Piggy French Tom March wedding 12 - Piggy French's surprise wedding to Tom March

Piggy French’s surprise wedding to Tom March

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In May I was phoned by Thomas March, Piggy’s long term partner, who asked me if I was free to photograph a party which was being held to celebrate Piggy’s win at Badminton Horse Trials a couple of weeks previously. I said I was and the date was duly secured.

Nearer the time, Tom rang again and asked me to arrive a couple of hours before the guests. There were a few things he needed to brief me about, and things to show me.

I already had my suspicions, so it was not a complete surprise for me when, on arrival, Tom explained that they were not only going to celebrate the Badminton victory, they were also going to get married!

Having explained the timetable for the day, and explained when the various surprises would happen, I was packed off to the church in the village to see its layout. This was to be a challenge photographically – one of the darkest churches I have ever photographed in. No flash could be used except for the register signing shot.

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The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials Trophy
The Badminton Trophy was on display on arrival
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Piggy spoke very well. She was very funny about how she “stalked” Mary King and read out some of Mary’s replies to her letters and gifts.
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Vanir Kamira’s owner Trevor Dicken was thanked and presented with a framed set of Badminton images…
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Vanir Kamira’s groom Amy Phillips was also given a framed collage of Badminton action prints – many of which were taken by me too.
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Towards the end Piggy talked about Tom and what a difference he had made to her life…
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Before dropping the bombshell that guests were here for a wedding too! Cue lots of screaming and no shortage of tears.
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The close families and bridesmaids were in on the surprise and went off to quickly get changed. Dizie Woodhouse and Holly Campbell flank Piggy’s Mother Kate.
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The bridal party included son Max (obviously), Piggy’s nieces and two oldest friends. Father Wally gave her away.
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Possibly the loudest celebration of a first kiss I’ve ever heard in a church. Thanks Angus.
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The happy couple leaving the church
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Max being swung between them as they made their way to the wedding car.
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Tom and Piggy went off on a short excursion in their car while guests were quickly transported back to the marquee in buses which were now marked up as “just married” and “Mr & Mrs March”
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Wally French gave a speech
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Followed by the Groom and finally Best Man Tom How.
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Riders present included Tom McEwen, Kitty King
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Gemma Tattersall and Tina Cook
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Ros Canter and partner Chris.
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Harry and Rosie Meade
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Yogi Breisner and William Fox-Pitt
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Pippa (and William) Funnell
Matthew Heath, Piggy French and Angus Smales.
Matthew Heath and Angus Smales.
Willa Newton.
Willa (and Chloe) Newton.
Piggy's vet Alex Knott and Richard Jones were pressed into service as ushers.
Piggy’s vet Alex Knott and Richard Jones were pressed into service as ushers.

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