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Well what can I say.  We got back back yesterday from the most beautiful wedding in Castle Combe, a little village in Wiltshire, and I’m still exhausted.

Castle Combe is about half an hour from Bristol.  An idyllic setting for a wedding,  the village was used in the period drama War Horse and other film and TV productions.   Such a quaint little place which gets its fair share of visitors mooching in the sunshine.  As we sat having our traditional pre-wedding glass of fizz (stout for the chaps) outside the pub opposite the church, a parade of vintage tractors drove through the narrow roads followed  by an apparent bike race.

The ceremony was in St Andrews church which backed onto the grounds of the Manor House Hotel.  The Manor House Hotel,  Oh my days.   Our room was two floors in ‘the cottages’.  We had the most grand four poster bed upstairs and a yard to the rear.   The wedding breakfast was served in the hotels restaurant, the Michelin starred ‘The Bybrook’.  A truffle tortellini to start, lamb followed, chocolate brownies and ice cream for dessert.  Yummy.

During the ceremony we serenaded by a gospel choir.  A band played during the champagne reception in the warm weather.  The boys played croquet whilst the girls chatted and drank more fizz.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches…..and more fizz some of the boys went off to finish their game of croquet.  We all then went upstairs for dancing, more dancing and maybe one last glass of fizz.

The bride looked stunning from start finish and jetted off late last night to Hong Kong for the first leg of their honeymoon.

I write this with matchsticks holding my eyelids open but thank the bride and groom for a wonderful weekend and wish them all the best xxx

Have a look at some of the photos we took and there’s a bit more information about Castle Combe and the Manor House Hotel.

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