Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Weddings; Golden, White, Red & Green

Last Friday, we felt very honoured to be invited to help celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of the couple who took me under their wings in my student pastorate, sixteen years ago.
And on Saturday I took my first marriage at the Chapel. Many people were invited and had to squash up on the pews, with others standing outside, and so the outside speakers were put on so that everybody could hear the service.
Fortunately this is an English speaking part of Wales but the whole service was very Welsh!
The bride was in white with a large red dragon embroidered on the train of her dress, with one bridesmaid in red and the other in green. The flowers were red and white with green foliage, the groom with a red cravat and the ushers with green.
All the orders of service were tied together with white, red and green ribbons. We sang 'Cwm Rhonda', 'Jerusalem' (the valleys also have their satanic mills!) and 'We'll keep a welcome in the hillsides'.
The Welsh theme was continued to the reception; each place setting had a large welsh-cake in the shape of a dragon.
Two days of celebrations with two very large meals, means I shall take things easy this week - especially at meal-times!

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