“Hello, I am Libby! I have long been an avid reader of Oranges and Apples, but have not got a blog myself. If you’d like to see more of me, however, please feel free to pop by my Flickr account!
Charlotte and I have been best friends since we were children (my mum and her mum are best friends, so we were destined to be, too!). On the 17th of July 2011 she got married to her man, Mitch, and it was the most beautiful day imaginable. As I was the maid of honour, the photographs I took throughout the day weren’t as comprehensive as they could have been, however, I’m going to use them as a guide to walk you through the day as it happened.
The couple chose to get married at a local church, less then 10 minutes away from where both of their parents live. I’d love to say that the weather was beautiful and sunny, but it actually rained a fair amount: getting the bride and the bridesmaids to the church dry proved to be impossible, and as we were walking up the path to the church the minister announced that we were holding the skirt and trail of the bride’s dress so high that he could see her garter!
The ceremony was wonderful: the couple looked gorgeous; they said their vows beautifully and I know that the guests really enjoyed watching and listening to the groom’s cousin sing and play the guitar whilst the register was being signed. When the ceremony was finished, the rain also finished, thankfully! After a couple of photographs of the couple and the wedding party in front of the church, everyone headed over to the reception, at The Old Rectory, a Manor House in the Essex countryside.
More photographs were briefly taken at the reception before we sat down to the meal, to take advantage of the fact that the rain had momentarily disappeared.
The meal was delicious, it featured: Camembert; beef medallions; a wide array of yummy vegetables and some extremely scrumptious brownies (which I’ve been told the bride very specifically stated must be crunchy on the top and gooey on the bottom/in the middle!). The wine was especially bought from friends of the bride’s family and was, likewise, incredibly yummy!
The speeches were a traditional mix of hilarious, embarrassing and cute (the bride’s father told the story of how Charlotte and I believed we could fly when we’d been watching Disney’s Peter Pan a few too many times when we were younger, and accidentally pulled her bedroom curtains down..!).
The couple chose to have a disco in the evening, which definitely went down well with the guests (who doesn’t love a disco?!). Their first dance was really sweet, especially when the flower-girl (their niece) kept attempting to gate-crash/join in!
Throughout the day I heard guests saying that all of the details were elegant and classy: whilst Charlotte had been extremely picky about how precise everything needed to be, the extra loving touch was noticed by all in attendance! The small details (like the swirls on the bride’s dress being echoed by those on the waistcoats of the groom and grooms-men, the wedding cakes, and even the flower arrangements!), alongside the bigger details (the flower-girl’s dress was chosen because it matched the bride’s dress so well, and the bridesmaid’s dresses were made to be the colours of the bride’s dress inverted) really drew the wedding together.
I know that on several occasions Charlotte’s decisions were questioned, but she stuck to having things done her way, exactly how she wanted them: exactly how it should be! In the end, a lot of these decisions were applauded because of how well thought-out and beautifully the details fitted together, and suited both Charlotte and Mitch, as well as their wedding day.
I’m enormously proud to have been the maid of honour, as well as being able to attend such a beautiful wedding.
Huge love to Charlotte and Mitch for letting me be part of their big day: I hope all your dreams come true and you have a long and wonderful life together!