Anglo/Spanish High Society Wedding (or spot the Viking princess)

While you read why not listen to my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

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This week I am going to continue with the indulgence I started in my previous blog article. This report will focus purely on the wedding of my sister, Helen, and therefore if you are not interested in weddings or participating in the global Duggleby past-time of ‘spot the facial characteristics to see if they look like us’ you might find this article a bit over the top.

Helen is not one to rush things unnecessarily and her engagement to Ignacio has lasted about 20 years. This meant they had plenty of time to prepare things properly, especially the seven home-made bridesmaids and page-boys. If you are in any doubt about these children’s Duggleby Viking heritage just take a look at the preponderance of blond hair and blue eyes (not surprising when you look at my sister but perhaps something of a rarity in southern Spain).

Dawn breaks on an important day for Anglo-Spanish high society

Dawn breaks on an important day for Anglo-Spanish high society

Needless to say I am sure you don’t want to waste time reading my commentary so I will let the photos do the talking. For context I have added some brief comments underneath each one. These pictures focus mainly on the official ceremony (the international paparazzi were not allowed access to the church). I have tried to capture some of the intimate events which would have escaped the formal photographers. My son, Alex, also flew in from Vienna and took some more (professional) pictures, particularly of the evenings festivities. You can see these by using this link. And if you are worried about my trusty dog RISKKO, don’t! His Spanish holiday blog can be found here.

In the Church the Spanish groom and his mother wait in eager anticipation

In the Church the Spanish groom and his sister wait in eager anticipation

Despite considerable security arrangements one gate crasher made it into the church

Despite considerable security arrangements one gate crasher made it into the church

The bride arrives together with father, John Duggleby, a noble man from Yorkshire

The bride arrives together with father, John Duggleby, a noble man from Yorkshire

The seven bridesmaids and pageboys escort the Bride to the altar

The seven bridesmaids and page boys escort the Bride to the altar

Youngest pageboy Adam gets some support from his English grandmother

Youngest page-boy Adam gets some support from his English grandmother

Bride and groom together at the altar with their proud parents

Bride and groom together at the altar with their proud father and sister

During the ceremony Adam looks on with his Grandma

During the ceremony Adam looks on with his Grandma

Today a bridesmaid, tomorrow a princess!

Today a bridesmaid, tomorrow a princess!

The senior princess representing the next generation of Dugglebys in Spain

The senior princess representing the next generation of Dugglebys in Spain

Apprentice angel!

Apprentice angel!

I wonder whether Grandma has hidden in her handbag......

I wonder whether Grandma has hidden in her handbag……

.... some of those English sweeties which taste so good......

…. some of those English sweeties which taste so good……

....then I can give one of the sweeties to my brother

….then I can give one of the sweeties to my brother

See.....that made him smile....

See…..that made him smile….

....being a bridesmaid is a pretty important job.....

….being a bridesmaid is a pretty important job…..

....a bridesmaid has to make sure the bride is beautiful.....

….a bridesmaid has to make sure the bride is beautiful…..

....but you know what....I think I did a pretty good job

….but you know what….I think I did a pretty good job

My job today is to help my brother with the rings

My job today is to help my brother with the rings

When you help with the rings...there is no room for error

When you help with the rings…there is no room for error

Now boys where are those rings?

Now boys where are those rings?

Here they are, one each..........

Here they are, one each……….

...... and now my big speach...........

…… and now my big speech………..

after all this work its time for a little break.....

after all this work its time for a little break…..

The proud parents - it's been a long journey from Yorkshire

The proud parents – it’s been a long journey from Yorkshire

That was my daughter you know..... John Duggleby's best 75th birthday present!

That was my daughter you know….. This was John Duggleby’s best 75th birthday present!

Have you ever noticed how some gate crashers seem to steal the show?

Have you ever noticed how some gate crashers seem to steal the show?

Juan, this little dog has just asked if he can spend the night with me and my new wife

Juan, this little dog has just asked if he can spend the night with me and my new wife

Some dogs just know how to win a beautiful woman's heart!

Some dogs just know how to win a beautiful woman’s heart!

Another exciting day draws to a close for the Spanish Dugglebys

Another exciting day draws to a close for the Spanish Dugglebys

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