No global pandemic is going to stop me from marrying you

Since we first met each stage of our relationship has been a bit like setting out on a new kind of adventure. We first met in the summer of 2019 through a dating app, which Angie in particular was wary of using. But after prompting from her brother, who had already offered to introduce us […]

Finding a way back

Claire I had reached the end of myself and, what I thought, was the end of our marriage. Steve and I had met in our church youth group, fallen in love towards the end of our teens and got married at the end of my second year of university. Just before then, Steve had landed […]

The Essence of Marriage

There have been no shortage of challenges in the last year. The huge scale of the Covid pandemic and its impact is naturally causing a lot of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear across the globe. Lockdowns, face masks, tiers and restrictions, furlough schemes, home-working and business closures have headlined the news. Getting married in the chaos […]

Throwing out the Rulebook

Let’s start this story when Aled first asked me out. We had been housemates in Cyprus for a year and a half and had become the best of friends in that time. Three weeks before I was due to return home to the UK, Aled asked me out on a date. I was overjoyed, but […]

A year in lockdown: What we’ve learnt about marriage and parenthood 

Last August, my wife and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. I met my wife Sarah when she was 18, and I was 22, and we were working for the same church, overseeing the youth and children’s work. We dated for around 18 months before I popped the question, and we began planning our big day. Finally, […]

Thriving on Less – Our Relationship in Lockdown

2020 was quite the year?  In the midst of great global upheaval and tragedy, my family, as many around the world were stripped of both the fripperies and the seeming necessities of our way of living & social calendars, for lockdown life. It’s been quite the journey, and lockdown living was an interesting way to […]

The Biggest Wedding we could ever have had: Covid edition

We had a better wedding than we ever dreamt possible in the middle of a pandemic.   Like many soon-to-be weds with a date booked in 2020, we looked on the year with excitement, for this was going to be ‘our year’. And then we went into a national lockdown.  It was a crushing feeling to witness friends move […]

The Box

‘CHARLES AND HIS DOG’ It was 2002 and Zara was moving to Oxford to begin life as an undergraduate. It felt right to gift her with something that would truly demonstrate my love for her before she left London, fell in love with the clean air, and ‘Charles and his dog’, never to return. Zara […]

In Sickness and in Health

I’m sometimes asked questions about our wedding day – how did I feel walking down the aisle? Did I have any pre-ceremony nerves? Did my head feel like it was going to explode or was I as cool as a cucumber? The truth is that I was incredibly calm on the morning of our wedding. […]

Our Silver Lining Wedding!

Since I was a young girl, getting married was something I had dreamed about. Even before my husband proposed, I had a Pinterest board full of inspiration and ideas for our perfect wedding and marriage. Being the perfectionist planner, the majority of our wedding was planned 6 months into what turned out to be a […]