jamie goode's wine blog: A wedding on a lake

Sunday, April 05, 2009

A wedding on a lake

It's not often Fiona and I get out to play without the children. Yesterday was one such rare occasion - it was the wedding of my youngest cousin, Katy, and so a good proportion of our extended family gathered for a really enjoyable celebration in the spring sunshine.

However many weddings you've been to, it's hard not to be moved by seeing someone you know walk down the aisle and take their wedding vows. There's also something amazingly refreshing about the degree of commitment that these vows entail. There's no 'let's wait and see' about the sorts of promises made. They're final and absolute.

Then it was off to Dorney Lake for the reception. It's an amazing place: a world class rowing facility (the Olympic rowing will be held here in 2012) in extensive grounds, with a gorgeous club house that doubles up as a great venue for hospitality. Katy and her husband Simon arrived by rowing boat (pictured), which was a nice touch.

For the meal, I was sitting on a table with my three siblings and their partners, plus my cousin Nick and his wife. It was great fun. Whenever we attend events like this we always come away thinking that we should get together more often. The wine - a French negoce red and white - was pretty respectable, and we drank quite a bit of it.


At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie - sounds great - how were the speeches? Those are always fun - particularly the Best Man's speech - how was that?

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes - good point - how were the speeches Jamie? Did you make one?

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Of course not. The speech by the father of the bride - my uncle - was excellent. The speech by the best men was less well received - I think they misjudged their audience.

At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

We both love wine Jamie but have a different opinion on relatives and weddings!!
The less I see of the extended family the better!!
Incidentally there appears to be a trend away from the Father of the Bride making a speech.Many weddings I have been to in last few years it was a close friend of the bride.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I think that's a nice idea, Keith. There's lots of scope for doing things creatively at weddings.


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