Well it hardly seems possible but twenty five years ago Tom and I got married. Where has that time gone?? I can remember the day so clearly, I had a bad back having slipped a disk two weeks before. I was unable to kneel at the alter so Father John kindly placed two chairs on the alter for us to use.The muscles in my back were so painful that I walked down the aisle under the influence of Valium and to the sound of the Trumpet Voluntary!!
It was touch and go if my sister Valerie would be there, eventually she came out of hospital that day just in time for the Wedding. The weather was glorious hot and sunny. Dad had a poorly toe and only managed to wear shoes for half the ceremony, had to revert to sandals for the second half. My bridesmaid Kay cried the whole way through. Madeline was petrified that she would fall over while walking down the aisle. My mini bridesmaid Rebecca, was only 18 months old and she did very well, behaved perfectly.
So what else do I remember?? Well the photographer was hell bent on getting the perfect photo, he pulled great chunks off of trees and vegetation. I remember that we all got together to prepare for the reception, we had a caterer for the food but we supplemented it with extras of our own. My brother in law, Ted, made our wedding cake, a beautiful two tier affair, which Tom had to collect from Whitby, 250 miles away the week before!!
My brother Keith was unable to get leave to come to the wedding as he was a serving paratrooper at the time. I think his not attending has had a severe affect on him, he is currently on his third wife and every marriage has been a church affair, he is obviously trying to recreate 'the Wedding that got away'
Money was tight so I made my own bridesmaid dresses , all four of them, I also did all the flowers and buttonholes. Mum came with me and bought my dress. All that is left of that now is the tiara, I cut the dress up to make a christening robe for the children, (still have the christening robe though!) My friend from work Alan, provided the wedding car, his dad even had a chauffeur's outfit that he used for the day!!
We had our reception in the hall attached to St Saviours Church in Abbots Langley, that hall has now been replaced. We spent the first night of our honeymoon in a hotel in Watford.
With the tiny bit of money we saved we even had a honeymoon in Austria. We went with a bargain basement company called Summer plan, we flew from Lydd International airport with a company called Janus airways, the plane was so old and rickety I am sure that the 'J' should have been dropped!!! Happy days!
So here we are 25 years later with three children a dog and a couple of budgies. I am looking forward to the beginning of July when we are getting together with family and friends for a celebration 'tea' at the golf club!!!