Pearl & Tom’s Wedding

     Once in a blue moon, you get invited to a wedding at a beautiful manor house that dates back to the 10th century. Last weekend, I went to one of those at Pickwell Manor for Pearl and Tom. Although there wasn’t a blue moon, just a normal full one, I’m pretty sure this will be the one and only time I get to attend a wedding at a venue with so much history. After all, I do live in California. The oldest building in the state is probably what…300 years old?

The fun started with a 3 hour train ride from Paddington station to Barnstaple. Ok so that part wasn’t fun, but it didn’t suck either thanks to my travel buddy Sara. All train stations should look like Paddington, food everywhere!

We arrived just in time for Pearl’s bridal shower.

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A bottle that holds one of many pearls of wisdom.

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Sara and I stayed in Constance. It was bigger than my apartment and it had a patio. This is the living room.

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After we settled into our apartment, we walked to The Rock for dinner. I was too hungry and forgot to take pictures of the food.

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The weather was perfect on the day of the wedding. I swear I commented on the great weather every single day while I was in England.

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The future Burberry models of England greeted everyone before the ceremony.

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Some beautiful ladies put these floral decorations together.

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Mr. Sun and Pearl. The bride designed her own dress. Our Pearl is very talented.

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We didn’t throw rice, we threw flower petals.

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Is that the standard English post wedding ceremony pose? I’m having mixed feelings about it.

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I didn’t get any pictures of the food that were served during cocktail hour either. *sigh* I did snap some photos of the bride with Sara and Sophie though.

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Ooh that bouquet was pretty. Oh and yes, lychee martinis were served.

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The reception was ten courses. TEN COURSES. Those ten didn’t even include the appetizers, and there were sliders and fries served during cocktail hour. I think I gained a very happy ten pounds that evening. I need to go to more Chinese/English weddings.

Smoked & poached salmon and chicken & avocado bruschetta.

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Brie, tomato & pepper compote and prosciutto, rocket & parmesan bruschetta.

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Langoustines with garlic butter & herbs. I think this was my first langoustine experience.

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Black bream with lemon & ginger salad.

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Duck with savoy cabbage, bacon, carrots & dauphinoise potatoes. My favorite.

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Sirloin, chips & bearnaise.

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Meringue, strawberries and homemade vanilla ice cream. I went upstairs for a minute and almost missed this.

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I found the one jar of flowers that I put together. Not too shabby eh?

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Pearl and Tom’s first dance.

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Seriously? I can really cook with this? I should’ve grabbed two.

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Post wedding festivities included a day at Putsborough beach. A few of us decided it was a good idea to walk through a field full of sheep (and sheep poo) to get there. I had the proper beach footwear on for the beach, but not for dodging poo. Sorry no pictures. I was a little preoccupied.

I had my first breakfast bap at the beach. Note to self – share with a friend next time.

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It’s so much prettier than California beaches, and a lot cleaner.

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Later on in the evening, we barbecued and had a bonfire. Pearl introduced the English to the s’mores experience. Apparently there are no graham crackers in England. Sadly, their marshmallows just doesn’t roast the same way the American ones do either. No pictures.

Post wedding festivities also included some more food, crazy golf aka miniature golf and cream team. Okay seriously now…can that chunk of cheese be any bigger? How do you expect one person to eat that whole chunk of cheese?

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Thank you Pearl and Tom for introducing us to the cream tea experience. Butter + jam + clotted cream = a very happy Rennie. I should be eating this everyday.

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Finally got a good shot of the sheeps. No poo was stepped on while taking this picture.

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The gorgeous English countryside.

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It’s important to order bangers and mash everywhere you go.

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Congratulations Pearl and Tom! You two are awesome. Thank you for including me on your special day. I enjoyed my stay at Pickwell, met a lot of really great people and ate lots of delicious food.

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