Wedding day is finally here!
I woke up early – before everyone else – which was bliss as
I could sneak into the bathroom and have a leisurely bath to chill out before
the big day. I remained chilled all morning, as did my lovely dad, but the BMs
and my mum were so flappy! It was quite funny really, the calm bride helping
the BMs get ready! The hairdresser arrived at 9am and did an AMAZING job with
my hair and my sister’s hair – so much so that the other two BMs asked if she’d
squeeze theirs in too. I’m glad she did – it really helped us all look the
part. Then the important task of breakfast (bucks fizz and croissants!) and
then I killed a bit of time playing with my nephews while the BMs carried on
My beautiful shoes!
Two of my beautiful bridesmaids!
My dad had run the buttonholes over the my house for the
boys, and came back with a single red rose and Pandora gift box from OH... he had bought me a Pandora bracelet with 2
locking beads on it and a gorgeous little charm in the shape of a letter, with
‘To my love’ on one side, and ‘from me’ on the other. He sent me a card and the
most beautiful letter – he is going to buy me a charm for each anniversary, and
his letter made me cry, it was so full of love. I put the bracelet on straight
away, together with a lovely eternity bangle from my parents with the
Corinthians 13 words engraved on it. I also put on my pearl and sparkle
necklace and earrings, and my mum’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring on for
my something borrowed, old and blue! I had my sixpence in my shoe ready, and
nearly everything else was new anyway!
I started my make-up and our wonderful tog arrived at that
point. He was so lovely – I felt totally comfortable getting ready with him
around, it didn’t alter the atmosphere at all.
Concentrating on make up!
At midday I had finally got the
BMs dressed and grabbed one of them to help me into my dress and veil...
and 10 mins later
the car arrived for my mum and nephews. A few more photos of BMs and I...
then the car came back for them and the tog set off to the church as well. This
just left me and Dad, finishing some champagne and finally getting some peace!
The car collected us as 12.40pm... so despite a slow drive to the next village,
we still got there 10 mins early so our lovely chauffer took us for a lovely
drive around the block.
We arrived at the church and I still felt calm!
OH had taken
my ring and I had his in my handbag (Irregular Choice, of course!) so when we
arrived, my first task was to tie his ring onto the cushion for my youngest
nephew to carry. It was at this point I realised that my hands were trembling
slightly! I think Dad realised and he calmed me down.
Suddenly we were at the doors of the church; I could see
some guests at the back and realised it must be packed. I felt a mix of
emotions – desperate to get in there and see my gorgeous man, but also shaking
like mad! The vicar greeted us and once I was ready, announced my arrival,
“Please stand for the entrance of the bride.” Well, I had no idea the effect
that would have – I nearly burst into tears of joy, I had a massive lump in my
throat and had to take lots of deep breaths! The music had started – a
beautiful arrangement of Air of G for the flute played by a very musically
talented friend, accompanied by the organ. The BMs and our handsome little ring
bearer went down the aisle first, and then Dad and I. He told me off for going
too fast, but once I’d seen my goal, I just wanted to GO!
I vaguely recall
seeing a few friendly faces grinning at me but it’s all a bit of a blur! We
arrived at the Vicar and had a few seconds while Air finished to compose
myself. OH told me I looked amazing and I nearly lost it again!