Heavy mist shrouded the Cambridge countryside. As the hours drew closer, it rose up amongst the brightest autumn leaves like a curtain rising, ready for the grand day to begin. I was so excited for this wedding because I knew the personal touches would be incredible (more on that later!) and Ceri and Terry are so openly genuine in their relationship, it is wonderful to be around them. They are two of those people who genuinely seem to fit. They were childhood sweethearts, who grew apart, and then found each other again because the way they are together is how things are meant to be. And this day was full of all the laughter you could imagine.
Ceri and Terry had chosen Great Wilbraham Hall Farm which had a 400 year old 100 meter long heated barn, ideal for their November wedding. But as fate would have it, one night in April, the barn burnt down. The venue rallied and produced the option of a high-end marquee in its place. Rather than feeling set back by this turn of events, Ceri and Terry responded to it by being motivated to make their wedding even more personal. Where they may not have decorated the great barn, they felt they had a blank canvas with the marquee. Ceri, who loves and is accomplished at origami, remembered the ancient Japanese legend that says that he who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. She taught Terry how to fold cranes and over the following 6 months they made 1225 cranes to decorate their venue (you can see them all together here). But they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop there, no! Ceri also made a menagerie of animals for each of the table decorations and she made the buttonholes for her groom and his groomsmen, and most beautifully, she made her bouquet.
Ceri and Terry, I am inspired by you. I wish you every happiness and hope you had the most wonderful honeymoon cut off from the world in your little house in the wilderness. It sounds blissful.