Written by Richard Summerfield, August 2011
Richard takes a break from the world of work in order to get married. He’ll be back sharing his job news next month…
I am writing this blog at 12:40am on a Friday night/Saturday morning. It is currently two days after my wedding day. In a little over 13 hours my new bride and I will be on a plane being whisked away to our honeymoon destination. I am exhausted, relieved and most importantly the happiest man on earth. As such I make no apology for the gushing, emotional and potentially rambling nature of this blog. If you are looking for job advice or news this month then I am afraid that this blog isn’t for you and I will speak to you next month. If there is anyone left reading, I will attempt below to convey how special our day truly was.
After 18 months of organising, stressing, cajoling and indeed more stressing, my now wife and I were finally married on Wednesday lunchtime in front of a small number of family and friends in the Birmingham sunshine. A group of loved ones that had given up their time and travelled a great distance in some instances, to all of whom we are so grateful. The blisteringly hot weather was the perfect backdrop to our day, allowing us to fulfil every wish and dream we had when we booked our wedding in January last year.
Perfect is pretty much the only word I can think of that adequately describes the events of our wedding day. Following the varied prophecies of doom and gloom from the world’s meteorologists, I fully expected to have to get married while dressed like a North Sea fisherman. At various points in the weeks leading up to the wedding, I had heard that rainfall of biblical proportions was coming to wash us into the sea; that the Norse god of thunder Thor had his best smiting hammer ready to obliterate us with a torrent of lightning bolts and, finally, I heard that it might just be a bit cloudy. How wrong the meteorologists were - Birmingham was delightfully hot and sunny. It was stunning.
Speaking of stunning that brings me to my wife. At the start of these blogs I mentioned my desire to become a ‘real person’ and I have to say the one person who has brought me closest to this is my wife. She was a perfect reflection of the day’s glorious sunshine, totally at ease in the spotlight; she glided, danced and laughed her way through the day. Charming and beautiful, I have never been so proud of her or us.
Told you it would be gushing didn’t I?!
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