On Saturday 18th June, I attended the wedding of my second cousin Amy and her fiancé, now husband, Ceri. I stayed with Chloe and Ben in Richmond the night before so we could get our nails done (me and Chloe, not Ben!) at London Grace in Putney as a belated birthday present for Chloe. In the morning we got ready then went to GlamBlow to get our hair done.
However, we tempted fate by watching Four Weddings and a Funeral the evening before as it turned into a stressful morning of rushing around after our train was delayed by nearly an hour! Nevertheless we managed to get there with time to spare.
Held at their local church in St. Albans, the service was lovely and the bride looked beautiful in her wedding dress. We then all went on to St. Michael’s Manor Hotel, a stunning 500 year old manor house overlooking gardens and a lake, for the reception.
It’s always lovely to see everyone dressed up at weddings and my mum looked elegant in her vintage-style dress from Deadly is the Female on Catherine Hill in Frome. I bought my dress from Ted Baker using vouchers I was given for Christmas.
I fell in love after I tried this floral sleeveless dress on but nearly cried (I may be exaggerating for dramatic effect, but only slightly…) when I realised I couldn’t spend the vouchers at a concession and it was showing as out of stock in my size online. Luckily Chloe found it in a London Ted Baker and bought it for me with her vouchers. I then gave her my vouchers so she could buy her electric blue Ted Baker dress for the wedding.
It was well worth the fuss to get it as, paired with raspberry velvet platforms and a mint green cardigan it made the perfect summer wedding guest outfit. I know I’ll definitely get a lot of use out of the dress as it would be ideal for a summer garden party or the races (let’s just pretend I get to go to those kind of events!)
It was a really wonderful day and everything was beautifully brought together by the lavender colour scheme, from the confetti to the flowers, wedding favours and lovely bridesmaids dress, skilfully made by her mum. After a delicious wedding breakfast, emotional speeches and cutting of the cake, we danced the night away – even my 81 year old granddad was throwing some shapes on the dance floor and the inevitable embarrassing dad dancing featured heavily!
We all had a fantastic time and it was a pleasure to share in their special day – congratulations Amy and Ceri!