Let the celebrations be-gin!
When Megan and James told me their tables were all going to be named after different gins, we absolutely had to include gin as part of the ceremony too. There were so many metaphors as to why the components of a G&T also are essentials for a happy marriage, even more so when you find the perfect gin, Chapter 3 from Goosnargh Gin, which is distilled in Lancashire (like Megan and James’ relationship), bottled in July 2022 (like their marriage) and alongside the usual botanicals also includes rose, peony and hibiscus.
First we need a glass - made using the elements of earth (sand), fire, air and water. Greek philosophers believed the universe comprised these four elements: so this glass represents you being each other’s all.
Ice - to keep your cool
Gin - the key botanicals are:
Juniper - The Greeks used the berries in many of their Olympics events because of their belief that the berries increased physical stamina
Coriander seeds - a little bit of spice but also is very calming and good for nerves
Angelica root - roots keep you grounded and angelica root has long been used in Nordic folk medicine to reduce anxiety.
Citrus peel - zest / fruity
This is special gin though. Goosnargh Gin, Chapter 3. It was distilled in Lancashire like Megan and James’ relationship and bottled in July 2022 like their marriage. This particular gin has also been flavored with some extra things to make it even more special:
Hibiscus - packed with antioxidants to boost your immune system and protect you. It’s kindness, caring and romantic.
Rose petals - There is something so exquisite about the rose with its velvety soft petals and intoxicating fragrance. Traditionally associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, the rose symbolizes passion, desire and love.
Peonies - also symbolic of love, honor, happiness, wealth, romance, and beauty. The peony is traditionally given on special occasions as an expression of goodwill, best wishes, and joy.
Then of course you need to add the tonic - full of bubbles, it’s effervescent, silliness and fun.
And to top this off you always need a big sprinkle of compromise - I know James would probably have preferred this to be lager.