Sorry boys, but I think Richard wins the prize for “most romantic groom.” But first, it’s all about Lucy’s Dad’s trousers.
Having squeezed past the balloons tied to the front door I was met by Lucy, our beautiful bride to be, who’s relaxation may have been slightly interrupted by her Dad proclaiming that he was just off “to get his trousers altered.” Yes folks, on the morning of the wedding haha! That said, the ceremony wasn’t until 5pm, but I knew that no matter how relaxed things were now, the craziness would all happen at once later in the day!
So why have I given Richard that prize? Well apparently, on a trip he took with Lucy a few years ago he had told her he would write a novel based on the experience, and as a surprise on the wedding morning he had sent her the finished article. Just lovely.
With chicken kebabs on the go in the kitchen it was time for me to head over to see Richard and the guys getting ready. It was all very chilled, Lucy had asked me to be there for when Richard opened his presents from her, I won’t share with you here what she got him but needless to say he was very happy!
The boys fathomed out the buttonholes then proceeded into the garden where the best man opened a rather lively bottle of champagne!
Having failed miserably to get both cats back in the house, they admitted defeat and headed to the tram stop, no doubt via the local haha!
I too headed over to Kelham Island Museum where I captured some guests arriving before heading to get some photos of the reception location. They’d done a wonderful job and it looked stunning – lots of details and beautiful lights. I particularly liked the “Bloom” branded empty gin bottles which I believe Lucy may have had a hand in preparing!
A wonderful touch was a wall they’d dedicated to wedding photos of some of their friends and family, such a wonderful gesture and I knew there would be plenty of smiles later on.
Soon enough it was time for Lucy and her Dad to walk down the aisle (doing his best not to stand on her dress) to an emotional Richard, who just about held it together until they were exchanging their vows. But they made it through, and Richard’s Dad stood up to applaud which led to an impromptu standing ovation. Fantastic!
After lots of milling and congratulations we were even treated to the River Don Engine being put through its paces, a truly spectacular sight!
Everyone was so impressed, but more so by the reception! Speeches followed and the evening was rounded off with dancing – I particularly enjoyed watching everyone shaking their tail feathers!