The Perfect Wedding?

There are times in life when everything come together and something special happens; Ellie’s and Alastair’s wedding was one of those occasions, and it was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of it.

There has been a church on the site of the present Prior Church of St. Andrew in Hamble since Saxon times, and there is plenty of evidence that an existing high status Roman building, perhaps a church or a temple, was on the site prior to the arrival of the Saxons. During all that time there must have been thousands of weddings taking place, but I can’t imagine there has been a more joyful one than the wedding between Alastair and Elinor that took place on Friday the 25th of April 2014.

There were many factors that made the day so special; a handsome and devoted couple; a beautiful ancient church; a caring priest; a couple of skilled and talented photographers, but the most surprising contribution to making the day so special was the appalling weather. Most couples would have been desolated by the unrelenting downpour that lasted all day – but not Ellie and Alastair as I think the following photographs, which I have kindly been given permission to post, testify to and tell their own story.

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Of course ‘The Perfect Wedding’ does not just spontaneously happen! Many factors combined on the day to make Alastair and Ellie’s day so special, but I hope you agree with me that the photographers, Lewis & Schofield, captured the essence of the day and provided a lasting legacy that will always bring back the joy of the occasion, even when memories have started to dim. I have spend a good deal of my working life behind a camera and I was so impressed not only with the quality of their work but by their flair and inventiveness. Faced with appalling weather conditions they were totally undaunted and used the inside of our beautiful old church to full advantage and with stunning results. In all the years I have been involved with St. Andrew’s I have never seen a photographer take advantage of our spiral staircase, and I hope you agree that the results are absolutely stunning. It was just good fortune that our ‘Health and Safety’ officer wasn’t present as he would have been doing cartwheels up and down the aisle!

I also have to make a special mention of The Reverend John Ablett who stepped in very late in the day to replace Father Jamie who was sadly taken ill. The service he conducted was in the words of the brides father, ‘exceptional’  and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts.

 

Order of Service

for the marriage of

Elinor Frances

 with

 Alastair James White

 St Andrew’s Church, Hamble

 25th April 2014

1.00pm

Arrival of the Bride

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel

Introduction and Welcome

Be Still For the Presence of The Lord

 

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,

the Holy One, is here

Come, bow before Him now,

with reverence and fear.

In Him no sin is found,

we stand on holy ground.

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,

the Holy one, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord

is shining all around;

He burns with holy fire,

with splendour He is crowned.

How awesome is the sight,

our radiant King of light!

Be still, for the glory of the Lord

is shining all around.

Be Still, for the power of the Lord

is moving in this place,

He comes to cleanse and heal,

to minister His Grace.

No work too hard for Him,

in faith receive from Him;

Be still, for the power of the Lord

is moving in this place.

Reading

Corinthians 13, read by Catherine Jones

Sermon

Let There Be Love

Let there be love shared among us,

let there be love in our eyes.

May now your love sweep this nation;

cause us, O Lord, to arise.

Give us a fresh understanding,

brotherly love that is real.

Let there be love shared among us,

let there be love.

Let there be peace shared among us,

let there be peace in our eyes.

May now your peace sweep this nation;

cause us, O Lord, to arise.

Give us a fresh understanding,

sisterly love that is real.

Let there be peace shared among us,

let there be peace.

Let there be hope shared among us,

let there be hope in our eyes.

May now your hope sweep this nation;

cause us, O Lord, to arise.

Give us a fresh understanding,

brotherly love that is real.

Let there be hope shared among us,

let there be hope.

Let there be joy shared among us,

let there be joy in our eyes.

May now your joy sweep this nation;

cause us, O Lord, to arise.

Give us a fresh understanding,

sisterly love that is real.

Let there be joy shared among us,

let there be joy.

Let there be love shared among us,

let there be love in our eyes.

May now your love sweep this nation;

cause us, O Lord, to arise.

Give us a fresh understanding,

brotherly love that is real.

Let there be love shared among us,

let there be love.

The Marriage

 Prayers

 Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen

The Blessing

I Vow To Thee My Country

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love:
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.

The Signing of the Register

Musical Interlude, sung by Elizabeth Davis

Exit Mr and Mrs White

The Four Seasons (Spring) – Vivaldi

Alastair & Elinor

thank you for

your love and support

on their

Wedding Day

xxx

 

Brides, the moral of this story is don’t worry about the weather on your special day. It is the only thing you have no control over. So just make the best of the weather you get, and make your special day as memorable as Ellie did. May God bless you all!

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