Trying to stay cool & composed while walking along the Exeter Canal from the Double Locks Pub, a local institution and a favourite local haunt of mine, it was already a (very) warm, blue-skied day. Passed a few runners and dog walkers along the already bustling Exeter Quay, then up towards Exeter Cathedral before joining Dominic & some of the wedding party gathered outside Exeter Guildhall, an historic wedding venue.
Paulina only kept Dominic waiting for a mere 5 minutes before ascending the stairway and entering the intimate 'Jury Room', walking up the aisle, accompanied by her brother and two bridesmaids. During the exchange of declarations & vows, Paulina grappled valiantly with the finer points of the Shakespearean Old English still used at Civil Weddings, her words resonating sincerity and eliciting affable smiles from their dearest friends and family, some of whom had flown in from Poland to be in attendance. There was a slight teary pause as the Best Man, Nick, presented the rings, everything going swimmingly to a round of applause & Paulina holding their Marriage Certificate.
We emerged from the Guildhall's High
Street entrance, back outside in the
beaming hot sunshine & onto the Cathedral Green for a lovely group photo in front of Exeter Cathedral. Onwards, we headed down to the Quay, pausing next to a very photogenic mural of two swans, before arriving at Mango's Cafe for a spot of Afternoon Tea (or a delicious variant), that most quintessential of English customs. The scones, cakes, teas and coffees provided by the friendly staff at our riverside setting was idyllic to say the least, fortifying everyone for our private ferryboat journey that later took us down the Exeter Canal, towards the fabulous Double Locks Young's pub.
After 15 minutes or so, we arrived at this famous 18th Century Inn, greeted by its ivy-festooned entrance, 'The Double Locks Hotel' overhead. Normally making a beeline straight for a London Stout (super tasty FYI), I wondered through to the beer garden and a vibrantly decorated wedding marquee with its own bar, thankfully! Distinctly-looking glasses of Pimm's were promptly served up, replete with floating fruit, easing guests further into this super relaxed, jovial mood in the early evening glow, hallmarks of the entire day.
As the Sun sunk a little lower, we got into the evening's proceedings with a colossalhog roast & more booze ('cause that's what everyone really wants, as Dominic eloquently put it - paraphrasing btw). The speeches were most enjoyable, where, refreshingly, the Best Man got a little bit of stick, and Dominic pointing out what a great idea it was for him & Paulina to camp, drunken, next to a canal....I'm sure there were fine!
To see more wedding photos taken from the day, you can find the gallery here.