Photography by Britt Spring
Charlie and Nav
I finally have the time to blog Charlie and Nav's wedding weekend. We were going for three days but of course I packed enough for a two week holiday and arrived at The Actor's at 2am. After about an hour and half's sleep his alarm went off at 5.50am to drive to Somerset before we hit the London rush hour. I never, ever get up at that time, I'm more likely to still be up. We stopped once for coffee and once to get double sausage and egg McMuffins (so wrong but they're great). We arrived at 10.30am on a lovely sunny morning.
My pictures are all over the place so do excuse the blurred ones. As usual I kept fiddling around with my camera settings. I have tried to edit them honestly.
The wedding was at Brympton D'evercy, a tudor country house built between 1460 and 1680. We stayed there as they have fourteen rooms.
Even though the forecast was bad it was sunny when we arrived.
Here's a little tour.
The entrance to the chapel
View from the Orangery
The Great Hall
Ground floor sitting room
The bridal suite
Here's our room, the guest rooms were small but comfortable
They had pretty views
And ours had a big bathroom - I'd taken about four tons of products.
Just in case.
AD looked after us in the church
AD, Lawrence, Glenn and Nav. I shouldn't take pictures with the light behind people.
The flowers were all purples and blues
There was a large Red Admiral butterfly flying around the chapel
The order of service
The bride was suitably late
I think they've spotted the butterfly
The lovely Mr and Mrs Chowdhry
Charlie lost her bouquet so no one caught it
Here's some of us touching up our make up after the service! It was quite emotional.
I've put this in because I like the back of Charlie's hair
I love this one
Charlie's always laughing
Charlie's Miu Miu satin shoes
Next was Champagne on the terrace
And a jazz band
The bridesmaids minus the lovely Nicky
All the pictures on the tables were of different relatives of Charlie's
Next it was jugs of Pimms all round. We got stuck in of course
Kellie gets more Champagne. After this there was a hog roast and a ton of wine...
Then more drinks in the Orangery and all the girls get hennaed
Note the caterpillar on a leaf in the top left hand corner. I'm obsessed with butterflies
Here's me. Mine got smuged straight away by The Actor pulling a dance move
There was another religious ceremony
Followed by dancing
Ali and Liz get everyone up
Actress Kelly Shirley pulled some brilliant moves. This chap didn't know what had hit him
Off to bed at midnight
I woke up in full make-up with the worst hangover AND it was pissing with rain. That's England for you.
I made friends with this cockerel on the way to breakfast. I thought Mary and Ruth would like him. A pot of coffee, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and a couple of Nurofen Plus and I was feeling fine again. Now for the next wedding...
Kaftan dress copied by a Jamaican tailor in Dalston from a mini version I had for £30. I already had the silk. All jewellery by Husam el Odeh apart from violet sapphire ring by Dinny Hall. Leather flip flops from Bullo Shoes, Dalston.
Red lurex snood sewn together from a £5 piece of fabric. It was rather flimsy and I kept getting hooked on rings, handbags etc. but it lasted the day. I'm looking a little bleary eyed despite all that make-up. Unsurprisingly.
The henna starts wearing in
Sally, Kellie, Ali, Indy and Nicola
Sally and Liz couldn't wait for the professional henna ladies so did each other after a lot of wine. I couldn't stop laughing at them. Liz had, shall we say "men's parts" on her hand for a week. Sally's leg didn't look to clever either. They look like they're still laughing here I couldn't keep a straight face at how bad their artwork was.
The boys got turbans. More laughing.
Actress Indira Varma and Adrian Bower
Drummers start playing and everyone gathers round
As the groom arrives
There's a ceremony where the families join together
Here's the dad's - Mo and Richard
Then more fabulous food
Another drummer greets us at the chapel
For the Sikh wedding ceremony
My first glimpse of Charlie
I love the back too
I'm trying to zoom in here
I managed one shot of Nav in his turban before he took it off
The gorgeous bridesmaids
Sally's daughter Daisy
Daisy and Kellie
Daisy, Kellie and I
The fabulous Sarah King whose an agent and actor Ciaran McMenamin.
We were served amazing Indian canapés
Followed by a Bhangra dancing lesson on the lawn!
Then we formed a circle
And the bride and groom joined in
That was great fun
Upstairs for dinner - here's the view from the window
A secret garden in the distance
More fantastic food
This time curry
Pudding and wonderful speeches that made everyone laugh and cry
Downstairs for a party
I have no idea what the first dance was?
Adrian Bower and director Ben Winston
Lovely Liz and Lizzy
Nav and his cousin, comedian Paul Chowdhry
Mary McCoy, Sarah King, Indira Varma and Shelley Rubenstein
Phil, Steven, Nicola and Jake. At least I get them all looking at the camera
I'm wearing the kaftan I dyed. See previous post. Someone said "I'll take one of you all" Nice one.
Then back to our room to carry on the party
The usual silliness. I don't know what time we went to bed but it was daylight. We had fun though.
Mr and Mrs C's car's been done up Indian style
The last of the friends are leaving and some music suddenly blasts out of the car stereo
The dancing kicks off again. The owners must have thought we were completely mental.
They're doing well considering the hangovers. I felt like someone had put an axe in my head when I opened my eyes. Thank God for Nurofen.
The Chowdhry's leave
And we all meet in the pub up the road. Three jugs of Bloody Mary later we've all decided we're staying another night.
We're recommended to go to a lovely village called East Coker
Where the Helyar Arms does excellent food
A proper olde English pub. Perfect.
Somerset didn't know what had hit them. What a fabulous weekend.
Photography by Britt Spring
I can't believe I've run out of time again.
I will be over to visit everyone this week I promise xxx