(tl;dr – we’re having a pre-wedding shindig on Thursday 10th August for our blogging/Twitter friends, and you’re all invited!)
As many of you know, Livvy and I have already set a date for our wedding later this year. We’ll be tying the knot down in Hampshire at the end of September – six months next Thursday, in fact. It means that preparations are very much in full swing, and we’ve made pretty good progress over the last few weeks. The marquee is booked, Liv’s bought her dress and shoes, we have a colour scheme (or so I’m told)…things are roughly on track!
One thing we haven’t yet finalised is the guest list, and that’s not going to be easy. Getting all our favourite people together in one place? Hell yes. Telling a handful of friends or family members that we simply don’t have room for them? Ugh, no thanks. Figuring out exactly where to draw that line – and who falls either side of it – is the painful little sting in the tail of what is otherwise a very enjoyable process; one I’m not looking forward to tackling when the time comes.
And it’s no exaggeration to say that blogging here over the last 3-4 years has made it even harder! Suddenly there are all these amazing people in my life – our lives – who we’d love to have at our wedding; not least because it’s this community that brought us together, and in which we’ve always felt able to be our full selves, with nothing held back. Eroticon this year really hammered home the significance of those friendships – for us and for many others, I think.
We don’t yet know how many of those new friends we’ll be able to bring down to Hampshire in September, but the reality is that it won’t be – could never be – quite as many as we’d like. So we’ve decided to do something about that…
For the last three years, I’ve taken part in London Zoo’s ‘Streak for Tigers’ fundraising event. I keep going back because even though the run itself takes less than five minutes for most people, the event as a whole is so damn joyous. Everyone looks like they’re having such a good time, whether it’s the first time they’re taken their clothes off in public or the 100th, and I’ve come away each time inspired by the sense of fun and community that I’ve encountered.
Last year Liv joined me at the start line, and this year we’d love it if a whole bunch of you could come along too! It’s on Thursday August 10th, and we’re going to book a table (or area) at a nearby pub afterwards, where we’re also hoping to meet up with anyone who can’t make it to the zoo (or just isn’t into getting their kit off in public!).
Basically if we know you from Twitter or our blogs (or other community events), and you fancy having a bit of a knees-up to help us celebrate getting hitched, you’re invited!
If you’d like more details (time, venue, secret handshake etc), just leave a comment on this post or contact one of us by email/DM. I’ll probably post a reminder closer to the time, but I don’t know when tickets for the tiger streak will sell out, so thought it was a good idea to get this post up early!