Largs is (normally) a sunny little place, home to legendary ice-cream, fish and chips and, erm, Vikings. Today it was host to Lizzy & Fee and their extremely excited guests- these girls are just ADORED by all their pals. Everyone was in such a good mood for their wedding and the room was buzzing as they waited for the brides to arrive.
Marion at the Brisbane House Hotel was totally in charge, which was just as well because I was too busy being a goon.
Fee and Lizzy’s ceremony was full of funny moments, honesty and shared dreams. They asked their friends Fraz and Barbara to choose readings, one they knew about and one that Barbara kept secret ’til the day.
Fee and Lizzy were a lot of fun, and they entertained their guests with the story of how they met (in the toilets of Polo), how they went on a date to play pool and it all went a little weird (Lizzy’s nerves) but how everything came right on the next date, a day (and night) of singing and laughing and chasing after a rapidly shrinking train.
“Fee and Lizzy could have continued to just live together but, for both of them, marriage is about making that commitment to each other and being with the person who they can’t live without, not just as their partner but as their wife. Marriage is about building a family and a life with their best friend, about knowing that they are meant for each other and that they won’t give up when times are hard, they will always get through it, together.”
The importance of family, present and passed, was a strong theme for both girls. The candle in the background was lit in remembrance of those who were sorely missed from the wedding and the rings they exchanged held very special significance too. In addition, Lizzy’s bridesmaid, Mandy, had given her the most thoughtful gift- three framed photos to hang from her bouquet so Lizzy could have everyone near her.
I’m afraid I played a mean trick on Fee and Lizzy. Throughout their story, there was a recurring phrase, ‘Go on, you know you want to!’. It led to their first proper kiss and then, a few years later, to their engagement. It was also shouted out loud by all their guests immediately after I declared them married and asked if they would like to share their first kiss as a married couple! Brilliant!
“When I asked you what you hoped for your future together, you both said the same thing- to continue to be surrounded by friends and family and in the future, to one day have a family of your own, to have a lifetime of love. Most importantly, you just want each other to be happy.”
There was such a sense of anticipation for the Wedding of the Year and, although they were both nervous, Lizzy and Fee radiated happiness and love and everyone was right there with them. It was obvious that this was just the beginning of a tremendous day for them all and, if the wickedly blue cocktails that were waiting as they left were anything to go by, the night time was going to be an absolute blast!
Last October, I met Lizzy and Fee for our first meeting. I remember Fee had the worst cold, they had nearly been in a terrible accident on the way there and the weather was dreadful but, above that, when I got home, I remember telling Andy that I had just met the loveliest couple, not just because they were very much in love but because they were so excited about being married. What made their excitement extra-special was that our meeting took place just a few days after the Scottish Government had announced that the marriage law was changing in the new year. Lizzy and Fee were absolutely delighted, and a little overwhelmed, that they were able to be legally married, to properly call each other ‘wife’.
You can tell they are pretty pleased about it, can’t you?
Gorgeous, gorgeous girls x
Readings: Love is….., poet unknown and I will be here, Steven Curtis Chapman
Music: Stop and Stare, One Republic
Photos: c/o John