As the big day approaches, brides everywhere have been known to go into meltdown as it dawns on them just how much could go wrong on the big day.
For me, it was the possibility that my spring wedding in the back of Welsh beyond might fall slap bang in the middle of a forecast blizzard – my Google searches at the time tell a story of their own: ‘tractors for hire west wales’, ‘buy grit in bulk’, ‘how often are meteorologists wrong?’. Oh, and the fact that there’s nothing like an imminent wedding to bring into sharp focus just how utterly useless some friends and relatives are capable of being (JUST RSVP, IT’S NOT DIFFICULT!).
It didn’t matter how many times someone told me that everything would be all right on the day. Or how many well-meaning brides past reflected that the things that went wrong on their own big days were the very things they now looked back on fondly (in my mind, a misshapen cake or a hapless bridesmaid forgetting the confetti couldn’t really be compared to a total absence of guests – or indeed a bride, groom or registrar - due to black ice and six foot snow drifts). In the end, everything was of course fine. The sun shone like a midsummer’s day; I stopped stalking the BBC Weather Centre all over the Internet; the harangued employees of the West Wales Road Haulage Association breathed a collective sigh of relief when I took them off speed dial.
Knowing full well the sheer panic of those final 48 hours before ‘I do’, I take my tiara off to Lucia Baratta, who touched down in Orkney to find that transatlantic baggage handlers had mislaid her suitcase – containing her wedding dress, shoes, and just about everything else she’d lovingly packed away in preparation for the happiest day of her life.
Fortunately for the groom, John Sessions, and his future Mrs, help was on hand in the form of the enormous goodwill of Orkney Islanders, who responded to their Scottish hotel’s desperate Facebook plea for help by generously loaning wedding paraphernalia by the carriage-load - including 12 wedding dresses in her size, veils, headdresses, bouquets, bridal slippers and makeup.
A lovely message from Mrs Lucia SessionsPosted by The Kirkwall Hotel on Tuesday, 14 July 2015
“To the wonderful brides of Orkney, I wanted to thank you personally for the love you provided me today – you will always be in my heart. All you’ve done to make our day so special has created a worldwide buzz.
“I would have been absolutely honoured to wear any of your dresses. All the love you’ve provided for me will never be forgotten. Please come to Seattle and I’ll take good care of you.”
Huge congratulations Mr and Mrs Sessions – may Orkney love stay with you always.
Image: The Kirkwall Hotel