Excitement and surprise seemed to be the theme for this end of summer wedding.
Ashlee’s dad was left at the family home whilst the girls were pampered at Tonnerre Salon in Oakham. As soon as there was a hint that the girls would be arriving back, Dad grabbed his coat, wallet and car keys and escaped to the pub to get out of the way!
Ashlee and her bridesmaids arrived back and were ready to do their final preparations before heading to the church. We followed Ashlee’s Dad to the Collyweston Slater to meet the boys who were enjoying a drink (or 2). After the car was dressed with ribbons, we made our way to the church with the boys, who un-be-known to us had another drink on the way….in their very own hip flasks-Just in case they got thirsty throughout the afternoon :-)The boys all looked very dapper, complete with matching brown shoes…very smart!
As the bride arrived, the church was full with people and anticipation- they couldn’t wait to see the bridal party!
After some wise words from the vicar it was outside into the glorious sunshine for confetti and a few group photographs. Arriving at Barnsdale, the bride and groom were greeted with a glass of fizz and joined their guest on the patio. We continued with a few more group photographs from the bride and grooms list and then captured some relaxed photographs before it was BBQ and speech time!
These speeches were ones to remember. 3 fantastically planned speeches to include 2 surprises- Yes 2! Ashlee and Jon’s eldest daughter, Megan, stood up and sang through the microphone a beautiful song for the newlyweds…there was not a dry eye in the room! It was also announced that there was to be a surprise this evening to celebrate such a great day.
After the meal we took a walk with the bride and groom for some photographs of just to the two of them with the views and gardens in front of the water at Barnsdale. This time of year is lovely, as the beautiful twilight lighting comes a little earlier in the evening.
At 9pm the guests were called on to the patio at Barnsdale and they enjoyed the most beautiful wedding firework display…what a lovely surprise and a fantastic end to a fantastic day!
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