With this ring...
When Michael and I decided, early in 2006, that we wanted to "tie the knot", we chose July 20 as the date for the ceremony – a logical decision as this is the date we’ve always marked as our anniversary anyway. Months later, when the day itself arrived, the UK was at the peak of some of the hottest weather since records began. The almost unbearable humidity made getting suited and booted in preparation for the ceremony particularly unpleasant; and, to cap it all, I’d been badly bitten on both ankles by an unidentified insect earlier in the week and my feet were painfully swollen.
Then we arrived at the register office to be greeted by the handful of close friends we’d invited to share the day with us... and suddenly my cares and woes were brushed aside and it became the perfect day we’d always planned it to be.
After the introduction by the registrar, our friend Steve read these lines from a Native American ceremony:
Now you will feel no rain,
Michael and I then made our promises to each other. The words we had chosen were these:
I pledge to you my love and trust. I promise to be ever honest and faithful to you and share all that I am with you. You are my best friend and I will always be beside you.
After the promises, we exchanged rings.
Then it was time to sign the partnership register, along with our
chosen witnesses, Ruth and Kenny. This is the legally binding part of
the proceedings. Once this was over, we moved out into the gardens
for champagne and photographs, before returning home for an evening of
food, wine and friendship.
A much needed glass of bubbly!
A group shot with our friends. Left to right: John, Michael, Wendy, Steve, me, John, Michael, Kenny, Ruth, Richard, Treena and Andy.
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