A Windy Wedding!

by Cherry - 21:13 on 22 June 2016

We had thought that summer had arrived!  The sun was shining and it was very warm – we just hadn’t bargained for the high winds… Jade and Lawrence had thought the same and had planned their garden wedding at his parent’s house in the Aude. They were married by the Maire in the village the day before and their real wedding was to be our symbolic ceremony on the Saturday, surrounded by family and friends. But the weather thought differently – They woke early on the Saturday morning to find the specially erected marquees were a tangled mess of bent poles and canvas due to the exceptionally high winds during the night. Their day seemed to be in tatters and Jade told me it was the nearest she got to having a Bridezilla moment!

Then Monsieur le Maire stepped in, saying they could use the local village sports hall and something amazing happened, not only did the whole family pull together to move and set up the hall for the wedding. But all their suppliers – caterers – musicians – cake makers – and us - mucked in and helped make it happen.

In a few hours the hall had been turned from a large empty space into a pretty wedding venue. Clever use of the one undamaged marquee to divide the hall worked and provided a backdrop for the dining tables and drapes covered the walls behind the floral arch at the head of the ceremony.

It was never going to be the beautiful garden wedding they had planned for, but the positivity and sheer hard work of everyone, who were determined to make it work, carried the couple through.

It was a lovely ceremony and in the end I believe Jade and Lawrence had a really great day! 


Celebrant – Ray Thatcher

Ceremony music – Evening entertainment - The Candy Stripes. www.facebook.com/FrenchCandies

Check out the short film by the Candy Stripes on their page



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