As there’s often as much as a year between our first meeting and the wedding, I always ask the couples I’m going to marry to send me a photograph of themselves – it helps me remember who they are. Fee and Richard sent me two, and because they tell a story, I’m posting them here.
This one was taken not long after Fee became the new receptionist at JS Marr, where Richard, “a naive, skinny, spotty 18 year old with very little ambition” was working in the photo lab, and popped his head round the door to greet the new arrival.
Over eight years, their friendship blossomed, before decaying and dying due to new jobs (Fee) and mad girlfriends (Richard), but three years later, curiosity and unassuaged longing brought them together again permanently, hence photo number two, with their little boy Lucas.
So fifteen years after they first met, they finally decided to tell their story on their wedding day at Orocco Pier in South Queensferry
I arrived just as Richard and his best men were walking down the cobbled street outside
Fee eventually joined us, along with Lucas, her mum and her bridesmaids. (Note to brides: 7 inch stillettos are tricky on a pebble beach. Fee managed, but you might prefer bare feet to the possibility of a twisted ankle!)
And we all assembled in front of one of the eight wonders of the world, the Forth Rail Bridge.
It was a very moving ceremony.
Along with these great photos, taken by friend Gee Whisker, Fee and Richard sent me this note.
I would just like to say a huge thank you for helping make our wedding day the most wonderful day of our lives. Apparently there was hardly a dry eye in the house by the time we had finished.
We had such an amazing day and everyone commented on how special our ceremony was. In fact most people have said it’s the best wedding they have ever been to! I think the barometer for success is also that at least three different people asked for your details for their wedding/funeral(!)/naming ceremony!
We were truly amazed by how many people were genuinely moved by the ceremony due to its very personal nature and how everyone could see how much Richard and I love each other.
There’s no doubt about that! My thanks to Rick and Fee for allowing me to share their story with you, and of course to Gillian Whisker for the excellent shots.