The first of two-in-a-row at Rutland Water for me, and Sally and Paul had chosen a campsite on the south shore with some amazing views, helped by weather that just got better and better as the day went on. The ceremony at All Saints Church in Stamford got proceedings underway, and with a lap of honour around the church completed the party really got going at Lyndon Top Campsite.

With conditions still a bit chilly outside, the drinks reception took place in the marquee amongst the dining tables, giving everyone a sneak preview of the personalised jars of jam and bottles of beer waiting for them. One of the more relaxed weddings that I’ve attended, things continued in an informal manner with the catering staff a little baffled at the guests wandering around, chatting and enjoying the sunshine during the meal.

Everyone was in high spirits (and full of them too!) which of course meant for some dancefloor antics, accompanied by the great Iron Boot Scrapers doing modern tunes on traditional jazz instruments. The evening was rounded off with a great sunset, and some of the best pizza I have ever tasted. The exuberance of the guests not dulled by the pizza, a visit was apparently required (after I had left) by the local constabulary thanks to some late-night paddling in the water setting off an osprey alarm. It’s all fun and games until someone disturbs an osprey!