This was to be the first of two busy wedding shoots, as the following day we were off to a Church wedding and then ‘The Wardrobe’ in Salisbury.
So, back to today.
When we met them, oh ages back, Paula had simply bubbled with the exciting plans she and Mike had for their wedding day.
Their day was to include an evening visit to the Giffords Circus at a local village. But before then, we were going to have a splendid afternoon. I know splendid is a bit of an old-fashioned word, but the regal setting of Ellenborough Park speaks of an age gone by where words such as ‘splendid’ and ‘spiffing’ would be heard everywhere in polite society.
As we walked up the steps from the horse-sculpture towards the main entrance, the clouds thinning to allow the first rays of sunlight to sparkle on the dew of the early morning flowers, a loud wolf-whistle from the Istabraq suite upstairs caught our complete attention.
Shocked to see Paula waving from the casement, we were relieved to learn later that it was the wonderful Mondo, Paula’s personal hair stylist, who had shattered the mornings peace.
Monda met us in the reception and showed us to Paula’s suite where her mum, Mikes daughter, Libby, bestest-ever-friend-ever, Christine, and makeup artist Sophie Chamings were all busily engaged in girlie make-up things.
Ellenborough Park have some stunning rooms and the Istabraq suite is no exception. With a romantic four-poster bed, a nook with a reading desk (why you might feel the need to read the night away we’re not really sure) and a spacious ‘drive-through’ bathroom.
Sue Dedman from Edens of Cleeve delivered the most gorgeous flowers and soon the scent was permeating every corner of the suite.
Next Mike arrived at the front of the house in a beautifully restored 2 litre white Ford Capri, driven by his brother-in-law to-be, David.
This car is a beauty. So highly polished that you couldn’t lean against it without sliding off. As Stuart found out. (Note to Capri owners – Stuart did get permission to lean against this awesome car)
Mike’s son Conor was more than happy to squeeze behind the steering wheel, but not before David had ensured the keys were nowhere near his precious car.
Later in the afternoon another first. A completely zany but adorable hound – a creamy 3 year old labra-doodle called Noggin, complete with matching burgundy bow – arrived and tried doggedly to steal the show. He very nearly did!
Anyway, enough of us gushing about the bits and pieces, enjoy a look at some of the days photos and let us know what you think.
And if your wedding will be at the Ellenborough Park Hotel, please give us a call…
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