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Bryony and Justin’s wedding
Canford Magna Church, Wimborne

Everything had been planned down to the finest detail for Bryony and Justin’s wedding day on Monday 20th December 2010, everything except for Dorset being covered in the thickest blanket of snow it had seen since the wheel was square.  Luckily Bryony, Justin and their families are made of stern stuff and refused to be totally thwarted even though the roads we all had to use to reach Canford Magna Church were in the most part gridlocked.  Emergency Plan X,Y and Z were put into place and their marriage ceremony was going to take place at some point as near to the original time of 12.30 as humanly possible and we were only to be at the church as so much else had to be abandoned.

To be part of a real team of people who were all working towards the same goal was a terrific.  Someone from the Church had been in early to clear the path and put the heating on, Cecil (who was conducting the ceremony) and his wife arrived around the same time as us even some of the bell ringers made it!  Eventually we saw one or two of the guests trudging through the snow, people were lighting the many, many candles lining the aisle and decorating the windows,  then Justin and his parents arrived in a Landrover and soon afterwards his beautiful bride and her family and bridesmaids were heading towards the church.

The number of guests who were able to reach Canford Magna had plumeted from around 140 to perhaps around 30 – 40 but the greeting the bridal party received upon their arrival was perfect as they removed their wellies just inside the door!  The beaming smiles from Bryony and Justin warmed everyones hearts as she walked up the aisle – the important and heartfelt moments about to take place between them had been hard fought for that day.  The organist had not been able to reach the church but not even that was to worry us all, we were on a roll…… three beautiful hymns were sang extraordinarily heartily with no musical assistance. 

With the formalities of the register signing completed the new Mr and Mrs Gordon-Farleigh walked down the aisle together totally triumphant.  We completed a very few formal photographs in the church just as requested before our day was done, perhaps the finale was Earle appearing in the organ loft doing a magnificent impression of  ‘The Phantom’ while we prepared everyone there for a group photograph.

Earle and I have so much admiration for how everyone coped today and the sheer determination everyone shared to enable Bryony and Justin to be married but we have a particular admiration for Bryony and Justin themselves, they were nothing short of amazing.  Hairstylist Mel from Reeves and Gallagher managed to make the journey to Bryony’s family home to take care of all the girls and Sharon of Carnival Flowers also battled against the snow and treacherous roads to deliver all the required flowers at the various locations… two really terrific girls.  We   sincerely look forward to seeing everyone again plus those who could not be there when another and very full celebration is planned later in the year.

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