Good Evening everyone,
On the 27th May 2017 I married my best friend. We had been planning our big day for over 700 days and I just couldn’t believe how quick the time went, especially the first half of 2017. Everything was just absolutely perfect and we could not be happier.
It’s safe to say a couple of months running up to the wedding I was completely overwhelmed and a stressed out mess, I had emails coming from all the vendors and so many decisions to make – and decision making is not my strong point. We were fortunate enough to have my wonderful family around us to help make those big decisions. Luckily, we also had a wedding planner from our venue called Kayleigh and I cannot even put into words how amazing she had been through the process, every little detail I put forward she arranged for me and on the day she ensured everything ran smoothly so that I didn’t even feel a slight bit stressed.
The bridal party and myself stayed at the venue the night before – it was a beautiful open plan apartment, fitted with a sauna and hot tub. It’s safe to say I didn’t sleep too well the night before, it definitely didn’t help that the weather had been sunny and the temperature was boiling! I finally decided at 5:30am that I wasn’t getting anymore sleep and got up to make a cup of hot water and lemon. Around 6am everyone else had joined me in the living room as we all had the same problem of no sleep! Through the whole process, I think I felt the least amount of stress and anxiety on the actual morning of the wedding (which is so strange), even when the videographer, hairdresser, make up artist and photographer turned up, I was still sitting in my pyjamas just SO excited for 2pm to arrive.
2pm did arrive (finally) and I walked out of the apartment with my bridesmaids and my father, who gave me away. As I was walking down the isle I felt emotions that I cannot even begin to explain, finally, after all the planning, tears and excitement it was FINALLY our time to get married. As I was around half way down the isle I looked up and saw Jake crying his eyes out, we had a running joke throughout the planning of our wedding that he wouldn’t cry because he just doesn’t get emotional very often and I definitely didn’t expect that reaction! We had the most incredible registrar, he put both our minds at ease and made all our guests laugh with his jokes. The ceremony was over after about 20 minutes – which suited me as I was DYING for a glass of prosecco.
The sun was shining and it was about 25 degrees, however the wind was pretty brutal – at one point my veil slipped out of my hair and flew onto the roof, I had a few of my friends screaming ‘GET THE VEIL’ and ‘NOOOOOO!!’, luckily the staff at the venue grabbed a ladder and got it down for me.
Our meal was absolutely incredible and the speeches were just so emotional, my Dad and Jake both shed a tear during theirs and as I looked around the room I could see people with their tissues brushing away their tears. Jake’s best men were his brothers, Lewis and Connor. Lewis had the responsibility of the speech, and I genuinely felt nervous for him, he isn’t a public speaker and never has been, it was his first experience doing anything like this – he definitely didn’t disappoint, he had the guests roaring with laughter with his punch lines.
Then came the evening – drinks were in full force and everyone was excited for a dance. We had my bridesmaid’s band, Sophie G and The Good Times playing and they were amazing at getting all the guests dancing. I got dragged up to sing a song too, luckily I had had way too many wines so I wasn’t nervous – I just sung my heart out. Our day finally ended at around 1:30am as the last guests left the venue after a ridiculous amount of alcohol consumption.
I really could go on for ages about how incredible our day was and how all the little details just made our day absolutely perfect, Jake and I are both still so overwhelmed and on cloud 9 after having our day with all of our favourite people sharing it with us. We received our wedding video a few days ago and had a special viewing with myself, Jake and my parents and it’s safe to say we were all crying after about 5 minutes. I feel like the only way I can finish this post is with our wedding highlights from the video – nothing can sum up our happiness like the smiles we have on our faces in this video:
I will be sure to put up a few more posts surrounding the wedding such as; our favourite photographs (once we receive them) and a few tips that I would give to a bride-to-be.
Thanks for reading,