Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

September 14, 2009  |  Weddings
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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.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

(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…..

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

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.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

While of course Andrea’s father and brother Matthew helped out in the way guys do best.  By staying out of the way weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

And then……Andrea was ready weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

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.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

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….

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

As Andrea arrived at the Knowle in Higham.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

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.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

Everyone looks.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

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.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

And you know what?  The guys even fixed the bubble machine weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

So, to celebrate the guys went and hung out with a couple of hundred grands’ worth of Mercedes…

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

…while the girls jumped for joy.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

(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.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

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.

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

And there’s always time for just one more picture.  Especially when they light up the gazebo like this….

weddings  Andrea and Mark get married at the Knowle

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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