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Francesca and Ben

Francesca and Ben are a fun loving and lively couple who were married at Letchworth Hall Hotel. It was a spectacular wedding day, filled with a party atmosphere from start to finish.

Here is their story…

Francesca couldn’t help but laugh as one of her bridesmaids shrieked frantically before leaping clean across a double bed, arms flailing as she attempted to swat away a wasp who had invaded their preparations. Meanwhile a second bridesmaid who had been instructed not to open her eyes while she was having her makeup applied shook and hid under her chair, presumably convinced from the noise that the wasp in question was a giant and terrible species that was more at home in a horror film than a wedding. 

And so the great wedding day wasp hunt was on, and after a degree of shrieking and some giggling Francesca and her bridesmaids eventually tracked it down and the wasp met a particularly sticky end next to a can of hair spray.  Francesca and her bridesmaids, having emerged victorious celebrated with large glasses of champagne…

..Ben’s preparations contrasted with Francesca’s not only in that there were no life and death struggles with invading insects, but also the atmosphere. He had time to enjoy a drink with his groomsmen and welcome his guests in a calmer environment, but one laced with an undercurrent of nervous excitement and anticipation as Ben counted the moments down till he would be stood in front of his friends and family marrying the woman he loved…

Ben really wanted to turn around, but he wasn’t sure if he should. It was one of those perculiar wedding day mysteries that no one ever actually told you and you were just supposed to know instinctively. In the end he settled for half and half, peering out the corner of his eye as Francesca’s bridesmaids slowly walked in. This all changed when he saw Francesca in her dress for the first time. It stole the breath from him and he forgot everything else as he turned to look at her, meeting her eyes and feeling his heart beating wildly in his chest.

Time seemed to slow for Francesca as she walked towards Ben. She held tight to her father’s arm, her waiting now finally over. She couldnt stop smiling as she reached Ben, grasping his hand to convince herself this was real and not some perfect dream…

“We’re timing you!” a voice shouted from the tables of guests, and they were. The target time appeared to be to talk for 45 minutes though it felt like less than half. Each speech flowed naturally with a mix of upbeat humor and sincere emotion resulting in a mix of uncontrollable laughter and love filled tears from both Francesca, Ben and the assembled guests…

They came together for their first dance, wrapping their arms around eachother as couples do on the dance floor. A slow song played in the background probably something by Ed Sheeran, but a slow dance didn’t really fit with Francesca and Ben. So with an abrupt screech the music changed, it was lively, had rythem, the guests cheered and it  was all far more suited to Francesca and Ben. They danced and moved together, flowing around the floor and enjoying every moment before calling their guests to join them as the real party started…