We could hear the church bells ringing from Roses' parents' house as the girls had their hair and makeup done. Her Mum made the bridesmaids bouquets with flowers supplied by Stokesay Court (who also made the Bride’s bouquet). The guys who were around had errands to run and car ribbons to fasten. There were champagne cheers and gifts exchanged.

The men arrived at the local pub ready for the wedding and with time for a pint or two before the ceremony. It’s just across the road from Rose’s folks place so her Dad popped in to join the guys for a bit.

When the ladies were ready it was time to set off. We walked up to St Mary’s in a wedding parade of bridesmaids and Dad. 

We loved the Welsh tone to the ceremony with English and Welsh hymns and readings by his sister. The bells rang out again as guests gathered in the churchyard armed with confetti and congratulations.

At Rock Village Hall the drinks were ready and waiting on ice as guests arrived in search of refreshments and shade. It was lovely to have the space and time to mingle on the deck as the harpist played in the background.

The caterers served up champagne for the speeches and everyone cheered when the Bride and Groom made their entrance. As the speeches unfolded guests kept a sneaky eye on Englands progress in the world cup. In his speech Rose’s Dad read from a letter his Great Grandmother had written full of advice for another bride. He’d had it framed and handed it over as really poignant wedding gift. There were laughs throughout Dylan’s speech, then lots more blushes during speeches from the Best Men and Bridesmaids. Rose finished the speeches off with a few words of her own then it was time for food: Sticky Fig served up sumptuous sharing platters of BBQ meats . 

The Bride and Groom had live music for their first dance from the Racketeers. The decking was the perfect spot to spend such a sunny evening with a glass in hand but the band were able to tempt guests back onto the dancefloor… And what a dancefloor, it was hilarious! We love a good conga line, especially one that picks up guests who were chatting outside.

The evening feast was served up alongside the dessert table full to the brim of tasty treats by Only Bakes & Cakes (Rose's incredible sister). The cake was as tasty as it looks and it even got a little on stage shout out from the band.

It was one of those parties that no one wants to end, but end all parties must! And there’s no way better to end your wedding reception than with a spot of crowd surfing.