Well that’s how it all begun for my good friend Anna. I had my baby girl, Amelia and Anna had her baby son, Daniel (only a week difference in age). We became friends at a Plunket meeting. We would then meet and walk with our babies (seems so long ago). Every Tuesday we would walk around to the best library in Christchurch and go to a great book session for babies. Time went on and we remained friends and I can’t think what the reason was but my lovely Mum looked after both of them at some stage.
We had sat down together one day and were planning the wedding, however, for various reasons it never happened. I always knew one day I would be told the wedding was going to happen. So I was amazed a couple of weeks ago to get a strange text and I couldn’t think who it was from.
Unknown text number - it read “The email I sent u has bounced back. Rog and I had a flash literally tonight that it may be a nice option as a surprise, r u available to marry us on Xmas Day? Please say no it does not suit xxx”.
Unknown text number - That was followed by a second message “Hi ya! I have sent u a highly inappropriate email re your potential availability, on Xmas day of all days!!! In regard to your celebrant status. I’ tough say no like u mean it x xxx Merry Xmasxxx
My reply - Sorry can’t do Xmas Day let’s do it on Boxing Day!
They responded they could not get everyone together on Xmas Day.
I could not think who the text message had come from so of course I was not keen to do a wedding on Christmas Day.
Trying to think who they mystery text was from I showed the text to my husband. Very quickly he was able to say it would be Anna and Roger. So after a phone conversation to be sure it was indeed them, I got excited and I said I would indeed marry them and only them on Xmas Day 2012.
So they set to work to secretly pull their wedding together, licence, material that was with a retired dress making to get a dress sorted, rings, photographer to find, flowers and of course the actual ceremony. Two weeks and it all came together.
I arrived after my family Christmas Day with our extended family. David my husband and Amelia came with me and we surprised the family gathered for Christmas lunch and a few friends with a wedding. The most wonderful surprise and best Christmas present for all including the children.
I love being involved in surprise weddings.