Yesterday I joined Kim + Tim for their fun-filled big day at The Merchant Adventurers Hall in York!
I hope you enjoy our the story of this special day!
I love The Merchant Adventurers Hall, an ancient guild hall for adventurous types of yore, nestled in the ancient streets of York
[ all the nicer when the sun’s out! ]
Kim and Team Bride were getting ready in the beautiful Blue Rooms, a set of apartments adjoining the famously tasty Blue Bicycle restaurant.
We tried to visit once but couldn’t get a reservation 🙁
The lovely bride, double parked with two glasses of fizz!
There were some brilliant handmade touches throughout the day, including the baby blue wedding gown hand-made by mum and the impressively intricate origami bouquets, hand-made by Kim. The sparkly Kate Spade kicks had travelled all the way from San Francisco!
As the ceremony wasn’t till 3pm, the morning was a relaxed affair
Meanwhile, Clare joined Tim & the lads for a few dutch scoops at The Golden Fleece (one of the most haunted pubs in York apparently!)
After, Tim & the gang went to check the Hall was all set for the party
It’s a stunning building dating all the way back to 1357, as a guild hall for those traders who travelled out into Europe and beyond, trading local cargoes for exotic goods to bring home and sell in York, such as mirrors, seal meat and squirrel skins. It’s one of the largest guild/trade halls of its kind and shows the three functions of a medieval guild; business and social in the Great Hall, charitable in the Undercroft and religious in the Chapel.
Find out more fascinating history on the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall site here.
When Clare asked Tim if she could quickly pap the rings, she was surprised to be handed these two! Apparently Kim & Tim ran out of time selecting their official wedding bands, so they bought two ironic rings to use at the ceremony!
Tim had written Kim a lovely poem & gave her a beautiful necklace, which through a little secret help from the sister Janice, matched Kim’s dress perfectly!
Once Kim was ready, all her buddies piled in to wish her well!
I love this one of Dad helping mum with her necklace.
Ready to rock!
…or at least after a little Scotch with dad!
Here comes the bride!
After the ceremony Kim & Tim had a lovely traditional tea ceremony, where they gave tea to their elders and their near and dear.
In a John Woo moment, a dove flew through the one of the team shots!
We had loads of fun on Kim & Tim’s pre-wedding shoot in Leeds (check it out here), and they loved the jumping pics – so it seemed wrong not to do more!
Those rings rule them all!
The main hall set for the wedding breakfast looked brilliant, with Easter Sunday themed chocolate bunny place settings!
Apparently the one thing they’d realised they forgot to sort was the table names, so bridesmaid Millie drew up 15 signs.
Hog for Dinner! Nom nom nom.
As the evening set in, we did a few more informal buddy shots with mates from home, work and beyond.
I liked the way they did their cake table, as a wedding guest bake off! I was ordered by Kim to try some, and my best bake award went to the white and red one at the back!
During the evening, we ran our photobooth red curtain for their guests to have a bit of fun on! Click the image above to see a small slideshow of highlights.
Then accompanied by the simply brilliant function band Superlicks, the party really got started!
What a Happy Easter wedding eh?! It’s always fun capturing the story of such a relaxed and game couple surrounded by brilliant friends and family.
Here’s to a long and happy marriage and a fab minimoon in Scotland (and here’s hoping this Spring sunshine holds!)
x Barnaby & Clare x