If you’ve been subscribed to my YouTube channel for a while you’ll have seen my friend Will feature quite frequently. I know it’s hard to believe but for once this is a tale of a time I spent with Will when we didn’t go running. He’s only gone & got married!
Will is phenomenally gifted when it comes to organisation skills & 99.9% of the time whatever he plans comes off without a hitch. However let’s just get this bit out the way & say at his own wedding things didn’t quite go to plan. However it was no fault of Will’s at all. In the week leading up to the wedding Storm Emma met the Beast from the East & the UK was in a polar vortex.
Voluminous snow & treacherous road conditions meant that many guests physically couldn’t get there, the Aston Martin wedding car cancelled, & the bride & bridesmaids would be braving the sub zero temperatures in their not so winter dresses.
I guess you can plan for everything except Mother Nature.
However as well as being organised, having shared many running exploits with Will I know what kind of guy he is.
There’s no way he’ll quit if things get tough, there’s no level of adversity he cannot overcome & with great friends & family around him these unforeseen circumstances were easily overthrown.
4×4 vehicles were rented in the plenty, guests still traveled in from Dubai to Shanghai & the ladies, well they just laughed in the face of the beast & cracked on.
By the time we all arrived at St Michaels & All Angles Church in the quaint Buckinghamshire Village of Halton the scene was set for the winter wedding.
Having set off early to ensure safe arrival we were a little early, but Church volunteers had the typically British solution to all things at the ready, hot tea & biscuits. As the shivering guests warmed themselves with hot drinks we all watched Will wait nervously for the arrival of the bride.
Laura arrived fashionably late (not complaining it left time for extra biscuits) & she looked stunning in her beautiful white wedding dress.
She elegantly glided down the aisle & Will resisted the temptation to turn round & catch a glimpse, he waited for her to reach the alter before he looked at her & smiled from ear to ear.
The ceremony was really good, I found the vicar delivered everything in a modern & relevant style whilst keeping to religious traditions & after Laura’s nephew gave an excellent reading we all belted our Laura’s favourite hymn ‘NOEL, NOEL, NOEL, NOEL!’
After some amazing live music played on guitar during the register signing, we headed outside for the confetti.
The photographer hit the nail on the head when she said ‘Right you all know what you’re doing it’s to cold to mess about’ & it was the fastest conclusion of photographs ever witnessed at a wedding.
Onwards to Micklefield Hall near Rickmansworth where there was reception prosecco along with amazing canapés available. Beetroot & Goats Cheese, Beef & Yorkshire Pudding, Tempura Vegetables to name a few…. delicious!
Whilst we enjoyed these I noticed the amazing Periodic Table Plan.
Also in attendance was Team Thunder & our better halves. It was awesome to be on a table with them.
Our table was called Sadness. Now you may initially find this a very strange name for at table at a wedding, a time of love & enjoyment. However when you know this is the name of Will & Laura’s cat named after the character from Disneys Inside Out it all began to make sense.
Now there was a disposable camera on every table, Laura… Will… I can only apologise in advance for what the negatives on our reel may contain.
The Wedding Breakfast was amazing. Three courses 1. Soup 2. Lamb 3. Trio of deserts. I have to say though thank you all the guests that didn’t attend because it meant the that the portions were unusually large ?
Contrary to our table name I began to notice we really were the party table sharing hilarious stories of Austrian Steam rooms, running exploits & the story of Will meeting Team Thunder’s very own Mark. We were roaring with laughter & having a great time.
After dinner it was time for the speeches & all three were brilliant. Laura’s Dad was hilarious & heartfelt, Will thanked everyone & his love for Laura shone through. Rich the best man had some awesome stories I’d never heard of & had the room laughing out loud.
There’s definitely more to life than just running & no matter how hard you’re training, always make time to share these special moments with good friends.
I wish both Will & Laura well as they set off on their honeymoon to Barbados ?? . Thank you for having us at your wedding & sharing your special day.