Summer of Love

I love summer (the sunshine in particular) and I love weddings – this weekend saw the combination of both which was fab.

Its a been a bit of a year of weddings (or just over a year if you include my own).  18 months ago Ron and I were married in what I obviously feel was the perfect wedding.

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In February we had the pleasure of attending Andrew and Joannes wedding (my now brother and sister in-laws) and this weekend it was the turn of Alex and Heidi – good friends of Rons.

Being a summer wedding I took it as an opportunity to treat myself a little, so new dress, – well, how could I not.  I love a bargain (as does everybody I suppose), so how could I not when I found this little treasure – perfect colour dress to match some shoes and bag I already owned, and then when I saw the price tag I took it as a sign from heaven.. it was meant to be.

So with a new dress (at a crackingly good price!), a last minute spray tan and a home administered manicure and pedicure I was all set to enjoy watching two lovely people make a life long commitment to love, honour and cherish each other.

dress collage

We’ve had a week of glorious weather, but woke on Saturday morning to fog, drizzle, clouds – but the forecast was reassuringly good insisting that it was set to improve – and so it did.  By the time we were setting off  the sun was peaking through, just a light breeze, no fog to be seen, and blue skies were definitely on the horizon.  So the shades were on, wedding card in hand, tissues in bag – all set

Like I said, I love weddings.  Every wedding I’ve ever been to (and there have been quite a few over the years from the traditional church wedding, to the not so traditional Cancun beach wedding) are always so personal to the couple getting married, as was my own.  Ron and I were on a budget (Ron is always on a budget I might add!), we wanted small, personal, minimum fuss, pomp and ceremony.  So we opted for a low key affair at my church for close friends and family, followed by cakes and fizz (of the non alcoholic variety – being a tee totaller, and a Mormon), and my favourite bit , a bouncy castle.  I tell everyone this was for the kids of course, but one of the best moments was having a bounce with my dear dad – hilarious to say the least!  Our reception was a curry at our fav Indian restaurant, and they didn’t disappoint – credit to them, they gave us great food.

Bouncy collage

Alex and Heidi’ wedding was no exception.  Like I said, all weddings are personal to the happy couple, and this was certainly that.  The attention given to everything  was amazing, you could see and feel their personalities in every detail.  For example – arrived at the church – a lovely traditional church.

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We were met by Alex – the groom – I have to say,  my initial impression caused me to raise my eyebrows ever so slightly – here was the groom in chinos, checked shirt, braces, dickie bow and jacket – not the attire you generally expect.  A cheery hello, a kiss on the cheek, and I turned round to see Josh, Alex’s best man and brother, dressed the same, and then a few of the other guys who were the groomsmen and ushers, also in the same attire. It brought a real smile to my face.  This was pure Alex, and rather than go with the traditional suit, he brought his own style to his wedding – and it worked – they looked great.

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Then there was the Bride – Heidi – as she glided (and thats not an exaggeration) down the isle in a stunning princess style dress, fitted perfectly to her tiny waist (excuse me whilst I get very jealous), flowing to the floor, gorgeous lace, with a simple bouquet of gypsophila and fresh flower garland to accompany her midlength veil.  Gotta give it to her, show glowed.

To see such happiness in a couple was wonderful

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Heidi is a country girl, and you could see, and feel this throughout the theme of the day.  From the open sided marquee in the middle of one of her dads fields, to the relaxed layout of the tables, the favours of painted horse shoes at the place settings, jam jars filled with wild flowers decorating the tables.  Everything had a personal, almost intimate feel about it – truly drawing the guests in to the day.

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Whilst you could feel the quality of the day, there was no doubt we were talking serious money spent on this wedding, nothing felt glitzy, blingy, showy or over the top.  It was pure understated class, that made you feel relaxed, at ease and part of the most special day of their lives.

The reception started with a yummy fruit punch for me and a Pims for my lurvly sister in-law Joanne – big smiles all round

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Onwards went the day with great food (no mean feat when you’re serving 150 people + in an open marquee in the middle of a field – hats off to them I say!)  The speeches were heart warming, funny and just the right length (much to Rons relief!)

We took a mid wedding break after dinner whilst there was shift around of furniture in the marquee ready for the evening celebrations and we popped down to see Betty – my mother in-law.  Always a delight – I’m lucky enough to have a mother inlaw who is pretty fab.  Easy to get on with, non interfering, funny with a good heart whose brought her sons up well (if she reads this, I’m hoping for daughter inlaw brownie points!!)

A cuppa and half hour chat later we headed back up to the wedding to join the evenings festivities of singers, band, disco, hog roast (much to my delight and my veggie hubby’s disgust).

Sat outside the marquee, listening to the music, loving the view (really, without exaggeration the view was something that money could not buy)

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hubbys arms wrapped around me – all I could think was ..summer love .. how perfect.  And with two more weddings to go this summer – great excuses for new outfits and pamper sessions – can’t wait.

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