|Hestia - nervous - but zipped up - HUZZAH!!|
It was all culminating on Saturday afternoon and 7am on Sat morning saw me more nervous than the bride and more nervous than the Mad Woman From Kilmarnock who got the massive CCM reading to do.
I had to get to the venue early to be the bride's representative to accept the flowers, hyperventilate about the speed with which the tables were being laid out, get the cake in the right place and all that malarkey.
Poor Tertarus just nursed a mug of coffee and helped people upstairs with their cases.
Before we knew where we were, it was 1pm and time to start getting ready for the 3pm wedding. TMWFK, her hubby and Tertarus and I repaired to my bedroom and got wired in about the Tesco sandwiches that we'd brought (it was going to be a LONG time until the wedding meal and no-one likes to have a rumbly tum!).
By half two we were primped, straightened, ironed and pinned....and looking gorgeous. We took our places in the front row.
Bride's Sister in Law: And you are?
Me: Hestia - very pleased to meet you.
BSIL - Oh yes, I met you at the Vet's on Thursday night! Lovely to see you again!
Me: I'm afraid I wasn't at The Vet's on Thursday night....must be some other Hestia?
BSIL (turning to TMWFK) And you are?
TMWFK: The Mad Woman From Kilmarnock - pleased to meet you!
BSIL - ah yes, I met YOU at The Vet's on Thursday
TMWFK - nooooo, not me.
BSIL: Yes, I did!
TNWFK: Nope, sorry not me.
BSIL I have heard sooooo much about you both (to MWFK) What was your name again?
TMWFK leans over and says to me 'whatever drugs she's on, see if you can steal some out her handbag.'
And then it was suddenly show time! The music started and in came the Vet looking gorgeous on the arm of her elder brother and she and her beloved stood and faced each other as the Registrar explained what was going to happen.
Then I had to stand up and say my massive reading. Here it is, in full:
'J M Barrie on love: If you have it - love - then you don't need anything else. If you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you do have.' And there it was.....a fortnight's terror at bursting into tears on that last line wiped out in about 30 seconds!
TMWFK read hers beautifully and with complete control, as I knew she would.
And then The Vet and her man were man and wife and we all whoooped and hollered and were VERY non-Church of Scotland-like in our joy at the Vet securing her man after a long, long search! The Vet even punched the air!
Wine flowed, speeches were made - in which Hestia figured - being the matchmaker that brought the two love birds together. Then the bride stood up to recite a funny poem for the groom and when she got to the last line which was 'I've waited my whole life for you', that was me off - weeping and dabbing at my eyes with my heavily starched napkin. But I wasn't alone, we were all testing our mascara to the max (Can I just say the Dior mascara did not flake or run ALL night - result!).
I caught up with some old veterinary colleagues and am not going let them disappear from my life for another 12 years.
Around midnight I slipped into my default setting of singing Jim Reeves songs in the manner of Elmer Fudd.... altogether now .....'put your sweet wips a wittle cwoser to the phooooone, wet's pwetend that we're togewa aw awone...I asked the man to tuwn the jukebox way down woooooow, and you can tell your friend there wiv you he'wwl have to gooooooo.'
I also fell up the stairs at one point - a heel/hem wardrobe malfunction- nothing at all to do with the G&Ts....honestly.
I also discovered the late night buffet at about 11pm....and sorted myself a massive plate, heaped with of lumps of brie, crackers, bacon, a couple of rolls and 5 bits of wedding cake. FIVE. and I ate it all myself! Methinks the frock will not be zipping up on me again anytime soon!
As the night drew to a close, I hugged the bride and told the groom that if he ever, EVER let her down, I would batter his lights out. Ah - you can take the girl out of Glasgow, but not the Glaswegian out of the girl....
And then it was over.
My make-up was wiped off, my frock hung up, my gold high heels kicked into the corner.
'Did I look nice?' I asked Tertarus.
I continue to brush my hair, looking in the mirror.
|Me, Big N and my shoooooes|
|Table display - pilfered by yours truly|
|Me and my pals (pic taken by Tertarus) Apparently I'm singing some alternative lyrics to Coming Thru The Rye|
Can't show you a pic of the bride and groom - cos they will KILL me if I post anything!