I’m a great one for thinking out loud. As we went up to Ann’s room in the Glasgow Hilton Grosvenor before the wedding, I was chatting to Bea (Head of Housekeeping and Eucharistic Minister, no less!) about Humanist weddings and how much I enjoy what I do and I wondered, aloud, if I might ever tire of doing weddings, ever find them boring. At that moment, Ann came to her door, the two of us squealed with excitement, grabbed hands and started jumping up and down like a pair of weans.
‘I don’t think you’ve got anything to worry about,’ said Bea.
Ann and Ged are the first local couple that I’ve married and it’s been a treat being able to pop in and see them for a coffee and be home in time for The Walking Dead. Freakin’ love those zombies…..
Ged surprised Ann by proposing in their living room, just at Christmas past. I think Ann had been waiting all her life to be married to her man so she didn’t hesitate. Proposal in December, wedding in April? Eeek! They didn’t leave much time to plan but they were clever- they were offered help by their friends and family and they took it!
Ann’s amazing colleagues, girls who she sees as family, decorated the room, tables and made all the favours, name cards and the cake. They were also super-keen to be part of the ceremony too and, between them, they wrote a heartfelt and funny tribute to Ann and Ged, and sang their hearts out, to the tune of Wonderwall by Oasis. It was absolutely brilliant and, to a woman, they gave it their all.
Ann couldn’t wait to be Ged’s wife and call herself Mrs Black but, on the day, she kept him waiting juuuuuuust long enough for him, and his best man, his cousin Derek, to start sweating!
Ged’s eldest niece, Gemma, read The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton, a reading I thoroughly recommend if it’s being read by a child, and she adapted it a little to suit her Auntie Ann and Uncle Ged. Amy, the younger niece, helped with the handfasting and she did it so well- a wee practice in Ann’s room beforehand helped with the nerves.
This was my favourite kind of wedding; one where it’s small enough to engage with all the guests, both with a bandwarming and some quality chat (turns out even folk from Greenock can be offended!) It was a fab wedding, exactly how they wanted it- relaxed, personal and fun.
Congratulations, Mr & Mrs Black!
Readings: A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton and Today is the Day, Author unknown
Music: Processional: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack
Signing the Schedule: I Will, The Beatles
Retiral Music: Happy, Pharrell Williams