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Every so often, usually just once or twice a year, we get a wedding that completely goes against what we’ve come to expect from a wedding day. From day’s like Pete and Gael’s French inspired wedding with singing and dancing pretty much all day, Charlotte & Mike’s beach wedding to a gothic wedding at an Abbey a few years back. I don’t think Chris and Nat would mind me saying that their wedding was definitely a day that flew in the face of tradition, just as Nat and Chris themselves go against convention. As many of you will know it’s been a super busy year for us and we’ve struggled to keep up with the blog as much as we’d like. The upside to that is that we have plenty of summery weddings and engagements still left to send live, however we’re starting to realise that it may take us the rest of the year before we even start to catch up! Nat and Chris’ engagement shoot was one of many from earlier this year that got overlooked once the season got underway that we still haven’t had time to blog. However, there was no way we could leave their one of a kind Yorkshire wedding until later in the year. To me this wedding has absolutely everything you need, and although we’ve been given a short spell of lovely autumnal weather at the moment it’s nice to look back on what was a fantastic summers day.
We met up with Nat and Chris at their hotel in the morning where we found the bridesmaids dutifully helping with the preparations and the best men practising their speech in the next room. One thing you learn within about 2 minutes of meeting Nat and Chris is that they aren’t ones for tradition, so it was no surprise to see Chris flitting from room to room, barely able to keep still despite a badly sprained ankle that was strapped up for the day (I guess the whole ‘bad luck to see the bride before the ceremony’ doesn’t really apply when you’ve already had your dose of bad luck and are struggling to walk!). Pretty quickly we found ourselves right at home with their way of doing things, it was 11AM and we were already shooting in a much more unstructured way than usual. Wandering the hallways of the hotel, camera in hand stopping at different rooms along the way to capture parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen getting into the party spirit bright and early. The rest of the day followed as the morning had begun, with Nat and Chris walking to Leeds Town Hall together, eschewing a ‘couple shoot’ in favour of time with their guests (although we managed to sneak a couple of minutes in there) and throwing caution to the wind with some of the craziest dancing we’ve seen in quite a while to finish the night (yes, that is the same Groom who’s ankle was injured and strapped up).
I popped over to see Nat and Chris earlier this week, just back from their honeymoon and keen to see their wedding photos, when we talked they said their wedding ‘doesn’t really look like the rest of the weddings on the blog’. I’m certainly not going to argue that one, for Nat and Chris their day was all about their friends and family, it was about having a fantastic day out, skipping any traditions that they didn’t want to be a part of their day. From Nat’s custom made floral print wedding dress to the guests relaxing outside of the village hall into the evening, which felt more like a festival than a wedding. So while Nat and Chris’ wedding day is certainly not like anything we’ve blogged before, that’s kind of exactly what makes it fit in. Like so many of our couples they chose to spend their day EXACTLY how they wanted to. It just happens that these are two of the most original people you could ever meet – and two of the most awesome, as every single guest will attest!