You know those fairytales you read when you're young, the princess marries the prince and lives happily ever after.... We learn quite early that life just doesn't work like that. Before we have reached full adulthood we have seen umpteen different romcoms and love stories to grasp how different life is in reality.
No matter what happens in your life though there is reason for everything and as a mother I know Sally Ann would never change a single decision she has ever made because each of those decisions led her to have those 3 beautiful children and brought her here.
Speeches for me are a wonderful thing, I get to hear more about my clients, see why they are so special to all of these guests and when I am lucky I even get the love story. Edward and Sally Ann did things a little differently, speeches were between courses so after every speech I would hear the fellow guests comment on this part or that part and everyone wanted to comment on the love story, the true star crossed lovers. Usually you only see it on tv, they meet as teens and things don't work out for whatever reason, Sally Ann didn't notice that Edward only had eyes for her, and simple as that life goes on. Years later, after a life of travelling Edward found his way home, in fact he found his way to the very same party Sally Ann was attending, single with 3 beautiful kids and ready to really 'see' him. And that was it, finally he had his love.
Edward is a gent, a lovely man who is head over heels in love with Sally Ann. The way he looks at her is the way every young girl dreams her prince charming will. Edward only ever had eyes for Sally Ann when he was young but it stayed that way, he never settled down or had kids, obviously he met the one and nobody else would ever match up. But what stands to him most for me is the way he adores not only Sally Ann but her children also. Women tend to take on the mothering role readily, they have a job to do and they do it. A good father to me is a good man but a man who can be a good father figure to his partner's children is an amazing man and out of all people, to have a teen (we all know how teens can be) say how amazing he is to have around really shows that Edward has completed this family. By the sounds of the speeches he definitely completed the kitchen anyway with his culinary skills, apparently there was a serious lack of these in the household but don't worry Sally Ann, you are not alone, I completely feel ya!
Working in the hotel industry for so many years Sally Ann knew she wanted something different for her day, something more relaxed and she was so laid back about everything, in fact Sally Ann never even booked me, her nephew and colleague Tristan made the booking. From what I hear Tristan did a huge amount, he and Ruth from Citywest were like the fairytale Godparents almost, waving their magic wands and ensuring everything was fantastic no matter how laid back the bride and groom were. Both did an amazing job, as part of the bridal party Tristan was on a day off for the wedding but Ruth was all hands on deck, running around organising everything from 5am like erecting the marquee to table decor down to supplying the babysitter and ensuring the cutlery was polished this girl did not stop and boy did she shine. Every moment of the day was spent on her feet running around, even our dinner break she was taking calls, arranging staff and preparing for the next event. When I first walked into the library I was blown away. As my favourite venue I love Finnstown but Ruth changed it completed and yet it was still amazing, jaw dropping, in fact Ruth, I have no words for what you did, you are just out of this world! Never mind how fantastic the room was for the dinner but the change for the evening blew me away even more, this was like something out of a magazine, from the lights to the table cloths, the star light dancefloor, I have never seen anything like it!
Sally Ann and Edward got the relaxed and laid back wedding they asked for with all of their fantabulous family and friends, but they got it covered in fairy dust with an extra pinch here and an extra sparkle there. The thing is though I am not sure they spent much time looking as their eyes were constantly on each other, stealing kisses here and there and long loving gazes, lapping up each and every moment spent together to make up for the time lost!
My little girl has fallen in love with a book by John Green, now a movie, the fault in our stars. From this there is a part which discusses time. 'There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2 or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.' Sally Ann and Edward now is your infinity, spend it well, live, laugh and love. From seeing how you look at each other I know this is the only infinity you will ever have, the only one either of you have ever needed, always remember how you felt on that day, at least once a day look at each other with those newly wed eyes and remember, you are looking at your infinity!