I knew from the start that Ali and Ste would do things their own way, and not just because they’re from Yorkshire… This was how they kicked off the marriage ceremony.
Entrance: Ali, Ste and Tim to lead everyone into the room then hang around at the front while everyone gets seated. We want to stand facing the room but together, at the same side, not opposite each other.
Their sisters, Marg and Joanna, welcomed them into one another’s families…
Apart from a few last words from me, that was that pretty much that.
When they got back from honeymoon Ste and Ali sent me a lovely card (that I appear to have mislaid!), saying all kinds of nice things about the ceremony, but the nicest surprise was to bump into them at a debate in which I was speaking on the question of whether or not God is necessary for morality. (Don’t watch it unless you’ve got about an hour and a half to spare and you’ve already lost the will to live…)
As they said, “It would have been nice to hang around for a proper chat afterwards but it was getting late and we had just been handed a book about god from a Christian so though we’d make a move before he tried to ‘convert’ us!!”
Somehow I think he’d have found that Ste and Ali know their own minds very well! My thanks to them for asking me to conduct the ceremony in the first place, and for sharing these excellent photographs taken by Emma & Ivan of Claremont Photography, who are becoming deservedly popular,as I keep on bumping into them everywhere!