and would like to see their photos, drop them an email for the password (or email me with their surnames & wedding date and I’ll let you know know the login).

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