So on the 5th of September after more than a two year engagement I finally got married! I’m not going to lie the last six months have been unbelievably stressful but we did it. Despite beginning planning the wedding 18 months before the day, I didn’t really enjoy it until a few months before. Both myself and my other half had job issues in the first half of the year, so it wasn’t really until May that we realised we were now in a financial situation that we new we could start planning properly. We had a simple wedding with 65 guests at a country house turned hotel. I almost expected a million things to go wrong on the day, as so much couldn’t be done until the day. Leaving all of that with my other half filled me a little with panic I’m not going to lie. However I will hand it to him and his best men who pulled it all together.
So lets talk details: The colour scheme was navy and soft peach, the girls wore floor length navy dresses and held peach, cream and blue flowers. The guys wore dark grey suits, ivory waistcoats and light pink ties/pocket squares. They had peach spray rose buttonholes with silver foliage, the groom’s also had blue flowers in. My bouquet had soft peach and pale pink roses, hydrangeas and freesias tied with an oyster ribbon and pearl pins.
The rings were my favourite part of the planning, Simon had a Black and silver two tone titanium ring, whilst mine was platinum and a bit more sparkly, naturally.
The dress was a strapless A-Line from La Sposa, in “powder pink” although it was more of a blush pink. I saw this dress online and immediately fell in love. When I found it in a local bridal shop they didn’t have the pink version only white, but when I tried it on it was perfect. I did try on several others (many which were also La Sposa so I clearly have a certain taste!). However I kept coming back to the first dress – call it love at first sight! Getting it in time was a bit stressful, I had my final fitting 3 days before the wedding and it was the first time I felt excited and everything suddenly felt real. So far the photos I have don’t seem to show it’s true colour but I’m so glad I went for the blush as all the white dresses made me look paler – if that’s even possible!!
Music: Just before the ceremony Welcome to Jurassic Park played, I was determined it would feature somewhere! I walked down the aisle to Nemo’s Egg from Finding Nemo – anyone who knows my obsession with this film wouldn’t be surprised by this and during the signing of the register Elbow – One Day Like This played followed by Surrender from Tomorrow Never Dies (our favourite Bond film and after countless hours of moaning from the other half, we agreed to walk out to it). Our entrance to the wedding breakfast was accompanied by the Star Wars theme, which I think everybody seemed to enjoy!
During the ceremony we exchanged vows and my sister/Maid of Honour read The Little Leaf, in between tears – seeing her emotional set me off and then they wouldn’t stop! Then we had a slight spin off ceremony where we had both written a letter to each other explaining how much we loved each other and why we were together. These were then locked in a wooden box with a good bottle of red wine chosen by my Uncle and some other momentos from the day. The idea being we would not open this until our ten year anniversary or if we are close to divorcing. A somewhat depressing thought on your wedding day but we wanted to acknowledge how difficult marriage can be. Then we exchanged rings and kissed!
Following the ceremony we had canapés and champagne outside, with formal photos taken and lawn games for the guests to enjoy. We escaped for a few private moments with a lovely bottle of rosé Tattinger Simon bought for us to celebrate. We had toasts before dinner so everybody could relax, my father started with a touching speech about me growing up and both happy and tough situations we have shared. We both welled up at points and it was very touching. My sister followed and managed to not get too emotional and got plenty of laughs. Then Simon said a few words and somehow managed to turn his accidental nervous swearing into a drinking game, much to the amusement of several tables. After the difficulty of planning this wedding and job troubles it was lovely for him to acknowledge the hard work put in, which I worried he sometimes didn’t realise and thought a magic fairy did everything. The finale was our Best Man. Three weeks before our wedding the roles were reversed and I was a bridesmaid, my other half the Best Man. This was his chance for revenge and he did it in possibly the most origin way possible. Using his sometimes inappropriate Facebook statuses and his hatred of raspberry framboise after one, memorable Eurovision party, our Best Man managed to use Simon’s own words against him to give everybody an insight into the groom. If he really didn’t want to read a status then he had three lifelines – three shots of raspberry framboise. It was….eventful! For dinner we had:
After dinner we cut the cake and had our first dance to Angels by Robbie Williams. We also had a Photo Booth set up and a sweetie table which, with help from our creative best man, looked amazing!
We danced until gone midnight and I was so glad we had a burger and hotdog stand for when hunger kicked in at 11pm! In addition to the sweets, the wedding cake was served and we had a cheese cake. Although I didn’t get to try it on the night the next day it was still delicious!
During the evening our Best Man and bridesmaid snuck up to the room and decorated it with Just Married banners, confetti on the bed and balloons, which was a lovely end to the day. The following day after the clean up operation we had coffee with my aunt and uncle and cousins, before our Best Man and Bridesmaid helped us take everything home and squeeze it into our home before we set off on our Minimoon, courtesy of he Best Man and Bridesmaid. I’ll save that for another post!!