So many stories start with a dress…I thought I’d start this one with some rather stunning shoes.
And some rather lovely jewellery too.
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.
Meanwhile, the guys were, of course, tying ties and fiddling with button holes.
It always takes the girls a little longer to get ready. Of course dresses take a little longer to lace up than even cravattes.
And then a final check before heading down the stairs to get married on the castle lawn on a beautiful late summer’s day…
Whilst of course James was patiently waiting with his best man Alistair.
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.
And then….it was time for James Sparshatt and Melissa Earl to get married on the beautiful castle lawn.
And afterwards, everybody rushed to congratulate the happy couple. And make sure they got the shot of course.
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.
But of course, it’s never too lovely a day, nor too fabulous a venue to stop the lads having fun…
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.
And then the bit best man Ali had been waiting for. The speeches….
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….
Like everybody picking up a bridesmaid. Or bride.
But with a cake looking this lovely, it was only a matter of time until the Hobbit sword was in use.
Before time for the first dance…
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…
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