Our dream wedding was in the works from the day we first met. Over drinks near Liverpool Street Station, I told my partner-to-be, Louise, about my plan for a festival wedding, an informal party without the trappings of traditional ceremonies. It was bold for a first date, but I felt so comfortable with Louise that I didn’t mind telling her. She loved the idea.
Three years later, the date was set and the plans in place. On July 11 2020, we were due to get married at our own festival. We would walk down an aisle in a plum orchard, then mill around the festival grounds. There would be an open mic during the day and three sets from a band at night – a covers session, band-aoke, and disco. We would have casual American food and two bell tents, one for kids and another for the ‘old dears’. At night, guests could gather around fire pits, which kids could throw colour-changing sachets into. Like magic.
But, the best-laid plans… Coronavirus hit and we had to postpone to 2021. We were devastated.
The festival is still going ahead, but in a strange twist, we got married at a live Zoom ceremony on May 23 for a new Channel 4 documentary, Hitched at Home.
Louise is my ‘Tinderella’. She’s 34 and works in education technology; I’m 35 and I work in media. We matched on Tinder on a Thursday and went on our first date the next day. I remember her blonde hair flowing in the wind, her sparkly blue eyes, and captivating smile. Wow, I thought, she’s something special.
The evening flowed, with no awkward silences. We spoke about my wedding plan, how many kids we wanted – three for her, two for me – and what our dream house would be like. It could have been too much, but we both felt so comfortable together.