A marriage made in……a Supermarket ? !

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There was nothing half-price about Rebecca; she looked a million dollars ūüėČ

Saturday 1323¬†–¬† 28.03.2015

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I went to the supermarket today and to a wedding. 

Both at the same time.

I didn’t know the Bride or the Groom: at all. They were strangers to me and I only decided to go an hour beforehand !¬†

You think I’m talking nonsense don’t you; that I’ve finally lost my reason but I can assure you I haven’t.

I guess I had better explain.¬†At lunchtime today I¬†saw on the local news, online,¬†that a couple were getting married in a supermarket today, not far from where I live. As I started 1500 Saturdays to encourage me to do things that I wouldn’t normally do on a Saturday,¬† I couldn’t resist taking myself off to the wedding.¬†¬† Don’t worry I wasn’t exactly gate-crashing because Rebecca and Blake, the bride and groom, said everyone was welcome.

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The supermarket stayed open to customers and it was surreal to watch the bride walking through the fresh veg section , food aisles and passing shoppers, on her way to the supermarket cafe where her bridegroom was waiting. 

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Was that 2 bridesmaids for ¬£4 !¬† The bridesmaids were Rebecca’s 2 daughters Naomi and Rosie. Her grandson Charlie carried the rings.

It was, of course, a press free for all, with lots of TV cameras and press photographers.. I needed my elbows sharpened and had to use my wide-angle lens otherwise you’d see nothing but photographers!¬†!¬† I didn’t stay for the actual ceremony just long enough to take a few photos.

The back story¬† – Their landlady introduced them in September 2014 and on their first date they had curry and chips in Morrison Supermarket’s cafe and that’s what they ,and their small number of “proper” guests, ate for the “wedding breakfast”.¬†

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The couple were actually officially married at a registry office before a Humanist celebrant presided over their supermarket wedding.

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Hats off to Morrison’s for helping to arrange all this!¬† It was FABUUUUUULOUS !!¬† and very, very¬†memorable. I love a bit¬†of eccentricity don’t you ?

One of the nice things was that the wedding party also had buckets with them to collect money instead of wedding presents and the money collected was for the Alzheimer’s Society. You can find out why¬†https://www.justgiving.com/beccawooller ¬† ( you will have to copy and paste the link because it’s not working for some reason!)¬†

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Well done Rebecca and Blake that was a very nice touch.

Wishing you both a long and happy life together, filled with love and laughter.

As ever I welcome your thoughts.

Saturday girl signing off til whenever ūüôā

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A New Relationship? Yes but it’s Early Days !!

Andy Kneeling down in HInchingbrooke park taking photos

Saturday 1386¬†¬†–¬†4.01.2014

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I am tying this post in ( very loosely) with the Weekly Photo Challenge РBeginning  РWhy?

Just because I feel like it ūüôā

So here we are in another New Year and it seems amazing to me that it is so long since 2000 !

This New Year is a little different for me because it has been some years since I had a man in my life but this year I do and there is potential for 2014 to be a great year for us both.  It has certainly begun well ( about 10 weeks now! ) and we have covered a lot of ground in a short space of time.

_1535We share many of the same interests ( the photos show a major one ! ) but what is particularly exciting about this is that we have started from a point of complete honesty, with each other, and this coupled with a willingness to communicate in a very real, accepting, compassionate way is what bodes well for the future. 

When you get to my time of life ( nearly 60..gulp! ) and have 2 major relationships behind you, neither of which¬†was noted for its good¬†communication, then you don’t want to enter into a 3rd that follows the same pattern. Andy and I have both made mistakes in previous relationships and we are keen not to repeat these in ours.

This requires reflection on why communication was not good, recognising the patterns that reinforced poor communication¬†and working towards a better way of being with another person in a genuine, open and adult way. It’s not easy and does require work but boy is it worth it !

I am thankful that Andy and I are doing this work together. He is undoubtedly helping me to be the best person I can be and I hope I am doing the same for him.

This all sounds terribly serious doesn’t it? but shouldn’t building a great relationship with someone be a serious business if you want it to succeed?¬† I think it should because if issues that arise¬† (and they always do it’s what happens when 2 ego’s meet )¬†are not dealt with then they accumulate, fester or build resentment and it’s these things that ultimately cause the collapse of a relationship; as does taking someone for granted.

Don’t get me wrong¬†Andy and I¬†spend a lot of our time laughing and having fun while we get to know each other.. You can be an adult and have a childlike joy too; they are not mutually exclusive.

So I am looking forward to 2014 and continuing to get to know this lovely man in a mindful way, building a true friendship and partnership of equals.

Maybe it soon won’t be “early days” any more.¬† ūüėČ

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 As ever I welcome your thoughts.

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Saturday girl signing off.

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