|Ros and Pete cutting the famous wedding cake|
Yesterday was so lovely, in spite of the fact that I had been sort of press-ganged into taking the photos at a friend's wedding. The September sunshine was as sweet as honey and Sheffield's Botanical Gardens were bathed in gorgeous clear light. As you know, I normally take landscape pictures but having snapped many sheep this summer, I felt well-prepared for capturing images of the wedding guests. Obviously, I remembered my shepherd's crook and my faithful sheepdog Shep.
It was a second marriage for both Ros and Pete. Shirley and I have known Ros for many years and well remember the unhappy and stressful circumstances surrounding her first husband's unexpected departure - leaving her to bring up three young children pretty much on her own. All three grew up to be well-balanced young people who each went on to university. She met Pete through a dating website. He's a surprisingly nice fellow from what we on the Yorkshire side of the Pennine hills call "the dark side".
|Guests assembling in the Botanical Gardens|
Shirley had made the wedding cake - a three tier affair decorated with fresh flowers and yet more botanical greenery. It was a true labour of love and everyone agreed that the end result was most professional. Not only can my dear and multi-talented wife achieve a masters degree in her early fifties - she can also create a stunning wedding cake for a friend.
There was a North African style meal, wine and pints of "Easy Rider" beer and we listened to the traditional speeches before grooving to live music provided by a band recently formed by some friends of Ros's lads and then later my mate the saxophonist - Big Bob performed with his band - The Hummingbirds.
|After the formal ceremony|
|Two families united|
|Dan - Ros's older son - gave her away|
As I say, it was a lovely day. The sun shone. Ros and Pete's families were united and there was goodwill and laughter in the air. Two nice, intelligent and kindly people joined together for the rest of their days - proving that when lives are devastated by the tsunamis that mark marriages ending - there is still hope and the chance of love and happiness in the years beyond. I raise a glass to Ros and Pete and wish them all the best.
|Ros and Pete tarry near the fountain|