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Got up around 8 am. Already thinking fast, since there was a surprise planned for Dave. Our Chem. Eng. Uni. mate, Lawrence and his wife Connie had already travelled up the night before from Southampton to attend the wedding, and Dave did’t know this, but Charles did. I will have to pick them up from their hotel on route and not letting Dave know.
Dave’s mum offered Chinese tea and Dave’s dad’s home made roast pork buns, yum yum. The video man had arrived, and the whole thing of David leaving the house was filmed!
(sorry, I kept switching between Dave and David. We used to call him Dave at Uni. but he is known as David at home and by everybody else?!?!?!)
Natalie (Charles’s wife to be) decorated the already awaiting Bentley with a teddy bear couple in the front. There wasn’t anything else need to be prepared. I then set off with Natalie and two empty spaces in the back for Lawrence and Connie.
On the way to the hotel, I noticed someone else was following me, it was Heego, the other usher. I was waving frantically to signal I was not going direct to Matfen Hall. After a lot of waving, I did actually lose them on a round about. I did manage to call one of the passenger and luckily they knew the way.
Pick up Lawrence and Connie, who were in their summer wedding going outfittings matching with hats (very cool). They were going to get notice! We arrived at Matfen Hall at about 10am. The groom and some families had already arrived. He was happy to see Lawrence of couse, not quite a full surprise but very happy.
The sun has kindly came out for a lot of photos. Dave had hired a photographer couple, Nigel and Chrissie. With us the usher’s (more like pusher) help, a lot of photos were taken in the short space of time. We really did help them I would like to think. One thing never went missing was David’s smile. He must be very happy in side.
They had also hired the String Quatet, a 4 girls violin band playing exceptional music at the reception. As a very novice violin player myself when I was younger, I have very much enjoyed the performance.
The ceremony then took place, there was some readings, exchange of vowels and the registrar lady was good. The usual stuff then more photo opportunities. I do mean alot… David has a large extened families…
Next was the Chinese Banquet in Newcastle’s China Town. Not everyone was going to this. I was there though and the first task is riding an invisible boat with wooden paddles with the bride and groom behind us (ie passengers on the boat!). It was a very snakey boat I can tell you, we paddled and paddled around the Chinese Restaurant with loud drum beat. The paddlers included David’s very ecentric and energetic aunties, who were enjoying it very very much. Well as the boat sailed along, we the supposed strong lad ushers got into it, in an attempt not to be out-shown by the aunties. And it was being filmed as well and how embarrassing was this be, I won’t be able to imagine if not for the couple but for us.
Then food, I was starving by then after the paddling. Standard Chinese Wedding Banquet food came, Proper Chinese Roast Pork, Scallops in bird’s nest, Chinese Style Roast Chicken, Steam Fish, Whole Prawns, Shark Fin Soup! etc…It was alright, nothing special, ok average…
During the serving of food, there was some form of entertainment. Uncle 1 sang on karaoke, then Uncle 2 then Uncle 1 came back then Uncle 2 again. la la la la la. oh they have finished…
Some Hong Kong TV game show style games with David’s sisters and young cousins.
David’s Chinese Speech. I will just tell you the gem of a line.
David said to Joyce’s dad in Chinese, “You won’t lose a daughter, you will gain a son”
Applause everywhere, kind of standard stuff but you just have to hit it.
I really thought the best was the photo montage/slide show that they did from their young age to teens to be together. It was done up very nicely and very moving. (I will note this down for the future!) sweet…..
Charles then has to tell everyone their love story. It was interested to some but Charles kind of just did how they meet and how he had proposed. It included london eye and catching a bus. Please fill in the blanks.
Yes you are right, they met on the London Eye and David proposed on a bus.
Sorry I am only playing with you. He chase Joyce, while trying to catch the same bus to work and chessily as Joyce has described it, proposed during a ride on the London Eye.
And there were more photo opportunities with the couple, with Joyce in her Chinese Wedding dress.
Next was the tea ceremony back at David’s parents. We didn’t go, it was family stuff anyway. We drove to the Church where the coach will pick us up and go to Matfen. I was only thinking that we would be drinking so I ditch my car. While still has time, Charles has nearly passed out on Natalie’s lap. A quick Nlap, haha. (Damn I forgot to Twitpic it)
The evening reception started with some free drinks, great I need some after a long day! I was feeling a bit tired too. The main event for the night is cèilidh dancing.
I was very much unsure if this would be any fun at all. The bride and groom then finally appeared just about an hour late. They then went round the floor and greeted every guests. (This took really long). I was only saying to Samuel (the other usher) Speech and Cake, Speech and Cake. We were at the end of the line waiting for them for hours to come around. When they did finally came to us, I said exactly what I was thinking.
“Dave. Speech and Cake”
As directed Dave then delivered a quick speech and cut the cake with Joyce.
After then the first dance. …
The lovely couple danced for a few minutes before the best man (Charles) and the brides maid (Deborah) followed. But then after a few seconds Charles was dancing with Natalie (not sure I would call that dancing though). And in a split second I ask Deborah to dance, and in the heat of dance floor, I got her to do some spins. For this I am sorry! I hope the camera was still on the couple, that we haven’t stolen the show, or I hadn’t embarrassed Deborah.
Then we stayed on for the first cèilidh dance too, for this I am also sorry. But for what it is worth, I thought we danced well together, I kind of enjoyed too. Then everyone took some air and more dancing until the buffet dinner. Nothing much to comment there.
Next was the special lantern event, which was a surprise. We the ushers lighted the lantern up, let it gather hot air and off they went into the sky, one after another. The C in Charles really stands for competitive, and he said “wow mine is the first one yes.”. Yeah whatever… It was the most moving part that the big lantern by the couple went the highest. This is a very fitting sign and that I hope their life together will be forever lid-up.
There was more dancing, I kind of stay out until near the end where I was dancing with Lawrence! He danced like a girl! only joking Lawrence. Everyone was in the spirit of it. Girls were dancing with Girls, guys were dancing with guys anyway.
I really had fun, it was great time. I am really dreading the photos and the video though. And by the way, I was sober so I have no excuse either.
Thanks Dave for inviting me. It was great to see you on your happy day.
They are on their honeymoon now, around the world in 3 weeks! good luck…
Hip Hip Hurray
Hip Hip Hurray
Hip Hip Hurray
One forgotten violin player is seeking an experience teacher for lessons.
One bad dancer is seeking a parner to learn to dance properly.