Sunday, 28 May 2017

A Magical Wedding Day

Imagine if you can a Wonderland... A place where dreams come true and anything is possible. And you have the setting for the most magical mad wedding celebration ever. Along side the Grand Union Canal, in the most beautiful garden full of sunken areas, hidden nooks and crannies, ponds and trees... wonderful things were about to happen.

Greeted by this sign we just knew this was going to be a very special day indeed

The prettiest marquee was decked out with pastel bunting and vintage tea cups... just waiting for the Mad Hatter and Alice to arrive!

There were crazy signs...

And flowers everywhere... the Gerberas even had googly eyes... of course!

Gradually the guests began to arrive...
When the invitation says optional fancy dress my family only consider one option. My eldest son and his girlfriend pranced in like it was the most normal thing in the world to be dressed like flamingos. 

The youngest two and my Mum didn't do too bad either!

We dressed up, not in fancy dress but in matching "Alice in Wonderland" print outfits.

Then all of a sudden the music from " The Pirates of the Caribbean" film came over the loud speakers and sailing down the canal came my brother Tony and his new wife Grainne in true pirate style.

Accompanied by rapturous applause and laughter it was a magical moment.

Once the couple were on land guests were invited to take their seats (flamingos in the back row so not to block anyone's view) and Tony was walked down the aisle by his new step daughter, looking very glamourous...

And Grainne was accompanied by her son, looking very happy and handsome. (Someone else was grappling with her hat which kept falling off!)

Readings were read, vows were made, rings were exchanged and it was all signed and sealed with the drinking of rum, overseen by a humanist celebrant.

Grainne's bouquet was made from paper roses and vintage playing cards adorned with tiny teacups, hats, bottles and other miniature Alice paraphanalia.

This was followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea party in true Mad Hatter style.
There were speeches and laughter and tears (of joy)

And some people even had room for a spot of cake...

Of course it wouldn't be a party without some singing and dancing... the bride and groom setting the tone!


Someone else felt the need to join in (and yes, I was sober!)


So much infectious joy, happiness, laughter, fun and love... the world could do with a lot more of this!


Congratulations Tony and Grainne.
Here's hoping every day of your lives together are as happy as this one xxx


  1. What an idyllic setting for a truly magical occasion. You must all have so many wonderful memories of the happy day.

  2. Thank you Gina for a fantastic write up of our celebration: you made Gráinne cry..... again!

  3. Wow what a fantastic day for all concerned to remember. Brilliant idea

  4. What a wonderful memorable day. I love the bouquet, no chance that will dry out and a great souvenir of the day. Your cake is a showstopper!

  5. Wow, what a beautiful recap of the event...thank you Gina!

  6. A day to remember. It all sounds wonderful.

  7. What an incredible day it must have been, and how wonderful. You will all remember and talk about this wedding for years! Even the weather co-operated for you. A really lovely post.

  8. Wow, what a fantastic wedding, it really does look amazing. That cake! The bouquet! The bride looked gorgeous, as did you, love the dress and the scarlet petticoat. I imagine the whole day was huge fun. CJ xx

  9. What a celebration! I think your family are bonkers but in such a lovely way Gina. So lovely to see the happiness shine out of these photos.

  10. Flamingos! What an amazingly fun wedding. There should be more weddings like it. x

  11. Fabulous, thank you for sharing.

  12. It all looks wonderful and with such attention to detail. Love your outfit!

  13. What a fantastic, fabulous, mad wedding! Amazing cake too! Wonderful :)

  14. Wow -- that looks like such a fun wedding -- and your family all outdid themselves!!!

  15. Looks like the best day😀😀

  16. You're all barking! Glad you all had a wonderful day x

  17. What an AMAZING wedding. Loved the flamingo outfits and you looked VERY stylish Gina. The cake and bouquet were wonderful.

  18. Looks like I picked the perfect time to come back to blogging! What an amazing wedding!! Love that everyone embraced the craziness which would make the bride & groom so pleased. You and hubby look fantastic as do your sons and mom! Great work on the cake :) You will be laughing over your memories of this wedding for years to come. Congratulations to Tony & Grainne!
    Wendy xox

  19. What a superb way to get married! It all looks so much fun and I hope it continues throughout their lives together. Congratulations to all concerned.

  20. What a fabulous wedding! And a great write up about it too. That must be the most fun ever. Where on the Grand Union was it? I know the canal quite well but don't recognise it.
    Kath (nb Herbie)

    1. Just south of Milton Keynes - Stoke Hammond


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