I first met Simon and Dianne during our pre-wedding meeting about a month before their wedding day. From the start, I could tell that this would be the Wedding with all the surprises!!….

The first thing I was greeted with was that they were getting married in the Boathouse at Cheswell Grange… but not anymore. However, the Bride and Groom had other plans…

The Wedding with all the surprises – part one

Fast forward to 7th July 2023 at about midday. Around 60 Guests started arriving at Cheswell Grange and taking their seats in the Boathouse for a wedding ceremony.

Everyone’s sitting comfortably. Suddenly, Simon’s Best Man gets up and answers a phone call. Sounding rather stressed, he tells the Guests there’s been a mix-up, and they need to get on the Coach (Cue Coach waiting to take some confused wedding Guests on a mystery tour)

The Wedding with all the surprises

What happened with the Ceremony?

The Ceremony finally took place at St. Andrews Church in Shifnal. However, there was still a tiny glitch at the church. A video shows the Best Man at home having forgotten the wedding rings – don’t worry, it was just another prank!

Back to the Reception

Simon and Dianne are all safely married, and everyone gets back on the Coack to return to Cheswell Grange, where Hammonds Caterers have prepared arrival drinks and canapes. David Picara performed for the Guests with his guitar.

Not everything always goes to plan

This was undoubtedly going to be the Wedding with all the surprises! 

We’d already had the sudden change of ceremony location, and now I had to make some quick adjustments to the day.

Usually, I encourage Couples to cut the cake in the evening for all Guests to see, just before the first dance. However, when the wedding cake leans over like a particular tower in Pisa, the cake cutting has to be done with a bit more urgency – just after the Bride and Groom arrive- a kind of urgency! Fortunately, we managed to keep the top tier safely on display for the additional evening Guests to see.

A full DIY Wedding

Dianne had arranged for her work associates to create a fantastic bar structure and benches that could be used as picnic tables and other wooden decor around the marquee.

The wedding with all the surprises

Regarding bar service, the Bride and Groom provided their own selection of drinks. A selection of Guests were chosen to operate the bar, and all Guests were encouraged to re-use their glasses.

Unique tables were provided by Little GemFX, and Flower Fair carried out the rest of the Venue dressing and flowers.

The wedding with all the surrprises

Did somebody order Pizza?

Hammonds served a delicious three-course meal after speeches were made, but not after yet another surprise to a particular Guest…

After the main course was served, Guests could see a scene caused by someone and the Catering Manager outside. I was then asked to make an unusual announcement: “Had somebody ordered a pizza?” To which a pizza delivery person preyed on a Guest (Already chosen) and burst into song! Yep, you may have heard of the singing waiters. This was the Take Away Singing Waiter!

The Evening Reception

Fortunately, there were no more surprises by the time the evening Guests started to arrive.

With the cutting of the cake already done earlier, the party kicked off with the first dance, “I Guess I’m in Love” by Clifton Kane, played by Steve, the mobile DJ. Later, local band Skaburst performed a couple of sets.

As a keepsake of the day (As if you’d forget being a Guest at this Wedding!), Attitude Art was on hand to create caricatures of Guests.

Real Pizza’s came from nearby Dominoes to feed the hungry Guests, and off I left after coordinating a very surreal wedding day!

The whole day was captured by William O’Dell and Wedding Films Cornwall.


Wedding Coordination: LMS Weddings

Venue: Cheswell Grange

Caterer’s: Hammonds Catering

Entertainment – 

Reception Guitarist David Picara Music

Singing Takeaway Delivery Take Away Singing Waiters

DJ Steve, the Mobile DJ

Band SKABurst

Caricaturist Attitude Art

Photographer: William O’Dell

Videographer: Wedding Films Cornwall

Furniture Little Gem FX

Flowers and Venue Dressing Flower Fair