This day was a dream come true for Natasha who grew up in Lincoln in a house overlooking the Cathedral, and from a small child dreamed of one day getting married there. Lincoln Cathedral perform only a small number of wedding ceremonies each year and there are strict rules over who can get married there. It was a great privilege be able to photograph a wedding in such an amazing building. The day started at Branston Hall Hotel where both Natasha and Kaz got ready in the morning. When we arrived Kaz was going for his morning run around the lake in the gorgeous sunshine and the girls were busy with hair and makeup. The morning flew by and before I knew it I was waiting outside the Cathedral for Natasha to arrive. It was really strange to photograph the brides entrance watched by a large crowd of tourists standing at the cordon with their cameras all flashing away, though kind of nice to have the company in such a vast space! Once the bridal procession entered the stunning St Hugh’s Choir the wedding ceremony was hidden from onlookers and it felt very special to be able to witness such a beautiful and intimate event. Afterwards we made our way outside for some formal shots and some more relaxed bride and groom portraits with the backdrop of the Cathedral and the very quaint castle hill all to the amusement of visitors and shoppers (I’m sure there is a game in Lincoln called ‘who can gate crash the most wedding photographs‘!) There was one guy who I swear purposefully planted himself in his luminous orange T shirt and bermuda shorts in the background of several shots and wasn’t moving for anyone!! Later we headed back to Branson Hall for the Reception. When we arrived at Branston I waited at the entrance for the bride and grooms car to arrive, we waited and waited then came Natasha and Kaz hand in hand happily sauntering down the drive, their car had a puncture!! A big congratulations to Natasha and Kaz who are now back in Singapore and eagerly awaiting this blog post and also a huge thank you to Gary who helped me out photographing as second shooter, I especially loved the wedding photos of Kaz having his hair done by his sister and his mum!!
Here are a few thoughts from Natasha & Kaz
Q1) What was the favourite part of your Wedding day?
So hard to choose! Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved Lincoln Cathedral, and it was the only place I could imagine myself getting married. It was a truly amazing feeling walking down the aisle, surrounded by friendly faces in the Cathedral’s great beauty and peace. Despite the grandeur, the priest managed to make the service so warm and intimate too. The music throughout the day was a big highlight. I put a lot of thought into the choice of pieces for the Cathedral service, and it was wonderful to hear the choir sing my favourites. My cousin Simon’s playing of the organ was breathtaking, and my little sister’s rendition of Songbird brought tears to my eyes. Our band for the evening reception was fantastic and gauged the mood really well, while the choice of music for our first dance (Hayley Westenra’s ‘Dark Waltz’) is one of the few things I let myself dream about before we got engaged! I also loved our journey from the Cathedral to the reception in the Bentley (such a beautiful car) — one of the few quiet moments that the two of us shared as a couple during the day.
Q2) What do you love about being married?
The big benefit right now seems to be the lack of the need for any planning. It’s so nice to have free time again. (The last five months did also include an international move and a job change.) I didn’t expect our relationship to feel different after getting married, but it does. It’s hard to put into words, but I love the added sense of certainty and of tranquillity. I really feel that our love for one another has been magnified.
Q3) Any advice for future brides or grooms?
It sounds obvious, but focus on the parts of the day that *really* matter to you. It’s so easy to get caught up with the innumerable tasks that have to be completed that you forget about the important stuff (for us, the music was a good example). Also, don’t assume that anything will happen unless it is planned into the schedule. Everything will take much longer than you expect!
Wedding companies you used.
Simon Dunbavand (Organist)
Lincoln Cathedral Choir
Charlie Brereton (Solo Singer)
The Jazz Canons (evening band)