COLUMN: Out there with Ingrid Kent

The vintage double-decker wedding bus in Dalton Square, Lancaster.
The vintage double-decker wedding bus in Dalton Square, Lancaster.

I love a good wedding and on Saturday I went to a rather special one.

My friends got married at the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster and their wedding reception was at the Storey Institute, two of the city’s most spectacular buildings.

It was a rather worrying start to the day as torrential rain threatened to put a dampener on the event.

However, by the early afternoon the clouds had cleared, the wind had dissipated and the sun was shining down.

To save the guests’ tired legs the walk up the hill to Williamson Park, a vintage double-decker bus was laid on.

We caught the bus at Dalton Square and caused quite a stir amongst the Saturday shoppers and tourists.

I don’t know what it is about vintage buses, but people seem compelled to wave at them; maybe it’s a British thing.

Up at the memorial the weather was perfect and I’d never seen the view of Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Hills looking quite so spectacular.

The wedding ceremony was delightful and the elegant building gave it a certain je ne sais quoi. I must admit to shedding a few tears of joy as the couple looked blissfully happy when they tied the knot.

The vintage bus took us all back down the hill to the Storey Institute, but we hadn’t reckoned on the roadworks in the city centre. A journey that would normally have taken a few minutes took well over half an hour. We didn’t mind as everyone chatted happily and waved at passers-by.

The Storey Institute proved to be an excellent wedding venue. The drinks reception was held in the smaller of the building’s two art galleries and the meal and disco was held in the main gallery. Rebecca had utilised her artistic talents to decorate the main gallery and the effect was stunning.

Everyone had a superb time and all that remains to be said is congratulations to the happy couple!