It was months in the planning; Luke and Louise engaged the venue, catering, florist and many other suppliers; they organised accommodation, table decorations, the violinist and the DJ, the registrar, dresses, suits, refreshments and so much more.
Finally on the 23rd April 2019, their big day arrived.
Family and friends had travelled from as far away as Vancouver, France, Scotland, Norfolk, London, Bristol, Colyton and down south (Fareham, Southampton,Portsmouth area) all to witness and celebrate Louise and Luke’s big day.
The weather was superb; despite it being the Easter weekend, the weather was dry and warm with next to no wind. A little high cloud to keep us all from getting too hot. Superb, they were so lucky.
Luke’s uncle Abe was the master of ceremonies for the day and ensured everyone of us was in the right place at the right time and helped the day run to plan.
The bride was stunning dressed in a beautiful white lacy wedding dress and a simple see through veil. The groom and best man wore matching blue suits and ties, as did the brides father.
The nerves Louise exhibited the previous days and weeks had completely evaporated. Her dad, Andrew, walked her down the aisle behind the bridesmaids and towards her waiting bridegroom to the melodies played by classical violinist Mr Kai Choi.
In front of their close friends and family, Louise Wills married Luke Razack at a civil ceremony where she became the new Mrs Razack . The ceremony was held in the open air overlooking the pastures around Froyle Park, near Alton in Hampshire.
Here is a link to the official wedding photographs.
Photographs and refreshments followed the ceremony and much socialising and mingling gave both of the extended families and friends plenty of time to become acquainted. Then it was in for the celebratory dinner of chicken in a mushroom sauce accompanied by fine wines.
Celebratory speeches followed dinner and included a guest appearance by Louise’s ex-best friend since childhood, Doggy. Doggy, Louise’s Andrex puppy dating from the late 60’s, has followed Louise everywhere including the sandpit, paddling pool, playing in mud, chasing cats, through school and Uni and even moved in with both Louise and Luke.
The disco started at around 6:30; the bride and groom had been practising their dance moves over the previous weeks and the first dance of the evening let them show off their moves to great applause.
The day was a great success; all of Luke and Louise’s organising had paid off; the day went without a hitch or hiccup and a fabulous day was enjoyed by all.
The evening was spent dancing, chatting, mingling and consuming a variety of drinks, wedding cake and bacon rolls. The dancing continued until 11pm by which time almost everyone was exhausted.
Here is a collection of the photos taken during the day Louise & Luke
The following morning many of us met up for a hearty English breakfast at the nearby Hen & Chicken pub before saying our goodbyes and heading off home.
For the wine anoraks the wines we enjoyed were as follows:
- White fizzy: Maison Guertin, Vouvray fines boules
- White still: Maison Guertin, Vouvray 2017 Sec
- Rose: Coq’Licot Cabernet d’Anjou 2017 from Robert Et Marcel, St Cyr en Bourg, Saumur
- Red: Saumur Champigny Domaine Couet 2015 from Robert Et Marcel,St Cyr en Bourg, Saumur
- Red: Domaine Olivier, St Nicholas de Bourgueil 2015 VV
There was an additional bonus for me: of the 93 bottles of wine we took to the venue 17 of them came home again. Whoopie.