‘IT was a fantastic, breathtaking time and the happiest day of our lives’.
These were the words of Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths just hours after he tied the knot with the ‘love of his life’ Kate Kniveton in London on Saturday.
“It went by in such a flash but it was so memorable,” said the Tory MP.
“It was everything we could have wished for and will be something that we will both remember for the rest of our lives.”
In a sun-soaked central London, the pair began their wedded life together following a service held in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster.
The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, presided over the occasion with secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, acting as one of Mr Griffiths’ best men and Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson among the ushers.
The Burton-born bride, wearing an ivory gown encrusted with a buckle of crystals, a stunning crystal hair band and ivory veil, entered to the Prince of Denmark’s March.
Hymns during the service were Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling and Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer.
Readings included Song of Solomon by Sarah Bridgman, Mr Griffiths’ parliamentary assistant.
Mr Griffiths added: “It was an incredibly personal and moving service for us both and something that will stay with us forever.”
The service was followed by a Champagne reception in the Speaker’s apartment and then a wedding breakfast in the Members’ dining room.
The meal included confit of duck, rack of lamb and crème brulee. The food was washed down with special wedding beers including Kate and Andrew’s celebration ale Wedding Shield by Worthington’s, Freedom lager, Cobra and bitter from Tower Brewery.
Guests from the town included Burton Addiction Centre founder Noreen Oliver, Burton and South Derbyshire College principal Dawn Ward and councillor Bernard Peters.
The day was completed with a celebration in the evening under a marquee on the terrace at Westminster overlooking the River Thames.
The couple’s first dance as a married couple as Mr and Mrs Griffiths was ‘At Last’ by Etta James.
Mr Griffiths said: “It was such a breathtaking setting for a breathtaking day.
“It was so good that we were able to have all our family and friends around us to watch us celebrate the happiest day of our lives.”
The pair will now jet off on their honeymoon to Barbados.