Monday, September 14, 2009

Wedding times! Of the epic kind!

So on the weekend Ross and I went to my boss' wedding in Devon. It was pretty lovely good time was had by all. I took a few photos, but half the people there were photographers so I felt a bit weird busting out my camera. The few I took were pretty awesome, though!




The invite said 'woodland ceremony' so I was a bit worried it would just be under some trees in the mud, but Adam (the groom and my boss) went all out to make it awesome. Apparently he and his best man and some other guys from Spring have been out at this farm every weekend for months - cutting down trees, levelling the ground, making a dancefloor and putting up fairy lights.



This photo doesn't really do it justice, but trust me, everything looked amazing.

We carpooled with the chef, and were running really late on the way there, having run into a traffic jam on the M5 AND getting lost in the village nearby, so we ended up having to change into our fancy clothes in the field where we parked the car. Slightly awkward - it was also the camping area - luckily everyone else was already in the marquee...

The wedding itself was quite beautiful. They wrote their own vows, and both cried a little bit during the ceremony, and their best friends played some music for them. Then there were lots of photos, followed by copious amounts of champagne and other booze - all ordered wholesale through Spring by our friendly barman Tamas - and a lovely dinner and dessert.

So Ross and I didn't get a chance to set up the tent til after dinner, which made it slightly more difficult. The packaging said pitching time was 10 minutes, but after a few glasses of champagne and in dusky light, we were pretty proud of ourselves when we finished in about half an hour. Camping was a really nice idea, it meant we could just hang out and dance for as long as we wanted, then when we got tired, bed was not too far away.

We did end up going to sleep pretty early, but not before some other really beautiful touches. They had all these Chinese lanterns which you had to light up and let go, and then they drifted off into the night. It was really gorgeous to look at, if a little bit dangerous...



Then there was a band, then some fireworks, followed by a whole pig on a spit! These lighting dudes know how to have a party...



We went to bed soon after, and slept pretty well considering the discomfort of camping - a carafe of wine sure makes things easier...
Got woken up at 8am (the aforementioned carafe of wine did not help this situation) by the chef; he and his wife and kid were ready to go home.
It was good in a way, because we got back to London in the afternoon and could have an early night. Unfortunately it meant that we missed out on the Sunday activities: brunch, a softball game and clay pigeon shooting. See what I mean? Epic.

3 comments:

northern musings said...

Working at Spring has it´s bright moments then?
Sounds like an amazing experience! Give my best wishes to your boss and his new bride. Weddings should always be a blast!

olga said...

Hey yeah, I meant to mention...

Adam made a big speech where he thanked everyone who was involved, and he talked about the family vibe at Spring. I had only ever seen this family vibe in the form of familial obligation, but this weekend I saw the other side of it where people help you out when you need it.
The people who have been there for a while seem to really look out for each other. It is sweet.
x

Maja said...

Wow, how amazing!