Unfortunately for me I will remember this wedding not for the cool people that I met and the beautiful decor and scenery but for the unbelievably cold weather. I left Durban in the morning with the sun shining and lovely blue skies overhead and arrived in the Midlands at Old Halliwell to pretty much the same looking weather except the temperature had dropped as fast as my bank balance at the end of the month. There was an icy wind blowing that went straight through you and chilled the person next to you as well. Even the tough farmers from Kokstad were complaining of the cold, I rest my case. Carleigh was quite relaxed getting ready and ended up being early so we had time to take a tour around the beautiful gardens and old house and got some very cool pics(cool get it? weather…freezing). I didn’t manage to get Phox getting ready as they were running late with their golf so I told them that that was more important rather than rushing and not enjoying the day at all. The service took place outdoors and the multi-coloured blankets that were available for the guests all got used. The funniest moment was when the one bridesmaid, who was a witness at the signing of the register, could not sign her name because she was shaking so much from the cold. We all got the giggles. The dark clouds approaching made us speed the proceedings up a little and we went striaght off to the photoshoot after the cutting of the cake, it was a frozen cake haha! We had fun in the paddock with the photoshoot especially when the horses kept coming close to try nibble on the umbrellas, shawls and cameras. We had just started doing the photographs of just Phox and Carleigh when it suddenly started pouring down. It just made us even colder if that was possible. The up side was that we got a rainbow in the background for some of the pics so I guess it was worth it. Phox and I kept complaining of the cold while Carleigh just got on with it even though she had no back to her dress so I’m guessing she has blood like a fish. I was battling to change the settings on my camera as my fingers couldn’t move properly, that’s my excuse anyway. We were all relieved to enter the reception hall which looked spectacular thanks to Ester from Midlands Style Events who did a fantastic job as usual. The tasty meals were prepared by CHC Catering. I really enjoyed the speeches and the spirit of the Kokstad farming community, so friendly and humble. And then the spirits of the bar kind took over and the party started with some amazing new dance moves being displayed for all to see. Thanks for sharing your special day with me and I wish Phox and Carleigh all the best for their married life together. It was a unique day and won’t be forgotten by anyone who attended, I would love to know how many had the flu bug after that, I know I did.