Our last wedding of the season was Peter & Kerry’s which had originally been planned for June this year, but due to a change in circumstances the wedding took place on 29 September.
Peter had master-minded the whole wedding, arranging everything for Kerry ( but with her knowledge – unlike “Don’t ask the bride”). He was anxious that everything was perfect for her on the day and that it would all go smoothly – and he was a stickler for every last detail!.
Came the day, came the happy couple together with their “change in circumstance” – baby Mia who was a beautiful 5 month old. Kerry looked stunning in her beautiful dress and she was delighted with everything Peter had organised (That’s a relief then!).
Pimms on arrival, lots of chatter and getting to know each other, then we had Hog Roast buffet with lovely roast potatoes, 3 types of veg and scrumpy sauce. During the meal, Peter’s Granny felt unwell, fainted and was brought down to my house to recover. My husband gave up his comfy chair for her and she looked quite happy by the wood-burner watching “Come dine with me” on tv. She was worried about her husband who had had 3 strokes and so he was brought in to sit with her while I made tea for them both (hence the reason there were not many photos taken of the night).
The family thought she ought to be checked out by a doctor and asked me to ring up. Who do you ring on a Saturday night? She did not need an ambulance. I tried NHS Direct – the answerphone message said they were busy and would try to ring back within 4 hours! Then I rang my local surgery and they were really helpful and had a doctor ring back within an hour. To cut a long story short Granny was taken to the out of hours service at Bridgwater where she was checked over and pronounced ok. (phew – that’s a relief then!) Next time I will know who to ring.
After Granny had gone home with some of the family, the music was cranked up and the festivities really began - memories of a conga down the stairs and out around the garden, the bride enjoying herself dancing her heart out. Part of the brief to me from Peter was for hay bales to sit on in the garden and a fire pit which had to be lit so that marshmallows could be toasted on it. Due to the Granny situation it was lit later than planned but was a great success with menfolk enjoying piling logs on and chatting around the fire.
Nadine's husband PG came to pick her up from work and brought their friend Leo with him. By then most of the guests had gone and Leo ( a professional musician) started playing on our keyboard. With a little encouragement he was given my ukulele (which I have not had chance to learn) and started strumming. Soon he was singing and playing and we were all joining in. The guests asked if we could go and sit by the fire and do some more. So we did and I have a wonderful lasting memory of that night sitting in the dark by the fire, watching the stars and singing along to Leo’s playing. We really did not want it to end … What a fantastic end to our wedding season – here’s to 2013 – let’s hope they are as much fun!
P.S. Amazing fire-pit custom- made for me by Oliver Osborne