"If music be the food of love, play on..."
I had the honour of photographing a most amazing couple this week. Mark and Vanessa were married at St Michael le Belfry in the shadow of York Minster. Easter tourists gathered outside the church to admire the bride - who was remarkably early - and guests packed into the church to witness the marriage of two very special people.
Mark and Vanessa are both very talented musicians (or should I say Dr Mark... he really is a clever chap) and as you might imagine their wedding service was full to bursting with music, from the string quartet which played them in to the wonderful 18 strong youth band lead the hymns and the congregation who raised the rafters singing with them.
Mark and Vanessa are also much loved - to fill a church the size of St Mikes with those who love and know you is no small feat. It was wonderful to see so many shining faces filled with joy to witness these two on their wedding day, and to know that whatever adventures life takes them on - there is a small army of those who love them on hand to share it with.
They also made a very good tourist attraction, and were very obliging in posing for a group of Japanese visitors. Perhaps they should wear their wedding livery every week and start busking - I suspect they might have a roaring trade.
In the evening the Mark and Vanessa had found a fantastic barn in Barmby Moor. The barn bounced with the awesome music and wild dancing (good job it was in the middle of a field really).
So to Mark and Vanessa, where love and music abound - I hope that's where we shall always find you.