Kate and Mark's beautiful purple and white themed wedding took place at Whitley Hall on a day that seemed eager to please. The moving ceremony was accompanied by a string quartet and a handful of happy tears. Afterwards the guests enjoyed a glass of Pimms as they walked around the stunning grounds, watching and being watched by the peacocks. I took a few family photos here and then it was time for the reception.
Having worked at a good few weddings, I now know that there comes a point in every wedding, when the nerves truly kick in. You might expect this to be at the exchange of vows, but actually more often than not, it's the part of day when you're called upon to clink your cutlery on your glass and address all the friends and family who are gathered in front of you. Your words will reach the ears of your loved ones and reveal something about you.
Public speaking is difficult for many at the best of times, but imagine the anticipation of giving a speech you've written, when your father-in-law is the well known poet, Ian McMillan. This was the case today. Luckily Mark's speech was the perfect combination of moving and practical, thanking everyone, as it did, for their contribution, and expressing his delight at marrying his bride. The best man was braver still, attempting a poem in front of the poet. I'm glad to report that his bravery paid off for it was magnificently received. A hearty congratulations to the speech-givers, but my warmest wishes are reserved for the bride and groom. All the very best for the future, Kate and Mark.
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