Friday 22 July -
I'm usually at Offley many times over
the course of a year, but in 2016 Jo and Andrew's big day
was my only wedding there. Having chatted to the couple several
times in the planning stages I know that there was a debate
going on as to whether Andrew should wear a kilt or his airforce
uniform ... the kilt won!
The venue now have lovely chiavari chairs
so you don't need to bother with the bog standard chair covers
and sashes. Hanging jam jars filled with flowers (by Gilly
Bean flowers) decorated some of the aisle seats and were
then reused on the reception tables. Jo's bouquet matched
perfectly with a mix of pastel coloured roses although the
boys escaped having to wear pink with simple white and thistle
With the registrar meeting done, Jo was
ready to get married and was given away by her brother. Although
the couple's son made a great entrance ahead of mum by running
down the aisle to be picked up by dad. He'd learnt to walk
just in time!
With a lovely dry day forecast it was
easy to get all the guests outside for drinks, photos and
ice creams from a really cute retro van. Dragging the couple's
kids away from the ice cream was a different matter though.
Jo's dad unfortunately passed away so
she carried a small photo of him within her bouquet. Even
though Andrew may not have worn his uniform for the wedding
it did made an appearance in the cake topper. Guests were
treated to bags of fudge or whisky miniatures when they sat
down for dinner.
With plenty of evening light it was great
to take the bride and groom away to the rose garden and for
a walk. Ok, there may have also been a football kick around
in the grounds too!
Jo's dress is actually two parts, a main
dress and then a separate wrap around skirt which added the
fullness. So later on, when the dancing got started she could
remove the top layer and go for a slinky look. Two dresses