A Weekend Away Celebrating WIll and Anna’s Wedding

Peter and I escaped our delightful trio of kids (!) for a weekend away last month in our former home country of Berkshire to celebrate the wedding of our friends Will and Anna with two whole nights away, and I’m not sure we’ve experienced a better weekend ever, our own two weddings aside (we had a wedding in South Africa and also one in Yorkshire almost 20 years ago, now).

I really shouldn’t have worried about leaving our (feral) toddler Florence for the first time away as a couple, because firstly, she and her big brothers were more than fine with my folks, and secondly, it was much needed respite from parental duties and 20 months of sleep deprivation (FYI she slept perfectly for my Mum).

It was a chance to not only celebrate our friends’ true love story but also, in a small way, celebrate our own too by simply reconnecting as a couple again, enjoying more than one sentence-long conversations, leisurely meals (that don’t take 30 minutes to clean up afterwards) and lie-ins (well, Peter did, at least, my body clock woke me up at 7 am on both mornings).

So if you’re thinking of a child-free weekend, this is your sign to book it!

The main event was a picture-perfect, intimate and joyous English country wedding held in the glorious grounds of Will and Anna’s exquisite period property right in the heart of a Berkshire village, not far from Windsor, with their beautiful blended family involved every step of the way from the ceremony to the cake cutting and first dance.

Anna was luminously stunning, Will handsome and dapper- and I might have cried more than my waterproof mascara could handle.

To witness Will the happiest I’ve ever seen him-and we met at 19 years old-is a memory which will always stay with me. True love prevails. Happy ever after exists. Peter and I are testament to those sentiments too and this weekend reminded me of that.

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