Ruth, my amazing youngest sister. In many ways, we’re very a-like but Ruth is definitely the cooler of the two of us. We’ve been through the stages of most siblings with a 7 year gap, excitement of having a new baby sister to look after and play with, annoyed – thinking she knows it all, for a short time I was the wiser one that she could turn to for advice but now we’re very close friends.
MAID OF HONOUR
Orla, one of my wonderful younger sisters. We’ve grown up together, with only a 3 year age gap, we’ve seen each other through each stage of childhood and life so far. I was lucky to get to spend loads of time hanging out with Orla while in London and she had a big influence on our decision to move to Surbiton. I couldn’t have done it without her and I’m looking forward to taking this next step with her by my side.
Ruth, my best friend from Dublin. We spent six years together at St. Josephs of Cluny secondary school and haven’t looked back. She has been there for all my formative years and all since. We’ve laughed, danced and cried together over the years. She is the person who will tell me the truth when I need to hear it but don’t want to.
Tara, my glamorous London roommate, hasbeen there since the start of my London adventure and the beginnings of my relationship with Steven. She was what made London a warm and friendly place at the start of it all. Tara put up with living with me for 3 years and over the time, we grew really close.
Alex, my sister-in-law to be. I first met Alex on her birthday, when I was welcomed to join her and Andrews’ family celebrations. Since then, we’ve spent plenty of time getting to know each other from Scotland to Mexico and Cardiff. Over the past 5 years, I’ve watched Alex grow from an unsure teenager, about to sit her A-Level’s to a confident woman, working in London.
THE BEST MAN
Andrew is my younger brother who came along when I was six in a surprise “buy one get one free” deal with his twin sister, Alex. Over the years, we’ve had plenty of fun and sibling rivalry alike. Spending so much time together growing up, we developed similar interests such as our mutual love of Star Wars. He has known me for (almost) my whole life, and I couldn’t ask for a better best man.
Gavin and I were on the same course at Glasgow University but it wasn’t until our third year, when we were luckily placed on the same group project that our friendship began. Together, we fought through to the end of the course, surviving on Greggs, meal deals and Irn Bru. After University, Gavin stayed on in Glasgow while I moved back down to London but the distance hasn’t kept us apart.
Fatefully meeting in Flat C of student halls in our first years at Glasgow University, Iain and I became close friends and went on to live together for four years. Back in the day we would stay up together playing games well into the wee small hours. Ever since the end of our student days we’ve lived apart, but we’ve made the effort to keep in touch and I look forward to having him by my side on July 20th.
Phil lived in the flat below Iain and me in student halls before we became flatmates from second year onwards. I’ve always found that Phil has a contagious accent, something I still pick up from him to this day. Without him, I may never have been introduced to a lot of the film, music, TV and video games that I love today, even if I will never be able to beat him at any of them.
David is Gillian’s older brother and my future brother in law. Ever since I first met the Cassidy family years ago, David has welcomed me as one of the boys, balancing the number of girls and boys in the family (if you include Milo, Orla’s dog!). We both like Thomas the Tank engine and got to visit the real Thomas together back in 2018. I’m looking forward to more adventures together in the future.