Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Many of my constituents know my PA, Pippa Rowen, well, although they will have never met her, Pippa is the kindly voice on the end of the phone, the one some constituents telephone four or five times a day during times of intense problems or stress.
On Saturday Pippa married Jonathan at Derby Cathedral and became Mrs Pippa Collett.
Pippa and Jonathan met during the 2005 general election when Jonathan was working as press officer to Michael Howard and working a 16 hour day – Pippa was working for central office as a volunteer, dressed up as a groundhog following Charles Kennedy around the country with placards. Not exactly the ideal setting for a romance to begin, but begin it did, demonstrating beyond doubt, that love will triumph all adversity!
It was probably the best wedding I have ever been to. Jonathan and Pippa are two of the happiest, nicest people you could wish to meet and that came through on Saturday with the huge amount of goodwill and affection shown towards them by family and friends.
Michael Joy and Tony, you did your children proud, it was a fabulous day. Drinking Pimms outside by the lake and fountain accompanied by a Jazz quartet was the perfect way to start the reception and it just got better from there on in.
The quote of the day has to have come from Baroness Peta Buscombe who said over the huge roast beef lunch, "God I love these Northern weddings, down South you get a glass of Champagne a couple of canapés and told to bugger off – this is fantastic”!
The best man read out a note of congratulations from David Cameron and then Michael Howard. David commented in his note that when he said he supported marriage he hadn’t expected everyone to rush off and get married! (A number of the staff in his office are doing the same thing this summer).
Everyone wishes Jonathan and Pippa all the happiness life can bring, but if you had seen them on Saturday, you would know, it’s theirs for the taking.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
This is my last blog until September. I am taking part of August off to invest some time in my girls. The office are going to post some of the more memorable photographs from the year which we haven't put up yet, starting with one from the wedding. That's just as soon as Tom can get his act into gear and find the lead for his camera!
I hope you all have a fabulous summer!