Saturday, July 20, 2013

Of Publishers & Furriers

To John and Kim's wedding, held in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great next to Smithfield meat market in Faringdon. It's one of London's oldest churches (f. 1123) and has slightly strange seating in the knave where the pews face sideways instead of towards the altar. But perhaps the principle USP is its popularity with the film industry: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, The End of the Affair, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl all have scenes shot here.
Liz has known John for 25 years from their time working in Dillons Bookshop on Gower Street. He's remained in publishing ever since. And we've known Kim for about 15 years. Goodness knows why they waited so long. 
Anyway, it was a very bookish crowd of guests, including some we haven't seen since our wedding day.
The reception was at Skinners' Hall, a wonderful old, rabbit warren of a building next to Cannon Street Station. Skinners' refers to the old Guild of Furriers which was established in medieval times. The company still exists but is basically a philanthropic foundation these days. Fabulous food and a great day. The only downside was Kim's dodgy ankle, broken a few months ago. And how did she break it? Trying on her wedding dress... They say it's good luck.

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