Mat and Vicky first met just over five years before their big day. A trip to the legendary Download Festival sealed the deal, and they made it more real by living together and getting their two dogs, Blue and Kizzy.
Grooms-to-be could learn a lot from the way Mat approached their engagement in April 2013. Knowing that Vicky has very specific tastes in jewellery, he used a piece of ribbon to propose and then allowed her to choose her own ring: smart move, Mat!
Their friend Lee Sutherland gave us an excellent rendition of Edward Monkton’s tale of two dinosaurs, ‘A Lovely Love Story’, and then Vicky and Mat spoke their vows. They really wanted to say ‘I take you’, but as long term followers of this blog will know, the HSS insists that couples use the word ‘accept’, so we came up with a compromise that kept them within their interpretation of the law.
take Vicky as your wife; will you love her with all your heart? Do you promise
to encourage and inspire her, to laugh with and comfort her in times of sorrow
and struggle, to love and cherish her always through whatever life may bring
I accept you as my wife and give you this ring as a reminder of my love for
Vicky and Mat asked their grannies, Rosemary and Paddy, to be the witnesses, and then, once all the guests had promised to enjoy themselves, we all went outside for some al fresco photos in the park. A wee while back, they got in touch to send me these photos and some kind words.