An August wedding – the church and the bride!

L and I were away last weekend, attending the beautiful wedding of some lovely friends!

(I didn’t take this first photo, as I didn’t get a chance to aim my lens at the spire!)

This was the gorgeous, old church in Oxfordshire, where our friends, S and C, got married yesterday. In England the wedding is traditionally held in the bride’s hometown – the one where her parents still live. It is becoming pretty common now for the wedding to be held where the bride and/or groom now live (like with my own wedding!). This church is the one the bride, C, attended growing up, which is roughly three or so hours away from where we all live. We travelled up in the morning with other friends going to the wedding and arrived in grey, drizzly weather … uh oh!

It is built in a nearly square shape, with the altar (this is a High Anglican/Episcopalian church) in the centre of the church, the High Altar to one side and pews (bench seats) on the other three sides, all facing towards the middle. It was amazing!! There were beautiful arches, colourful stained glass, cool stone pillars, dark wood and a majestic organ! Breathtaking! 🙂

This chandelier hung from the arched ceiling, lined with wooden beams and you can just see, in the bottom left-hand corner of the picture, the rather more modern looking chandelier which provides lighting today … I tend to like a more modern style (or is that colour-and-fun style?!? 😛 ) myself, but when it comes to old buildings, and especially old churches, I think I lean towards the more traditional, older styles …

The flower arrangements were beautiful! The colour theme was yellow, which might sound strange at first, but this was a wonderfully soft golden primrose type shade of yellow and worked so perfectly … it epitomised summer!! 🙂

The four of us filled up a pew (poor E had chipped/fractured/broken (I can’t remember which … oops!! 😛 ) his collar-bone in a cycling accident, hence the sling on his right arm … ), which was nice and cosy and it’s the closest I’ve ever been to the front of a church during a wedding (except for at my own wedding – duh!! 😛 ) and … as I was at the end of the bench, I was right next to the aisle the bride walked down!! 😉

We (the guests, not the professional photographers!) were asked not to take photos during the service, as S and C wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the service first-hand, not just through the back of a camera … a very lovely consideration, not just of their guests, but of the importance of the step they were making.

Just as the vicar was saying a blessing over the new Mr and Mrs R, the sun came out – perfection, no?! 😉

Isn’t C’s dress gorgeous and the bridesmaids’ dresses perfect?!? Of course, you have to say that about the bride’s dress … !! 😉

Not the happy couple, but L and I were one of the happy couples that day!! 😛

I’ve realised that by the time Christmas comes around, I will have attended eight weddings this year … that’s right! You did read that correctly – eight weddings!! Lot’s of happy people! 😀

Have you gone to a wedding yet this summer?!

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