This post is slightly different from my other posts and I regret to say that it is not about food, but a reflection on a beautiful Saturday wedding and an opportunity to share some of the photos I managed to hurriedly snap in-between the busyness of the day :p
Many thanks to A & H and their families for such a wonderful day!
The wedding was held at our church in Queen’s Park, London where the sanctuary is very traditional with built-in pews, a high ceiling crisscrossed with dark wooden beams and an ornately carved pulpit. It can seem quite dark and imposing, but with bursts of colourful flowers at the end of every pew and flowing tulle drapings cascading over the sanctuary, the building was absolutely transformed. Sunlight streamed in through the arched windows and gave off a cool, blueish light as H and her bridesmaids made their way down the aisle to the tune of Pachelbel’s Canon played on the piano, violin and flute.
H’s dress was beautiful and suited her to a tee. It was a fitted floor-length number with floral embroidery and just the right amount of sparkle. Her veil had been customised by her maid-of-honour (aka fashion blogger Kit Lee of styleslicker.com), who had also made her own vintage inspired maid-of-honour dress.
As A & H stood at the front of the church, hand in hand, I was struck by how perfect and important the moment was. The joining of two people before the presence of God is a solemn, yet joyful occasion, a reason for absolute thanksgiving and awe at God’s perfect provisions for A & H through the years they have been together so far. In gentle, still voices and with the tiniest touch of nervousness, “…for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer…”, A & H made their vows and carefully exchanged rings. There was some muted sniffing as some of the ladies wiped tears from their eyes, and I for one was glad to be wearing waterproof mascara. As A kissed his bride a ripple of applause broke out and looking around there were smiles on every face, beams of happiness for the newlywed couple.
The reception after the ceremony was artfully done. What is usually a rather plain hall was hung with strings of handmade doily bunting and scattered with glass jars filled with dainty sprigs of baby’s breath and creamy pink roses. Golden sunlight streamed through the open doors and the breeze which so persistently whirled around outside, gently wafted inside, sweet with the smell of flowers. Children (and a fair amount of adults!) were crowded around a table laden with pick n’mix, stuffing strawberry bonbons into striped paper bags whilst other guests made their way to the photo booth in the side hall or smiling and pointing, looked at photographs of A & H which were strung up around the hall. There was a delicious finger buffet and a simple but elegant white wedding cake as the centrepiece.
H is a huge fan of baking, and A is a huge fan of eating said baking so they came up with the idea of a wedding bake off competition which would then become part of the dessert table. Of course, my contribution to the bake-off was macarons. I made a simple raspberry and white chocolate filling and decorated half with sugar flowers and pearl sugar dragees and the other half I personalised for A & H with an edible pen. It was hard to see these macarons being eaten as they had taken a while to make, the personalised ones especially, but I had to quickly get over it as the next time I turned around, the plate was empty and the only thing that suggested there might have been macarons there at all was the faint whiff of almonds and a couple of broken flower petals!
Anyway, dearest A & H I hope that you had an unforgettable wedding day and are having an even more unforgettable honeymoon. Can’t wait to see you when you get back! xxx
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
For those of you who have stuck with this super long post to get all the way to here, I just want to mention again that at some point in September I will be running a macaron making class in Greenwich, London and that I can also run macaron classes at my home kitchen in High Wycombe. If you are interested to know more or would like to be informed when more details are available please click here.