Luckily we spoke with Neals daughter, Tempy who confirmed that Neal was happy to hold the ceremony for us. We were delighted and set about preparing for our upcoming 13th wedding. Alex went to the hairdressers where we met Christine and I booked in for the morning of the wedding to see if she could tame my crazy hair for the ceremony.
We unpacked Tabitha and got Alex’s shirt washed and ironed and went to the bar to celebrate having our 13th wedding ceremony planned…bad move!
We enjoyed several gin and tonics in the sunshine on the Driftwood deck and were then whisked off to a party on the back of a golf cart by Jungle Jim! The party involved very cheap drinks and lots of talk of Island time, spiders and diving and we even met a dog who has her own facebook page! It was a great night and we met more lovely friends and of course woke up with heavy heads! Will we EVER learn?
We had a beetroot for breakfast which obviously didn’t help the hangover at all so headed back to the Driftwood for a burger! That sorted us out so we gathered our wedding clothes, hit the hairdressers and went to have a wedding!
Christine made my hair beautiful and she kindly offered to be camera-woman for the wedding…and of course our guest. We arrived at Jade Seahorse and got changed into my wedding dress, Tempy took some photographs of us while Neal got into ‘character’ and I got up close and personal with the afore mentioned spiders! Having my face really close to them was not so much fun but not as scary as I had anticipated. As you look through the pictures you will have to try spotting the spiders…there is probably at least one in every shot.
Neal appeared in all of his master of ceremony glory. He wore baby pink trousers and a bright yellow and green patterned shirt and a matching hat. He held what looked like a weapon but was actually what he called his ‘Neanderthal stick’ with which he would bless us during the ceremony. Christine held the camera for us while Tempy took some pictures and Neal held us a fantastic ceremony. He referred to us as Alexander and Elizabeth as he had decided we had very royal names. The ceremony incorporated all kinds of craziness. Our thousands of guests were welcomed to share in our celebration, the spiders, the gnomes and leprechauns were all summoned to witness the love shared between us. We smiled an laughed so much throughout the ceremony that our faces ached! Neal was a great sport and as he blessed us with his Neanderthal stick we bowed our heads and held hands tightly. The spiders, gnomes and Leprechauns applauded and threw their hats and we took a bow.
It was such great fun and in such a genuinely unique location. The Jade Seahorse would be magical dressed with twinkling lights and candles for a really romantic, surreal, colourful wedding. I can picture strings of fairy lights, hanging coloured jars filled with tea lights and mismatched crockery everywhere with miniature cakes and triangle sandwiches. Pretty much like a mad hatters tea party but in the actual physical representation of Neals mind!
We loved it so much and our only regret is that we didn’t manage to find a photographer at such short notice. Tempy did a great job but a professional would have been able to showcase the place perfectly, the angles, colours and light are a photographers dream and would make amazing fantasyland shots.
To end our evening we gazed at the stars and planets through Neals telescope, then grabbed a pizza at skid row and finished the night with a famous Monkey Balls at the Driftwood. We urge anyone that visits Utila to go and spend the night at the Jade Seahorse or even just go for a beer. It is one of the most unique places I have ever been and Neal has an amazing talent for creating something so beautiful. Yet again we have been blessed to meet great people, visit great places and make amazing memories!
Location and photography – Jade Seahorse