a long expected party

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Each year the Bagginses had given very lively combined birthday-parties at Bag-End; but now it was understood that something quite exceptional was being planned for that autumn. Bilbo was going to be eleventy-one, 111, a rather curious number, and a very respectable age for a hobbit (the Old Took himself had only reached 130); and Frodo was going to be thirty-three, 33 an important number: the date of his ‘coming of age.’
– J.R.R. Tolkien,  Fellowship of the Ring… “A long expected party”.

The party we attended was just as auspicious as that of the one written about in LotR – the wedding of my gorgeous friend Sas to her beloved Ash. It was such an honour to be invited to keep her company as she got ready and to give a reading during the ceremony (in which i only just held it together enough for everyone to be able to hear what i was reading!).

She was a beautiful bride and it was the perfect wedding day.

All eight of the BBC* were there, making it even more special – it’s been way too long since we’ve all been together.

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Emma has some photos from the day here and Susannah has just posted some gorgeous polaroids too.

I can’t wait to see the official photographs from the incredible husband & wife team of McKinley-Rodgers… they take the most exquisite photographs (there’s a sneaky peek here). I didn’t take that many photographs, choosing to just enjoy the day and leaving it to the pros.

* brit bloggers collective (which is actually only half true, as there’s 2 kiwis, a canadian and an american in the mix): susannah, megg, penny, jo, emma, lisa, sas and me.

3 thoughts on “a long expected party

  • when you started reading the poem i had tears in my eyes, leoniewise – you slay me, sista :0) xoxoxoxo

  • I adore your scene-setting photos – it looks and sounds like it was the most perfect day ever – (although you’ve done little to dispell the myth that all New Zealanders are, in fact, Hobbits!)

    I’ve had a sneaky peek at the sneaky peeks and they look amazing too – so much gorgeousness shouldn’t be allowed! It looks like you got the balance just right – sometimes it’s hard to know when to lay the camera down to rest and simply BE a part of things, especially when it’s a significant milestone in life like this.

    Lots of love xxx

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