{Mike & Janie Hornby} 20 December 2015 {Grays Court, York}

So when you meet up with a couple and they tell you they are getting married in York, a week before Christmas and are having an outdoor ceremony at dusk…… you get a little bit excited!

Janie & Mike chose the beautiful Gray’s Court in the Centre of York for their Wedding Celebrations.

I joined the girls in the afternoon after a relaxing morning filled with preparations. Before I had even reached them I was taking photographs of the grounds and Minster.

As soon as I arrived I carried on taking photographs of all the little details that made up the day.

Janie’s bouquet was especially put together by her Mum. It looked beautiful.

The dress hung perfectly in the Bridal Suite.

The girls had had such a lovely morning, the atmosphere was relaxed and happy as I captured them putting the finishing touches to everything.

Looking out from the room while they were getting ready you could see where the ceremony would take place.

None of the guests knew where the venue was. Mike and the Groomsmen were meeting up with the guests at a local pub before everyone walked to the walled garden together.

It was such a lovely idea!

The weather building up to the Wedding had been terrible… in fact record breaking terrible in Cumbria but the 20th December was the perfect winters day and I was so happy for Janie & Mike.

It was soon time to put the dress on with everyone’s help 🙂  

A quick peak out the window and the guests had arrived and everyone was seated.

I met with Mike once the girls were all ready. He stood patiently waiting looking up to see any signs of his bride.  

An outdoor ceremony in winter is a unique and special way to become Husband and Wife.

I think all the guests were just as excited to share the moment too!

It’s time Mike!

Escorted by her Dad, Janie entered the walled garden. The light and setting was  just beautiful.

This photograph below is one of my favourites from the day. Captured as Janie and her Dad walk hand in hand to join Mike and all their friends and family.

The ceremony was lovely and intimate. We heard readings by friends and they had a special little ring bearer too. 

By the time the ceremony had finished the last of the winter light faded. The Garden was lit up with candles and fairly lights.

Guests enjoyed mulled wine and canapys and the children had milk and cookies.

It was magical and such a lovely atmosphere.

While the guests enjoyed live music in the garden I took Janie & Mike for a little walk to the Minster for some photographs.

The building is so impressive and I knew how important it was to them to capture this.

When we arrived back people were dancing and cuddled together with blankets to keep warm.

I’m not sure what looked more beautiful, outside or inside….

There were so many little details that made it personal.

Everyone gathered around the big open fire for the speeches!

It was a lovely time to capture some natural photographs of the guests.

Seated at the top of the long banquet table were Mr & Mrs Hornby 🙂

Another one of my favourites from the day… sipping champagne, newy married and surrounded by all their family and friends…. 

It was lovely to see everyone chatting and enjoying the banquet of food all on platters to share, a proper family feast!  

As I waited for people to finish eating I snook a picture of these two cuties!

Little afternoon nap before the evening entertainment 🙂

Hugo, Mike & Janie’s son had just finished his nap too so it was the perfect time to capture a few family photographs.

Isn’t he just the cutest!

With live singers to start the evening , movies in the library for the children and Cheese & Wine for all the guests it was going to be a great night!

It was an absolute pleasure to join Janie, Mike, Hugo and all their friends and family in York. Thank you so much for allowing me to capture your day and I hope your photographs bring back lots of happy memories.


Jessie Cummings - March 1, 2016 - 10:03 pm

Oh wow, this is a stunning wedding! Even though I got married last year, I still can’t help looking at Jenna’s blogs. This one really caught my eye. Beautiful !

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