I'd also been to see the yurt (fancy marquee) as I'd been at work when it was being got ready so I hadn't seen it before. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera otherwise I would have taken some photos because it looked really beautiful with all the tables set up and the bunting strung about the ceiling. Fortunately thought Mark, the professional photographer, took some photos later (after the balloons had been delivered but before anyone else had arrived) so we have some good shots to remind us how it looked before the party.
When I got back to the house Leanne (the hairdresser) had also arrived so I was even more outnumbered. Mark was arriving later to take some photos of the bride and bridesmaids preparation but Emma asked me to take a few shots of the devastation before he arrived.
Ellen was definitely the poser of the group and so features prominently in the selection. Here she is with the rollers and applying the blusher.
Next to Ellen we have Becca doing the eyes.
And up in the brides preparation bedroom I found Laura, not sure what she was doing, but looking very demure.
Mark arrived to take photos, so I put my camera away and retreated to my study for a while so I was out of the way. He took some wonderful photos of the girls getting ready and other things like the flowers, Emma's shoes, the bridesmaids dresses hung up in the bedroom and some of the bride and bridesmaids dressed and ready for action. I'd not seen the wedding dress so he also took some shots of my reaction to seeing Emma for the first time in her dress, so that was quite emotional and embarrassing for me.
After Mark left for the church and to catch up with the boys in the pub, I took over with the photography duties. Here's Ellen again looking great, no surprise.
Then we have Ellen, Joanne and Becca with an old portrait of Emma and Ginny in the background.
Here Emma is making her way slowly down the stairs, they're quite steep and there was a lot of dress.
Yes, it's Ellen again having some bucks fizz before we go.
Emma is starting to look a bit nervous as we make final preparations to go.
Lynne looks to be making a toast to the bridesmaids.
Haven't seen much of Ginny this morning. I think she's been taking her Maid of Honour duties seriously and making sure that Emma has had all the help she needed to get ready.
Finally the four bridesmaids all in a row. Looks like the outside door is open in the background so we must be almost on our way.
Emma and I waited for about five minutes after the bridesmaids set off in their old fashioned Daimler limousine before we went to our vintage Bentley convertible. We thought we'd give them plenty of time to get themselves in place for Emma to arrive and be greeted by them. Unfortunately the driver of the limo took the long route to the church via Huddersfield town centre while we took a more direct route passing Castle Hill, so we arrived at the church almost ten minutes before the other car.
Anyway, we all got there in the end and had a wonderful service, reception and then partied through to the early hours.
One last thing, I promised a link to the blog post of the wedding from Mark Tierney Photography from where you can visit the rest of his site and see some more of his wonderful work. If you're looking for a brilliant, contemporary wedding photographer I can wholeheartedly recommend Mark. He was very friendly, unobtrusive, worked very hard on the day and produced some amazing photographs. Last week we looked through the 700 plus proofing photos that he put in the client area of his site for Emma and Dan to choose from for their wedding album, and I don't know how they're going to narrow their selection down to 140. Hopefully I will be able to post some of the photos in this blog at a later date, I'll check it's OK with Mark first of course.