A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes they did
They had 3 in the family
And that’s the magic number
Rod and Bev’s Buckhurst Park wedding on a hot and humid Saturday at the fabulous ancestral home of the De La Warr family was quite the showstopper. Their motto is “Jour De Ma Vie” or “Day of My Life” and I can safely say that this was most definitely one of them! Bev actually grew up with close connections to the Estate and knows Lady De La Warr personally so to hold her wedding ceremony here with the family in attendance was hugely significant. And my word did they both look the part with Bev in a red and white embroidered gown and Rod in a kilt, a nod to his Scottish roots. They married in the library in front of friends and family, including their adorable baby son Thomas followed by party snacks and Pimms on the magnificent terrace.
We took full advantage of the Buckhurst Park grounds for photos but – phew! – was it hot, with storm clouds brewing in the distance. A short ride in a classic VW camper to Eridge Village Hall for the reception and a quick change for Bev into something all together more fitting for a garden fete, saw the newly weds all ready to sit down for afternoon tea just as the heavens opened. The hall looked absolutely beautiful. Bev had spent what must have been hours and hours (and bear in mind she has a tiny baby to look after as well!) – not only making red and white spotted luggage tags as favour for all of the guests but both her and Rod had collected together all manner of bits and bobs to decorate the tables and the rest of hall including bunches and bunches of sweet peas in jam jars and vases freshly picked that morning!
We tucked into a traditional afternoon tea served on vintage china courtesy of Helen and the team at Doily Days followed by speeches and gifts for everyone who had helped Rod and Bev pull together their fab day – so wonderfully thankful and generous are these two – then popped outside for lawn games and bubble chasing with the children. The atmosphere was totally laid back with a real focus on a family oriented get together. As dusk fell and the storm clouds threatened thunder, the hog roast got underway and we cosied up in the hall with the sound of the rain hammering down outside. After cutting the cake – check out the marvellous creation in the photos below – Rod, Bev and Thomas cuddled up for the first dance and it really brought home to me the importance of family and sticking together as a unit. Because that’s what it’s all about really isn’t it – and this lovely little unit have got that in spades!
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