David Moseley

White, wonderful wedding

2013-01-29 14:35

David Moseley

The hard part is over. Right? After the fretting of what the future father-in-law will say to your anxious request, and the nail-chewing proposal itself, all that's left to do is be at the right place at the right time to follow the instructions of the man in the robe. Say "I do", hit the dance floor, enjoy the honeymoon, start life proper.

Except, no, it's not quite that simple because nothing in life can prepare you for the sight of your wife-to-be walking down the aisle.

Of all the incredible things I've seen - a car blowing out and rolling on the N2 right in front of me, a Rangers/Celtic Glasgow derby soccer match, even a recent sunset striking gold on the Bosphorus (about as dramatic and exotic as it gets for this infrequent traveller) - thrilling as these and many others were, my eyes have never been as thrillingly engaged as they were for the three minutes it took Robyn to walk the wedding gauntlet with her father (to the theme music from True Romance, of course).

Wits were at an end already, thanks to the "wedding march" starting 15 minutes later than scheduled (Robyn's nerve-wracking payback after my exuberant day out at the Newlands New Year's Test match two days prior to the wedding). There's also only so long you can keep your composure when over 100 people are staring at you, waiting, as you've done so many times before, to see your reaction at the first glimpse of the bride.

Still, when your bride takes that first step towards you, on a short stroll that takes an eternity for those already standing at the altar, you never quite expect your emotions to run so ragged so swiftly.

Your deepest breaths are yanked from the pit of your gut by invisible breath-grabbers (the tiny beings who travel from wedding to wedding, trawling for emotions and snaring gasps of awe in their deep sea nets of delight).

Your focus narrows and guests are blurred to the periphery. Even the man who's holding onto your bride steps magically out of frame (though his grip on her arm could be likened best to a vice and all that). With every step she takes your grin grows wider, until your cheeks have stretched to breaking point. With every inch closer your mind races forward and sees all the wonderful moments that are yet to come. Life is beautiful. Life is your beautiful bride.

In a flash that lasts a lifetime, a lightning strike that lingers in the night sky just long enough to display the full streak only to vanish without ever having been there, you’re standing face-to-face with your future. It's thrilling, terrifying and about the most exciting experience you'll have since that time you wondered what would happen if you put a finger into a plug point.

One hundred people miraculously appear again in front of you, and all you can think about is the fifth jug of frozen margarita you drank on the first date and whether or not you shut the bedroom windows when you left for the wedding (the human mind, eh).

Such is the buzz, the aura of the pristine white dress, the emotion of the moment and the anticipation of what’s to come, you instantly blurt out "I do" while the padre is merely welcoming the guests to the wedding.

And so the ice is broken and the jitters dissipate and your new life starts.

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