Sunday, 29 May 2011

Another Wedding Blog.

Today I am tired.
Yesterday was a lovely day of full blown weddingness!
Yes, finally Jess Brett-Allman married my only cousin Mr Mark Downton, to become another Mrs J Downton.
and boy did they do it in style!

First off, I had to get there. London to Bury St Edmunds (that's Suffolk, by the way) Easy, no?
But it appears, every time I want to leave London, something goes, a little wrong!
It took a total of... one London Overground, Two London Underground, One Train, One Coach and a Tax
4 and a half hours, to get toe the Hotel. But worth every second.
and falling into bed at the Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds. Felt ah-maz-ing!

The day started with breakfast and a girly trip the hairdressers. Curls, Fascinator. Check.
Then a (slight detoured) drive to Hengrave Hall.
Chloe and I were sharing a room, and it was a room fit for princess's.
I think I might move into the Rose Chamber, Hengrave Hall. For the four poster bed with thick pillows and the wet room!
Getting ready was so much fun. Make up with thanks to a youtube tutorial and my lovely lemon yellow dress with the world's most amazing gold glittery shoes. (check facebook for photos)

and then down to the most idyllic chapel in the ground, to witness the ceremony.
A beautiful church ceremony, credit to my big sister, Sam for her reading and for not falling on her ass!
Mark made a dashing groom and Jess looked stunning, with an amazing dress and beautiful hair!

The rest of the day was awash with celebrations, champagne, food (amazing), speeches, cake cutting
and then dancing.
The Downton Family is not renowned for being wall flowers at parties.
The tone was set with Mark and Jess' first dance, a fast paced dance which reflected the fun of such a brilliant couple.and of course, Chloe and I were next up on the dance floor and pretty much stayed there till the DJ closed down for the night.
To those who comment on my slightly erratic dancing, it became apparent that I was just born at the wrong time! I can shake a tail feather like nobody's business. Watch out, Beyonce!

Honestly, I can not imagine a couple who deserved a day/weekend of such joy, celebration, family, friends, laughter, (a few tears) and happiness. Mark and Jess have faced some difficult times recently and have come through it so bravely and strong. I'm so, so proud to now be able to call them both family!

Have a fab honeymoon and here's to years and years of happiness, joy and celebrations
Love Laura


p.s see facebook for photos

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