For wetter or worse

Published: 20 September 2007

In a week dominated by news of suffering, tragedy and misery organising a wedding was always going to be tough. But with the help of friends, neighbours and enthusiastic suppliers Vicki Lanen and Jonathan Wagstaff were able to enjoy their big day.

From pumping out flood water at the reception venue to the caterers coping with a lack of water there were many obstacles to overcome. The community spirit that has been so obvious during the recent crisis in Tewkesbury was nowhere more apparent than at the Lanen household during the last 7 days.

The Lanen house has been a hive of activity from everyone involved and some complete strangers, all working hard to overcome the odds. Further obstacles became apparent on Saturday, with the emergency services desperate to protect Tewkesbury’s vital utilities closing the approach roads to their house.

The police road block into Tewkesbury from the A38 was specially opened to allow the bridal entourage access into the town, and on to a packed congregation waiting at St. Nicholas Church Ashchurch. The photographer arrived on a traffic-busting Harley-Davidson motorcycle, complete with all of his lighting equipment cameras and spares.

The bike survived the flooding despite being submerged in deep water, it had proved invaluable since the flood that damaged around 3000 houses in Tewkesbury alone. Filtering through the traffic and still flooded roads the photographer was on time photograph the arrival of the stunning Bride in a floor length strapless gown, and 2 bridesmaids in striking green dresses and satin bows.

The service went without a hitch although the phrase “For Wetter or Worse” was missing from the vows. A further surprise was waiting for the happy couple was the presence of a horse and carriage to whisk the newlyweds back to the party at the family home in Shutonger. The pouring rain in the evening did not dampen the revelry, and although the weather was very wet, the much feared flood waters did not appear. A tough week, a fantastic Wedding day, and hope for a brighter and drier future.

For the new Mr. and Mrs. Wagstaff I don’t think the day could have been any better.