Well it actually happened.
Sarah not only turned up at the bottom of the aisle but she sauntered down with a huge smile on her face and tied the knot with Rick.
And I even managed to remember the rings that made it official.
They were so blessed to have glorious weather last Friday for their outdoor wedding. Hosted at the beautiful Abbeywood Estate, the only weather issue was a rogue breeze blowing the string quarter’s music off the stands as they entertained the guests beforehand.
Nothing a few pegs couldn’t sort.
It was like being on the set of Alice in Wonderland with icicle conifers and rolling green hills. With the sun blazing down, we could even have been at a Tusca vineyard.
The bride and groom were on terrific form, even writing their own vows. I’d never heard cheese and gravy feature in wedding vows before but this couple like to be quirky!
I was deemed “most reliable” of the best men to look after the rings – that’s some accolade.
Cheshire ice cream for canapés was a great shout as was freshly made pie for wedding breakfast.
Not that I could particularly focus with my speech looming. As ever doing the best man duties comes with nerves attached but sharing the speech with Rick’s two brothers prevented the nerves becoming too shredded.
It seemed to go OK as well. Always good to reference lost loves from Year 8 and mock Rick mercilessly for his lack of common sense. To do that properly I’d need a good couple of hours for my speech though. Don’t worry – I’ll write up the unedited version one day.
For us, it was wonderful to watch two special friends get married and to be involved was a massive privilege.
It was probably the most people I’d known at a wedding since our own marriage back in 2010 so that was also a real treat. You feel like part of the family which lends the day an even better edge.
The wedding finished with everyone in an impromptu circle belting out Don’t look back in anger. Fitting really after the week our city went through.
Thank you for including us in your wedding Rick and Sarah. Love and prayers for married life…hope Bodmin is fun!