Having known Michael and Linzi for some years now it was heartbreaking to hear the news of his very tragic bicycle accident at the beginning of March, Michael and I both share a love of Ducati and coffee and have ridden together all over the country both on road and track. I do enjoy dropping in if passing as a bloody good brew is always guaranteed.
I have tried writing about Linzi and Michael’s wedding but keep getting stuck, which as anyone who reads this blog regularly will know is very unlike me, I have done my best though, suffice to say it was a very great honour to be asked to photograph their wedding which took place last weekend in the chapel at the James Cook University Hospital – I proudly maintained my 100% record of ‘leaky eye’.
Friday the 22nd of March, was shall we say, a little challenging on the roads and my ‘direct’ route to Middlesborough was closed by snow on the morning of the wedding, I carried on all the way to Carlisle and across to Newcastle and down – it was actually a bit of a bonus as I had never seen the ‘Angel of the North’ before!
I arrived at the Spinal Unit and was directed up to the ‘Honeymoon Suite’ or, Relative’s Room 2 where Linzi and the girls were full of the usual wedding morning giddy excitement and before long it was down to meet Michael in the chapel…………
A very, very lovely service followed and after nearly 25 years together Michael and Linzi finally became husband and wife, clapping, smiling, tears – it was just lovely to hear those words 🙂
Michael and Linzi’s story has been written much better than I could ever do by The Bonney’s good friend, John Chennell over on the Orange Mountain Bike blog, clicking on the excerpt below will take you there!
“Michael’s injury has been a huge shock to all of his family and friends. Immediately after his accident Michael’s situation was very dire and we were obviously concerned beyond words. Initial scans and x-rays showed that Michael had suffered a complete fracture of the C3 vertebrae and subsequent spinal cord damage. The result is that he is now tetraplegic and is paralysed from the neck down. However, In the days that followed Michael has made remarkable progress. His strength of mind is incredible and he is working with his consultants and the fantastic medical staff at the James Cook University Hospital to reassemble his life and go forward from this set-back.
Michael and his long-term partner Linzi Saunders were just short of their 25th ‘non-anniversary’, as they called it, and decided that their first act in the next chapter of their story was to get married. So in a small ceremony with the company of close friends and family they tied the knot in the JCUH chapel. it was a joyful ceremony and it’s clear there is a lot more to come from Mr and Mrs Bonney.“
Here are a few images from the day, massive thanks to all the medical staff on both side of the Pennines – you are all pretty damn amazing people. I have spoken to Linzi today and Michael continues to make progress, which of course is great news.
Below are John the best man and Stu from MTBcut – looking forward to seeing some moving images from the day!