After last week’s bumper post, I made an effort to cut down. But this wedding was so much fun, Andrea and Mark looked so fabulous and the pictures (if I say so myself) look so gorgeous that I hardly cut down at all.
Like all good stories it starts with a gorgeous dress. In a rather lovely room as it happens.
(And yes, as I said a couple of weeks ago that will annoy a friend of mine but with a dress this lovely how could you not?).
And then of course the girls got down to the serious business of make up. And oo look! leopard skin dressing gowns. Watch out for the leopard print – it crops up everywhere. Though Andrea and her bridesmaids are going to have to wait to see if I post that picture of the leopard skin print…..
Once hair and makeup was over (and everyone had had a couple of sandwiches to keep their strength up) it was time for the dress. A dress this stunning needs help to put on. Quite a lot of help actually. But of course that’s what you have bridesmaids for.
While of course Andrea’s father and brother Matthew helped out in the way guys do best. By staying out of the way
And then……Andrea was ready
But there was just time for one more cliché. Sure “everybody” takes pics of the bride walking down the stairs. But that’s because if you catch the light just right it can make a fabulous picture.
Over at the Knowle in Higham, things were a little more panicked. Can you imagine how 2 well educated and intelligent men can possibly have difficulty making a children’s bubble machine blow bubbles? Or what part of it would involve a screwdriver? Me neither. But then I don’t have to imagine….
As Andrea arrived at the Knowle in Higham.
Somebody told me the other day that it’s bad luck for a groom to look at his bride as she walks down the aisle. Of all the wedding traditions it’s one I just don’t believe. Because I’ve been to a few weddings and I can tell you quite categorically. Everyone looks. Everyone. Just like Mark did.
And there, in a beautiful garden, with a glorious September sun shining down on them, in front of all their friends and family, Mark Lempriere and Andrea Bottley were married. And there were even leopard print candles.
And you know what? The guys even fixed the bubble machine
So, to celebrate the guys went and hung out with a couple of hundred grands’ worth of Mercedes…
…while the girls jumped for joy.
(Hmm, is that a hint of a leopard skin garter on Andrea’s leg? Good thing there were no pictures of other leopard skin items….)
And of course there was time for just a few portraits of the new Mr and Mrs Lempriere.
There are many reasons to choose The Knowle in Higham as your wedding venue. Some people love the charm and ambiance of the building, other people the friendliness of the staff and others love the beautiful grounds and outdoor wedding gazebo. But most people really go for the famous dessert trolley. Which explains why it was half eaten before I could get a camera near it.
And there’s always time for just one more picture. Especially when they light up the gazebo like this….
If you know where Mark and Andrea are right now you’ll understand why I’m jealous. But they will be back soon. And they have internet there too! So please leave your thoughts and comments in the box below.
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