Arriving at Lewes Registry Office and going for a quick scout around the beautifully manicured gardens of Southover Grange, saw me dodging a few brief showers as I waited for Larissa to make her grand entrance. Sure enough as the car pulled up the heavens opened once again and Larissa hurried in with her daughter and bridesmaid Jess under cover of an umbrella. Upstairs Jon was already waiting patiently (and a little nervously!) for Larissa to arrive and when she walked confidently into the room looking a picture of true elegance, I’m sure Jon’s nerves must have disappeared completely and this lovely couple, totally comfortable and at ease with one another, got down to the business of getting married. 10 minutes later, vows spoken and rings exchanged, Jon and Larissa signed the register and the new Mr and Mrs headed out into the gardens for photographs. Thankfully, the showers held off just long enough for us to get some pictures before heading back to their house for the reception.
Arriving back at the house the weather decided to take a real turn for the worse and heavy rain set in for much of the afternoon. This however did not dampen anyone’s spirits in the least. Plans to enjoy some early autumn sunshine on hay bales in the back garden were abandoned with a cheery roll of the eyes and friends and family tucked in to delicious canapes that circulated throughout the afternoon and drank champagne and Harvey’s Ale from the local brewery in fine house party spirit!
As the afternoon rolled on into evening and speeches were given and the cake cut I couldn’t help thinking what a lovely day Jon and Larissa had had and, as always, it goes without saying that I wish them all the very, very best for a long and happy life together