Sunday, 11 August 2013
A Civil Ceremony
I don't consider myself to be overly emotional, I very rarely cry but seeing one of my oldest and dearest friends, walk down the aisle, on the arm of her father, looking so radiant, so beautiful, brought a tear to my eye.
This weekend marked the date that my friend Stacey married her life partner Siobhan, as I reflect on the day now, I realise that during the lead up to the ceremony just how much I was looking forward to it. It was a civil ceremony conducted in a hotel not far from where we live. Both ladies wore white, Stacey in a short strapless dress, which showed off her tattoo's and her great figure and Siobhan wore an exquisite floor length gown. The bridesmaids, both sisters of the brides wore yellow evening gowns.
The ceremony itself had some nice personal touches, such as passing the rings around to everyone in attendance, in order to channel your well wishes through the rings, I thought that to be a very unique and beautiful idea. As I held it, I wished them to always enjoy the fun side of married life. In the weeks running up to the wedding, both the girls asked their friends to send them a one line definition of what love means to them, and these were read out anonymously during the ceremony.
Wendy, Stacey's twin sister and one of my dearest friends had a speech prepared and she was extremely nervous about, but she delivered it beautifully and once again it brought a tear to my eye, as she shared some the childhood stories and the bond they shared. It was a very special moment. But it was Siobhan's sister Lisa, who stole the show, with a blown up picture of Siobhan from her hen night looking extremely drunk. She then sang a song, with the lyrics relating to Siobhan and Stacey, it original, humorous and really got the crowd in attendance going.
After the meal, Donna McCaul, who represented Ireland in The Eurovision in 2006 did a of stunning rendition 'Smash Into You' by Beyonce for the first dance. Then everyone joined in, drinks flowed and they got a massive turn out for the afters.
The entire day, was beautiful, t flowed so effortlessly from the ceremony, the meal and the after party and I felt so privileged to be apart of it. Siobhan will take Staceys last name and with Siobhan's two children, they are now a full ready made family. I wish them all the best for the adventure they are about to go on.