Being a Hampshire and Surrey based wedding photographer it’s always lovely when my work takes me to wedding venues across the UK and this time it was for quite a different wedding in Leeds city centre.
Traditionally a wedding will be on one day and will run like this; the bride getting ready, wedding ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and then finally on to the evening reception. Because of work commitments this was not the case for the bride and groom, Yi Song and Ayana Kanda, two professional dancers with Northern Ballet. They instead opted for a wedding split over the weekend of 25th and 26th February which enabled them to attend three different venues for their wedding weekend celebration.
The wedding ceremony was first at 9.30 on Saturday 25th at Leeds Town Hall. The guests started to arrive at about 9 o’clock and there was a real buzz amongst them as they were about to witness two of their closest friends share the most memorable day of their lives. As Yi took his place at the front, everyone waited in anticipation for the arrival of Ayana. As Ayana’s parent were both unfortunately still in Japan and so Ayana and Yi’s Artistic Director, David Nixon, stepped in to give her away. As she walked down the aisle she looked simply stunning and Yi’s face showed that he was so happy to be marrying ‘his darling’. The ceremony was beautiful and with a reading by the head bridesmaid, Sarah Kundi, it really set the tone for the entire weekend.
Sunday 26th was all about celebrations. It started at the Queens Hotel, in Leeds city centre, where both of the newlyweds got ready for their formal photographs at Temple Newsam, which is located just outside of Leeds city centre. Temple Newsam is a beautiful old manor house which was the birthplace of Lord Darnly, the infamous husband of Mary Queen of Scots. With the Tudor-Jacobean manor house and the quite exquisite gardens, I was able to capture these two professional dancers in some quite stunning photos which they were both absolutely thrilled with.
Later that day Ayana and Yi invited their guests to join them at Casa Mia in Leeds city centre to celebrate their wedding day. There were tears of joy, lot’s of laughter and two cracking speeches, firstly by the best man, Tobias Batley, and then by the groom, Yi Song. There was also a beautiful personal poem about the bride and groom, created and read by Ayana and Yi’s very close friend, Dreda Blow.
This was a beautiful wedding weekend for a truly beautiful couple.
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Best wishes, Martin 🙂