The wedding of Lucy Taylor-Smith and James Barrow

PUBLISHED: 22:31 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:12 20 February 2013

Lucy Taylor-Smith and James Barrow

Lucy Taylor-Smith and James Barrow

A letter from David Cameron and a romantic rumba helped celebrate the marriage which joined two of the county's leading Conservative Party dynasties.

A letter from David Cameron and a romantic rumba helped celebrate the marriage which joined two of the county's leading Conservative Party dynasties. Bride Lucy tells the Love sTory.


Lucy Taylor-Smith and James Barrow.


James is Campaign Director for the Conservative Party and Lucy is PA at a London law firm.


Sevenoaks, Kent.


Martin and Rosanna Taylor-Smith and Keith and Joyce Barrow. All four parents are prominent Conservative councillors on the new Shropshire Council, Martin and Rosanna representing Ludlow and Keith and Joyce representing Oswestry. Martin is also Mayor of Ludlow.


Robert Macey.


Matron of Honour - Emma Moore (nee Taylor-Smith), Sophie Williams and Kirsty Walmsley (nee Barrow).


Carl Powell, Peter Taylor-Smith and Jonathan Walmsley.


Alice, Poppy, India and Clementine Taylor-Smith.


Theodore Taylor-Smith.


At a ball at Ludlow Football Ground. Neither of us wanted to go to the event but luckily we did and we literally bumped into each other on the dance floor. Coincidently, Kirsty (James's sister) met her future husband there as well so it was definitely a good night!


Our wedding was at The Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow, and the reception was at Ludlow Castle. My parents live in Ludlow and Ludlow is a special place for us as it is the place we first met. St Laurence's is a beautiful church with an interesting history and is indeed larger than some cathedrals. We were particularly drawn to having our ceremony in the chancel as it is such an intimate part of the church and just large enough to fit both of our large families. We chose Ludlow Castle for our

reception despite trips to some lovely country homes locally, because of its proximity to St Laurence's and the fantastic grounds.


My dress was ivory satin. The body was boned and then the dress let out to a full skirt with a small train. I had little capped sleeves made in chiffon to cover my shoulders as we were getting married in a church. My shoes were rather flamboyant as they had a large cluster of pearls on the toes and were champagne-coloured.


A classic black morning suit with a grey waistcoat and a raspberry silk tie.


Satin, mid-length dresses in a purple jewel colour. The flower girls were in princess-cut, ivory dresses with soft purple hair accessories.


The flowers were a mixture of soft purple roses, fresh green and soft pink peonies and roses. We had dramatic pedestals made for the venue and the centre pieces for the tables were unusual as they were in silver punch bowls which had a stag's head on each side. The flowers were arranged by Sarah Midwood.


The sun was shining and a few photographs were taken outside the church before we led a procession to the castle covered by a floral archway held by two of the ushers. Guests were greeted with Champagne and canaps while a close friend of the family, Bill Holzinger, played the piano. All the food was organic and sourced locally by Jane Lloyd (which is important to us). We had a three-tier Wedgwood blue cake decorated

with ivory roses between each layer made by a local cake maker, Sue Curthoys. To avoid doing the standard first dance shuffle we booked a series of dance classes to learn the rumba. Funnily, the first dance was the part of the day I was most nervous about. We danced to Strangers In The Night which was performed by the Casey Greene Quintet featuring Laura Collins. The band were fantastic and our dance went without a hitch - the lift, complete with a kiss, received a round of applause.

We received a personal message from David Cameron MP who said: I am delighted to send James and Lucy my best wishes for a very happy future together. Ever since I said marriage was an important institution, large numbers of Party staff have taken the opportunity to get married and go on extended honeymoons. In your case, a holiday is richly deserved. I am delighted for you both. Have a great day. Very best wishes, David.


Italy - Lake Como, the Verona Opera Festival and the Monte Conero coast.


The service was the most memorable and moving part of the day. The Revd Preb. Dr Brian Curnew made us feel comfortable, engaged the congregation and made the service personal. There were a few teary eyes.


John Quinn,18 English Walls, Oswestry, SY11 2PA

01691 657555/07779 132023

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