Grant and I on our way to our niece's forest wedding
The wedding venue was very quaint and quite unique. While waiting for the bride to arrive at the "church", the guests sat on white deck chairs or logs in a clearing between the trees.
The open-air "church" into which Grant's brother piped the bride
The tables were set for the reception under large white marquees
Wandering around before the wedding ceremony, I managed to get several photos
When the time came, father of the bride, Chilly (Grant's brother) piped the bride and her entourage in down the grassy aisle. My sister-in-law, Shelley (who always helps me with bird identification) walked in with her younger daughter, Kerry, the bride on her arm. Behind them was their older daughter, Louise who had her year-old son, Jamie by the hand. Three more bridesmaids, friends of the bride, followed. Padding in between the wedding procession was Kerry's borzoi as well as Louise little dog, Holly who is of mixed breed.
The young couple, Kerry and Jem saying their vows
Grant's brother, Chilly piping the wedding procession up the aisle
My sister-in-law, Shelley, with daughter, Louise and little Jamie in the background
The newly- weds were showered with fragrant white rose petals as they walked up the aisle
Kerry greets the guests with her Boizoi by her side
Shelley baked the three-tier cake and Kerry decorated it. The cane - cutting knife which the couple is using here, was used by Jem's parents on their wedding many years ago. More recently Jem's two sisters used the same knife to cut their cakes on their respective weddings
Kerry has her own business catering for functions and parties with bespoke baking. She baked all the cakes on this table with the help of her assistant, Princess (pictured above)
There was a delicious selection of cheeses, pates, pickles, breads and biscuits
Lunch, which was served at 2.30, was buffet style and as a vegetarian I found plenty to satisfy me. Grant opted for the herb-crusted roast pork and apple sauce with vegetables
At one stage Kerry couldn't get up as her Boizoi was lying on her train
As always happens at weddings, everyone tries to catch up with friends and relatives. Shelley was very busy chatting to friends from New Zealand but Grant and I managed a few minutes to talk to Chilly. The official wedding photographer asked us to pose for her after which I handed her my camera for the photo below.
Moi with the Hedges men
Although the wedding party went on until late that night, Grant and I wanted to get back to Rina, whom we'd left at our friends' guest house. We caught Shelley's attention, and with Chilly and the beautiful bride, this time the wedding photographer snapped the Senior Hedges family.
Chilly, Shelley, Kerry, Jo and Grant
May the young couple, Kerry and Jem, live happily ever after!
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