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Saturday 21 June - St Mary's Kings Walden and Offley Place

Kate and Simon

Kate and Simon's wedding involved 3 locations as the first part of the getting ready was at Redcoats Farm House followed by the final preparations at Offley Place, which meant I could use the staircase for some photos.

wedding dress

shoes

bride and dad on staircase

bride and bridesmaids on staircase

The ceremony was held at St Mary's in Kings Walden - just a few miles down the country lanes from Offley. Their wedding is the only one the church will be holding there this year and was made more special as it's where Kate's mum and dad had got married. Even though it was a scorcher of a day, the church was decorated with white brollies filled with flowers.

groom at church

umbrellas as pew ends

Kate arrives in wedding car

bride and dad walk to church

The vicar was a hoot and made the ceremony light-hearted and fun. Mind you, I was warned that he'd throw a bible at me if I got in the way... and that apparently his aim was very good!

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wedding ceremony

exchange of rings

It was so hot that some of the photos were done in the shade of the church doorway and gate as I was worried Kate might pass out. Note to brides ... wedding dresses are usually heavy and not designed to keep you cool!

exit church

church gate kiss

Arriving back at Offley (the bride and groom refreshed by some champagne of course) there was plenty of time for drinking and chatting with guests, alongside some more photos.

wedding car outside Offley

flowergirl

bride outside and inside Offley

bride and groom in grounds of Offley

Toastmasters are an interesting bunch and if you decide to have one then I'd always reccommend going with someone who isn't solely interested in the formal aspects of a wedding day. Tom Abbott was brilliant at this - and really helped with getting all the guests together for a group photo.

all guests

bride and groom walking

It was nice to see the conservatory at Offley decked out in another colour (rather than the sage green that many couples go for). Tables were decorated with large martini glasses filled with flowers and each one had a photo of Kate and Simon - pulling some very interesting facial expressions.

conservatory for wedding breakfast

table details

As the heat of the day started to drop, I took the bride and groom off to the Rose Garden for some photos. Having some time alone is really important ... even if I play gooseberry with the cameras.

rose garden

hands and rings

rose garden pavilion

 

 

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