Katherine, The last of my three nephews / nieces to get married did so on Saturday 9th June. All three weddings have been in Abersoch, in a giant marquee on the headland just behind the Yacht Club. We missed out on the middle one, being away in Ireland, but the first and third were stylish affairs, and I'm told - so was the second!
Chris and I drove across to Wales on the Friday, having lunch in the Cliffs Inn at Morfa Nefyn as we used to do for years when the girls were little and The Cliffs was THE spot for al fresco lunch above the beach. Morfa is a lovely as ever, with that fabulous beach, but The Cliffs isn't what it was and the families who were there in its heyday are probably now all taking Easy Jet flights to the Med.
We paddled in the sea on that hot sunny afternoon before making our way down the familiar little lanes across the peninsula to Abersoch to our bijou B&B, Venetia, where we'd stayed for the first of these weddings seven years ago.
Here are some pictures of the wedding. Click on any for a larger image.
The wedding ceremony took place at the Catholic Church in Porthmadog. Two of these lovely old Routemaster London Transport buses transported the guests there and back from Abersoch.
The buses await their passengers in Abersoch Yacht Club car park
My brother in law, John Nichols, brings Katherine down the aisle
"Are you ready for this?". "Oh yes!". "Let's do it, then!".
Porthmadog's answer to Bishop Michael Curry of Royal Wedding fame - the ceremony at the church. Katherine Nichols, Rob Kropp.
Kath signs the register
Mr & Mrs Kropp!
It's a lovely day outside the church as we await the newly weds....
And here they come, flower petals showering down, thrown by the guests
The wedding car
Champagne celebrations and sandwiches on the bus ride back to Abersoch. Good job the bus was free. My bus pass doesn't work in Wales!
Very noisy with this lot chattering away at max volume...
London Transport was never like this
Our bus conductor was obviously into badges, big time
The champagne had run out by Cricccieth, so this lot got the driver to stop so they could purchase supplies at a petrol station.
The fresh supplies of booze are opened and distributed
Some beer, some G&Ts, and some cider...
The view from the marquee terrace at the Abersoch venue
Chris and I
Here is a short video of the guests mingling having arrived back at the venue
While on the way to Porthmadog, there was a screeching roar and this overtook our bus rather exuberantly. It was Nephew James (of the wedding here seven years ago) in his Ferrari taking the groom to the church.
Margaret and Al on our table ("Virgin Atlantic" - all the tables were named after airlines)
The arrival of the happy couple (to ''Shut Up and Dance)
Here is a short video of the welcome as guests cheer and clap to 'Shut Up and Dance With Me'
Dave and Chris
Here is a short video of the Bride's father, John, being introduced
Here is a short video of part of John Nichols speech
A look at the menu
Each table had a nominated 'chef' to carve the beautiful Welsh lamb, and serve. Mr Murray looks a bit grumpy here, but then he always does before flooring everyone with a witty comment.
Al was designated our 'table chef', and is here carving the superb Welsh lamb.
I'm ready for this!
Enjoying some after dinner air on the balcony
The happy couple with Rob's parents at 'top table'
Day moving into evening...
Cutting the cake
...Which we toasted with 'Cheeky Vimto', which apparently contains no Vimto
The new Mr & Mrs Kropp were first on the dance floor
The celebrations went on into the early hours...
....With a great live band that could be heard (we were told) all over Abersoch
Next morning - a BBQ at the Nichols house on the headland behind the wedding venue. Note the swapped initials.
My elder daughter, Claire, and Al
The previous night's venue, viewed from the garden of the house
There was even a bouncy castle for the little ones...
The house itself. Must be the finest location in Abersoch.
Relaxing in sun and shade