How did you first meet?
Lynsey & I technically met when she was directing a huge community production of Narnia in a place called Left Bank Centre in Leeds, and I was there to photograph it. But while we learned of each other through it, we didn’t officially meet until maybe a year later at a Corinne Bailey Ray gig at Leeds Town Hall with mutual friends. A week after that, we were out at the one of these mutual friends birthday gigs, and we sat next to each other and I offered her crisps. By the end of the gig we’d chatted away and enjoyed lots of electric banter. She gave me a lift home, and then this same mutual friend started her matchmaking in earnest. A few weeks later, I’d asked Lynsey out on a date, and picked her up with a bunch of flowers, and whisked her and my dog Kyra up to the Yorkshire Dales, for a walk up Beamsley Beacon overlooking Wharfedale, near Bolton Abbey. A quick smooch, a trip to Billybob’s Ice Cream Parlour, and a trip to a random junk shop and so we started dating!
What made you realise Lynsey was “the one”?
I’d always thought Lynsey was a keeper. While we had many significant differences in our religion, morals and politics, there was much that brought us together – mainly in the arts and laughter – and on the great scales, they tipped well into forever.
How did you propose?
My nana passed away many years ago now, and left my mum her engagement ring. In it were three beautiful diamonds. As one of three boys, my older brother was offered one stone to make an engagement ring for his girlfriend at the time (now wife). So I asked Jenny at The Workshop to put my diamond from the ring on a little silver stem and in a pretty box, and one special day I asked Lynsey if she fancied a drive up into the Dales, again with my faithful pooch Kyra in tow! We drove to the same Beacon overlooking The Devonshire Arms, where we’d had that first date kiss, and took a stroll up. I’m still not sure if she saw it coming, and when we got to the cairn we found a host of pesky neon clad walkers eating their lunch! So while the diamond in its box burned a hole in a dog-walk bag, we nattered until they left. Not long later I was down on one knee pretending to tie my laces, until I presented that beautiful stone in a box. And she said yes!
Tell us about the engagement ring and what made you choose The Workshop to make it?
My brother had had his fiancée’s rings made at The Workshop, and they looked beautiful, so it was the only choice for us. And when we started considering options, Lynsey’s mum kindly found and let us disassemble some more diamonds out of her mother’s eternity ring! So under Jenny’s guidance, considering full/half surrounds and half and tapered shoulders, we came up with a beautiful sparkly design, with my nana’s stone as the centrepiece, surrounded by Lynsey’s grandma’s stones. We even had some diamonds left over to make into a V shaped wedding band. We absolutely adore not only how gorgeous these look together and apart, but the story of our two grandmas – both strong ladies – being joined together and passed onto yet another strong and wonderful woman really makes the design quite perfect! Lynsey just can’t stop looking at how lovely it is, and she said she’s “super picky about rings and just loves it so much!”
…and a daft question . . . what is “your song”?
We both love an instrumental song from the soundtrack of a beautiful Tom Ford film called ‘A Single Man’ starring Colin Firth. The track is called ‘Becoming George’, and we’re thinking of having Lynsey walk down the aisle to it, played on piano with a violin. It could be quite beautiful!
Barnaby is wedding photographer; to see some of his beautiful images, please visit his website: www.barnabyaldrick.com
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