A weekend of food, family and friends...

Friday transformed itself into a gloriously sunny day, the perfect kind of day for a wedding. Lucky for us we attended a family wedding in the prettiest Essex village of Kelvedon in a picture postcard church. The reception took place at the rather grand Prested Hall on the Suffolk/Essex borders where the wedding guests were able to roam the beautifully understated manor house together with the pretty gardens complete with moat and wandering ducks.

Feeling a little on the full side after a huge three course wedding breakfast we took to the dance floor. We had a magical time dancing until the early hours (and that was just Matilda who insisted on going back to the dance floor in her new Minnie Mouse onesie just as we were leaving!). She, especially, had a wonderful day running around playing with the other young guests, drawing pictures for the 'wedding girl' ie: the bride. Though I suspect the rather fabulous fireworks display was her favourite part of the day, a display that would put most public 5th November displays to shame, we were all mesmerised. As we left at about 12.30am she said 'when are we going to another wedding'! The sign of a truly successful wedding I'd say....

With only one day to recover from all the enjoyment, yesterday we hotfooted it down to London for my good friend's birthday lunch at the Malmaison Hotel bistrot Strip Bar & Steak for more indulgent food. If you're ever in doubt as to where to go on a Sunday do give them a go, for £20 you get a very fulfilling 3 course lunch which you can wash down with limitless prosecco for a mere £15 extra! Sadly I was driving so I reluctantly had to stick to the sparking water. Been feeling like I need a couple of days to recover from the weekend's extravagances today. Hope you all had a good weekend too!