A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse
|Malcolm, Helen, Josie, the groom, the bride, Kath, me, Dave,|
Gareth and Owen
Preparing for a wedding is said to be a stressful occupation, but if you are lucky enough to be surrounded by good friends there will be no tears of frustration, just a lot of laughter. It is tradition in Turkey to openly invite everyone in the vicinity to a wedding, but I wasn't willing to see my only daughter off in this fashion so we planned a European style event with only close family and friends. (I may have to keep a very low profile in the village for the next year.) It is common practice in Europe to employ a wedding planner to organise a wedding but we didn't do that either, I am extremely lucky to have a cohort of extremely talented friends who travelled out to Turkey and mucked in to make my daughter's wedding a day to remember.
The younger generation got stuck in with wire cutters and secateurs to make the table wreaths
Dave did everything remotely technical when not chasing the dog with a broom.
Kath turned the 12 rough layers of sponge that Esi and I baked a couple of days before into a spectacular wedding cake. Check out her blog http://cakesbykath.blogspot.com and you will see her other creations.
Helen and Malcolm provided the soundtrack, sorted out the most complicated music system and stayed around to help put up the metres of tulle that I'd bought as off-cuts from a curtain shop.
And finally Netia, who you last saw catching frogs, separated bougainvillea blooms into individual petals to create natural confetti.
In the meantime, the groom was collecting 200 kilos of ice in the back of his car to keep all our drinks cold.
And what was I doing? Mostly losing the scissors.