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Today two of my best friends got married: [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man who's been a dear friend for 15 years and [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam who I've known since they started going out and it was fantastic.
The wedding was held at Hotel Felix in Cambridge and as it was such a nice day, the ceremony was in the garden in, fittingly, a gazebo. The disadvantage of this was that it was quite noisy with traffic, tweeting birds, binmen and, just as [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man was saying his personal vows, an ice cream van (which actually was rather appropriate). However, these issues only affected the audience and the official bit went along without a hitch. As the couple (now bearing each other's names in double-barrel fashion) emerged ([livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam in a beautiful, scintillating red dress and [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man in a more traditional morning suit with an appropriate top hat), their smiles couldn't possibly have been bigger:

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There were cheers and confetti from all sides as people mingled and congratulated the newlyweds and photos were taken.

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After lots of mingling and chatting, we were ushered upstairs where tables were laid out named after various cats (I was on Hector) with a great mix of people from both sides, friends and family) on each table and name tags, menus and tags designed by [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam. The menu consisted of a reasonable ham hock terrine (which could have done with a bit of either mustard or horseradish), a very well cooked piece of chicken with pomme boulanger and cabbage and a lovely choc mousse served with raspberry coulis, a hazelnut biscuit and creme fraiche. The slightly minty chocolate truffles served with the coffee were excellent. I usually can't stand mint chocolate but these had just the right amount of mint that left you with a clean, fresh taste in your mouth.

Then, the speeches: [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam's dad did a lovely, briefish speech on how much his kids meant to him, [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man and [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam about how much the other meant to them, Nayyar's Best Woman speech was lovely and kind while [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke's Best Man speech picked out more fun (and embarrassing) memories from their friendship. [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man's dad was last with more fun and "interesting" tales from Andy's youth and provided one of my favourite shots of the day:

Groom's Father's Speech

Then we were ushered downstairs again where we mingled on the terrace and in the bar while the upstairs was prepared for the reception.
That was good fun as well, the music wasn't objectionable (they had trained their DJ well), a cake was slaughtered and a buffet (which included some rather fine roast beef) demolished. Nobody kicked up a fuss, nobody got excessively drunk, nobody behaved embarrassingly.
I don't think it could have gone any better.
As I'm knackered, I'll close this with a shot of the first dance:

first dance

More photos on flickr. A lot more tomorrow. I was glad I wasn't the official photographer as I woke up with fuzzy vision and had two brief technology failures and the light on the dancefloor was so weak it was very hard to focus properly. :/

So, congratulations again to [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam and [livejournal.com profile] raggedyman. I am very happy that you are so happy together. Long may it continue.

ETA: The album with edited photos is now up on flickr.

Date: 14/5/11 06:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thedinster.livejournal.com
Aww, such beautiful photos! Laura looks so beautiful and happy!

Jeni looks stunning too in that purple dress, wow.


Date: 14/5/11 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
They were/are very happy indeed. :)

I don't think there wasn't anyone who didn't look stunning yesterday (except possibly Andy's sister's other half, who was wearing a checked shirt with a loud, striped tie...)

I think he's been told by pretty much everyone to keep them. :D

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