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There was a big huge guy who used to go about Glasgow. Former boxing champion.  He was called “Special”, apparently due to his obsession with The Specials.  I felt like I didn’t know him well enough to call him Special, so the first time I was introduced to him I spent the whole evening calling him by his real name (David).  At the end of the night Special grabbed hold of me, almost lifted me off my feet.  And growled “you’re alright, you – you’re the only person since 1981 that I’ve let call me David without knocking them out”. With this in mind I’m not sure if I should be writing here about “Emma-Jane and Simon”, or “EJ and Si”.  Would it sound weird writing about “Emma-Jane” and “Simon”?  Let’s go with EJ and Si! 

I can tell you that if EJ and Si’s wedding party was a car, it would be a Porsche that goes from nought to ninety in about 5 seconds flat. The dancefloor was rammed immediately.  In fact during the first dance the guests were circling the dancefloor like very nicely dressed fans waiting to invade a football pitch.  We were booked for a 1am finish and were a bit concerned that the party was in danger of peaking hours early.  But changing tack with some Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis etc. was just like throwing petrol onto a towering inferno.  Everyone just danced and danced.  We were convinced a whole other coach-load of guests arrived later in the evening.  It’s the only explanation for how everybody kept going.

From time to time we maybe see grooms and brides getting lifted up at the end of the night. However well before midnight Si was being literally hurled across the room, while EJ was up on folk’s shoulders, like a smiley beautiful bridey giraffe, to chants of EJ’S ON FIRE.  Announcing the final 3 songs on the mic, I said “if you are going to throw your bride and groom about – please throw them about responsibly”.  What a great night.

The venue was The Old School House (next to St Joseph’s Chapel) in Stepps, and the décor was lovely. I’m not totally sure exactly who did what but EJ, Si, their friends, A Couple of Cooks and Vintage Hire Scotland and Sparrow and Rose were all involved.  The photos are by Caro Weiss Photography.  Caro is a really cool person and the photo of EJ and Si in the field is particularly excellent.

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