Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A New Alliance Twelve Years In The Making

Last Saturday I had the immense pleasure of walking my beautiful daughter Katie down the aisle. 

To present the love of my life to my new son-in-law, Scott, in such a spectacular manner, filled me with emotions I didn't know I possessed.

The childhood sweethearts sign the register 12 years after they met and fell in love.

I liked Scott from the first time we met. I knew instantly we had lots in common, the most important, our love for Katie. 

Scott has been in my inner circle for over a decade. He even invited me to his stag weekend abroad! I've not heard that happening with anyone else before.

The speeches were a roller-coaster of emotions. Some important members of the family who through their untimely deaths could not be with us, were in everyone's minds and hearts. Laughter won the day, but the red eyes of all those present were a testament to a most emotional wedding imaginable.

Vintage VW Caravan 

Katie and Scott's first dance

The wedding went on for the whole weekend. 

The one weekend in my life where I was rearing to go I had to take copious amounts of Paracetamol to keep me on my feet. Yes, it had to be the time I fell victim to the Influenza bug.

All the close family, some having travelled from as far as Portugal, Ireland and Scotland, checked in at the hotel on Friday afternoon. Saturday's ceremony started at 12:00 and went on until 01:00. Sunday morning we all met for a private breakfast and eventually, said our goodbyes.

I had been looking forward to this event for so long that when it was over and I got home Sunday evening, the most depressing bout of anti-climax I have ever endured, descended upon me.

I felt emotionally drained and started missing my loved ones immediately, hours after seeing them. The flu only served to exacerbate the pain.

But I wouldn't have missed it for the world. 



  1. Lovely photos, great to read your words. A wonderful weekend and my wife and I wish the newly weds a long, loving and happy marriage and life.

  2. Thank you Philip, kind regards to you and your wife

  3. A lovely occasion and your daughter is indeed a beauty. It sounds as if you played your part well.

    1. I soldiered on GB. Katie takes after me :)

  4. Sick as you were, you still look good in your picture.

  5. The two of them look like they truly belong together. That's the first thing I noticed. I also feel sorry for all the people at the wedding when they come down with the flu.

    1. Thanks Lotta a Joy, it was a feast for the nasty virus as it was for us unwitting hosts:)