Please excuse my absence - it is due to the fabulous event.
You are all familiar with my A Wondering Star daughter & her lovely A Wondering Star blog, Jewellery Quarter home, her partner Andy & their lovely dogs.
By the time you read this post, her & her lovely man will be ... man & wife! They planned a perfect modern day elopement - with their usual original style, they decided on & planned an occasion which they wanted. They are two very original, confident people & they wanted a wedding to reflect this - no great ceremony, just one surrounded by their nearest & dearest as they committed to a life together.
Groom's Mum Sue, Ms M & I have completely respected their wishes & have done everything in our power to give them the day they hoped for, in the way they hoped for. Ms M lives where the civil ceremony was held, so she took on the task of keeping on top of the local florists, cake makers, etc.
A tiny, close circle have been privy to these arrangements & they have all been remarkably supportive to make this happen in Pat & Andy's vision.
They planned their wedding in the modern manner of doing the planning themselves without being tied to conventions - the traditional roles of maids, groomsmen & even Mother of the Bride / Groom did not apply as they planned it in their way they envisioned.
It has been a very difficult task to keep it all under wraps but this is their day completely ....
Their tiny guest list does not reflect the love & esteem which they are held in; it reflects the way they wanted their special day to be. This tapestry in the Registry office, photographed on a preliminary visit by us Mum's ...
The legal ceremony was marked with a small gathering in the town where the family have lived for 300 years; the lovely Ali from The Bull Hotel taking care of the arrangements for the 42 guests due to us all living a distance from the town.
The dress - a silk Prada dress & a hat from Snooks the Hatters - perfectly Pat
The Mum's - my fascinator from the fantastic selection at Snooks the Hatters
The beautiful flowers & stunning cake were done by a local Bridport Florist - Lavender Blue, the hat from the family hat shop of Snooks the Hatters
The very talented photographer Richard Austin did an amazing job of capturing the spirit of the day & the energy & love of the couple in one of their favourite spots - the beach at West Bay
A Wondering Star documents their very special wedding day far better than I can so pop on over to her blog to see how wonderful it all turned out. SO, WE ELOPED...
It is really lovely that two very special people have the confidence to do things their own way, in their own vision without giving in to pressure or conventions to have the traditional wedding. This reflects their confidence & unique personalities & several of others commented on how fabulous this made the occasion.
Some friends & acquaintances have been less understanding about this style & this has led to a new role for the Mums - explaining that modern couples have modern ideas & that the day was all about the couple, not about the expectations of others ....
I hope you will join me in wishing our Wondering Star daughter & new son in law, the lovely Andy, all the best in their life together.