Married people in the Society face a question mundane couples never have to consider: should their personas get married? In the case of Tracy and I, we decided that as Finn is somewhat older than Isolde by about 400 years, our personas would remain unmarried. This did not stop our friends in the Barony of Bakhale from giving us a wedding; it was a great excuse for having a small event.
The wedding party consisted of Isolde and I, plus our S.C.A. son Johnny and Isolde's friend Katherine Fitzroy, who later became our daughter-in-law. The ceremony was presided over by Bishop Geoffrey d'Ayr. Isolde's father had decided not to attend stating, "I ain't wearing pantyhose for God," but Isolde's mother was intrigued by the idea and was quite happy to don medieval garb.
The presence of Isolde's mother did cause some distress to the autocrat. The cooks were preparing "aphrodisiac" dishes for the feast (as if we needed them), and they were afraid that Isolde's mother would be offended. Isolde assured them that beneath that sophisticated exterior, her mother harbored the heart of a true mad woman. In short, Cap would not be offended.
Isolde's mother did cause us some distress in a totally unexpected way, however. Before the ceremony, she slipped and severely sprained her ankle. Since she couldn't put any weight on the ankle, one of the Bakhalies was pressed into service to carry Cap about.
The Bakhalie gentleman who was designated to be Cap's legs was named Hagar. Hagar is a son of the Vikings both within the Society and mundanely. He has blond hair, blue eyes, stands about six feet twelve inches tall and is nearly as wide at the shoulders. Cap had no trouble with the idea of him carrying her about.
Since Isolde’s mundane business is making bridal gowns, she did her usual thing of getting people into their gowns and ready to go before the ceremony. When she was finished with that, she started looking for a cup of tea, which is the usual reward she gives herself for a job well done. It was then that Isolde noticed that there was one gown, a white one, left over.
Isolde had just started to try figure out whose gown it might be when her mother hobbled in. "You know, if they give a wedding and the bride doesn't show up, someone is going to get suspicious," Cap said. She helped Isolde get into her own gown and the wedding proceeded.
The real surprise of the event was how well Cap and Hagar got along. Hagar is a good heart but not very polished, while Cap is a very sophisticated lady. Hagar and Cap sat with us at high table and had a marvelous time. After it was all over Cap said to us, "If I were just twenty years younger or he twenty years older..."
Maybe there was something to those aphrodisiac dishes after all!