The guests arrived on a lovely red old London bus. The Bride arrived to a fanfare (Prelude from Charpentier’s Te Deum) from trumpet and organ. Lucy – Fr Ian’s eldest daughter’s wedding had begun! Fr Ian spoke later, at the wedding breakfast, of how he is very proud of all his children – unique and special in their different ways.
Today was Lucy and Simon’s day and what a beautiful day!
As Simon pointed out Lucy had planned it so well – down to all the detail. Everyone who came were given a time of joy and celebration, a time of fun and laughter.
At St Chrysostom’s Church all weddings are enjoyed because, as one small guest wrote ‘love is speshal.’ This was indeed special, a celebration of Lucy and Simon’s love and a blessing on it and their commitment to one another. There were a wide variety of families and friends from many different places. It was kind of church members to support in many ways, and Jo did a great job in organising the varied music. Grace and Charlie, Lucy and Simon’s children were flower girl and page boy – and did their roles very well. South African cousins flew to England to be ushers at the wedding, friends of Simon and Lucy read the Bible readings, Simon’s nieces, Shayon and Ellise read the prayers (so well), Dominic played piano and flute splendidly for his sister, James, Lucy’s brother, brought her to be married, and the father of the bride conducted the wedding. Wonderful wide participation.
And a great time of celebration and fun afterwards at the wedding breakfast, the evening celebration – and in between.
During the service those present were asked:
Will you, the families and friends of Lucy and Simon, support and uphold them in their marriage now, and in the years to come?
And all firmly replied We will.
In his address at the wedding Fr Ian rejoiced that the wedding was in Eastertide – a season of brightness and glory, a season to celebrate of the triumph of love. He spoke of love, stronger than death, enhancing our lives and relationships, and of how we are all called to support, encourage and celebrate love – and especially today to encourage and celebrate the love shown and proclaimed between Lucy and Simon on their wedding day. Congratulations to them.