Louise & Luke got married

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.

Louise & Luke Wedding

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.

Showing off the well practised dance moves

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.

Now it’s legal

Another nice sunny day in Fareham, these two have been very lucky again with the weather. This time Steve and Laura have their marriage made legal, and Laura gets the marriage certificate to prove it. Although they were dressed a little more casually than at the main event, they both looked good and were both far less stressed than at their wedding back in May.

Matt and Ritchie were there as formal witnesses for the marriage, with Tom and Kira, Fiona and me there to share the joy.

Click on the photo below to see a selection of the photos I took at the event:

now its really legally binding…Congratulations to a lovely couple.

Steve & Laura got married

The Big Day finally arrived, Steve and Laura married on Saturday 5th May!

In the week leading up to the day, we had the pleasure of meeting  more of Laura’s family at a get together at the ‘Nook’ restaurant in Hook village. Laura’s brother Doug, his wife Kate and their lovely boys Clyde and Ellis, and Laura’s sister Carolyn, and her delightful daughter, Gracie and ourselves all enjoyed an evening of chatter and good food.

At the Nook at Hook

We also had a reunion with Elizabeth.  On the eve of the wedding, we were also able to introduce some of Steve’s family to more of Laura’s. So many names to remember….

Anyway, back to Saturday, which provided us with some glorious weather, so may family and friends getting together to celebrate with Steve and Laura.

It’s fair to say that the plan for the day went a little off course, but everyone rallied round, and enjoyed the day, The catering was excellent, and drinks were flowing. Doug’s speech included some video messages from people who couldn’t attend the day, which was a lovely touch.

Fiona and I are very proud of Steve and Laura, and we are delighted to welcome Laura into our family, and to have this firm connection with Laura’s family and friends too.

Click on the photo below to see the pictures I took on the day

Laura & Steve on their wedding day

New Year 2018

New Year 2018 and my younger brother Richard payed us a visit and helped polish off a load of home brew and then impressed us with a damn good impression of John Wills with both eyes firmly closed:

He’s awake in this one

Click on the link to see the other photos taken during Richard’s visit.

Louise’s 30th

Doesn’t time fly? It seems hardly any time at all since we were celebrating Louise’s 3rd birthday, and here we are celebrating her 30th. Where did the years go?

To celebrate Louise, Fiona, Luke, Steve and I went out for a meal at Dim-T’s in Whiteley and then it was all back to our place for birthday cake.

Happy Birthday Louise, our lovely daughter. We hope you enjoy many more happy birthdays.