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The wedding of one of my oldest friends took place at Durham Cathedral on Saturday afternoon. I was sixteen & Julian fifteen when we met at boarding school, both indie kids with a sub to the NME and a penchant for music festivals. Many years later, we are still good friends, with a penchant for music festivals, and there were five of us from school there to help celebrate his marriage to the wonderful Cathy.

We hadn’t realised just how unusual it was to able to attend a marriage service there until the priest told us that this was only the 200th wedding to have taken place there since 1884. (Julian was able to be married in the cathedral because he had been a chorister there as a boy). And you can imagine his joy when he walked into the nave on Saturday to discover that his old maths teacher was one of the guides on duty that day.

 

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He & Cathy live in Los Angeles – he’s a musician, and she’s a television journalist, so we were so lucky that they decided to marry in England, allowing us to witness their ceremony. Because it was a very intimate celebration – just 58 of us invited to the reception, the marriage took place in the chancel of the cathedral, behind the rood screen, with us sitting in the choir stalls. A proper once in a lifetime experience.

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The organ music was sublime, echoing around the soaring spaces of the cathedral. Before the service we listened to Pachabel’s Canon, the bride walked in to Lohengrin’s Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride), and during the service Julian’s mother sang Panis Angelicus so beautifully – it’s clear where Julian’s talent come from.

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This guest wins best hair (as viewed from my choir stall a step above him):

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And goodness they looked wonderful. Cathy’s dress, by bridal designer Ian Stuart, was one of the most ravishing I have ever seen (Cathy really does have immaculate taste). In her hair was a Jenny Packham sequin & pailette band. Here’s a close up of the stone-coloured dress:

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And me? Well, I wore an Erdem dress & Lara Bohinc shoes, with a Raoul navy clutch to the ceremony. Here I am in the cathedral cloisters during the after-ceremony photo taking. Thank you to my darling Rollo for taking the photo for me. (We took a bunch, but I am impaled on the grass in most of them, as my five inch heels kept sinking into the damp grass.)

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24 comments

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That dress is absolutely heavenly… What an amazing day it must have been!

On a completely different note, for some reason, your blog posts don’t show up on my Bloglovin’ thing anymore, and hasn’t since August 6… Not sure if that is only me or other readers, but all it says is:

At the moment we are unable to retrieve posts from this blog.
Operation timeout. The specified time-out period was reached according to the conditions.

That however, is a pathetic attempt to keep me away from this blog, nothing will stop me from reading your posts, haha.

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Indeed a lovely bridal dress in that unusual coloring that complemented the old masonry walls so well and seemed organic to the setting. And I am glad my fave Erdem dress got an outing, too!

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Oh, wow. It looks like it was a lovely experience, and everyone – as Laura says – looks positively modelesque. And I must say, I love your shoes, grass-impaling notwithstanding.

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fabulous – you and the bride

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enjoyed reading of your time at durham cathedral (i carried a school banner there when i was 10) and the rest of your site. actually came across it when looking for a mulberry dog collar of all things.

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Just beautiful Sasha. I bet you were impressed with Durham cathedral. The weather was perfect too. Thanks for posting brought back lots of happy memories.

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Perfection. All of it!

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