Watercolor Wedding Portrait in York Minster

Last week Mom and I went to York to see the pre-Christmas decorations, drink mulled wine and tour York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. It also has the greatest concentration of preserved medieval stained glass in any cathedral in Britain. While Mom and I were gawking at the beauty surrounding us, we noticed a bride walk into the transept on the arm of her father. An organ voluntary played, and they processed down the aisle. A wedding was about to start in York Minster.

Seeing the bride, overwhelmed with happiness and emotion, in such a grand setting inspired me to paint a picture of the moment. There is no way I could ever capture the intricate detail of the minster architecture in a small watercolor (it is 5 inches by 7 inches), so I left that out and focused on creating the feeling of space by leaving the page blank. Here you see the bride and her father processing behind a minster official.


Here are a few photos from our weekend in York....

The Shambles is one of Britain's best preserved medieval streets

York Castle