It was an amazing event. The actual wedding took place at St Denys Church which is impressively large. Rach is a musician so had friends playing organ, trumpet and piano during the service. She looked stunning and her Dad looked very proud. Little i took some arty pics of the church.
The best part, as far as I was concerned, was the fact that she managed to get our whole group of school friends together again. One of whom, I'd totally lost touch with but discovered that she's moved back into the area a year ago so we've swapped details again. She also invited our old year 7 form tutor, Miss Outram. It must be 20 years since we saw her last but she hadn't changed a bit.
After a few photos the party moved to Stoke Rochford Hall. I had no idea it was going to be so grand!
It's the location of the NUT conference centre which is just off the picture to the left. The NUT building is a hugely ugly pre-fab, given that there's such a beautiful hall just ahead! There were more photos as is always the way with weddings but armed with a glass of bubbly for us and a bouncy castle for the kids, everyone was happy. Especially little i who managed to bouncy for an hour solid.
After the wedding party received the guests we went into the dining room and found our seats. We were on a table with another good mate from school with her partner and little boy, and one of the grooms friends with his family which included another 2 year old girl and a 10 month old boy. Each child had a party bag at their seat which had individual presents in. Little I got a colouring book, craft set and bath toy. Little m got a book and bath toy. It was a lovely thoughtful touch and kept the kids amused while we were waiting for the meal. Which was lovely!
Being a veggie, this is what I had but the meaties had lamb. I found this mildly amusing as everyone had aw'ed over the little sheepies in the field on the way in and then they ATE them. Anyway - the meal was very nice with the best bit being the cheesecake. I always love a cheesecake but this one was particularly nice and creamy. The other girl seemed to approve as well as she demolished it, literally, leaving a mountain of crumbs and then scoffed the blueberry garnish.
The kids had a great time running around after each other but sadly, for me, we left just before the speeches because it was getting late and we didn't want some very tired girls disturbing things. Although I know Rach's Dad will have done her proud. She's one of the nicest people I know and I'm chuffed to bits that she's found such a nice bloke who'll make her happy for the rest of her life.