Sunday, 8 April 2012

A Golden Day....

Happy Easter! It's cold & grey here...rain just starting to fall a little as the day turns into early evening...yesterday was much the same, but it didn't matter a bit because the day was Golden for our family! It was my parents' 50th wedding anniversary...and we had planned a special lunch party for them.
Mum knew about it, but it was a complete surprise for Dad...and as it was taking place at their farm, we had to get them out of the house the day before so that we could prepare! So they went to London...stayed the night...and had a fabulous romantic dinner at one of their very favourite restaurants, The Providores where they were treated like royalty. While they were gone, my youngest sister, Lucy, & I got down to work...
 There were 14 guests...so we set up some long tables in the conservatory. Lucy had 'blown' 16 eggs and painted them gold...
and I customised some Lindt chocolate bunnies by replacing their red collars with gold ribbons...
and we placed them down the centre of the table

We found Mum's beautiful, simple ivory silk wedding dress and put it on display in one corner...
Lucy found some large cardboard numbers and sprayed them gold too...and William & I stuck some gold stars on the windows to make a little focal point at the back of the room...
We stuck original photographs from the day around the edge of the conservatory too...here's one of my favourites...
Mum on her way to the ceremony on the arm of my lovely grandad. Can you see her hand is blurred because she's waving happily to someone in the crowd? So sweet...
We photocopied some pictures too, to dress the entrance door...
and in the middle of the morning, as if on cue, a florists van arrived bearing gorgeous bouquets...
this one was from Esther & the children in Australia...

they sent a CD of wonderful music too, from the 1930's & 40's...fabulous romantic numbers to play at the party...
And,of course, I cooked the lunch too! More of that on my food blog tomorrow...
After a quick shower & change, we were ready! Paul went to the train station to pick up the 'Oldyweds'...Dad was totally amazed! Especially when the first guests arrived.. including his brother David, who had been his Best Man at the wedding!
Paul manned the bar and made sure glasses were charged with cold prosecco at all times...old and dear friends greeted each other...and all was happiness and joy!
Many highlights and wonderful memories...
Uncle David gave an updated Best Man's speech...half a century on...
Mum & Dad looked radiant...as if in their 20's again!
After lunch, they cut the cake together...
as they had 50 years before.
It was such a special day. I felt so proud...not too many children get to throw a Golden Wedding celebration for their parents.
We are so lucky.
Congratulations to them both...still in love...
from that day, so long ago...
to this!

Wishing you much joy too this Easter & Passover!
xoxo











9 comments:

  1. Brought a tear to my eye :) what an inspiring couple, our wedding anniversary tomorrow 'only' 13 yrs! Xx

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  2. Oh I'm sighing over and over at all the wonderfulness of this event and your pictures. Wish they were bigger so I could see better tho! They look so happy and the wedding pictures are just amazing. SO glad it was a fabulous event.

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  3. Laura B Jenkins8 April 2012 at 21:29

    I think this is my favorite post ever...so many happy and special things...your baking, cooking and decorating talents, the lovely bouquets from afar, the moments captured on film 50 yrs ago, your mother's dress...I can only imagine the memorable and glorious evening enjoyed by all of the guests and honorees!! Thank you for allowing us to share the moments with you...what a special daughter you are...xo

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  4. What a wonderful, joyful post! Your parents looks terrific! (Then and now!) And your celebration for them was fantastic, you had me at the Lindt chocolate bunnies with their red bows replaced with golden ones!
    Thanks for letting me share in this joy.
    Happy Easter!
    Love,
    Kay

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  5. Joy Joy Joy Down in My Heart! All teared up and sooo happy for all of you! Just lovely. xo

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  6. Oh Rachel....you and your sister did so many lovely things to make their special day so extraordinary!!! Bravo girls!!

    Each of the details is simply wonderful....and I adore the dress hanging in the corner; what a perfect connection to the beginning of their wonderful life together.

    I can't wait to also ready about the food portion of all of it...until then, I will re-read your post again so all of the fabulous details just come to life!!

    xoxo

    Joann

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  7. Oh, Rachel...this post exudes so much love and joy! It was such a pleasure to read all about this milestone day. You put so much love and care into every detail! I especially love how you displayed the wedding dress at the party! The conservatory is just stunning! Lovely, lovely post! I can't wait to read all about the food! Once again, congratulations to your parents and to you and your sisters, too! I'm sure it was an extraordinary day for the entire family! BRAVO!! xoxo

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  8. Wow! I simply love the display of her silk wedding dress- so beautiful and simple. A gorgeous celebration of love!
    Jacqui G

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  9. O Rachel what a wonderful thing to do for your Mum and Dad with all that attention to detail! I bet they were over the moon! Thankyou for sharing with us Nina xx

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