Cassie and Matthew set about organising their wedding, deciding on a quiet ceremony on the beach with only their nearest and dearest. The guestlist was tiny; Eric, Maria, Sue and Tristan.
‘5. Ivy’, Matt wrote at the bottom of the list, underlining it before looking wistfully out of the window. They both knew that finding her in time for their big day was a near-impossible task, but it didn’t hurt to dream.
While Cassie had Sue by her side to help choose her dress, she sadly wasn’t going to be able to make it to the wedding. Her mother was ill, so she and her husband were temporarily closing the pub and flying to Twinbrook to stay with her for a while, until she was back on her feet. They couldn’t afford to fly back just for the wedding.
‘Just you wait, Cass, I’ll get you the best present to make up for it,’ Sue had told her, hugging her tight. Cassie had been intrigued by the knowing glint in her friend’s eye, but decided to put it to the back of her mind. What was the point of a surprise present if you guessed it beforehand? Ruins all the fun!
Despite the fact they were only planning a small wedding, Cassie could not believe how much there was to sort out. Cake, flowers, catering, music, location, Matthew’s suit, and of course the all important wedding dress! The couple had been panicking over their relatively meagre budget until they received a phone call late one night.
‘Cassie, my dear!’ Eric bellowed down the phone. ‘I’ve got your wedding present sorted out! Maria says you’re still looking for a location, well not any more! I’ve hired you Castles In The Sand, the venue on the beach? It’s all booked, two weeks today!’
Cassie had been overwhelmed, both with the generosity of her former boss and how close the wedding date was! Full of gratitude, she set about arranging everything. Time flew by, until:
‘It’s today, it’s today! Mum, Dad! It’s today!!’