My brother, Solos, and sister-in-law, Lucy, got married on September 18th 2016 on a gloriously sunny late summer’s day and now we have all the professional pictures, I wanted to share this special day with you all.
What a moving day it was too.. full of love and laughter (my brother cried several times in church, setting us all off) and it so rare yet wonderful to get together with old friends and extended family from all over the world, so we could celebrate with this very special couple.
The ceremony was held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Leeds, the magnificently ornate church we’ve been attending since my brother and I were young (I’ve lost count of all the Saturdays spent there as children at Greek school); it’s also where my husband, Peter, and I got married in 2006. Happy memories!
What a beautiful bride Lucy made and look at my dapper brother, Solos!
I’m so proud of them both.
Solos’ outfit was our wedding gift to him by Hardy Amies Saville Row from Harvey Nichols and he made the most perfect groom.
I literally cannot handle the cuteness of my precious boys in their Nicki Macfarlane page boy outfits we were kindly gifted for the day.
Nicki Macfarlane designed the Duchess of Cambridge’s young bridesmaid dresses and is the most exquisite designer of kids’ occasion wear.
The silk shirt, trousers (which they made longer than 3/4 length, at our request) and the blue waistcoats matched the groomsmen perfectly.
I had two outfit changes with this Fever London asymmetrical dress by day and a Motel Rocks sheer sleeved LBD by night. Heels by Spanish designer Mascaro.
I’m not sure these two have ever looked more adorable!
I love Greek weddings, the soul-stirring rituals of the service, the exchanging of rings, the Holy Communion, the first steps as a married couple as the bride and groom circle the front of the alter hand in hand three times: it’s such an enchanting, moving ceremony.
I was honoured to be Proti Koumera (Best Woman) and Peter was one of two of the Proti Koumbari (Best Men).
The wedding reception which followed was hosted at the exquisite country manor Wood Hall Hotel in West Yorkshire, close to where we live and the sun stayed out all day, making for the most spectacular of pictures.
The majority of the beautiful photos in this blog post are by the brilliant Tim Zoltie with a few by my husband, Peter
I love this cute photo of Lucy with her wonderful Dad, Geoff, and adorable little baby, Zachary, my nephew (in Next Signature) who was almost 1 in the picture!
The bridesmaids all looked beautiful in their cornflower blue bridesmaid dresses (in bluebell) from Hobbs, with matching bouquets.
The views from the hotel are achingly beautiful, spanning across the great open Yorkshire countryside making for the most perfect wedding venue.
The guests enjoyed canapes and champagne outside before gathering inside, for the touching speeches. First up were the emotive words from father of the bride, Geoff, particularly as he spoke of Lucy’s beloved Mum Maureen who is sadly no longer with us, as well as my own Dad, George’s sweet words on how proud he is of Solos and Lucy’s union.
There were also lots of laugh out loud moments thanks to Best Man David’s speech which was even accompanied with a slideshow of bygone days (I forgot my brother’s crazy bleached blonde episode on holiday in Thailand and the time we both dressed up as JLO and P Diddy from my 21st fancy dress birthday bash!) Fun times we’ll always treasure.
Now he’s embarked on the next chapter of his life as a Daddy and husband and I couldn’t be more proud.
After we toasted the happy couple, it was time to eat!
I just adore these cute snaps of the kids cuddling up to Daddy and Papou (Grandad) George in between courses! Aw!
And here is my Mum second to the left with my wonderful aunts.
After a sumptuous feast of sea bass niçoise starter, lamb rump with dauphinoise potatoes and lemon mousse dessert, it was time to cut the cake.
My favourite cake-maker Andrea (who is so popular, she doesn’t need a website) made this timelessly elegant wedding cake- and the happy couple displaying their own parents’ wedding photos on the table, was a wonderful touch.
The brilliant band, Chequered started with Alecia Key’s, ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ and those who could hack it, partied the night away.
I made the first dance and a few more songs before admitting defeat at midnight #lightweight!
What a dreamboat of a day!
Congratulations again Solos and Lucy x