Any Durham Wedding Photographer ’s dream must be to photograph in Durham Cathedral, what an awe-inspiring building it is! So it was great that Rebecca and Alex selected us when looking for a photographer to capture their wedding day, with the ceremony to take place at Durham Cathedral followed by reception in Durham Castle.
We had already spent a day down in Ascot with Rebecca and Alexander at Alex’s parents, John and Maggie’s house. Where we enjoyed seeing some of Windsor Great Park and surrounding area whilst on Alex & Rebecca’s pre wedding shoot. Then we had the pleasure around a month prior to the wedding to meet James and Sylvia at College Gardens, Rebecca’s family home.
Alex and the boys had stayed overnight in Durham Castle. Best man, Max was in charge of getting Alex ready on time as well as looking after the bespoke wedding rings designed by Mark Jones of The Ring Workshop, Shropshire. The guys left the Castle, looking very dapper in their Pakeman, Catto & Carter
Rebecca and her three bridesmaids were busy preparing for the day ahead with the help of Aimee and her team of Aimee Long Hair and Makeup. Rebecca’s dress by designer Justin Alexander from a selection at Mia Sposa, Newcastle. As Rebecca only lived behind the Cathedral she had opted to walk, escorted by her parents and bridesmaids, across College Green and through the Cloisters to enter the Cathedral. We are not sure she bargained for the torrential rain in mid August, but after all we do live in Britain. Armed with umbrellas the party entered the Cathedral on time, stopped for a quick snap by a passer by before progressing into the stunning Cathedral to process majestically down the aisle through the choir stall to the nave, where Alex and his party were waiting. The music was heavenly, so fitting for a Cathedral Wedding! The choir was made up of many of Rebecca’s musical friends.
The very regal Ceremony was followed by Tattinger Champagne and delicious Canapés in the Cloisters, due to the continuing rain. The original plan had been for the drinks reception to take place in the Dean’s garden, but as ever in England a contingency plan was needed! Gradually the guests made their way over to The Castle once again armed with Umbrellas.
The Great Hall in the Castle was beautifully decorated with stunning floral displays by family friend Paul and his team. The speeches from James Lancelot (Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral) in his role as Father of the Bride , Groom, Alexander and Best Man, Max – preceded the wedding breakfast.
Following the wedding breakfast guests were able to check in to their rooms prior to the cutting of the cake and the traditional throwing of the brides bouquet. The evening festivities were kick started with Alex and Rebecca’s first dance before the Newcastle Ceilidh Band led the evening’s dancing.