Thrumpton Hall, just south of Nottingham, returned to it’s glory days last weekend, when my daughter Lisa married Leonardo Lopez Wain. I should have known that there was a Byron connection. A more romantic setting it would be hard to imagine. And indeed, a former owner of the Hall, Frederick the 10th Baron Byron, was married to Lady Anna Fitzroy, sister of the 10th Duke of Grafton, and a direct descendant of King Charles II.
The Cavaliers would have felt quite at home at last Saturday’s reception. My daughter loves period costume and the wedding guests were invited to indulge in the same. Many of her friends are role players and were delighted to partake. As one of the guests remarked to me “I just love dressing up, don’t you?” I had to confess that it was my first time, but that, yes, it did feel good.
I had already survived the drama of arriving at the wrong church just 15 minutes before the ceremony was due to begin, and a panic stricken scurry through country lanes to collapse into my seat a bare 5 minutes before the bride. My reading from Song of Solomon was delivered with an impassioned throb in my voice and knocking knees as I struggled to find my place in the bible. After that, everything felt good.
The Hall was magnificent. We gathered in the library, around an open fire. The books and the furniture were from a bygone age. The reception rooms were lavish, and the Jacobean cantilevered staircase, carved in wood from the estate, an object of real beauty. The guests mingled as good guests should. The atmosphere was as warm as the fire.
All too soon it was over, and Lisa and Leo stepped briefly out of character to fly BA to their honeymoon in Venice. Costumes donned again, they were off to Carnaval and a masked ball. May they always be as happy as they are today.
To see the dress and bouquet in more detail, please visit my Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post : On going. You can click on any of these individual photos to see them in gallery form. Happy Valentine’s Day everybody.