September 8th, 1991
At home, England
Sarah is married! The day started out with a few sprinkles but by the time we were ready for pictures in her mum and dad’s garden, the sun was out in full force.
“Look at you lot,” Sarah’s dad said, discretely wiping a tear, as the photographer barked, “No squinting!”
“Bleeding ‘ard not to,” Suzette, the other bridesmaid uttered, while I made a poor attempt at sucking in my stomach.
“You’re not crying, are you, dad?”
“Me? No. Think I’ve something in me eye.”
“Aw, bless,” Sarah and Suzette cooed in unison.
“No talking! Please!”
“He’s a bundle of laughs, where’d you find im, Sarah?”
“And three, and two, and one,” the photographer shouted, above the sound of the shutter, snapping what I imagine will be amusing pictures.
“He’s a mate of-”
“He better not keep this up all day!” Suzette huffed, making me laugh.
“And we’re quiet! And we’re still!”
“Still annoying,” Suzette hissed, as the photographer waved his hand. “Bridesmaids, step aside! Parents, step in!”
Suzette shook her head and pulled me aside. “We’ve time for some happy juice, before we go to the church,” she winked.
I gave her a questioning look. “Listen,” she whispered. “If we ‘ave to be stuck in these frothy frocks all day, we’ll need a drink. Or three.”
Ah, a girl after my own heart!