Saturday the 16th January was a day one of my nearest and dearest had been waiting to arrive for many years, one of my besties Laura was to marry her partner in crime of 11 years, Andy.
I have never been to a winter wedding before so I didn’t know what to expect other than to pray for some nice weather! We woke up to clear blue skies and a frost on the ground, the nicest weather you could ask for January, seeing as we had dreadful weather in the week leading up.
The venue Laura and Andy chose to tie the knot was The Edgemoor, somewhere I had never been before. It is set on the edge of picturesque Dartmoor, just 3 miles away from the popular walking spot Haytor. Upon arriving at the hotel we were greeted by a beautiful old building, which was once Bovey Tracey Grammer School. All of us girlies had traveled to the venue together and we excitedly barreled out of the cars to see what the day ahead had in store for us.
We all swiftly moved from the car park into the hotel to get out of the cold and were met by lots more excited guests and a very welcome, glowing, warm log fire. We all huddled around close to the door so that we could be the first ones out to get the best seats to watch our lovely friend say I do. The time soon came round and we all made a dash for our seats. All of the guests waited patiently for the bridal party to arrive and it was all Andy (The Groom) could do but nervously wait for his ‘bride to be’ to arrive.
The chatter soon died down and the music subtly changed… the bridal party were on their way! Kitty, the youngest bridesmaid appeared through the door way and walked down the aisle scattering rose petals, a lovely touch which she did a very good job of and earned a well deserved ahhh. Soon after it was the turn of Laura’s sister Megan and Laura’s two friends Josie and Amy, to walk down the aisle. They too looked beautiful in floor length red dresses with white fur boleros.
Then finally the ‘Bride to be’ Laura stood at the entrance with her arm tightly linked through her dads, she looked absolutely stunning! They walked slowly down the aisle while we all looked on in wonderment, with our bottom lips trembling. Laura had waited so long for this day to come and she looked the happiest a girl could be, she was about to marry her the love of her life. Her dad let her go with a final squeeze of her hand, her and Andy were now to be made man and wife.
Laura wore a beautiful dipped back, embroidered, Maggie Sottero dress, complemented by a 1950’s style up do. She looked every inch the beautiful bride she deserved to be and after a short service they were pronounced Mr & Mrs Knight!
After the service we all lined up outside the front of the hotel and awaited the new bride and groom, they walked down the middle of all their guests to be greeted with scatterings of rose petal confetti. We stayed outside while the photos took place and were served canapes and warmed winter Pimms, just what was needed to keep the cold from our bones.
After a few more photos we all headed inside where we sat and chatted for a bit until we were called to be seated at the Wedding Breakfast. This is where Laura and Andy’s theme soon became apparent, their love of Harry Potter was to be the running theme of the day and I have to say they did it in a wonderful way, from their seating plan to Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit Cards on the table.
After we were all seated the next part of the wedding was a little different to other weddings I have been to, rather than eating straight away the speeches were announced. I think this is sometimes a nice way to do things so that the Father of the Bride (FOB) and the Groom and Best Man can enjoy their meals. The speeches were brilliant and possibly the most emotional speeches given at any wedding I have been to, our whole table shed a tear or two… or three!
After glasses had been raised, toasts made and make up retouched from our emotional outbursts the wedding breakfast was served. I had Goats Cheese and Onion tart to start and Chicken for mains, it was absolutely lovely and well needed after our eventful day. For dessert we had wedding cake which I have to say was some of the nicest cake I have ever tasted. We had a choice of Chocolate, Lemon Meringue or Carrot Cake, Jade and I shared Chocolate and Lemon Meringue, it was delicious and very in keeping with the theme of the day!
After the cake had been devoured we were asked to move out of the room and into the bar and other surrounding parts of the hotel so that the room could be set up for the next part of the day, the P-A-R-T-Y!
The evening went by in a flash! There was lots to entertain us all including a photo booth from South West Photo Booths and a hog roast
And of course not forgetting the first dance, which again had us all in tears
We all had the best day celebrating with Laura and Andy and I am so very pleased for them both, they made a lovely Bride and Groom and I can’t wait to see them once they are back from their Mini-moon.
Huge congratulations Mr & Mrs Knight and thank you for letting Dave and I be part of your special day, wishing you all the best for a long and happy future together xxx
P.S I loved all the extra touches, who would even know that this loo roll was a thing!!