Monday, August 25, 2008

Richard And Sam's Wedding

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love weddings. Everyone is happy and I can get drunk without having to worry about entertaining anyone except myself!

Last Friday Victoria and I along with my brother and Claire, my mum and step-father and my granny and Eric all trooped down to Henley to see Richard and Sam get married.

Victoria and I were kindly driven 'darn sarf' by my brother and Claire on the day of the wedding. They were not getting married until 4pm and as we left at 07:20 we arrived at the hotel at 10:15 ish. Rather early! We could not check into our rooms until 2pm so we did what any other parents would do when they have no children to look after, we hit the bar!!! Having a pint of Guinness at 10:30 was new to me but was rather easy to do.

After a couple of pints we decided to have lunch in the hotel bar, along with another pint and after that our rooms were ready. A quick shower and a change of clothes and we were ready for a wedding!!!

The wedding was at a place called Old Luxters Barn. This was 20 minutes drive from the hotel and luckily taxis had been provided.

We arrived and were greeted with the traditional Pims and lemonade. Not being a fan of this particular drink I waited until after the ceremony for a beer, and as the venue was also a brewery there was plenty on offer. :-)

Sam walked down the isle to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, one of my all time favourite songs which I for some reason thought was Coldplay. Must have been the early Guinness!! As soon as the song started playing Richard started blubbing. My brother and I never had Richard down for a baller but it is nice to see that I am not the only one in the family!

After the actual wedding we had drinks, followed by the meal and speeches. At the end of the speeches Sam's sister sang a song in sign language accompanied by lots of surprise guests who had been secretly rehearsing. It was really funny and I videoed the end. You can see it here.

Then came my inevitable downfall. What with Guinness in the morning, beer after the wedding, wine with the meal and then back onto bottles of Becks for the after party I was always going to get far too drunk. There are pictures of me dancing for gods sake!!!

At 12:15 the taxis came to take us back to the hotel and it was all I could do to keep awake for the journey. When we got back I was ushered to bed by Victoria who then joined the rest of the family in the bar as they were not as pissed as me. I felt crap the next day and was pleased I did not have to drive anywhere. Still, I had a great time!

So, congratulations to Richard and Sam. I hope you are both extremely happy and I hope I did not embarrass myself at the wedding. :-)

Pictures are here.

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