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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Tracy and Graham's Wedding at St Peter's and Shepperton Studios

The weekend before last saw the wedding of Tracy and Graham at St Peter's Church, West Molesey and Shepperton Studios. Tracy got ready at her sister's house, just round the corner from St Peter's Church and was fortified for the long day ahead with glasses of champagne and a plate of Marmite on toast. This is probably not an obvious combination for breakfast, but I found myself staring at it, salivating like a starving man at a hog roast.

About mid-morning we had a fly-past by the next door neighbour's flock of racing pigeons. Given that we were off to Shepperton Studios later it felt a bit like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds", but we all arrived at the church without looking like extra's from a horror movie.

The excellent Rev Peter Tailby conducted a very upbeat ceremony that had everyone laughing in a way that actually served to re-enforce the importance of the day rather than trivialise it.

After the wedding we went down to the Thames at Hampton Court to quickly get a few photographs before heading off to the reception. Tracy and Graham had suggested that I go with them in the wedding car rather than taking mine and trying to park, which was very thoughtful and did make things a lot easier.

Then it was off to Shepperton Studios, which is a lovely and very well run venue. Receptions there are held in Littleton Park House, rather than on a film set, but you do get to sit in the chairs used in Braveheart and bounce on a bed that is also quite famous but I can't remember why.

As well as a very cool looking DJ, Tracy and Graham had an excellent live band called Risk providing music for part of the evening and Tracy took the opportunity to join them on the saxophone. Over the years I have had some very talented couples getting involved in their own wedding entertainment, but a bride playing the sax in her wedding dress is a first - she was brilliant by the way!

All too soon it was drawing to a close, Tracy and Graham had managed to pack quite a bit into their day and it flew by, the weather had turned out fine and everyone had a great time. Shepperton Studios is a great venue and well worth considering if you are getting married in the area and you can find out more information from their website.

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Sunday, 2 August 2009

Mary and Nick's Wedding in Leatherhead

A couple of weekends ago I covered Mary and Nick's wedding at Leatherhead Register Office. Mary is originally from Ireland and her family came over for the week before to help her get everything ready, which I believe was quite a party in it's own right. We arrived in the morning in time to go with Mary and her sisters to Sue Jane Hairdressing in Horley and they all came out looking fantastic.

Mary had chosen a lovely white dress from Infinita Brides along with Rainbow Club "Hattie" shoes. The flowers came from Chesterman Florist of Caterham.

The ceremony took place at Leatherhead Register Office, which is a rather attractive old building just off the town centre, with lovely south facing gardens.

After the wedding ceremony the reception was held at the Plough and Furrow in Smallfield which is a traditional country pub, with a very well done contemporary look inside. As a surprise Mary's family had arranged some Irish dancers to come and give a demonstration which was truly impressive and got everyone jumping about - I was jumping about trying to get photographs of them and avoid being kicked!

The evening finished at Mary and Nick's house where they had covered their large back garden in a set if interlinking marquees. This was rather good as it resulted in a number of separate rooms that you could wander through, a bit like Ikea under canvas.

Mary and Nick obviously had a brilliant day, they were both grinning from ear to ear the whole time and I suspect that a lot more Irish dancing went on far into the small hours.

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