It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife, and if that be the case, then that wife wants sun on her wedding day. Whilst there may be those who were of the belief that rain bodes blessings for the nursery, Elizabeth surveying the precipitation had only the thought that it was better weather for ducks and her damask gown would be ruined in this downpour.
Mr Collins, of course, would no doubt claim that this was a sign from above, showing displeasure for slighting his patroness, but Elizabeth felt the Lord had more pressing matters to hand than her marriage to Mr Darcy. Though she was not against uttering a prayer for the sun to break through the grey clouds.
Jane felt the poor weather was a reminder of her first stay at Netherfield and how Mr Bingley had cared so wonderfully for her when she had caught cold from an unfortunate rain shower on her journey there. But then Jane always saw the best in every occasion. Elizabeth wasn’t prejudiced against such happy enthusiasm but if rain on this of all days was a sign of Mr Bingley’s adoration, then a joint wedding probably hadn’t been the best of ideas.
But Mama had been so keen to marry them off before either gentleman could change their minds and had been deaf to the protestations that this would never be a possibility. Mrs Bennett was consumed with pride and desperate to boast of the good marriages her eldest daughters had made. She may have been reconsidering this today with the downpour threatening to prevent the ladies from arriving at the church on time. The deluge had caused the duck pond to burst its banks, which had pleased the ducks no end and they now all but ruled the roads.
If only she had been able to wed at Pemberley. The ballroom was an ideal venue for a ceremony, though the lake excited passions within her that the village pond didn’t! But it would be many generations hence before such weddings were possible in any location other than the church.
And indeed this was the case, sometime later, when a modern day Liz was instagraming her entourage with pictures of the Estate with the hashtag ‘gotta-get-hitched-here’. Though there was one issue concerning her. She phoned her beloved “Darcy, I love this place but it hasn’t got a licence to hold marriages and I want to do our vows in a tepee by the lake.” “No worries Babe” Came the reply “We’ll get a celebrant to do the ceremony.” “But will it be a proper wedding? You know what mum will say.” “Sure Liz, we just need to do the legal stuff in a simple ceremony at the register office first. Costs about 50 quid. We can then do our personal vows and exchange rings with the celebrant in front of all our guests by the lake. You can have that wedding you want, whenever you want, wherever you want.”
Liz squealed with delight and almost dropped the phone in the lake with excitement, which as Darcy was not there to rip off his shirt and dive in and rescue it, was probably not the best of actions, though it might make a good alternative to a first dance.
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Thanks to Christopher Ian Photography for use of the image.