… and not one of them mine, haha!
Mine was when I was nineteen and very low key. We are no longer married but we are good friends and parents to our two children together. When I say low key… it was registry office do with a handful of guests. We had ‘two eat for a fiver’ vouchers at the local Beefeater, which my then husband had cut out of the newspaper! It had always been the plan to have a ‘real’ wedding later at some point when we weren’t so poor, but the divorce came around first. I think we must be just about the most amicable of exes you could hope to find, so please no sympathy as we are pretty happy with how it all turned out in the end!
Back to the point of this blog… it seems as though this is the year for weddings. I guess they’re like buses. None for ages, then they all come at once. I don’t know about you but I just love a wedding. The excitement, the love in the air, the tears, the wedding finery, fizz, dancing dads and, of course, the bride’s dress!
There’s just something so special about being privy to such a profound, personal ritual. To share a couple’s most special day is to be welcomed into the inner sanctum of their hearts. I always feel, no matter how well I know the couple, that I know them much more intimately after they’ve shared their words, their choices in colours, dress, the style of wedding. All a reflection of who they are. Every one is so different. I just love it.
I was honoured to be invited to the wedding of one of QVC’s finest producers this spring. James and his beautiful wife, Sarah, married in a truly magical setting. Extremely classy but not ostentatious, the converted barn was lit with fairy lights and nestled into beautiful countryside. I’ve attended weddings where there are so many guests that the bride and groom never get the chance to see, let alone speak to, some of their guests. Still great weddings but I always feel that the new Mr & Mrs miss out a little on those occasions.
James and Sarah planned their day so well and I think they somehow managed to share themselves around the entire wedding gathering so everyone truly felt a part of their big day. It was so much fun celebrating with them. Our guest tech expert Lee Hohbein and I particularly enjoyed the dressing up in the photo booth! Congratulations, you sweet, lovely couple. Here’s to your bright future together!
My best friend, Mandy, invited me to be her plus one at her friend’s recent wedding. Those of you who know me know of my love for vintage dress-up. If you look back through my blog you’ll find Mandy and I in our 1940s and 50s finery for the Goodwood Festival a couple of years back. Well, until last month I had never attended a vintage themed wedding before. What a wonderful first this was!
The couple, Gail and Kev, hired a cute little theatre for their wedding day. The guests were all asked to bring cakes for the afternoon tea party. These were all shapes and sizes laid out on a long table with little handwritten tags attached to say who had brought them. It was really nice personal touch and worked well as an icebreaker for guests.
The theatre was decorated with bunting and fairy lights, the tables laid with teapots and cake stands, and the guests looked wonderful in their 50s vintage attire. We all took to the stage for the ceremony with Gail and Kev exchanging informal yet touching vows. It was very special and personal.
After the tea party the tables were cleared away, the hall became a dance floor and we all danced the night away, with bellies full of paella – they had hired a company to come cook in massive street market-style pans! It was all wonderfully quirky and lots of fun. Congratulations to Gail and Kev, I’m sure many happy years lie ahead of you.
There are yet-more weddings in the diary and I look forward to them greatly. I’d love to hear about your own stories of your weddings, or others, which have been particularly memorable for you.
See you soon and much love,