I mentioned on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend that I was fortunate enough to have attended the wedding of Alistair and Leanne, including some pictures, of course. There were all those things that make for a good wedding, including a happy groom, a beautiful bride, a fantastic meal, lovely speeches, and some great dancing. There was too a beautiful venue in All Saints Parish Church Sawley, in Derbyshire. The church, for those not familiar with it, is a Grade I listed parish church, that dates back to the 11th century, with most of the current structure being built in the 13th century, featuring a mix of Saxon and Norman work. The graveyard contains a number of war graves from the First and Second World Wars, and inside the church is an organ that dates back to 1906, and is included on the National Pipe Organ Register.
Sawley is the place of birth of Alec Leamas, introduced in John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Perhaps Mr Leamas was, at least in fiction, once a visitor to this place.
As well as the rather old and beautiful church, the wedding brought some rather nice cars to Sawley too, and whilst many of the guests were taking photos of the wedding party, I nipped off for a couple of minutes to take a couple of photos of the wedding cars sitting outside the church.
The wedding party continued from the church to Castle Donington for the Wedding Breakfast and the reception, and as we turned up in the centre of Donington, we could hear the SuperBikes racing around the circuit nearby. The bride & groom did a great job of staying focused and concentrating on the photos rather than being distracted by the sound of fast moving vehicles nearby. Most impressive. A rather lovely meal was followed by some dancing. That’s a whole other story…