It is not every day that you hear a couple will be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary – so when we were asked to cover this celebration of 50 happy years of marriage, we got a bit excited.
Sevilay and Halil are a great couple, and it is easy to see why they have been together for so long. From their untiring hospitality towards all of their guests on the day to the fresh figs from their garden we got to try when delivering their photo album – everything about them is warm and welcoming.
Belair House is a stunning Georgian manor house, with huge windows and open spaces making for great natural lighting for photos. Set on a fairly quiet street in Dulwich, you could easily drive past without realizing such a grand place that exists behind the hedges, adding to the wow-factor when you arrive.
As you can imagine, 50 years of marriage brings with it many friendships, and the speeches from Sevilay and Halil’s sons and grandsons set emotions flowing, as well as one or two teardrops.
After the dinner and speeches, everyone moved upstairs, where a wedding-like cake was waiting to be cut. With a live violinist playing in the garden throughout the afternoon, everyone was hungry for more live music after dinner. The evening was rounded out nicely with a lot of dancing, shared between friends and family.