Sombreros in Surrey - a springtime wedding at Loseley Park
It's not often you come across men sporting sombreros in Surrey, but in May 2013 the gardens of Loseley Park were full of them, in honour of a couple who hold Mexico dear to their hearts.... Gerry and Anya first met when Anya took up a post for an international company in Mexico. Fast forward and they're tying the knot, twice - one wedding bringing England to Mexico and the second, bringing Mexico to Surrey!
Anya set her heart on the former Nonsuch Palace of Henry VIII, Loseley Park - built in 1562, still home to the More-Molyneux family and famed for its beautiful gardens - as the venue for their Anglo-Mexican union. And what an inspired choice, with this Elizabethan Palace as the backdrop and ancient Surrey parkland surrounding them. Despite the flowers being late in arriving last May due to the harsh winter weather, we found a perfect corner of the garden in full technicolour bloom for some photos of the happy couple.
Paying homage to his homeland, Gerry was in a traditional charro suit which he had made especially, wearing it with flair and panache and setting the tone for the Mexican-themed day - coupled of course with his trusty sombrero! Many of the guests entered into the spirit also sporting sombreros, which added even more colour to the day - and provided a good talking point too!
After the ceremony and meal, the festivities really kicked off with the arrival of a traditional Mexican Mariachi band. Gerry and other members of his family got up and joined in the singing, much to the delight of the wedding party, but the highlight was when he sang a love song to his bride...such a romantic gesture and the fact that it was in Spanish only added to the charm - me not understanding it was irrelevant!
There were so many lovely touches to the day, with the Mexican theme and colours appearing in various different visuals...and edible forms. The cake was an artful and quirky invention involving layers of cupcakes, each decorated with either a sombrero, a red rose or a cactus, with the bride and (Mexican charro wearing) groom on top! So clever and totally eye-catching.
The celebrations continued apace, with more singing and dancing through the night - a true celebration of the two cultures joining together. It was brilliant to be a part of, and you could really feel el amor in the air......