Ox Pasture Hall was to be the beautiful setting for the wedding. On the morning of Carmel and Malcolm’s wedding we were greeted with the most wondrous sight: everywhere we looked huge yellow and white balloons drifted gently in the morning breeze ready to brighten each table with their beguiling colour and genial flight. The tables were laden with such beautiful details, all encompassed in the warm and whimsical yellow colour theme that seemed to sing the friendliest of welcomes to its soon-to-arrive guests. Yellow flowers, menus, cake, even the sun shone its brightest yellow to bless this day as it had scarce begun. The bright styling was beautiful to behold and it was amongst this sea of warmth and beauty that we found our stunning bride. Not yet dressed in all of her finery Carmel was bustling busily from table to table perfecting the masterpiece she had created with her own fair hands creating a stunning piece of creativity here at Ox Pasture Hall.
Just a few days before we had met the couple for their engagement shoot in Goathland where the warmth of today had seemed but a distant dream as, wrapped in coats against the evening chill, we enjoyed a relaxed shoot amongst the tranquil mural of the North York Moors. The natural greenery and cloud cast shadows could not have been a greater contrast to the injection of colour we now witnessed, but the warmth we now felt was the same: the warmth now emanating unrestrained from our lovely Bride.
A balloon is such a simple thing, so gentle, so unassuming. Yet it has for so many of us such a powerful connection; such emotive memories of childish glee, of that pure joy watching it fluttering softly in the air. It was, simply put, the perfect personification of the heartwarming spirit of Carmel and Malcolm as we watched them finally become one. As the golden sun finally set at the end of an incredible day we watched as children laughed and played outside with their own balloons before finally letting them go and watching them fly high into the sky towards Scarborough. And as, watched on by the beaming couple, they soared elated to the heavens and wavered for a moment in the glittering sunlight, it seemed the perfect symbol of a love and purest happiness finally set free. To the happy couple, up, up and away.
Yorkshire wedding photographers, Dominique Shaw and Liam Shaw are the creative partnership behind York Place Studios and strive to create emotional, storytelling photography that captures the real moments of your wedding day. Based near York and Leeds, the destination wedding photographers travel across their home county of Yorkshire, the UK, Europe and worldwide to capture your special moments.
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