St Everilda's Church & Woodstock Weddings, Monday 9th August 2021
Photography by Rhi Scotchbrook Photography
On Monday 9th August 2021, Chris and Lydia’s wedding ceremony took place at St. Everilda’s Church, a gorgeous little church in Nether Poppleton, where Chris and Lydia would often go on walks together throughout lockdown. Lydia often talked about how this would be a lovely place to get married, and that’s just what they did!
The day’s colour scheme was an elegant blush pink, which featured throughout the day with the bridesmaid dresses, venue decor and the flower bouquets, which were made by Lydia herself!
Lydia was a true princess for the day, with her makeup being done by Katie Gallagher, Hair by Jodie Payne - styling a gorgeous tiara, and a FABULOUS dress that had several alterations on to make it into the dress of her dreams, and it truly was sparkle-taculous!
During the ceremony, hand-picked worship songs were sung, lead by their talented close friend, Rachel, and the sermon was lead by Lydia’s brother-in-law, making it an incredibly personalised service.
After exchanging their rings, tying the knot, and officially becoming Mr and Mrs Searle, the rest of the day’s festivities took place at Woodstock Weddings and Events - a gorgeous venue set on the outskirts of York. This venue features a lovely interior with wooden beams and large windows, making it a light, airy and stylishly rustic space, where the guests enjoyed a delicious three course meal, had the pleasure of listening to the speeches - including one from the beautiful bride herself, and continued to enjoy the rest of the celebrations.
Those who wrote speeches really honoured Chris and Lydia, and gave such a wonderful summery of their story and relationship. There was so much joy and such emotion as they reminisced and honoured those who couldn’t be there with them on their special day, especially Chris’ mum, Diane, who sadly passed away last year. Through the stories that were shared, she sounded like such a wonderful, godly women that impacted many, and would have been so proud of Chris and Lydia for all they have been through together and achieved side-by-side. It was so clear that so many people love and care for them, which was beautiful to witness and capture.
Chris and Lydia kick started the evening reception with their first dance to ‘Everything’ by Michael Buble, and although not quite having enough time to rehearse their routine, made it seem they were the only two in the room, until of course inviting everybody to join in the fun!
Woodstock offered both an indoor an outdoor space for guests to enjoy throughout the day, with grounds that featured vast field views, making it the perfect spot for outdoor games including; giant jenga, giant 4-in-a-row, and table tennis which both the children and adults enjoyed, and throughout the evening, those who fancied a good boogie could dance the night away on the dance floor as their live band ‘Something Blue’ played, while others got comfy and mingled around the fire-pits under the stars.
Once again, golden hour did not disappoint, just as Lydia changed into a STUNNING evening dress with golden sequins, a deep orange sun, dramatically dark clouds, and even a sneaky little rainbow appeared just as we took a few moments to capture some evening portraits with the loved up couple.
At the end of the night, everybody joined in for the last few songs, and the dance floor was full. This made for a fun fueled end to the night and send-off as everybody funneled outside and made an archway tunnel lit by phone lights for Chris and Lydia to walk through as they made their way to their get-away vehicle, which of course was decorated with the classic ‘just married’ banner and cans, and with many cheers, they were off!
Huge congratulations Mr & Mrs Searle! It was such a pleasure to Photograph your day!
Rhi Scotchbrook Photography