I said to the guests that this wedding would be one they would always remember. Yes great groom; beautiful bride and I mean beautiful; happy guests; fantastic wedding venue; nice day; good photographer; great venue co-ordinators! Yes everything you need for a great wedding. Yes all those things, but that is not why, I will remember this wedding!
I hope Andrew and Emily don't mind that I share the lovely things that happened that made it very special.
The groom, a great guy, had to go to the bathroom just before the beautiful bride walked out so a few minutes delay. Then I thought to ask the Groom if he had the rings. I won't repeat what he said and off he went to get them from a bag inside.
Finally the bride was able to enter and I had noticed on her hand a blue plastic ring (probably came out of a Christmas cracker) - must ask Emily for the story behind the ring. Emily tells me: "Yes, a christmas cracker ring! Andrew actually stole it off my mum as she did the dishes on Christmas day last year, then proposed to me on boxing day."
So standing before me stood the couples and the guests were seated.
Laura, Andrew's sister was the MC, the reader and she had earlier told me a newly appointed Celebrant in Australia. I thanked Laura after her reading and she sat down. Andrew and Emily were about to exchange the vows when Andrew alerted me to the blood on his finger and hand. The christmas cracker ring had sliced his finger! Beautiful dress and blood don't mix. So we got tissues and got that sorted and we got them married.
That was the first time I had a blood bin incident at a wedding in my fourteen year history of marrying people.
For all those little challenges, I still felt it was a beautiful wedding with its own unique twists.
Wishing Mr and Mrs Johnstone a lovely life together, up in Hamilton.
I had a hard job choosing which photos to include with my blog. Beautiful work Astrid.