Well here it is. My blog of the recent wedding of Helen and Simon, where the ceremony took place at Monkeyworld near Wareham in Dorset. Now if you don't know about Monkeyworld Ape Rescue Centre and the amazing work they do there, please have a look at their website and consider a visit. Their website is here: Monkeyworld and it will open up an amazing opportunity to help them in their work around the world - or just to have a great day out!
Helen and Simon based themselves at the beautiful Hotel du Vin in Poole, where they prepared for, travelled from and returned to for their meal and evening reception. It's a beautiful place near Poole Harbour with excellent staff and stunning rooms. Travel for most of the guests to Monkeyworld was inspired - a London Red Routemaster double-decker bus which, with added champagne and blow-up chimpanzees, got the day off to a great start.
The ceremony itself took place in an open-faced barn viewing area, with windows out into one of the chimpanzee enclosures and after the ceremony, Helen & Simon got to feed the chimpanzees from an elevated feeding platform. The day was beautiful: hot and very sunny with lovely blue skies and the ceremony timed to coincide with the normal feeding times. Following this, as regular visitors and supporters of Monkeyworld, Helen and Simon had a tour of their favourite places around the park in a decorated 6 seat golf-cart, which was a great way to cover the area without keeping the guests waiting.
Upon return, Monkeyworld catered a lunchtime reception for the guests, who were then free to stroll around Monkeyworld in full wedding garb for an hour or so - I have to say, Helen attracted quite a lot of lovely comments and applause from the rest of the Monkeyworld visitors as she walked round in her wedding dress :)
After this, the guests - and bride and groom - all piled back on the bus for a tad more champagne and a tour of the area on the way back to Poole. The weather remained lovely and the evening meal was had outside, followed by an excellent band in the Crow's Nest, one of the great rooms at the Hotel. Dancing was done, champagne (and Newcastle Brown) were drunk, and I made good my escape.....
I've put some of their pictures below to give you a taste of the day. Thanks Helen and Simon, a great, great day. :)