PAUL & MANDA’S WEDDING
Paul and Manda really know how to have a good time and their wedding was no exception. The whole day, from getting ready with their favourite people to their chosen getaway vehicle, was packed full of fun. (In fact the fun for us started at their Aberdovey engagement shoot: games on the beach, paddling in the sea then fish and chips.)
Paul spent the morning with his children and Best Man Chris. They went out for breakfast together at Boston Tea Party then walked home to get ready. Manda’s house was busy with bridesmaids, friends and family. Gradually they headed off to the church until it was Manda’s turn to leave for church with her brother.
St Luke’s was packed out even with the extra room opened up at the back for all the people who wanted to be see the start of their marriage. They had lots of friends contributing to the proceedings with readings, music and prayers. Manda is usually the vicar of St Luke’s but for her wedding the service was led by a father-son duo in John and Tim Hughes. And it was a beautiful service. It was lovely to see Paul and Manda surrounded by such warm feelings as they exchanged vows.
Afterwards everyone spilled outside to greet the newly weds with hugs and smiles all round.
Theres a school next door who kindly opened their doors for the wedding guests to come in and eat cake. Friends had baked some lovely treats and there were lots of sweets and drinks. Paul and Manda cut their wedding cake and gave a sweet speech thanking everyone for being part of their wedding.
People played games in the playground and joined us for group photos. Paul and Manda had booked a TukTuk to take them to their wedding reception and before they needed it guests were invited to have a ride up and down the road outside. When it was their turn, the bride and groom were showered in colourful confetti as they hopped on board. Their lovely driver took them on a detour past their new house before pulling up outside Gas Street Church, the venue for their evening reception.
The string quartet were playing and happy guests were ready to greet Paul and Manda when they arrived. There was time to chat over drinks before taking their seats in the main room. For the wedding breakfast everyone tucked into a feast of great Indian food. Followed by brownies and sweets for dessert. Then it was time for the speeches. Manda’s friend Helen had fun gifts with bigger meanings to give the bride and groom throughout her speech. Paul and Tim gave everyone a good giggle with thank yous and funny stories in their speeches.
It was nearly time for Paul and Manda to leave for their honeymoon, but there was time for a quick visit to the photo booth before they went. They headed an informal parade of guests down to the canal where they hopped onto a canal boat and everyone waved them on their way.