My first English wedding

Posted by Alina on 10 July 2010 | 0| Write a comment

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend Jon and Kelly’s big day, which was actually my first English wedding. I must say I’m still speechless. It was absolutely an amazing, fabulous and wonderful day.

The ceremony took place at Gaynes Park Barns and from the moment we arrived I knew it would be magnificent. The location was stunning – beautiful adapted barns in lush green grounds coupled with amazing attention to detail! And the weather was fantastic, although perhaps a bit too hot… but still perfect for a wedding.

I knew I would get emotional during the day – not only because I tend to cry A LOT, but also because as you know it’s going to be me next year! So as soon as we sat down for the ceremony and saw the bridesmaids walking down the aisle (beautiful dresses by the way!), I already had tears in my eyes. And then when Kelly (who looked stunning) made her entrance the waterworks started! My cheek was actually shaking weirdly and I was slightly embarassed but hey, I wasn’t the only¬† emotional one. There wasn’t a single dry eye in the place!

After the ceremony (which was by the way very touching and very short – compared to Polish church ceremonies) we were enjoying the sun (and the heat!) and food on the green grounds, while the newlyweds were having their photos taken. This is actually another difference between English and Polish weddings – over here it is perfectly normal to wait for the bride and groom to finish their photoshoot before starting the meal, whereas in Poland the wedding breakfast (or what we call lunch/dinner) starts pretty much straight away.

When we got to the main reception, I was stunned. The place looked exquisite and so elegant! I loved the colour theme and the seating plan where tables were named after Jon and Kelly’s favourite restaurants. Me and Steve were sitting at the ‘Sharod – Barkingside’, which also happens to be one of our favourite restaurants. We had a great company and a laugh while having our meal.

And then came the food, glorious food! It was soooo delicious I didn’t want it to finish (especially the dessert!). I must add that this is another difference – while in Poland guests are being entertained between courses, in England it tends to stay formal until after the meal.

After cutting the beautiful (and yummy) looking cake it was the time for speeches. Firstly – the father of the bride. It was so very touching, that I had teary eyes from the start. Then Jon’s speech, which made me cry completely that I had problems stopping! And finally the best man’s speech, which was exactly the opposite – the funniest speech I’ve ever heard. We were all laughing hysterically!

We didn’t notice that it was already time for the evening reception and the proper party. The evening guests started to arrive, the main room was transformed and we were all getting ready for the first dance. And it was again very touching. In fact it made me sooooo emotional that I was thankful I had waterproof mascara on!

The party was great, we danced to so many great songs and had lots of fun. At around 11pm the new Mr and Mrs Coombs were about to leave the guests and head to the hotel for their first night as a married couple. We all said goodbyes to them and watched them leave. I must say I actually like this custom and for me it’s quite new – in Poland the newlyweds party until the last guest leaves. But they say you should always make the grand entrance (and I bet every bride does) and leave like a Cinderella – leaving the guests before you look too tired etc.

And that was it – the fantastic day was over. It went sooo quick but then time flies when you’re having fun! And we certainly did. I have lots and lots of great memories and pictures (as you can clearly see!). And now I cannot wait for our wedding day to come and I’m even more excited now!

Thank you Jon and Kelly (aka Mr and Mrs Coombs!) for letting us share this wonderful day with you!

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