1. What a schedule! How did you do all that in one day?
You must be reading our program with the ambitious schedule in it.
Put simply, we didn't manage it all. We got a late start and then got stuck in traffic. Then we fell further behind the rest of the day. We barely had 5 minutes to enjoy the Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, and we didn't make it to the Salisbury Museum at all. We also returned to London
much later -- around 2AM.
2. What do you mean by "application of Celtic tattoos"? Did everybody get a tattoo?
Ah, another event we skipped. We ordered "temporary" Celtic tattoos from Dover Publications which we thought would be fun to apply
while everyone was riding around on the bus. But the day went so fast we
simply didn't have time. So we gave them to VJ's nieces and nephews to play with when we got home.
3. How many costume changes did you make?
Not as many as you think. Vicky Jo wore a traditional wedding dress
at the civil ceremony, and she wore the same dress at Stonehenge, albeit disguised under a blue velvet bodice she made herself
because English Heritage would not allow her to wear a white wedding
costume (but she was
determined to wear the same dress for both ceremonies). Robin wore a dove gray morning coat and top hat for the traditional ceremony, and changed into Celtic garb for the Stonehenge ceremony. Both of
us brought fun "day clothes" for touring around in that were also
wedding themed. Robin wore a whimsical tuxedo t-shirt and VJ a
short white dress and white beaded tennis shoes. We also came prepared
with plenty of accessories -- Vicky Jo had a white raincoat and white umbrellas
in case of rain, and white bridal sunglasses in the event of bright sun.
Attended which part? Robin's sister Sally and nephew Alan flew
to Los Angeles and spent five days in Hollywood with us first. Then we
boarded a flight to London together, where we were united with Vicky
Jo's parents and her sister's family. During the touring week in London, Judy popped in to say hello, and Malcolm
dropped in a few days later with Judy to have dinner with us. These same
people all boarded the bus with us in London. In Marlborough, we
added Robin's Aunt Barbara and our videographer, Peter. Robin's
mother joined us from Australia on a speaker-style telephone to listen
in on our civil ceremony. Then at Stonehenge we
added Steve Myers and his wife, Ann, plus our Celtic celebrant, Wise Owl
(Anne Coleman). And we know many people were there with us in
spirit because we could feel them (and we thanked them for joining us
during our ceremony). Most of our attendees are pictured here.
I thought they didn't let
you into the stone circle anymore. Has that policy changed?
That's a sad policy which was understandably instituted by English Heritage.
After all, tourists had been carving their initials into the stones or
carting off pieces of rock. It was a move intended to protect the
monument from further destruction, which I applaud. However, it is possible to make special
arrangements (for a price) to have private access into Stonehenge before
and after normal operating hours, which is what we did. It can be
a powerful experience to touch the stones, which is why we chose to
celebrate our union there.
this your first marriage? Do you have any kids?
This is Vicky Jo's first marriage, she is proud to say -- although it
annoyed her no end when the registrar had her sign legal documents
labeling her as a "spinster." It's a legal term that
persists in Britain, so it's a price she had to pay. Robin has
been married twice before, and has a son (Brenton) from his first
marriage. He raised three stepsons during his second marriage of
15 years, but they are not his genetic offspring.
Did you have formal pictures taken?
Unfortunately, no. We chose to hire only a
videographer for our event, and felt that including a photographer as
well would begin to feel like it was an occasion for papparazzi instead
of a serious wedding ceremony. So we opted against that and
encouraged our guests to take lots of pictures instead. We
couldn't re-create the event later in a studio, since Robin's
formalwear was rented on Savile Row in London and was returned the day
after the wedding. (Didn't that top hat look dashing though?)