Won't Go Away

Last weekend Carl and I attended the wedding of one of his oldest school friends. It was such a beautiful day, I cried at least four times at all the loveliness. Who knew weddings were so emotional! The service took place at St Bede's Catholic Church in Basingstoke which was the most contemporary church I've ever visited. It had an amazing vaulted, white wash ceiling and a sort of abstract wooden Jesus above the alter. The aisle was dressed with gorgeous pink roses and hydrangeas which set off the day's pink theme perfectly.
 
The bride, Sophie, look so beautiful. She really was the perfect bride. After the vows were exchanged and a brand new married couple had been created, it was on to the reception venue. The couple had chosen the majestic Tylney Hall Hotel & Spa, just outside of Basingstoke on the edge of a sleepy, pretty village. Once we'd arrived it was straight onto the terrace for champagne and photographs.





I wore a coral satin dress from Jane Norman, a nude blazer from H&M and nude peep toe heels from New Look.

 
The Stags!
Once we'd taken plenty of photos we headed inside for the wedding breakfast. We were welcomed by a harpist who made Taylor Swift and A Whole New World from Aladdin sound all grown up! The room was beautifully dressed with more pink floral arrangements, dotted with butterflies.



Thankfully after not having eaten since our real breakfast, the four course breakfast dinner was amazing.





We started with grilled goats cheese on a bed of tomato and rocket drizzles with balsamic vinegar, followed a refreshing elderflower sorbet amuse bouche. Dinner was chicken stuffed with mushrooms and fresh vegetables (forgot to snap a photo!). My highlight was the dessert - a layered white and dark chocolate cheesecake with strawberry sorbet and a cheeky shot of Baileys on the side.



 As if I hadn't cried enough already by the time the bride and groom took to the dancefloor, they decided to surprise us all with their first dance song. They'd had their very own sing written for them, performed live to nothing but an acoustic guitar. Called 'Won't Go Away' the song told the story of Ben and Sophie from the very beginning and was the perfect end to a perfect wedding.



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