This was the second photo I'd taken of the top of the cake. The bride's brother snuck it on, a family joke. The bride's mother had made the cake so she took them off but they did find themselves on the top table facing the bride and groom.
After recently reading that a common gripe of your wedding guests is that the table centrepieces were too large or distracting, I thought I'd focus on table decorations this week.
As I was looking through the photos of past weddings, it struck me that you could do a few of these ideas yourself.
Let's start though, with the decorations which are likely to be provided by your florist.
These floral candleabras are beautiful and elegant and because there aren't too many flowers, the guests will stillbe able to see each other across the table.
If you want some height and for guests to clearly see each other, these tall, simple vases with a couple of canna lilies in are ideal.
Sometimes, the tables have so much crockery and glasses on, that there's not much room for a centrepiece. This lovely, small arrangement is perfect for this and easy to give to guests to take home when the day is over.
I particularly like the elevated arrangement below. It doesn't get lost on the table but you can still see over it.
These informal floral arrangements were done by the florist, using the bride's vases and ribbon but you could easily arrange them yourself. They give a really pretty, country feel.
This lovely bowl arrangement on a mirror was assembled by the bride of this wedding. She did admit that because she hadn't seen the tables (the couple live abroad) until the wedding day, she underestimated how big the bowls would need to be. So if you are making the decorations yourself it's always better to know the dimensions of the tables and how much space you have to fill.
This simple idea would be very easy to recreate. Some fancy opaque paper wrapped round a candle in a glass jar. Although I think I would be tempted to use those fabulous battery-powered tea-lights that you can get.
Some different ideas there. Just remember how much space you have on the tables and whether guests are going to be able to see each other.
If you're having a family get together for a special occasion, why not hire a photographer? Mark the occasion with a whole family group photograph or display a collection in a photo book.
Here are some photos I took at an 80th birthday lunch at Longhirst Hall. They wanted family groupings and some natural shots of people enjoying themselves.
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As of Tuesday 12th March, this Wedding Fayre has unfortunately been cancelled.
There is an autumn show which has been scheduled for 29th September 2013. More details will be available nearer the time.
I am delighted to be exhibiting at the Rainton Meadows Arena Wedding Fayre in a couple of weeks time. If you are planning your wedding, why not come along and say "hello"? I'd love to hear about your plans.
This wedding was held at Embleton Hall in Northumberland. A venue close to my heart as it's where my husband and I got married. Recently we heard that it had been sold to a couple who are planning to convert it back into a residence for their family home.
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand it's a shame that other couples can't share the same lovely experience we had, and won't be able to go back again. We had Sunday lunch there once after we got married. On the other hand I think it's wonderful that such a homely house is going to be used for it's original purpose again. I hope they have many happy years there.