I love to see all the wonderful wedding photos that brides and photographers share with me, peeking into such a special and memorable day feels very touching. I have a lovely real wedding to bring to you all today, thanks to Erika Tanith of Erika Tanith Photography Who supplied the photographs. The wedding was held in the beautiful city of York, North Yorkshire. A big thank you to Kirsty our beautiful bride for sharing her day and taking the time to answer some questions.
Tell me about your love story.
“Frazer and I met 2004 at university in the sweaty basement of a town house night club in York. The story goes that I was annoyed with him for bashing into me on the dance floor and turned around to tell him so but somehow we ended up dancing together. He will say our eyes met over a crowded dance floor in a moment of destiny and romance. He lies”.
How was the proposal?
“Well … let’s just say that it had elements of the farcical about it! He forgot the ring so instead of proposing in a nice restaurant when I was dressed in my finest, he proposed back at the flat when I was slouching around in jeans and a hoody J I do believe his exact preceding words were “sod it, I’m just going to ask”. He is a very romantic soul day to day but we don’t really do the big gestures thing. This proposal was far more us than the posh restaurant would have been. Especially as said restaurant gave me food poisoning which took effect approximately half an hour after he proposed …”
“York is a very special place for us and we’ve always known we wanted to get married there. After looking around a few different venues (and getting a little depressed at the cost) I sent Frazer down on his own to do some research on alternatives. Unsurprisingly, he spent the day in the pub but he did however get chatting to the owner of York Brewery. They had the perfect quirky function room complete with a range of ales to keep all our guests happy on the day!”
“We decided we wanted something of a good old fashioned knees up without the fuss and pomp of the modern day “big white wedding” so I guess the theme for our wedding could be described as “p*ss up in a brewery” (well it’s one off the bucket list isn’t it?). As much as possible was hand-made (flowers, decorations, cakes etc) by ourselves or our families and everything kept very informal. We got married late in the day so we didn’t have to bother with a sit down meal; instead we had some afternoon tea (alright, it was beer and cakes but you know…) and an evening buffet. We did the speeches at the start of the evening reception so that all of our guests could be present. Getting married at the registry office had necessarily kept numbers limited and our guests commented it was a nice gesture for family who couldn’t make the ceremony to be present for the speeches.”
How did you select your photographer?
“We sent a lot of emails around requesting availability from different photographers and in all honesty what made Erika stand out initially was simple responsiveness. She was one of only a few to reply straight away and engage us in conversation regarding the day which was lovely. She was the only photographer that we met with because after our initial consultation both Frazer and I knew she was the perfect choice for our wedding.”
“You have to feel comfortable with the photographer and Erika made everyone on the day feel so at ease. It felt like having a friend take the photos which was fantastic.”
Any other local suppliers that you have found and would recommend?
Our photographer was fantastic (Erika Tanith Photography ) and I couldn’t recommend her services highly enough.
York Brewery – this was the perfect venue for an informal wedding with minimal hire costs. The staff really couldn’t do enough for us and our guests.
The registry office is a beautiful Georgian town house with hidden gardens at the back. Definitely a good option for a budget wedding.
Brigantes bar, Micklegate – we went here for afternoon tea after the ceremony and they provided the evening buffet. The food was incredible and the service second to none. Again, their prices were very reasonable and the quality of food we received far exceeded what you’d get with the traditional hotel wedding packages.