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Village Hotel Leeds South, Yorkshire Wedding Photographer

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

As a Yorkshire Wedding Photographer, every love story I have the honour of documenting is unique and holds a special place in my heart. We're thrilled to share the story of Joe and Fortunate who embarked on their Wedding journey in early September at the Village Hotel in South Leeds. Their Wedding Day was nothing short of spectacular, a celebration that was rich in culture and overflowing with love.

Fortunate and her bridal party shared an afternoon at the hotel, coming together to help one another prepare for the big day. They came together, not only as friends and family, but as a supportive team, helping each other to look their best. With loving care, they expertly styled each other's hair, meticulously applied their makeup, and tended to every detail of the brides Wedding dress and veil until they achieved perfection.

On the other side of the hotel, Joe and his groomsmen were in the midst of their own preparations. The room was a hive of activity as they got into their suits, ensuring that every detail was just right. The excitement was contagious, with both Joe and Fortunate getting ready for the unforgettable journey that lay ahead.

As guests gathered for the ceremony, Joe and the bridal party, accompanied by the groomsmen, arrived in style - bringing an infectious energy that would set the tone for the entire day.

Fortunate was next to arrive, making a grand entrance and all eyes were on the Bride. She walked down the aisle, arm in arm with a loved one, creating a heartwarming moment filled with grace and anticipation.

The Ceremony commenced and the couple exchanged heartfelt vows and rings, with Joe and Fortunate proudly displaying their rings to the enthusiastic guests, symbolising their deep commitment to one another.

After the ceremony, friends and family of the Bride and Groom took the floor to share their heartfelt speeches. The highlight of the evening was a touching video, featuring cherished messages from family and friends. It was a real crowd-pleaser, bringing smiles and a few tears to everyone in the room.

The families asked Fortunate to enter the dance floor for an African Wedding tradition called money spraying. The couples family and friends 'shower' the Bride with crisp notes, something done to show love to the newly married couple and to wish them wealth, prosperity and abundance.

Fortunate and Joe, along with their wedding guests, stepped outside for some group photos and stunning couple portraits. It was a beautiful moment as everyone came together to celebrate the newlyweds.

Once back inside, the couple were welcomed back onto the dance floor for a touching first dance, and soon after they were joined by an incredible Dance Group. Their performance not only entertained the guests but also ignited the party with infectious energy and excitement.

There were more heartfelt speeches from members of the family and then family played a central role, and tradition was at the heart of it all. The families dance around the bride's mother, a touching gesture symbolising respect and the merging of two families.

Joe and Fortunate, along with their Wedding party, changed into matching traditional outfits and took to the dance floor for more dancing. It was a moment filled with pure love and joy, a celebration to remember.

Before cutting the cake, the couple said a prayer and washed each other's hands, symbolising their commitment to purity and unity. They didn't just have one cake; they had three! One smaller cake was given to Joe's family, and another was gifted to Fortunate's family, signifying their shared future.

As the evening came to a close, more dancing and touching speeches followed. The wedding ended on a high note, leaving everyone with cherished memories of a gorgeous, tradition-rich celebration.

Joe and Fortunate's Zimbabwean wedding at the Village Hotel in South Leeds was a beautiful fusion of love, culture, and unity. It was a day filled with unforgettable moments that celebrated not only their love but also their rich cultural heritage.

With over 500 photos captured from the day, it's impossible to showcase all of them but below are some of our favourites.

JLH Photography, Yorkshire Wedding Photographer

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