Tom & Stephanie's Wonderful, Wonderful Wedding

When I first met Tom & Stephanie more than a year ago I knew they would have a fantastic wedding at Clavelshay Barn – sometimes you just get that feeling – and I was right!

I woke at 6am to rain beating on the window but that old country saying “rain before seven, fine before eleven ” is usually true and the rain stopped mid-morning. The bride and her girlfriends arrived early in the morning and my house was filled with the sounds of champagne corks popping, glasses clinking, hairdryers and chatter…

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Meanwhile the marquee was ready and being filled with beautiful flowers – peonies, roses and lovely scented stocks. Guy and I were busy in the kitchen preparing the canapés for the afternoon – sandwiches, smoked salmon blinis, cheese scones, scones with jam & clotted cream, chocolate eclairs ... Bob had the hog cooking on the spit ready for the wedding breakfast – all systems go ...

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We all helped put out the chairs on the lawn for the ceremony and it looked beautiful, just waiting for the guests to arrive.

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The sun almost started to come out from the behind the clouds just as the guests arrived and the wind died down. The jazz band played as Tom waited nervously for the arrival of his bride. Stephanie looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful dress and as she walked across the lawn on the arm of her brother Courtney to Tom, the clouds parted and the sun shone brilliantly. There was not a dry eye in the place! As Stephanie reached Tom, the only sounds to be heard were birds singing and a woodpecker drumming – an unforgettable moment. A moving ceremony and then natural confetti throwing and then ... Time for Pimms and canapés, photographs and more Pimms.

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Guests made their way to the marquee where the order of the day was the speeches first and then the wedding breakfast. The hog was cooked to perfection by Bob, expertly carved by Guy and Bob and enjoyed by all.

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After the meal, it was eventually time for the first dance – an important moment on any wedding day but especially so on this day. Stephanie’s father, George Williams who sadly died 8 years ago was lead singer with a motown/soul group called The Tymes. So Tom & Stef’s poignant choice of song for their first dance was one of his songs – famous in the 60’s and called “Wonderful, Wonderful ”.

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Then time for live music with local band “Snappa” (snappa.co.uk) who were brilliant and had everyone dancing all night – especially Stef’s Grandad, who at 89 was keen to dance with all the pretty girls! There was even a fantastic dance off between the woman and men in the wedding party, Steph's brother Courtney showed them how it was all done when he busted out a few Michael Jackson moves. No-one wanted the party to end including us!

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Thank you Tom & Stephanie for choosing Clavelshay Barn and for letting us share this very special day with you – it was an absolute pleasure and we wish you every happiness in your life together.

Sue and the Clavelshay Barn team x