All Saints Church, Newtown Linford, dates from the 16th century with links to the Grey family. Inside there is a stained glass window commemorating the life and death of Lady Jane Grey [who lived just across the way in Bradgate Park] Yesterday I was there for Sophie and Rob’s wedding – which was extremely lovely despite the cold weather.
The colour theme was lilac/purple [useful as it was Lent, so matched the hangings on the pulpit etc] I really should have taken photos of the two Mums, who both had stunning outfits. Sarah had a fabulous blue fascinator, whilst Lynda’s long hair was in a stylish ‘up-do’ which reminded me of Audrey Hepburn.
Sorry, I didn’t take many pictures- just the happy couple coming down the aisle. I imagine Sophie was very grateful for her little fur capelet – but I am not sure how warm Rob was in his kilt! You can just see the balloon weights inside each pew.
Here’s one of the pedestal flower arrangements I prepared on Friday [when it was snowing outside the church and freezing inside]
My friend Peter, the vicar who conducted the ceremony, gave the couple a wedding present – a “Twix”. He used this for his sermon, and said this was a good picture of marriage –
- the two parts belong together
- the base should be firm
- there is a sweet, soft layer
- the bars are surrounded by chocolate [and in a happy marriage the couple should be surrounded by love]
- Twix is made for sharing
- if they get warm, the chocolate melts and fuses the two bars together, similarly in marriage, if bathed in the warmth of God’s love, a couple truly become one.
[I have also heard that James and Kirstie’s wedding was equally great, the bridesmaids in champagne colour dresses, and the wedding sermon was based on The Marriage at Cana!]