Emily the Adventurer and the Very Messy Wedding!
It was a glorious day in the jungle.
Emily the Adventurer woke up extra early, too excited to stay asleep. She sat up in her cot chattering away to her best friend Macaco the Monkey until mummy came in to get her.
When mummy came in she was beaming.
“Good morning beautiful,” she cried, “it’s my wedding day!”.
Emily grinned her gappy grin back. For the past few months she had gotten to play with all sorts of lovely looking things for the wedding – pieces of fabric that floated like a gentle breeze, jewels that sparkled in the light and whirly curly ribbons that bounced when they were touched.
Emily was very excited to get to see all of these things together for the first time!
But first, she and mummy had to get ready for the big day.
All the animals were getting in on the act, eager to help out.
The elephants carried clay from a nearby river for mummy and her brides-monkeys to put on their faces to make the skin soft and pretty.
A boa constrictor put his strong muscles to use massaging their shoulders so they would be nice and relaxed.
Over in the big clearing, more animals were at work, decorating the space for the big day.
The giraffes put their long necks to use hanging sheets of fabric from the highest branches so they swept down to the ground like grand pillars, while the monkeys swung between trees, looping flower garlands through the branches.
Everything was in place to make it a perfect day!
Finally it was time to get dressed! First mummy helped Emily put on her flower girl dress. It was a very beautiful dress, ivory with a dusk pink sash and delicate flowers around the hem. Emily kicked and wriggled happily in it, feeling very grand indeed.
Then mummy’s bridesmonkeys, resplendant in their pink dresses, came in to help mummy get dressed in the most beautiful gown Emily had ever seen.
The heavy ivory fabric wrapped itself around her, then fanned out over layers of floaty fabric, as light as a gentle breeze, that softly brushed the ground.
The delicate beads on the dress and her necklace and earrings glittered in the late morning sun, and the bridesmonkeys shrieked and giggled with delight.
Emily felt a little overawed at seeing her mummy like this – with her hair piled up in elegant curls and the dramatic train falling away behind her she looked more like a movie star than her mummy!
But then she turned and gave Emily a radiant smile and Emily knew it was still her mummy inside all that finery.
Cuddled safe in mummy’s arms, Emily thought about how lucky she was to have such a wonderful mummy. She knew that nothing could stop this from being a perfect day!
While the morning seemed to have taken a long time, things suddenly began to speed up after they were all dressed. Before Emily knew it they were on their way to the wedding!
They walked carefully through the jungle towards the clearing. Mummy looked nervous but excited. Emily kept a tight hold on her hand to try and keep her calm.
Peeking through the bushes, Emily could see daddy and his groomsgorillas waiting at the end of the aisle. They looked very handsome, daddy in his suit with a patterned vest, the gorillas in jackets and ties.
The wedding was to take place in Emily’s favourite part of the jungle – not only was the big clearing a great place for meeting up with all her jungle friends, it sat alongside a beautiful stream. Emily loved the way it burbled through the clearing and away into the depths of the jungle.
That was where they were headed now.
The music started and Emily toddled her way down the aisle. There were people and animals everywhere to watch the big event, and for a moment Emily felt scared, but she saw her daddy standing at the end of the aisle and calmed down.
She knew this was a very important day for him and her mummy, so she kept going and made it all the way to the end and into daddy’s arms!
Behind her, the bridesmonkeys were also making their way, wobbling a little bit. Their monkey feet weren’t quite used to walking in shoes, and their high heels were sinking into the soft ground.
Still, they did look lovely and managed to make it to the end of the clearing without too much trouble.
Then it was mummy’s turn!
The music lifted, and out she came on granddaddy’s arm.
The light that filtered through the trees glowed around her as she walked towards daddy and Emily, a smile of pure joy on her face. Emily turned to look at daddy, who was also smiling. His eyes were so full of happiness that it made Emily wriggle in delight.
It really was going to be the best day ever!
But, as mummy and daddy took their places in front of the celebrant, a wise, good-natured owl, things started to go wrong.
All of a sudden the high heel of the clumsy bridesmonkey sank deep into the ground and she lost her balance.
BUMP! She bumped into the other bridesmonkey, who bumped into mummy. CRASH! Mummy lost her balance in her big dress and started to fall, and SPLASH! Mummy knocked into the celebrant who toppled off his perch and into the lake behind them!
All of the guests gasped in horror!
The celebrant flapped awkwardly out of the lake, coughing a little on the water he had accidentally swallowed.
Everyone turned to look at the clumsy bridesmonkey, who was frozen in place, half-fallen, with a horrified expression on her face.
“Whoopsie!” she said.
A few animals tittered quietly, then silence fell.
The celebrant resumed his place on the perch, shook water droplets from his feathers and started the ceremony.
Emily sat in the front row with her grandparents to watch.
Mummy and daddy gazed into each others’ eyes smiling while the celebrant said nice things that made everyone smile and laugh and cry.
Then it came time for the vows and the exchange of rings. Mummy and daddy had shown Emily their rings, she loved how shiny and nice they looked.
As they finished their vows daddy’s Best Gorilla reached into his pocket to take out the rings – but the little cloth bag they were in had caught on a thread in his pocket!
He pulled and tugged, to no avail, when all of a sudden, SNAP! The thread broke, his hand came free and the little bag flew out of his grasp and high into the air!
Everyone gasped as the little bag flew up and up and up and then caught on a tiny twig, high in a tree.
The groomsgorillas launched into action. One jumped on the shoulders of the other and leapt up into the tree, while the other started climbing from the ground.
Around and around the tree they went, swinging from one branch to the next, working their way towards the rings.
The branch the little bag was caught on was too light to take the weight of either groomsgorilla, so instead they climbed to the nearest strong branches and took turns shaking the branch to get the bag to fall.
Back and forth when the branch, with the little bag swinging wildly but never quite letting go.
Then one of the gorillas pushed a little too hard and overbalanced, falling into the branch and knocking the whole thing off the tree!
The other gorilla caught him and they started to make their way back down, while below guests and bridal party alike tried to get out of the way of the falling branch.
CRASH! It landed in the clearing and the search to free the ring bag from under it was on.
Animals and humans alike scrabbled about frantically, until finally a small beetle managed to locate it and carried it triumphantly from under the branch.
Everyone was delighted, and as the groomsgorillas made it back to the ground the ceremony resumed… again.
Finally mummy and daddy got to exchange their shiny rings, beaming all the while. The celebrant pronounced them married and they kissed while all the guests erupted in cheers, roars and shrieks of happiness, depending on their species.
Emily toddled up to give her mummy and daddy a hug and kiss as everyone crowded around to congratulate them.
Both her parents were beaming with joy. Daddy gave her an extra tight cuddle and mummy whispered excitedly in her ear, “we’re married!”.
And Emily knew that, even with everything that had gone wrong, it really had been a perfect day.