Edmund & Nikita’s wedding took place at Ripon’s The Old Deanery on a cool, English autumn day. The Old Deanery is a beautiful 17th century Grade II listed building set in North Yorkshire, with stunning grounds, set right outside of Ripon Cathedral. Nikita & Edmund chose this venue because “it’s the perfect balance of rustic and refined. It also offers exclusive use, incredible food and a beautiful garden. The views of the cathedral help too!”
Bridal prep’ took place in one of the suites at The Old Deanery, as Nikita got ready with her closest pals. Her bridesmaids got ready into deep red dresses, as Nikita got dressed into a beautiful boho and vintage looking white gown. She wore her long, dark brown & red hair down, topping off the look with a pretty silver headband. Meanwhile, Edmund was dressed in a handsome brown, wool suit. His dark red tie matching the bridesmaids gowns, and also the autumn theme that was running throughout the day.
Before the ceremony began, Nikita & Edmund had a first look of each other – something that I don’t often see happening in the UK. A first look is basically where the couple choose to see each other for the first time before the ceremony. It was a really sweet moment to witness and capture, before they unconventionally made their way down the aisle together hand-in-hand.
The intimate ceremony room was filled with their nearest & dearest. Along with the handwritten vows to one another, a couple of readings were given. Margaret Atwood: Habitation, and E.E. Cummings: I carry your heart. “We both love poetry. I Carry Your Heart is a long time favourite of Kita’s and she always hoped to have it at her wedding. Ed fell in love with the starkness of Habitation. Neither poem is particularly flowery, but instead shows a different side to love.”
After the ceremony we made our way out into the gardens for a lovely couple shoot. The autumn leaves on both the trees and ground made for the most beautiful backdrop for this stunning couple. Everybody then gathered on the stairs to shower the newlyweds in sprinkles of confetti. After group photos taken out in the garden, some mingling and drinking, everybody sat down for the wedding breakfast and speeches. Later on came the cutting of the cake and first dance, which was just perfect. Such a beautiful day for this wonderful couple.