An American Wedding
Happy Friday blog readers. Today I’m going to tell you about an American Wedding I attended.
I was looking this week at photos of the weddings I have attended over the years and the things about them that I loved and in recent years there is one wedding that I think stands out for me for many reasons. The wedding of Lindsay and Dave two years ago.
In 2013 I kissed my husband and three children goodbye, I know, terrible mother, and hopped on a plane to the states for a whole week. No this isn’t the reason this wedding stands out for me. It was rather strange on the plane. I was able to travel with just a handbag that contained a book, sunglasses and lip balm and nothing more!
When I arrived I spent four days in Hooksett New Hampshire with my amazing family, staying with the bride’s mother preparing for the big day. We spent the four days having our nails done, sorting out dresses, eating out and generally celebrating. The bride and groom came over a few times to see us and it was great to meet the groom’s mother and the brides soon to be step mom in the nail salon. The four days were relaxed and exciting.
After spending the four days getting my nails done, eating out without shouting at anyone to sit down, sitting by the pool without shouting at anyone to stop running and reading two whole books, I can hear all my school mum friends groan, we set off to Portsmouth (still in New Hampshire) without listening to nursery rhymes or anyone fighting. Anyway enough of my bragging about being away from the kids, the whole point of my childless jaunt was to attend a family wedding.
Portsmouth was stunning. We ate at some amazing restaurants. I am particularly a fan of seafood restaurants like Surf and seafood in New England is some of the best. It was nice that we were all in the same gorgeous hotel right in the center of everything. Because we had done all the running around beforehand we were able to spend our time there sightseeing, shopping and eating out. Portsmouth is beautiful and the perfect venue for a wedding with so many beautiful restaurants overlooking the water and across to Maine.
Being an American Wedding, there were several things that were different to a traditional English wedding. The first being the rehearsal dinner. This isn’t something that I had attended, at that time, in England. It was at a great little restaurant in a small private dining room with a private bar in the room next door. There was a free bar, great for us English who were there, with beautiful cocktails. I did take it steady and you can see here, my cousin Cheryl and I drinking water! See how good we are?
As it was a private but fairly large room, we were able to get up between courses and after the meal and chat to the other guests. It was great to meet the rest of the groom’s family, see the rest of the bride’s family who I hadn’t seen in a long time and meet their friends. Everyone was very sensible and we were in bed early as the wedding was the following day.
The wedding itself was in a beautiful church within walking distance of the hotel we were all staying at and near to where the reception was being held. The second Americanism, not everyone attends the formal photos; instead those of us who weren’t close family walked to the reception for cocktail hour. Whilst sipping cocktails I met a friend of the family, a jeweler, whom I later in the week bought the most amazing ring from, but that’s another story. Although not everyone was in the formal photos, the photographer stayed most of the evening to make sure she captured everyone so the bride and groom didn’t have anyone missing from their album, but it was nice that we weren’t all waiting around in the hot sun for a long time for that one photo of ‘everyone else’.
At the wedding breakfast, another American wedding-ism, the sweetheart table, which I loved and is starting to sneak over here. The sweetheart table means that there was no top table which, when both sets of parents are divorced, can make things a lot less stressful for the bride and groom and one less thing to think about. Family and family sat on tables around the bride and groom who sat together alone. It was very romantic that they were able to take time out from their whirlwind day and sit and just enjoy some time together before the really party started.
We spent the evening partying and dancing the night away with a great DJ.
The party ended about 9pm, another way an American wedding generally differs to over here. We all went back to the hotel to change and then everyone went out around the beautiful town of Portsmouth. We discovered a great little bar, British Beer Company where we spent the rest of the evening chatting about how perfect the day had been, how gorgeous the bride was and how perfect there are as a couple.
Because we were all in the same hotel it was nice to get up the following day and all have breakfast together. With yet another Americanism. We made our own waffles! I was very impressed with myself but there is no photo to show you I’m afraid, I was a little hungover and no one wants to see that.
There are some great little gift shops which is where I spent the day, buying nicnaks for the kids before heading off back to Hooksett and then home to England following another very relaxing flight with no children in sight! Although I must admit it was nice to get home to wet kisses and sticky hands.
You can see the beautiful photo of the gorgeous bride and groom Lindsay and Dave at the beginning of today’s blog taken by their amazing photographer Kendal J Bush. Aren’t they just so perfect together!