Harriet, Will and Mariah Carey at Powderham Castle, Devon

IT’S CHRISTMAS! What better way to get ourselves fully into the festive spirit than with a Christmas wedding? I know, right? Too exciting.

The exceptionally beautiful Harriet and Will opted for not only a winter wedding, but an all-out Christmas wedding in the most festive setting; the elegant Powderham Castle and the iconic Buckfast Abbey.

The torrential rain and permanently dark sky only served to heighten the beautiful effects of the giant, roaring open fireplaces, hundreds of candles and sea of twinkly lights at Powderham Castle, and had absolutely no effect whatsoever on the enormous sense of excitement and volume of laughter that just kept growing as the day went on. Harriet, her sister and various friends, are all incredibly talented singers and musicians, so it was a complete joy to be treated to a few performances. Nothing gets you more in the seasonal mood than three stunning voices singing a mix of traditional carols and well loved Christmas favourites!

The impressive weather and enormous Christmas tree meant we took the opportunity to sneak off for some indoor portraits, only to be told that were were sitting on England’s most haunted staircase. It was two minutes after this that one of the hall lights went out, and one of ours started going off, all by themselves. That seemed like the perfect time to head back to the well populated, well lit dining room where all ghostly thoughts quickly evaporated with the popping and cheering that erupted as crackers were pulled by everybody.

Following the speeches, and after Harriet had led every single person in a magnificently uplifting rendition of ‘Let It Snow’, the bride and groom took to the floor and officially pressed the Christmas start button by dancing their first dance to none other than Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’, in front of the biggest, sparkliest Christmas tree I have ever seen indoors.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!



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