Friday 18 July -
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!