Another first for me was having a release of doves during the ceremony.
Thursday was very chilly and I did wonder if the outdoor ceremony at Swarling Manor would go ahead or if we would be in the Barn. If in the Barn what we would do about the releasing of the doves. They were scheduled to be release at the beginning and end of the ceremony.
Because it was not raining the decision was taken to continue outside, so I set up everything and then went to find the Event’s Manager to discuss the process. The dove releasing company arrived a little late but in good time to go through where the doves would be placed and who would be releasing them and when.
The Bride was lovely surrounded by her Bridesmaids all in red including all the little ones, who were all so well behaved.
The service went well, the doves released on time. Two for the Bride and Groom in memory of Grandparents. Two more by guests again in memory of passed loved ones and a whole basket for all loved ones . At the end the Bride and Groom released two more to commemorate their love. The only hitches were
the lighting of a memorial candle and later the Unity candles, the wind was not kind but it worked in the end.
At one stage I was going to place my hand on the Bride’s shoulder and then remembered my cold hands at the last minute but the Bride said to me that it would not have matter as she was past being cold, yet when you see the photographs you would not believe how cold it actually was!