The pressure was truly on for this wedding as the bride and groom were two of the most prosperous wedding suppliers in the local area, Keelie of The Bridesmaids and DJ Noel Walker, not to mention that anyone who’s anyone in Weddings would be on the guest list! With a storm scheduled for just after the ceremony as well, it’s fair to say I was just a tad nervous.
Arriving at Drayton Manor the day had started out with beautiful sunshine and blue skies, and remained warm for the day. It was all smiles for the bridal party with Keelie as they prepared for the late afternoon ceremony. Though this wedding was keen on the details, all efforts were made to keep the atmosphere relaxed.
Chris Keys beautiful music lead the party down the aisle and despite the rain having started outside, the mood was happy and contented as the ceremony began. Noel and Keelie exchanged vows, although the registrar did accidentally offer Noel the hand of ‘Rachel’ in marriage, setting up some cracking jokes for the Groom’s speech, and doubtless some Friends-esq stories to tell for years to come!
Thankfully the storm didn’t show and the sun made it back out for the party’s celebrations, so following some photographs in the sunshine, it was on to the best dressed reception of the year. The room was stunning, with a mix of sequinned table covers and runners, fairy lights throughout, starlight dancefloor, LOVE letters, sweet cart, and an absolute abundance of gorgeous detail everywhere you looked, the tower suite has never looked better than it did today.
The food was outstanding as it always is from Drayton Manor Hotel and guests got to pick their own table, continuing the informal and friendly atmosphere. There were loads of sweet children enjoying themselves. Noel had chosen a live band, The Mercy, and unsurprisingly had chosen most of the evening’s music (you don’t question the DJ!). He couldn’t resist having a go himself before the night was over too. This really was the feel good wedding they had strived for.
I felt extremely privileged to be a part of such a special day, especially so for a couple who are usually on the other side. This was a day when their livelihoods met with the intimate moments of their personalities and lives, and it was very special to be a part of it. So here’s to you, Mr and Mrs Walker, may the future bring you prosperity and happiness, as you do for others oh so often.
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