OK there were a few raindrops but nobody cared - it all went swimmingly. All the overseas visitors had mustered at our house by 7pm on the Thursday evening so 21 of us headed out for a delicious pre-wedding meal at a very nice local restaurant.
Then the bridesmaids and bride all settled down for not too late a night at our house.
Come the big day, mother and father of the bride were awake very early and chomping at the bit, the feeling was "OK we've stressed about this day BIG TIME for the last few months - nothing more to do but let the plans fall into place" and they did.
We had a lovely relaxing morning at our house, the bridesmaids, bride and mother of the bride having their hair and makeup done, a few sandwiches with father of the bride and a quick restorative beer and things got underway.
We had to call indoors or outdoors at 11am and it was decided due to the somewhat overcast and very humid day to call indoors. From that moment we could all relax about that decision.
Photos in the garden and a glass of champagne and the cars arrived to whisk all away.
The bride's brothers were in charge of whipping the inside venue into shape, laying down the aisle runner, sprinkling petals, setting up the fall planters to give the room some colour. They did a great job. Not that I think the bride would have noticed an elephant in the room, father of the bride said she was shaking like a leaf by the time he marched (no other word for it!) her up the aisle.
They made their vows in emotion filled voices but without incident and from then on I could visibly see her relax and start to enjoy herself.
With my feathers (see photo) sometimes I wasn't sure whether or not raindrops were falling but if they did, they dampened no-one's spirits and if anything added something to an already fantastic day.
The bride was stunning, the groom nervous and handsome (sometimes looking at his bride as if he couldn't believe his luck), the vineyard lush and beautiful, the reception meal spectacular - we couldn't ask for more. It was a perfect day.....