Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

— May 28th, 2010

In March 2009, an exclusive project was commissioned, the inception of which was celebrated with copious amounts of champagne. This important project was the wedding of our long-suffering Practice Administrator, Jenny, to her longer-suffering partner, Ian. As Ian (men get ready to groan) had designed the beautiful diamond and sapphire engagement ring himself, the benchmark for the project was already set incredibly high. However, the project brief itself was simple: to design the most exquisite & unforgettable occasion, with the highest level of retail therapy & merriment possible in the time available, with strict disregard for budgetary constraints, and only minimal input from the groom! The wedding was organised by Jenny with regular input & advice from all female members of the Practice.

At last, Thursday 27 May arrived and the weatherman delivered the pre-requested perfect early Summer sunny day to Fonmon Castle, just outside Cardiff. The Bride looked stunningly beautiful in her ivory gown and antique lace veil. The Groom looked suitably handsome, but remarked he felt under-dressed in comparison. The Bride’s eldest brother, resplendent in the family tartan kilt, gave her away with obvious pride. The whole occasion proceeded with, as expected, military precision, and enormous fun was had by all at the reception and ceilidh (Scottish dance, for the uninitiated) in the evening.

On completion of the project the usual snagging upheld no points for change!

The happily married simpatico couple have returned from honeymoon in Italy to the time-honoured calls of “ …so, when are you going to have kids?”  Keep watching for more news of Project Jenny & Ian, Phase 2.

Project Data:

Engagement: 451 days

Retail Exposure: 450 days and 5hrs (the Bride rested the night before)

Dress: Silk & organza, Monsoon Bridal – price not disclosed

Shoes: Embroidered organza, handmade to order, Diane Hassall – more expensive than the dress

Veil: c.1880 Honiton lace, Lunn’s Antiques, Portobello Market – more expensive than the dress & shoes together!

Jewellery: Father-of-the-Bride’s wedding ring (old), pearl bracelet & earrings (new), antique mother-of-pearl family heirloom necklace (borrowed), ribbon with clover-leaf charm sewn inside dress by Mother-of-the-Bride (blue)

Flowers: Ivory peonies, ivory roses, & thistles

Project delivery: On time & on budget

Project enjoyment: Infinite & priceless