We arrived back in the UK, as promised to help out with our sons wedding, due to be conducted on the 8th July. Meals out and suit hiring, shoe buying and buying new outfits shaped our way of life over the first few days back in the UK.
Our stay in a Caravan Park, close to the wedding venue was our escape and refuge from the amazing whirlwind of the next few days. On the 5th July, much to my amazement, my birthday was celebrated with much whiskey to be drunk at a later date (a litre bottle
) an evening in the local town shouting at the participants of the Road Race with a pub meal in the Kings Head and copious quantities of Cider, my favourite tipple. The next day dawned very bright!!!
As the day finally arrived the tension lessened as deadlines passed and everything was going as planned. On the Saturday (8th July), I arrived at Andy and his future bride's at 08:00hrs expecting mayhem, leaving Julia, our daughter Claire and her fiancée, Nathan, to get ready, but no, everyone was calm and ready to go. Andy and I were about to head off to the shop which was hiring the PA for the band, when it was realised that the shop didn't open until 10:00hrs. Grrrr!
We arrived at the shop after a fleeting visit to the reception venue where the Wedding Crew, friends of Andy's from London, and the required equipment was piece by piece bought out loaded in to the car.
By 11:30 Julia was ringing asking what was going on, this was followed by a phone call from my mother saying that they were running late and may not make the ceremony... time to practise the second lesson!
At 13:00hrs everyone was dressed and heading for the church. My mother rang again to say that they wouldn't arrive until after the service had started. Andy was happy, then the bridesmaids arrived, shortly followed by the bride. Time to go and sit down.The service was amazing. Simple and inclusive with Christian and Buddhist readings, with me being Mrs Thomson, my mother, as the A303 taking the opportunity to throw the cat amongst the pigeons. The pigeons won and the service went so smoothly it was if it had been planned... oh wait!The photographer was a dream and I would recommend Kelsie Scully Photography, from Brighton. (website
). The reception was a dream with hints of many different faiths. Christian, Buddhist and even a mention of a pagan ceremony from Andy's early years. Everything went on like a dream. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.