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Friday 18 July - Luton Hoo

Krissie and David

Krissie and David got married on the hottest day of the year - a roasting 33 degrees. Now even for me (who loves sunshine) it proved a challenge to avoid guests squinting, getting sunburnt or wilting in the heat!

Luton Hoo

Krissie got ready in one of the stunning suites in the Mansion House - which had balconies (yes, more than one) overlooking the gardens and fountain. It proved a lovely, and thankfully cool, place for the her preparations.

here comes the bride sign

wedding dress

makeup

I love shoes and knew that Krissie's were going to be special, so much that they got their own mini photoshoot in the bathroom. Although that doesn't mean her bouquet missed out on photos.

brides shoes

bouquet

The ceremony was held in the Sitting Room, which is just as elegant as the rest of the house. It has doors that open onto the terrace and views down to the lake.

ceremony setup

groom waiting

Making a big entrance isn't too difficult at Luton Hoo, and Krissie did particularly well negotiating the stairs. After all, she could have just taken the lift.

bride coming down stairs

entrance of flowergirls and bride

wedding ceremony

The couple were both really worried about fluffing their vows and when Krissie said "oh no" when it came to her part, I think the registrars thought she may have changed her mind.

ceremony laughter

exchange rings

kiss

When getting married at Luton Hoo you need to be aware that you likely to be sharing your day with other hotel guests and people having afternoon tea. Saying that, everyone is always friendly and happy to move out of the way for photos if required.

champagne

all guests

staircase and fountain

The Sitting Room was then turned around for the wedding breakfast complete with 3 tier cake decorated with fresh flowers. It did well not to melt into a white chocolate fountain given the temperature.

wedding breakfast

wedding cake

The best time for photos was in the evening as it was a bit (but not much) cooler. We'd joked all day that Krissie wasn't allowed on the gravel as it would ruin her red soled Louboutins, so in the end David simply put her over his shoulder and carried her!

fountain

bride and groom in grounds of Luton Hoo

groom carries bride over shoulder

bride on the lawn

The evening reception was held downstairs in the Faberge Suite with plenty of dancefloor moves being thrown. Whilst the guests were partying we snuck away to the main entrance where we found the weather had broken, there was thunder and lightning plus it had started raining!

first dance and doorway

 

 

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