I am a big fan of learning about other cultures. I've travelled, I've spent time seeing people all round the world. I've taken time to talk to other people and learn about them and their lives and their cultures. This is why I think I am so happy to do cross cultural weddings - and fusion weddings are just the very best thing to photograph.
David and Diana's wedding at the beautiful Askham Hall in Cumbria was such a fusion wedding. Taking the best bits from a traditional British wedding, and the very best bits from a Chinese ceremony the two sides welded together seamlessly into a amazing, full on day! Starting with 'games' for the Groomsmen (which were a LOT more fun for those watching than those taking part) then a Chinese tea ceremony, then the service in the barn, a fabulous meal, and then a great party - this was 13 hours of photography; which makes for a lot of photos - and makes for a photographer running on adrenaline and caffeine (and not a little bit of Eton Mess pudding!) to go all out to capture as much as possible.
Thankfully I was helped by the day running smoothly by the amazing Cath and Vicky the tireless and wonderful wedding co-ordinator from Askham Hall.
Askham has gorgeous, grandeur that only an English stately home can have, with comfortable rooms that have wide windows allowing some beautiful light through - something that the lady doing make up also appreciated, and just the best staircase I have ever seen. Brilliant for photography - but even better for a wedding.
The day wasn't spoilt by bad weather and we grabbed the moments to run outside when we could! Despite drizzle and rain for most of the day, spirits weren't dampened and we had just enough time between showers to snatch a group shot outside and of course, the all important couple portrait shots - my favourite time of the day!
The undampened spirits were further raised by a cailidh provided by the oddly, but brilliantly named 'Cailidh Minogue' which celebrated David's Scottish heritage which began with the couple's first dance of doing the Gay Gordon's, and then continued on until late in the night...this was a memorable and fantastic day for all involved!
But. Enough of the words...time for you to see the pictures...