Sas and Ash’s big day was the most magical blend of love, family, friendship, sunshine and the constant click of iPhone cameras being fired. It was the sort of elegantly understated ceremony that made the likes of me — someone who’s never had any desire to get married — suddenly all misty-eyed and wistful, in the best possible way. As the only single adult on the day (my hot date flew all the way from California) I was lucky enough to be handed the bouquet at the end, and people you know i’m drying some of those rose petals… just in case.
The venue was utterly divine, with bedrooms designed by Ilse Crawford of Elle Decoration fame, the food was delish and the company included some of my favourite people in the world. The hours we spent hanging out in the bridal suite as Sas got ready were filled with raucous laughter, a LOT of tears and many sets of magic knickers (a revelation!) — I’m very lucky to call these women my friends.
And what can I tell you about the bride? She was simply radiant. Composed and beautiful, Sas literally danced down the aisle — i have never been more proud. You only have to spend a bit of time with Sas & Ash to see how perfectly matched they, their love for each so real, true and thoroughly grown-up. I had a few tender moments leading up to the wedding, the stitches on my heart pulling as I reflected on where I am in my life right now. Lately I’ve found it quite hard to be around happy couples, the ones who hold hands and whisper in each other’s ears. A few years ago Sas lost her mum, and this shared understanding of grief means we’ve often joked that our loved ones drink champagne together for the important moments in our lives; on Saturday I felt her mum and my love around us. I felt Sas’s loss, and I felt mine, but it was cradled in gratitude for how far we have come. Like I said, there were a lot of tears that day. Good healthy healing tears.
I love you, Mrs Petherick — thank you for sharing your wedding day, and your heart, with us all xo