The bride looked stunning, the congregation shed a tear, and the champagne flowed! Like most of the country, we were busy celebrating the nuptials of two young people on Saturday 19th May. But rather than Windsor Castle, our celebrations took place in the beautiful setting of Cissbury Barns in Worthing. The happy couple were Mr and Mrs Duval, our very own Graphic Designer Martin and his lovely wife Sophie, who tied the knot on the same day as Meghan and Harry.
Wedding fever gripped our office in the lead-up to the big day. And as the nation pored over the royal couple's preparations, we were busy planning an event of our own.
On his last working day as a single man, we couldn't resist the opportunity to mark the occasion (no one slips away quietly here) with a surprise regal send-off from all of us. We rolled out the red carpet (literally) and laid on a traditional afternoon tea fit for a prince in our courtyard. Festooned in Union Jack bunting, we raised a glass or two of bubbly before waving Martin goodbye in anticipation of the big day.
Talking about his unexpected farewell celebration, Martin commented: "The send-off was a complete surprise, I'd like to thank everyone for such a kind gesture, complete with red carpet. When we found out that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had picked our day for their wedding, we did think it was a bit outrageous! But in fact, it's nice to think we will always have a connection with them."
As Meghan walked down the aisle of St George's Chapel, Martin married Sophie (nee Wennington) in a beautiful service, surrounded by family and friends. The party went on until the early hours and the happy couple are now recovering in Mexico.
Our MD, Peter Sutton, sends his best wishes to the newlyweds: "We are like one big family at PMW, so we do like to make a fuss of important moments in our teams' lives, and as Martin and Sophie's wedding took place on the same day as the royal couple, it gave us an excuse to make the send-off very British!
"We had a wonderful time celebrating with them on Saturday and wish them every happiness for the future."