Ian and Des's Wedding

Trip Start Apr 23, 2005
Trip End Mar 31, 2006

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

The arrival back into London was as expected - Cold and rainy. But I was glad to be back - familiar surroundings and friends are always a welcome sight. And I seriously do love London - it's a great city.

The next stop was a little country manor in Warrickshire where my good friends Ian and Desre were to be married. I had the honour of being an usher (which means I got to dress up) and I headed up on Friday with most of the wedding party to help out organising and have a bit of a party the night before.

Just to think - 2 days previously I was roughing it in a dodgy hostel in Athens with no power, feeling very grotty and now I'm being treated like a prince in a posh country manor hotel - Love it!

Friday night we got all the last minute arrangements done and then sat down for a beatiful meal. Half way through the meal a helicopter landed and 2 couples walked into the restaurant for a quick drink. Talking to some of the staff, who were a bit miffed that they'd turned up unannounced, they told me that it was a couple of fella's taking their dates out in a helicopter - They'd seen the manor from the air and decided to drop in for a quick drink. And I thought I was a romantic! I've clearly got a lot to learn.

Saturday morning, the boys (Ian, Nick, Billy, Peter, Tom Frank, and myself) headed onto the golf course for a quick 9 holes. I've got to thank my old housemate Munners here for his golf coaching last summer, because I managed to hit 2 very sweet Tee-offs which saved from the embarassment of the rest of my game (approach was awful and putting even worse). Luckily the weather closed in and we only managed 3 holes. The 3rd tee'd off over a lake which claimed 2 of my balls. I headed back for a quick sleep before changing into my tux which looked very dapper indeed:

The wedding kicked off at 3pm and was a nice little civil service - short and sweet. Ian and Des had been hoping for some sun, but were a bit surprised at the thunderstorm which started just as the service started and seemed to finish as the service finished. It added a sense of drama to the whole occasion - Perhaps it was symbolic? This isn't going to be a boring marriage - it's gonna be thunder and lightning baby. Knowing Ian and Des - that's probably true and they wouldn't want it any other way!

I was tasked with filming the speeches at the dinner, so I missed out on most of the toast - which is a good thing - allowed me to last the night. The dancing started at about 10pm and by 11pm I thought it might be a good idea to get all the groomsmen and ushers(there were 8 in all including the groom) up on the dancefloor to perform a full monty for the bride (don't worry Mum - only jackets and waistcoats came off). The result was hilarious and very very popular with the ladies! I'm not sure we ever managed to sort out who's clothes were who's from the pile at Desres feet!

After a bit more dancing, I headed to the bar, only to be introduced by Billy to a South African shot called vinnige fanie (pronounced fenaga farnie). It's a simple idea:

1. Take 1 shotglass of white sugar and a shot of Whisky.
2. Fill your mouth with as much sugar as is comfortable and wait until it dissolves in your mouth.
3. Take the shot of whisky, swoosh around and swallow

The result is that the alcohol and sugar go straight into the bloodstream and give you an alcoholic sugar rush which hits you very quickly. I only had the one, but I wouldn't recommend doing these in close succession. Here's the result:

The wedding was a blast - Thanks Ian and Des. I'm sure you will have a great life together.
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