I’m writing this after a weekend in York with 10 of my best friends and it got me thinking about how lucky I am to have them all. I’ve already introduced my husband-to-be, and so now seems like an appropriate time to talk about the other great loves of my life.
We hear a lot about falling in love and finding the perfect partner, so much so that being lucky in friendships is often overlooked. But friendships can be just as fulfilling and powerful as finding “the one”, and I feel so grateful to have such strong female friends in my life.
And whilst a wedding is fundamentally about two people coming together and committing their lives to one another, if you chose it to be, it can also be an opportunity to celebrate all the people in your lives who have supported you and been there for you and got you to where you are today.
I am bursting with pride when I think about the 6 girls who have agreed to be by my side on one of the biggest days of my life. They are Charlotte and Harriet, my cousins, who I grew up with, shared the most amazing Granny with, and who probably know me better than anyone else in a lot of ways. And Miesha, Mary, Eve and Charlotte, my four best friends who I went to school with and who are the funniest, kindest, most incredible women I could ever hope to know. I’ve grown up with all these girls, we’ve shared countless birthdays, summers, parties and holidays. We’ve seen each other through exams, break-ups, family stress and any other type of high or low that life has thrown at us. Life is simply more fun when they are around!
And so I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have with me on the morning of my wedding, leading me down the aisle, and dancing and celebrating with me long into the night. I know they’ll be there for me every step of the way, helping me manage the dramas that are sure to crop up and be the first to put me in my place if I start to take things too seriously!