Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

September 24, 2012  |  Weddings
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So many stories start with a dress…I thought I’d start this one with some rather stunning shoes.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

And some rather lovely jewellery too.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

But of course, these are just window dressing.  The real story is about Melissa and her bridesmaids getting ready for a beautiful wedding.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

The rooms at Westenhanger are so beautiful and full of light.  It really does make for a wonderful relaxed feeling – and of course that makes my job all the easier.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

Meanwhile, the guys were, of course, tying ties and fiddling with button holes.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

It always takes the girls a little longer to get ready.  Of course dresses take a little longer to lace up than even cravattes.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

And then a final check before heading down the stairs to get married on the castle lawn on a beautiful late summer’s day…

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

Whilst of course James was patiently waiting with his best man Alistair.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

And then my absolute favourite bit of the day.  Watching and waiting to see exactly when James’ nerve would go and he would have to turn round and see his bride.  He did pretty well actually.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

And then….it was time for James Sparshatt and Melissa Earl to get married on the beautiful castle lawn.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

And afterwards, everybody rushed to congratulate the happy couple.  And make sure they got the shot of course.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

As the lovely day became a wonderful afternoon, the light softened, the stone started to glow and Westenhanger Castle did that magic trick where it started to come alive.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

But of course, it’s never too lovely a day, nor too fabulous a venue to stop the lads having fun

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

But soon, very soon it was time for the wedding breakfast and the amazing spread that was ready inside the huge marquee at Westenhanger Castle.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

And then the bit best man Ali had been waiting for.  The speeches….

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

One of the lovely things about this time of year is that evening comes just about when you want it to.  Just after dinner, there’s enough light for some beautiful pictures but just enough dark for people to get away with silliness….

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

Like everybody picking up a bridesmaid.  Or bride.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

But with a cake looking this lovely, it was only a matter of time until the Hobbit sword was in use.

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

Before time for the first dance…

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

Melissa and James have asked their guests not to post their pictures to Facebook so they can wait for the official pictures – but there’s nothing to stop you hitting the “like” button to post a link to these pictures on your timeline.

And as I’ve said so many times, there’s always time for one more picture as it got dark…

weddings  Melissa and James at Westenhanger Castle

 


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