James and Katrina’s wedding held a couple of firsts for us–our first wedding at the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate, and our first time photographing a Chinese tea ceremony!
As always, we can cater our photography around your day and the kind of coverage you’d like. Don’t fancy a photographer taking photos of you in the morning when you’re getting ready? No problem–if you prefer we can meet you at the venue to capture the wedding ceremony a little bit later. We’ll arrive about half an hour before the ceremony begins, so we’re there in plenty of time and can capture a few shots of your guests, the surroundings, and each of you as you arrive and/or wait at the altar!
So that’s exactly what we did on James and Katrina’s wedding day. They married at Harrogate Register Office before having a few photos with us and taking the (very) short car journey to the Cedar Court Hotel, just around the corner.
Theirs was a very relaxed day. There were a couple of hours after the ceremony for guests to relax at the hotel, before the official drinks reception started later in the day. But when the reception started, it was all go! So many friends and family, I weren’t sure if they’d all fit into the hotel! Thankfully, it was a beautiful summer’s day so guests could either sit outside, go for a wander, or head for some shade inside at the bar.
Before the wedding breakfast, it was time for the Chinese tea ceremony. This was a first for us, so it was really interesting to see what it entailed. Traditionally (from what I’ve read on the internet, so I don’t claim to be an expert!) I believe the ceremony is a way for the bride and groom to respect and show gratitude to their parents and close family members (elders) for all of their years of support and love. In return, the elders give blessings to the newlyweds.
The couple kneel on cushions before their family, and serve them tea. After drinking the tea, each of the elders presents a red packet/envelope to the couple (containing a monetary gift).
We had an amazing day with James and Katrina and had the pleasure of designing them a beautiful Folio Album which they received just before Christmas.
Here are just a few of our photos from their day.
Bride’s dress – Pronovias from Confetti and Lace
Bride’s shoes – Ebay
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Morilee & Alfred Angelo from Confetti & Lace
Groom/Groomsmens’ suits – Slaters
Hair & Make-up – Amy George Make-Up Artist and Pokadot Hair & Makeup Styling
Cake – Heather
Flowers – Daisy Chain
Stationery/table plan – by the venue
Wedding car – Harrogate Chauffeurs
Venue – Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate
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