Sunday, 25 January 2009

Sonia & Phil

Sonia & Phil had chosen Sonia's local family church to get married on the rainiest day Friday in June but this did not dampen anyones spirits it was a wonderful day.
St Lawrence's in Little Stanmore which was just stunning. It was a very special place in Sonia's life and was the perfect choice. The couple had family coming from all over the world to help them celebrate their wedding day.

With an 18th century interior in the style of continental baroque with ceiling and wall paintings by Laguerre, Bellucci and Sleter. Handel played the organ which has recently been restored.

St Lawrence's really didn't need much in the way of decoration but the pew ends were dressed with lilac blooms and cream roses to match Sonia's bouquet.

The rain unfortunately decided that it too was going to attend the wedding with great gusto and Sonia's 4 ushers had their worked cut out for them getting the Guests from cars to the church without getting soaked.

The Bride had to make a small journey across the road from her house to the Church with 3 umbrella's sheltering her, being the true sport she is Sonia hitched her dress up & just got on with it arriving in style!
The ceremony was beautiful with the London Concord Choir singing Sonia & Phil's favourite hymns.
After the Ceremony we had to hand back the 45 brollies that we had collected from the Guests on the way in and it was next door to the Church Hall for a brief Reception for all the local parishioners and neighbours who had know Sonia all since childhood.

The Wedding Reception was going to be held at Leeds Castle so once the Bride & Groom had made their way to their car it was time to get the Guests in to the Coach and off to Leeds Castle, one of Kent's most historical homes of King Henry VIII with its amazing Maze.

Afternoon Tea was served in the Castle Dinning Room for Bridal Party, while the rest of the Guests were treated to a guided tour of the Castle which was then followed by a Drinks Reception. Where Guests were asked to sign a guest book as a keepsake for the couple.

Sonia's Wedding Gown was stunning encrusted with pearls and crystal it was truly breathtaking.

It was then it was time to cut the fabulous cake which was two tiers with tiny little lilac flowers.

Dinner was served on long tables with Guests sitting either side. The tables were dressed with beautiful lanterns and tea lights giving off a really old fashioned glow.
Guests were treated to 4 course meal followed by speeches. .

And then it was time for that all important first dance and the to dance the night away in the Heraldry Room.

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