IT WAS on, off, and on again with his stole as the Revd Dr
Trystan Owain Hughes, Diocesan Director of Ordinands in
Llandaff diocese, alternated between being
officiant and best man during the wedding of his friend, Perry
Buck, to Nel Khuttan at Christ Church, in Cardiff.
The two men had met at university when they were "young, single,
and looking for love", Mr Buck says, "but it took almost 18 years
for us to find two beautiful wives".
Mr Buck had been Dr Hughes's best man, two years before. They
had supported each other over the years: Mr Buck, when Dr Hughes
was struck down with a degenerative spine condition, which delayed
his ordination for two years; Dr Hughes, when Mr Buck went through
his own difficult times. So Dr Hughes was delighted to play the
double role as a quick-change artist.
He was there at Mr Buck's side as Miss Khuttan came up the
aisle, and then quickly donned his stole to stand in front of them
to lead them through their vows. He remembered the ring as best
man, and then give a final blessing as officiant.