Wednesday, 4 December 2013

A wedding.....

Sorry you will have to wait a little longer for the next part of our Canada trip as I have to tell you about my niece's wedding, which took place on 23rd November.   We had to meet at a designated meeting place in Manchester to board the coaches which were to take us to the church. Here we are waiting for the coaches.  Youngest son and his family went to the church under their own steam as they live not far from there.

 Me and Harry

 Daughter-in-Law, Harry and Sam
 Eldest grandson Sam
 Mother-in-Law and eldest son, Nick.
MWM, his mother and Nick

 The wedding was at St. Hubert's Church, Dunsop Bridge, Near Clitheroe in Lancashire.

 The Roman Catholic church of St. Hubert's was built to the design of Edward Pugin, from, it is believed, the winnings of the racehorse Kettledrum owned by Colonel Charles Towneley of Towneley Hall, Burnley in the 1861Epsom Derby.   The Toweneley stud was at Root Farm. The Towneleys' agent and patron of St Hubert's, Richard Eastwood, is entombed outside the front entrance to the church.

In 1992, British Telecom installed its 100,000th payphone at Dunsop Bridge and included a plaque to explain its significance - the plaque reads "You are calling from the BT payphone that marks the centre of Great Britain." The telephone box was unveiled by Sir Ranulph Feinnes.

 Pronounced Man and Wife
Just Married
The service was beautiful and the church was crammed full, as there were a lot of guests and it's tiny.

 Rachel & Dean outside the church

After photographs at the church we boarded the coach again to be taken to the venue for the reception, Browsholme Hall in Clitheroe, where we were greeted with a glass of champagne in the Tithe Barn before walking up to the hall for more photographs. The Hall is an Elizabethan House claimed to be the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. Since 1954, it has been designated a Grade I listed building. You can read more about it here.

 Rachel and Dean

 Bridesmaids and Bride's Mother (my granddaughter Gracie the little one in the centre)

Emma (on the left), Rachel's sister, chief bridesmaid

 Father (my eldest brother) and Mother of the Bride

 Youngest son and his family
 My family
 After the photocall it was time to walk back down to the Tithe Barn for canapes and another drink before the reception.   The venue was beautifully decorated.

We took our seats and listened to the entertaining and moving speeches.

Father of the Bride making his speech

 Rachel and Dean relaxing

We had a superb meal after which Rachel and Dean cut the cake.

After the meal we retired to an ante room whilst the staff cleared the remnants of the reception and prepared it for the evening.    There was a singer entertaining us and we took some candid shots of the family enjoying themselves.

Eldest grandson Sam

 Eldest Son and MWM
Nick and Dan, our two sons

Me and MWM
 Gracie, Sam and Alison (my DIL)

 Me & Nick
 Me with my baby brothers, Tony & Stewart

We were soon able to  go back into the reception room where Rachel and Dean had the first dance
before everyone else joined in and we were able to take some more photographs of the rest of the family.

 My youngest brother, Stewart, middle child Lauren and his wife, Karen
 My youngest brother's children, Bradley, Lauren and Kirsty
Cousins Lauren, Emma and Kirsty
Liam (the bride's brother) and his friend
Nate, our youngest grandson, and his Mum, Fiona
Harry and Kai (grandsons) enjoying a coke

Rachel and Dean have been together since they were 15 years old, nine years to be exact, they met at school. The wedding had been two years in the planning, I hope you enjoyed seeing my family enjoying a   very special day.


Ron said...

Wow...these photographs are so beautiful! Both the exterior and interior of the church are stunning. As well as Browsholme Hall, where you held the reception. I love the pink accents.

The photo of Rachel and Dean standing by the cars, holding their champagne glasses is a classic!

I can't get over how much your son Nick looks like his father!

And you, m'dear, look absolutely smashing in that coat AND blue dress!

Thanks so much for sharing this. Thoroughly enjoyed!


Melanie said...

Oh...thank you for sharing! Love wedding pictures and these are beautiful! Congratulations to your lovely niece and her groom!

Beach Bum said...

It looked like an awesome wedding! Since I am a cake fanatic I got hungry looking at the wedding cake. Congrats to the newlyweds.

Winifred said...

What a wonderful day. Such fabulous mementos of a lovely family day.

Valerie said...

What a beautiful church, inside and out. And I loved the way the tables were set for the reception.

Enjoyed looking at the photographs, Pearl and especially those of the lovely bride and groom.

MorningAJ said...

Looks like a splendid event!

Akelamalu said...

Glad you enjoyed the photos Ron and you're right the church is stunning. x

Thanks Melanie xx

It was a lovely wedding and the cake was deelish Beach x

Indeed Winifred :)

The table settings were just beautiful Valerie and the bride and groom looked fabulous!

It was AJ x

katie eggeman said...

What a lovely day for every one to remember fondly. A beautiful bride and groom and what a magnificent venue.

Akelamalu said...

Yes some very happy memories created and a chance for all our family, brothers, sisters, cousins, to be together BankerChick. :)

Maria said...

Hi, Akelemalu, it's been a while.

I enjoyed that post and it was lovely to read about Dean and Rachel's wedding. Wishing them all the best....


Saz said...

thanks for sharing the photos, just love seeing the happiness in everyones smile

saz x

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

what a lovely wedding! and you and your family all looked wonderful!

smiles, bee

nitebyrd said...

What a lovely family you have! Everyone looked fabulous!

Your niece was a gorgeous bride. And the settings, church and reception, are just beautiful!


Akelamalu said...

It has indeed Maria, nice to see you back!

Glad you enjoyed the photos Saz.

Thankyou Bee x

Why thankyou nitebyrd. x