J & M had the most gorgeous sunshine to celebrate in, and were surrounded by such love and lovely people that it was honestly such a heartwarming, and perfect day. Forget the Royal Wedding, we were where the party was really at!
J & M broke from tradition slightly in that they both got ready together, at home - M was expertly on hand preparing lunch for everyone and delivered it to J in en expert waiter style whilst she had her hair styled, good way to start the day if you ask me! Whilst the royal wedding was on in the background, everyone was focused on J & M and creating the perfect day for them, and it was wonderfully relaxed at home. M made his way to Church whilst J was helped into her dress by her Mum. J wore a beautiful tea length gown, with subtle delicate lace details and a sweetheart neckline. Her shoes were stunning and something blue - by Rachel Simpson - and I just loved the scalloped effect in soft gold. She forewent a veil, but her hair was gently decorated with soft white flowers and altogether brought about a wonderful vintage look. Then, before we knew it, J was ready and walking down the aisle of St Paul's ready to make M her husband. J's uncle walked her down the aisle in a very emotional moment, but her father was there in everyone's hearts.
The vicar was brilliant, with some sage words of advice for J, M and their family, plus a few magic tricks (!) and some key roadsigns (warning, bump ahead!) as daily reminders to help navigate a loving relationship - he had the whole congregation laughing, and the readings had everyone shedding a few tears.
Then, it was a hop onto a gloriously red, vintage double decker bus for the guests to ride over to the reception at High Hurstwood Village Hall (with J & M following in a vintage soft top - very cool!). J & M had decorated the hall beautifully with balloons, fairy lights, drapes and more, whilst allowing the enormous glass walls and stunning views to really shine through. I particularly liked the childhood photos strung about and the simple summery colours. M broke up the speeches by giving his before the wedding breakfast, and did it outside, which I thought was a lovely touch (plus, then they could relax and just sit back to enjoy the rest of the day, which seems like a genius idea). The wedding breakfast was laid on by Kelmsley Catering who did a tremendous job at providing a delicious feast - canapés, a hog roast buffet and then an outdoors cornucopia of desserts and treats, complete with edible flowers! Talking of flowers - did you see the cake? J's aunt grew them especially!
It was so lovely to see the kids running freely between the hall and the park and across the open field enjoying all the sunshine, and it made for a very relaxing afternoon, and very relaxed guests (I spotted several having a go with the cricket set!). I felt so welcomed by everyone, I really had a blast, and felt very honoured to be a part of J & M's day. They were joined by Blue Juice in the evening for plenty of dance floor action as the sun came down across Sussex, and guys, I wish you every single happiness in your future together.
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