Now I'm not talking about honeymoons here!
05.03.2008 - 14.03.2008
2008 feels like the international year of the wedding! Obviously I've reached 'that age' where it seems everyone I know is getting married. This year - by the bank holiday weekend - I will have been to 5 weddings! Heres my top three so far though!
The first wedding was my lovely cousin Becky's. She and Gareth were married on a point overlooking Matakana Island on the Bay of Plenty. A gorgeous day and sucha wonderful time of year to be in NZ. My grandmother and I took the photos and my Uncle Rob did the video so it was a busy day. I flew in the day before so was a bit spacey (brain somewhere over Hong Kong at the time!) but it was superb. Weddings are such a great way to catch up with a lot of people in a really wonderful atmosphere! The Bride was stunning and the groom was suave. The weather fantastic and my grandparents were wonderful hosts to the entire wedding party - ensuring no matter what weather they had on the day they were going to have a wonderful wedding.
Second wedding - Much Marcle for Helen and Tom! Helen is a fellow rower and the powerhouse of my four. Until Tom swept her off her feet to Hong Kong! Fortunately his intentions were honourable and the happy couple were wed in the most gorgeous little chapel on a country estate. They picked May as their month, timing things so well the fields across the area were a brilliant yellow from oil rape seed crops - a vibrant yellow that just lights the countryside of England right up! Much Marcle is teeny tiny but Holme House and the chapel were superb. If you're looking for a wedding site in the UK I think I'd highly recommend this one! We had a superb day with great thanks to the bride adn groom and their families for the power of organisation that pulled this one together across continents and oceans!
Wedding number three on the list was Stine and Martins nuptuals in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stine is one of the other members of the four and her departure home to Denmark was the end of a glorious season. The couple were married in the tiniest of rooms in the town hall - a superb gothic building that was just astounding inside. From the town hall (after photos, rowing guard of honour, band and so on) the wedding party was taken on a boat tour along the canals and out to Trekroner naval fort for the reception. Danish weddings are fantastic traditional affairs and if you ever get the opportunity to attend one embrass it wholeheartedly! It was FABULOUS! Again thanks to the bride and groom. The speeches - wonderfully translated by our table fellows - the song and the traditions were wonderful things to be a part of!
With one more to go I am looking forward to seeing another grand example of the traditional English wedding. One difference between NZ and UK weddings is the brides speech. She doesn't make one in the UK from what I can see. At home the Best man, Father of the Bride and Groom speak and then so does the bride, bridesmaids, guests - anyone can get up and say a few words! Superb.
So, when you plan your wedding I say look around the world and find a few traditions that tickle your fancy and include them! Get your guests writing songs about the happy couple, ask friends to speak, bang the floor to have the bride and groom kiss under the table! Go for it!