AN elevated private home wedding

Alexandra and Charlie held their deeply personal Anglo-American celebration at Charlie's family home in Kew, with the most joyous gang of family and friends gathered from around the world (the understated invitation read, "we're having a wedding").

Genius elements included: pre-ceremony portraits of individual family members in their favourite spots (including up a tree and on a roof), guided meditation by Charlie's sister, a mid-ceremony art session where all guests drew a portrait of the bride and groom without looking at the paper, Alexandra's friend reading the poem she'd written for the couple, tea served in Charlie's mum's extensive collection of Emma Bridgewater mugs, place cards held down by Charlie's fossil collection, Alexandra's exquisite Cecilie Bahnsen dress and the swish-swish sound it made as she moved, a gigantic pavlova so huge it had to be carried out through a window by a gaggle of the tallest guests present (henceforth known as The Pavlova Bearers), and scheduling the entire thing on a day when there'd be a flypast from the army, navy and airforce directly overhead.