Leo & Sitong | York wedding
20th July 2019 Leo & Sitong York wedding video
Our Love Story
How did you guys meet?
Leo went out to China in 2010 and met Sitong through friends, then they moved around all over the place in China before coming back to Britain in 2017.
Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?
We’ve always bonded over food and love a good meal together, and really enjoy travelling to new places and going to concerts. For some reason a trip anywhere in the car is always fun, even if it’s only down to the shops.
How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)
Sitong lost a silver ring of hers playing in the snow, and so Leo had a replacement made when he commissioned her engagement ring. Leo proposed at home, giving Sitong the silver ring first as a distraction, only to be told ‘Oh thank God, I thought you were going to propose’. Bit of a confidence knock, but he did it anyway, and here we are. The Japanese meal we had to celebrate that evening was spectacular.
How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?
Leo’s old school is next to the Bar Convent (in fact in the past the school was run by the nuns) and so he used to go to mass and other services at the chapel while at school. It’s a lovely space, hidden in the building so it can’t be seen from the outside, as being a Catholic in England when it was built 250 years ago wasn’t the safest lifestyle choice.
The Principal has lots of character, a nice garden and lovely views of York Minster, and the Oak Room where the breakfast and evening reception are taking place gets great light through the big windows.
What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?
We want our wedding to be intimate and fun for all our guests, and for them to think that our wedding reflects who we are as a couple.
Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?
Sitong is Chinese so there will be details reflecting that throughout the day, combined with a classic English summer aesthetic in the surroundings and the flowers.
What was the hardest decision during the planning?
Probably the venue choice at the beginning, as it’s the first and the biggest choice you make, really. There are lots of lovely places to choose from and the place you go for in the end has a big impact on the overall style of your wedding.
What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?
Talk about it and make decisions together. Try to be more organised than Leo.
Our dream wedding team
Photographer: Mark Seymour https://www.markseymourphotography.co.uk/
Music licenced through www.themusicbed.com
Wedding videography services: Mark Shipperley Films