Saturday morning came with no particular hangover, the joys of Scrumptiddly Cider and pacing yourself! With the morning likely to be taken up with wedding preparations, as Dave and Caroline were being handfasted early in the afternoon, and with The Star Copiers having a set mid-afternoon I was more interested in acquiring some breakfast and tea than thinking about getting on the cider. We did find time to pop into the main room to see Phily’s daughter and her band open up the day with some ace indie rock to blow the cobwebs away.
I’m going to try to remember that I think they were called The Hatters – I’m really sorry, that’s pretty bad not even getting a name written down! I was dipping in and out of the set trying to track down the sword I needed for the ceremony shortly, but one song was dedicated to a dead fish called Speedy (I think!), and there was a rousing rendition of Chelsea Dagger to enjoy too. It was a shame not to have seen more of the set but my principle duty until he was handtied was to protect Dave, so I set out to find him.
Eventually guests were ushered into the acoustic room which had been set up to perform a handfasting ceremony – which Tina expertly guided them through. Siobhan and I were witnesses – along with the rest of the room. It was a really quite moving, I’ve never really experienced a handfasting before. I was sorry to have to give up the sword to Dave though, I must admit! The indoor ceremony was concluded with the sharing of mead from a drinking horn, whilst outside bird seed was scattered and the happy couple jumped a broomstick held by the witnesses. A beautiful way to start the day.