My mum sent us an e-card today congratulating us on our fifth year wedding anniversary. I panicked when I saw it, thinking I had forgotten it. I was right, but luckily it wasn’t the anniversary of our wedding, just the anniversary of our secret legal ceremony. We couldn’t figure out a way to get legally married in Spain without going to a church or a dingy town hall, so we did the legal honors in my hometown. We didn’t tell anyone about it, so the actual ceremony would feel real.
We turned up at Rochdale registry office in casual attire, bearing no rings and giggled throughout the ceremony. The registrar reminded us of the solemn vows we were taking, but this just made us laugh more. We certainly didn’t feel married afterwards. We had only known each other for 16 months.