‘Thank you so SO much for everything you did on Friday at our Botleys Wedding, you were a calm and quick witted presence. I had a proper cry when you left as I really enjoyed having you there. Love Kate & Karl’. – via hand-written thank you card.

 

‘Awesomeness’ Oxford English Dictionary -1.1 informal The quality of being extremely good; excellence.

Personally, I think the use of this particular noun in relation to Kate & Karl’s Botleys Mansion Wedding would be a gross understatement. It was a perfect day (the Aussie contingent must have brought some of their weather with them – albeit it’s ‘Winter’ there right now), the drinks flowed, and the brass band didn’t merely play, they created a party, a proper full-on party…but more about them later.

So it all started for me upstairs in the Bridal Suite with Kate and the girls getting ready in a very chilled and relaxed manner. Meanwhile, Nick Beard (my second photographer and thoroughly talented chap) covered the boys with their last minute preparations and getting ready. Once all of the 160-ish guests had arrived, caught up with each other, and taken their seats outside for the ceremony, it was time for Kate and her father to head downstairs. The ceremony itself was heart-warming and with many personal touches (as is usually the way when a celebrant is taking the helm), and once the ceremony was complete it was time to be blasted by confetti canons and for the New York Brass Band to lead the entire wedding party Conga-style to the safety of the shade and more importantly ‘refreshments’ at the other side of the mansion. The bouquet was a traditionally messy/hilarious moment as it was tossed from a window upstairs, and once that had been fought over it was time to head off for dinner and speeches in the atrium.

After dinner I took the couple out in the evening sun just before the party started. Now bear with me on this…the First Dance was held inside, after which the brass band (kicking out tunes like Seven Nation Army and You Got The Love) got the lawn shaking with a monumental set (refer back to ‘awesomeness’ for details). Once it got a little too dark to continue outside, the party then headed back inside. The band then led ANOTHER conga into ANOTHER room where they performed their grand finale/serenade to the couple to rapturous applause and continue bellows of ‘ONE MORE SONG! ONE MORE SONG!’. No wonder they’ve been regulars at Glastonbury…not only can they seriously play, they just know how to get a party going.

Anyway, it was just a fabulous day and I count myself very lucky to be a part of it. Thank you Kate & Karl for having me there, and congratulations once again!