I have been friends with Mr Johnstings for a very long time, throughout our single years partying and trying to meet girls – a feat with which we encountered limited success. Mrs Johnstings has come into the fold in recent years and I think all are agreed that she has helped Mr Johnstings to find the very best in himself and encouraged him to be more than perhaps he thought himself capable of. They are a good couple, well balanced and where the one has a weakness the other has a strength. That is not to say that they are the ‘perfect’ couple, I am sure they have their own share of ups and downs but that’s not really for me to talk about here.
I personally found their wedding very emotional. Perhaps because I am very close to Team Johnstings, perhaps because it is the first wedding I have been to since the birth of The Lizzy Face. I finally realised though, while watching my very good friend say his vows exactly why people get married. It isn’t because they have run out of things to do or say, and it’s not for any reasons of practicality. On Saturday I saw two people who complete each other, who help carry the weight of each others problems and whose experiences, outlooks and views challenge and support each other. Most of all, I saw the understanding and the connection between the two. There was no doubt, no worry, no jitters or wobbles. In the same way that when Lizzy arrived it felt like she always had and naturally would be there, I saw my friends knowing that to think anything else was ridiculous, bordering on comical; that they were meant to be together, as naturally as squirrels like to eat nuts in the winter.