Jess and Will’s Rainy York Wedding

I know it’s supposed to be good luck to have rain on your wedding day, but it’s usually of little consolation when you wake up to a rather soggy prospect.

Armed with a car of brollies, plastic bags and wellies I headed over to Little Ouseburn in York – a gorgeous little village – home to Jess, Will and their little tot Amelia.

Jess was getting ready at home with her sisters and of course the aforementioned tot! A fellow horse lover I knew we’d get on just fine, and I’ve been following her impressive athletic skills on Facebook – this woman is superwoman let me tell you!

It wasn’t your typical getting ready panic, it was very chilled and the newspaper crosswords even came out while Jess handed out biscuits from the cupboard. I spied a jar of Sunpat on the counter and had to take a snap – not only for the irony considering it was peeing it down but also becuase it had bikes on it – bikes being a huge part of both Will and Jess’s lives.

The transport for the day was a beautiful car, which Will’s dad drove, he even had a chauffeur’s cap on. What a gent!

The church had a lovely feel to it, and it was such a shame the weather spoiled things for them and they chose to have their photos inside rather than outside, but even so it was still a beautiful backdrop. The vicar had requested to them that I didn’t take photos during the ceremony, but I had a little chat and reassured her that I would be quiet and still, and to be fair – the large number of tots gave me good cover for the sound of the shutter, so I sat at the back out of the way.

The location for the reception was a fantastically decorated marquee in a local field, granted the weather wasn’t kind but inside it was lovely and cosy. We were treated to a tasty BBQ and all sat together on long tables.

The speeches were emotional to say the least! Will had given an air horn to one of the kids in the crowd and he’d instructed him to set it off everytime he felt he was about to cry, which worked a treat and got everyone laughing. The best man’s speech was wonderful and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Just behind the top table there was a space for Jess and Will’s Bake Off competition entries – of which there were loads! – some really creative and tasty looking cakes – guests had been really busy!!! Instead of having a traditional cake they had over a dozen to choose from! Even giving the winners a rosette! Genius.

A band came and set up ready for the evening to begin. Jess and Will took to the dancefloor for a smooch, then were joined by little Amelia. Lovely.

So the rain didn’t stop all day, but as Irving Berlin wrote;

“Let the rain pitter patter
But it really doesn’t matter
If the skies are gray.
Long as I can be with you, it’s a lovely day.”

Sarah x