Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Bride arrives at church in Churchill’s old car

AN English garden spectacle was held to celebrate the marriage of Mark Lawrence and Fiona Piper.

AN English garden spectacle was held to celebrate the marriage of Mark Lawrence and Fiona Piper.

The couple was married in a traditional ceremony at St Nicholas Church in Rotherfield Greys before travelling to a reception in the garden of the bride’s parents’ house in Highmoor.

Fiona is the daughter of David and Lis Piper and the groom is the son of John and Sue Lawrence, of Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire.

The bride, who wore a pink blush on white lace dress, arrived at the church in a 1949 Daimler that once belonged to Winston Churchill and is the same age as her father.

The Piper family’s lucky horseshoe, which is used for all family weddings, was carried down the aisle to bring the couple good fortune.

Mr Lawrence’s daughters, Scarlett, Juliette and Isabella, were flower girls, along with the bride’s niece, Annabel Piper.

The bride’s nephew, Oliver Piper, was page boy.

Her sister, Philippa Piper, was bridesmaid and accompanied the children on a horse and carriage ride to the reception. The rest of the bridal party followed them and people lined the streets along the route to watch.

Fairy lights were laid out all the way round the garden for the reception. Other finishing touches included a lavender sprig on each guest’s napkin and a swing for the younger guests to play on.

The 127 guests wore morning suits for the occasion.

Mr Lawrence said: “You couldn’t have had a more traditional English scene.”

The couple, who met in Dubai three years ago, will live in Islington. They will have a honeymoon in Tanzania next month.

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