doctor who wedding
Okay, Jenni wasn’t really marrying a Time Lord, she was marrying Phil. But then how can you be sure?
He dressed like a Time Lord. He had left subtle clues around this Doctor Who wedding – the scarf, jelly babies, pictures of previous reincarnations on the tables, (including Malcolm Tucker!). There was also the Tardis ring holder that rematerialised on top of the wedding cake – I didn’t see anyone actually put it there! Then there was “Bessie” – Doctor Who’s diminutive yellow car from when the Doctor was exiled on Earth during the Jon Pertwee era. (The only Doctor I’ve actually met, I have his autograph somewhere. My daughters REALLY want to meet David Tennant though! 😉 ) But time was a good theme, as Jenni was 30 minutes late to arrive in Bessie at the church, St Peter and Paul in Chingford Green, London.
No full size Tardis for everyone to hop into and go back to 2pm, but the vicar ( one of those few actually human vicars, or maybe he was a Time Lord too – certainly as you can see below, his badge said ‘Saint’ ) sacrificed his sermon to gain some time. Time is critical once the clocks change and the amount of light available for winter wedding photography decreases – it was never a bright day weather wise, at any point. The reception venue was to be one of the darkest I’ve dealt with. But the ceremony went well, topped off with some lovely singing from one of their friends, as they signed the register. Amazing singing and music playing would come later – this was a talented crowd!
The reception was a short distance away, across the border into Essex, at the King’s Oak hotel in Epping Forest. In the speeches it was revealed that at one stage of the wedding planning, the 23rd November had been proposed as the date. It would have tied in with the 50th anniversary special episode, The Day of the Doctor, being broadcast on BBCOne – maybe with a big screen and some jelly babies? The jelly babies remained. After the speeches though, the showbiz element of this wedding of thespians shone through. In turn, guests sang with the band. This was not karaoke, these guys could really belt out a tune! The music and singing was better than most bands I hear at weddings – impressive stuff. Foremost amongst them was the bride Jenni, singing with two of her bands from University days. Phil joined her for a duet, as did her sister on the flute.
However it seemed a fitting end to my coverage, to have Jenni singing directly to Phil. She was singing Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better” from the James Bond film, The Spy who Loved Me. A Doctor Who wedding with a dash of James Bond, all wrapped up in a cracking wedding!!
Here are a few images from the day…