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