Jess and I have been fortunate enough to go to a number of different weddings since we got together over seven years ago and it’s been wonderful to watch so many of our friends get married. Last Thursday though marked four years since we exchanged rings and “solemn vows” – can’t quite work out where four years has gone! Joe & Jess Wedding, Liverpool. People don’t ask us the standard question anymore:  “How’s married life?” By the time you reach four years, it’s no longer novelty but normal. Think Jess has now come to terms with adopting my surname as hers, rather than the more rare name she was born into. Favourite memories of four years ago? a) Seeing Jess come down the aisle for the first time The video footage does make me look a little bit dorky (nerves mixed with happiness!) but it was such an amazing moment to see her turn the corner and start walking down the aisle. Every groom has their own opinion on it, but I wouldn’t have been able to stare forwards and not look back. A really wonderful memory.

Walking down the aisle

Jess and her brother walking down the aisle

b) A weeping vicar (almost) Jess’ Dad had been tasked with administering the service – a job he performed with honourable distinction and professionalism. Until the key moment. Just as he was about to pronounce Jess and I as husband and wife, he took one look at me and choked back his tears. You can make your own mind up as to what caused the emotion!

A happy moment for everyone...so why the tears?!

A happy moment for everyone…so why the tears?!

c) Getting to ride in a Morris Minor We had been offered an incredible gift of a wedding car. A parishioner at the church who is a real car enthusiast asked us if we’d like to be driven round in his pride and joy. It was a stunning vehicle.

Love this car!

Love this car!

d) Becoming a live dancer (for the first…and probably only time!) My best man and I took on X Factor and won. Video evidence is included here – if you’ve not seen it, would love to know your thoughts! I’ve considered teaching my class how to do it…pushing it too far perhaps?! Performing this routine live for over 150 people was one of the scariest (and most enjoyable) moments of my life!

Dancing partner in crime

Dancing partner in crime

e) Lack of geographical awareness Leaving the wedding venue is meant to be special and we did it in style. Dancing down the sweeping stairs, through the archways and into our taxi. What a crowning end to the wedding. Except when we got in the taxi we: 1) didn’t have any money to pay for it and 2) didn’t know where we were going. Epic fail! We’ve got another couple of weddings to go to in 2014 and are so excited for our friends! It hopefully will be the best day of your life bar none. Enjoy it!