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Monday, 7 June 2010

Wedding of the year

Simple Woman's Daybook: 7th June

Outside My Window ... still dry, pleasantly warm with a slight breeze that has enabled us to have a pile of washing awaiting ironing.

I am thinking ... about how exciting the past few days have been for last Saturday, 5th June 2010 our son, Adam married Juliet Oakes.
Don't have pictures of them during the ceremony as we were asked not to take them, also as Mother of Groom I was concentrating on when I went to sign the Register as a witness. 

Picture of me and Ian before the ceremony though!
Felt bit tearful as first hymn was "How great thou art" and I feel emotional during that at the best of times but otherwise ok. Both bride and groom said their vows clearly during the traditional service, indeed Juliet promised to obey, just as I did nearly 31 years ago. Other hymn was Crimond, a favourite of my Mother's although Adam may not have known that. Our daughter, Martha, read from Song of Songs; Juliet's sisters read before her.

However a picture of them leaving, one can just see the naval reserve guard of honour.
The reception was at HMS President the shore based naval reserve base situated near Tower Bridge, coaches were laid on for those who did not wish to drive. Hit some traffic from the City Road but once at venue the sight of Tower Bridge and the views were jaw dropping.
 Brilliant setting for photo opportunities, plenty of space to perambulate and to chat to other guests in perfect weather. 

We had the meal in the ward room, plenty of serving staff and excellent food, duck pate with salad; roast beef and veg (liked the manner in which courgettes were served); and sweet was chocoate mousse with strawberries. The favours were lovely chocolates packed by Juliet's sisters, the tables had jars of sweets and puzzle books in case anyone was bored. No chance of that!
We had usual speeches, groom's sister and their cousins had a sweepstake on the timings won by daughter. the groom recounted how he and Juliet met eleven months ago.

Highlight of the evening for this proud parent was their first dance for unbeknown to us the couple had been taking dancing lessons and took to the floor to Diana Ross singing "Your love".


From the learning rooms ...Ian has spent much of the day doing sums i.e. OU maths

I am thankful ... for family, for Juliet and Adam, for a lovely wedding and for my lovely husband Ian.

From the kitchen ...Nothing happening except tea things to be washed up.

I am wearing ... full length cream coloured linen skirt, navy blue patterned blouse, bare feet.
.I am going ...nowhere, although I need to plant some sunflowers raised from seed in the front garden and climb Mount Ironmore.

I am reading ... The Human Stain by Philip Roth, plus I need to catch up on last Saturday's newpapers.

A picture thought I am sharing ......This is the wedding cake made by friend. The swan, acorns and the oaks are a play on the surnames of the bridge and groom!

I am hearing ... Sarah Kennedy's early morning radio programme on iPlayer, far too early to hear at 5am

Around the house ...pile of ironing, clothes worn at the wedding, including the bride's dress and groom's uniform

One of my favourite things cream vans still chiming around our suburban street. Last Sunday week Ian went out and  bought five 99s and we all stood in the front garden eating ice cream cornets in the sunshine. The chimes were playing "Teddy Bears picnic"

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week ... voluntary work at Local Studies, church fair on Saturday, organising social life as I have been neglecting my friends.


  1. What a wonderful day ! Thoroughly enjoyed reading all about it ! Best wishes to the Bride and Groom ! Certainly a fabulous day for you all to remember

  2. Congratulations to them! And they only met 11 months ago?! Amazing! What a wonderful whirlwind.