Tue
May
13

2008

The Bridesmaids

The BridesmaidsNicki, Hannah and Natasha: the beautiful bridesmaids who were doing their level best to distract everyone from Steff!

Not a chance of that, but what stars they were. During the ceremony they were as dignified as can be; ready and eager to perform any tasks required by Steff…

  • holding the bouquet,
  • straightening the train,
  • or fending off any would be late suitors. :-)
Sun
May
11

2008

The heights that people will climb!

The Wedding CakeThe cake.

Wow! What a creation! Lot’s of other expressions ending in exclamation marks!

As I am sure you can see, this cake symbolises the mammoth task that lies ahead for Steve and Steff, they will be climbing around about the equivalent of the height of mount Everest… except that they get to come down hill every now and then…. you can bet your bottom dollar that walking it feels like there’s a lot more ‘up’ than ‘down’ though.

One thing that is not symbolised is the fact that this ‘walk’ will most certainly not be a piece of cake: the preparations have taken months to co-ordinate so that all the logistics are taken care of, but the placing of one foot in front of the other will take grim determination, so spare a thought each day as they move on from place to place.

Steve and Steff cut the cakeHowever, the main reason for having cake.. is to eat it; so cake cutting had to be done.

Ever thoughtful of others, the cake was make with one section in sponge for those of us who don’t really like fruit cake. …and I can personally testify to the fact that it was delicious.

As Steve said in his blog entry (what’s he doing on the internet on his first day of married bliss?) it was wonderful to have all the family together, meeting old friends that we’ve not seen in years, and even being reminded of things that sometime really should have been forgotten (thanks Andy for the amazing best mans speech).

Sun
May
11

2008

A massive thank you!

Mock-up album cover of 'The Lightning Seeds' Life of Riley CollectionWe had a fantastic day yesterday. Everyone was very polite and laughed in the right places during my speech. Andy, my Best Man, was completely brilliant.
Geoff’s additions to the web site sums the mood of the day up perfectly – very light hearted and full of cheer.

The band, Jeriatric Jazz, performed superbly with lots of dancing, cheering and general messing about. Thank you so much to Fred and the rest. The DJ pitched the music exactly right, strangely playing “The Life Of Riley”. Not sure why. Thanks Dave ;-) Mr Jones – where did you learn to dance like that? It kept us all very entertained.

Our hearts go out to Ann and Steve. Ann fell during the evening and has broken her hip. We wish her a very speedy recovery.

Steffi has just done a quick add-up of the donations. We are up to an incredible £3600! Truly amazing.

Thank you.

We set off walking tomorrow, so expect another blog update as soon as I get a mobile signal.

— Steve and Steffi

Sun
May
11

2008

Hitchin' a ride

Going our way?
Have you any idea how difficult it is to get a ride when you’re dressed like this?

Steve and Steff resorted to flagging down the wedding car when they had loaded themselves up for a test of their back packs; but there was nothing to worry about, the driver had just gone to break out the champers.

The wedding car itself was a pre war vintage Austin taxi, and brought a sigh of relief to people who had been worried about Steffs insistence that she was ‘taking a taxi’ to the wedding.

Sun
May
11

2008

The Big Day (pt 2)

The KissThe ceremony is over, and Steve and Steff are officially married.

It was in a very hot registry office in Bolton where family and friends met together to witness the knot tying ceremony, Steff looked radiant in her wedding gown, and Steve was the epitome of dapper. The three bridesmaid contrasted with Steffs ivory gown with luxurious red wine gowns of their own. The red and white theme was borne out in the floral decorations and bouquets also.

As no-one was able to come up with a just cause or impediment, the wedding flowed through the vows, giving of rings and signing of the register.

Are you sure we're going the right way?Map reading is, of course, the one thing that is guaranteed to cause disruption in any relationship: Steve and Steff got in a little practice finding their way to the Wedding Breakfast.

Sending all the guests on ahead gave them their first goal of the marriage: to arrive before Geoff found the food; thankfully they did so, arriving to a rapturous applause and looking not in the least perplexed after their long and arduous journey from the registry office. Let’s hope that they can arrive at Robin Hood’s Bay in such a relaxed state in a fortnights time.

Watch the blog for news of their journey; they start off from St Bees on Monday.