Well, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you probably haven’t missed the fact that Jack and I got married on 10th September.
After all of the planning, mood boards, to-do lists and meltdowns, the big day had finally arrived!
There is so much to tell you about the planning alone that I think this may spread over several blogs, but this one is going to be about the day itself and a bit of a tribute to all of the talented and generous folk who helped make it so special and perfect….
The morning on 10th September, Warwick Arms Hotel, early…. I’m bouncing out of bed, this rarely, if ever, happens! I was so excited that the day had come, now to rouse the Maid of Honour! To her credit, Danielle too leaped (ish) out of bed, she too was excited, and there was a cooked breakfast with our names on downstairs.
So down to breakfast we went but alas, I could not manage anything, half a bowl of branflakes later and I was back upstairs in the shower. Perfect timing, as that’s when Zena, half hairdresser/half super woman, arrived.
And that was when the day really got going, it all started to move so fast, Danielle returned, mummy turned up, swiftly followed by bridesmaid two, Chloe.
This was when I started to notice that not only was the room shrinking but it was getting HOT, omg, in all my excitement I had forgotten to look out at the weather, the forecast yesterday had not been good… Yey, sunshine was indeed beating through the window, this was good, although really bloody warm!
Mum cleverly slipped out to get some refreshments, returning with bucks fizz and mini flapjacks, and some milk for me as I was incapable of eating. Top tips for brides to be, milk is a meal in a glass and really settled the butterflies.
The door knocked again, and my bridezilla kicked, ‘there is NO more space in this room’ I cried. Turns out it was the florist, delivering my flowers, I got up excitedly to check them, Oh they’re really nice I said, whilst feeling a little confused that they were so white, and there were so many buttonholes…. hmm something isn’t right here… tick, tick, BAM.. yup, the penny’s dropped, they are not my flowers, I chase after the delivery man in my underwear… STOP, come back!
A few frantic calls to reception later and it has been confirmed, they were indeed someone else’s and mine were on the way up.
Well, when they arrived, they were worth the wait, this was a lot more like it! Gorgeous flashes of Pink, purple, blue and off-white, wrapped with my vintage lace to match my dress and studded with four pearls, GORGEOUS!!! The bridemaids had matching smaller versions and my dad had a rose buttonhole to complement, mum’s was a simple fresia as her dress was so delicate.
It was now my turn in the seat for Zena to work her magic on my hair, which was feeling naughty due to the low water pressure shower and humidity combo. Still, she is a miracle worker and a few sprays of magic later and smooth wavy locks appeared!!
Believe it or not we had not actually done a trial as such, Zena is a close family friend and has been cutting my hair since I was 10! I had popped over with my accessories the week before and we had a vague plan but on the morning she had a flash of inspiration and my fabulous but boho up-do was created.
If you had told me I was going to wear my hair up I would have said no way, but that’s why sometimes ladies, we have to relinquish control, trust the professionals (helps if you happen to LOVE her too) and let art happen!
Amusingly whilst the lengthy process of making me look like a fairy queen was taking place, the rugby was reaching a climatic end so I kept having to move round as all I could hear from behind me was Danielle’s excited oohs and ‘come-ons’ !
Just as we cracked the bubbles, Maria turned up, with an armful of lush products , Chanel, MAC, dior etc… so as Zena got a well earned rest.
Maria IS Pink Pamper and also a close friend, who’s work just happens to have been featured on Rock My Wedding! Maria started the ‘beautification of bride’…. We had had a trial so she had a good idea of what to do next and created the look, not bad if I say so myself, pretty bloomin lovely actually.
You can read more about the look and products on a later blog and also visit Pink Pamper…
Karen arrived with perfect timing along with my good friend Natalie, who came bearing gifts from hubby to be…
Karen captured this moment beautifully as I mopped up my happy tears after opening a heartfelt card and beautiful present from Jack. Thank you darling Xx
The bag was also from Temperley and came in v handy as my something blue.
Soon after this the moment had finally arrived for it all to come together, this is where Zena really came into her own, regular readers will remember the fiasco of my last dress trying on sesh with Danielle, ‘Zipgate’!!
In honestly about 20 seconds Zena had artfully got me into my dress, smoothed down the layers and fixed my hair! GENIUS – fact! I only hope I can be half the help for her when she skips down the aisle next month.
I was so pleased, thrilled, when I looked in the mirror at the completed look, everything had come together and I felt like a bride 100%! The Temperley dress, my dream dress and home made hair garland looked so gorgeous together. I decided at the last minute not to wear my veil as it was too much and covered my hair up! I also wore no jewellery but beautiful beaded shoes and of course my engagement ring on my right hand.
I hope you agree that my lack of accessories let the dress do all the talking?
The next few moments were spent trying to calm down, before I descended the stairs to meet my dad. Again Karen captured the moments beautifully…
So, the six of us left the Warwick Arms to walk the few metres to the Lord Leycester, literarly stopping traffic!
Part 2 tomorrow!
I will be doing separate blogs going into the details of clothes, accessories, hair and make up, with all of the appropriate credits, including my guide on how to make veils and garlands!