All in all Mum & Dad felt that it was lovely, so that was the main thing.
Nick got the 4 boys to read out some facts about 1952 and 2012, and Andrew said a prayer of dedication, as well as the 4 of them singing a hymn -
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord for the years, we bring our thanks today.
That truly made M&D's day.
Tim read an inspirational story about faith, and both Mum and Dad talked about some of the "weird" family history.
They loved the vase, and later admitted they were glad we had done it. We had all bought plants for the garden as extra gifts, and I had also had a tree planted in Northamptonshire (the county they married in), as there are some re-planting programmes going on at present. It is a field maple, which is a native to England, but has a family link as Mum's Mum was actually born in Canada.
Anyway, words can't really sum up the day - just to say it went really well - and here are a few of the family pictures from the day -
Opening the pressie-
Cutting their cake - Mum made it, and it's in the shape of a heart.