I don’t think I have ever created as many To Do lists since the children were small and I was juggling their school timetable with my work schedule!!! That said, I am happy to tell you that with only 24 hours to go, I have ticked pretty much every box on the last list : )
You though, have all been far better organized, and I really wanted to thank you SO much for the cards, gifts and good wishes that have been flooding in over the last few weeks. Your kindness is truly appreciated, and I feel very lucky to have you all in my life : )
Obviously it’s been a busy week, having worked four days out of the last seven, but we have managed to squeeze in time with my lovely niece Clare, who has flown all the way from Sydney to be with us for the wedding. She is my brother’s daughter, and her brother James lives in London, so they will both be with us tomorrow. Colin and I took them out for dinner on Monday, and it was great to be able to catch up and spend time together.
Lucy and Honey had been to spend the day with me, so I felt truly spoiled. Honey is still a sweet tempered angel, and Lucy is managing really well on very little sleep! Talking of which, how gorgeous are these photos?! : ) While Honey was dozing, Lucy finished the table plans for me, and also sorted out bags for gifts, and a food shop for today as I wouldn’t have had time to shop for myself! I have no idea where she got her organizational skills from, but I was very glad of them!!
I did give her a sneaky preview of my dress too which Ros and Chris had driven me into London to collect. I had to have the special pocket bra sewn in, and an extra amount of lace included in the sleeve because of my silly arm, but it was all done expertly, and I’m very much hoping it will all be ‘Alright on the Night’!! Lucy thought it was beautiful, so I very much hope Colin will think the same!
In fact Ros and Chris arrived yesterday afternoon we had the wedding rehearsal at the church. They also delivered the incredible wedding cake that they have made and constructed, and managed to transport in a large – and brand new! – plastic dustbin! All three tiers in place and looking good in spite of a three hour journey from Dorset. That by the way is only one of many things they have done, and we are eternally grateful for their kindness : ) The church was lovely and cool, and after working out who would sit in which pew, we began the run through… Well walk through, and it will have to be pretty slow walking for me to negotiate the various grates and uneven flooring in the church!
God bless the Reverend Richard Cowles! I was so grateful for his instruction and calmness as I found myself quite emotional at certain points… I guess that’s always the same when you’ve built up to something for a long while, and now it’s about to happen : ) On the practical side though, it was also useful to have a go at kneeling down and getting up gracefully! The first place we kneel very close to a wooden rail, which I think I can surreptitiously grab to help me up , but when we are at the altar, Colin will have to let me lean on him! Mind you, I’ve been doing that for some time now, and I know he won’t let me down… : )
I still have to get packed for the mystery honeymoon, and Colette is coming this morning to paint my finger and toe nails! Ros has ironed all the boys’ shirts, and the suits are pressed and ready too, so I guess I’d better crack on with the day. As you know, I would have loved to have you with us, but as that’s obviously not possible, I wanted you to have photos of the wedding actually on the day itself! I’m delighted to say that we will have our QVC photographer Mark there tomorrow morning and he will be sending these pictures which you will be able to access via a special link. The link will be on this page, so do make sure you check this blog out tomorrow afternoon, and they should be there for you. : )
Eight years ago, I didn’t believe I’d ever really find someone to be truly happy with, and certainly didn’t think I’d marry again, but all that’s changed. ‘In sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, til death do us part….’ Love is all you need… I truly believe that, as it’s certainly got me through some of the most difficult times in my life. Thank you as always for your love and support too : ) I hope you enjoy the photos. Take care, and I will see you after the Honeymoon!
With my love as always,