It’s been a week and a half and I’m still not sure where to start this post! There are so many things that I want to say and that I want to remember that I’m just kind of left speechless – and as a bride who made a speech rather than the groom, that’s definitely something for me!
We’ve just returned from our minimoon in the Cotswolds which was fantastic in itself – picture perfect villages, National Trust properties galore, and meeting Father Brown! – and I’m now back to work as a married woman. I decided to take a bit of time offline immediately following the wedding so I switched on an out of office on my Gmail for the first time and only went on social media to see the photos we were getting constantly tagged in all week.
I’m, of course, planning a whole series of post-wedding posts covering everything from the marquee decor and set up to the outfits (my dress!) and food, but I wanted to drop in today with a quick post to make the big announcement!
But the wedding day itself – where to start?! It was perfect. As someone who is very often anxiety-filled, I’d anticipated feeling stressed and full of nerves in the run up to the day and on the day itself, but the nerves I’d expected never hit – not even as I stood waiting to walk down the aisle arm in arm with my dad (and the music disconnected from the Bluetooth speaker, whoops!). I can’t begin to fathom how my brain managed to do this, but I’m so grateful that we managed to have such an amazing day that felt relaxed and comfortable.
By some magic, the weather turned out absolutely perfect. It had rained heavily during our marquee set up and I’d kind of accepted that this could happen on the day too. It wouldn’t have been the end of the world if we hadn’t had nice weather, but the fact that we had sunshine all day but that it wasn’t scorching was perfect – I can’t stop saying this word, can you tell?! The day after ended up being a lot hotter while we were removing our stuff from the marquee and the men would have boiled in their suits had it been like that on the Saturday!
We’ve had a sneak preview of some of our photos from our photographer, Jemma King, which I’ve included here. She was absolutely brilliant. We had our engagement photos with her too and I can’t imagine having a better photographer on the day. It’s 6-8 weeks until we get the final edits of everything and I CANNOT WAIT. She totally understood the look and feel of our day and we had so much fun taking photos with her.
So I’ll leave it at that for today! Just one quick recommendation for any other brides-to-be before I go – I bought a notebook a couple of days after the wedding and started noting down “Wedding Memories” in it. As everyone says, the day goes by so quickly and there are parts that turn into a blur. I made an effort to slow down every so often and take in what was going on around me, and those are the moments that I’m adding to my book of memories when they occur to me – the times I danced with my flowergirls, the times I sang along to favourite songs with my best friends, the moment I saw Ben looking terrified at the top of the aisle (I may not have felt those nerves, but I think he did!), and the time my sister and I pulled chairs onto the dancefloor and played guitar and sang together.
Stay tuned for more photos of the wedding and posts from the minimoon!