A grand affair
Jenny Tither and Peter Brotherton tied the knot on 10th September 2011, in Cambridgeshire
Where did the wedding take place?
Our ceremony took place in Peterborough Cathedral; an extremely grand, Norman building that was much admired by our guests. Peter’s father, a retired archdeacon, married us, which was very emotional and really put a personal stamp on the day. The vows were followed by a reception at Castle Farm in Fotheringhay village.
What did the bridal party wear?
Marrying in a cathedral, I wanted to wear something fairly traditional and in keeping with the surroundings, so I chose a white, taffeta gown with full skirt and a beautiful floor-length veil made by my mum. Peter wore a dark grey morning suit with silver waistcoat and rose buttonhole, as did the groomsmen.
What was your wedding day style?
There wasn’t a key theme or colour scheme, but everything was very relaxed. We had some unusual touches, such as a red Routemaster bus to shuttle our guests from the Cathedral to the reception, where they were greeted by a steel pan player (a reference to Peter’s birthplace, Trindad). Our engagement in Japan was the inspiration behind our sushi canapés and I folded thousands of origami cranes, which we used to decorate the venue. We didn’t have a traditional seating plan with round tables, opting instead for rows of long tables, which worked brilliantly as our guests loved it.
Fairtrade is very important to both of us, so we used Fairtrade wine, tea, and coffee and after dinner mints. Our rings were some of the very first in the UK to be made from Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold, meaning that they were panned in Colombia and processed without the use of chemicals. Most importantly, it also means that the miners that do the hard work get paid a fair price. We even met one of the miners who panned for the gold in our rings when he visited London to launch Fairtrade gold earlier this year.
How did it end?
We all danced in a ceilidh with live music by The Waggon Load of Monkeys before finally crashing out in the early hours. Following the wedding we honeymooned in Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, where we saw lemurs in the lush jungle.
Photography by Kate Everall Photography, www.kateeverallphotography.com