Stef and Steve couldn’t have chosen a more perfect venue for their wedding than the famous Temple Island in Henley-on-Thames. The couple met sailing so a wedding on the water was an absolute must-have.
Everyone arrived by boat and there was even a ‘beautiful pea green boat’ for the couple, which worked so well with one of their readings, The Owl & The Pussycat. All the guests joined in the hymns with gusto and there were so many boats passing on the river as the Henley Traditional Boat Festival was taking place too.
Just as we were coming up to the couple’s vows, I noticed a few guests pointing behind us, down the river. I took a super quick glance over my shoulder and saw the Queen’s Rowbarge, Gloriana, was just coming up to the island. I ad-libbed an intro and Stef, Steve and all their guests turned to applaud.
As we clapped, all the rowers on the Gloriana lifted their oars in salute and shouting ‘three cheers’ to the happy couple. It was an amazing moment that we absolutely couldn’t have planned by my goodness, it really was the perfect moment in a wonderful day.