Well, after an incredible three weeks away on our happy honeymoon, we are back and have had the best of times!! But I’ve missed you! : ) Thank you SO much for all your beautiful wedding cards and gifts, most of which we’ve only just opened on our return, and also for the truly touching messages you have written on the previous blog. We so wanted you to be a part of our special day, and were delighted that you enjoyed the video so much.
That’s thanks to lovely Mark Cain from QVC (you may remember he was with us for the Moonwalk too) and he spent the entire day with us filming, taking photos and recording personal messages from friends and family which we will treasure. So glad you liked the wedding website too, and I will be adding the official photos to that in the next week, plus favourites from family and friends.
I know Colin and I said how fabulous the day had been in our message, but truly we could not have asked for anything more. Following my last day at the Q on Tuesday, Ros and Chris arrived on Wednesday for the church rehearsal, and we had lovely meal out in Bray, and then Thursday was filled with preparations… Colette came all the way from Bournemouth to paint my nails and make my feet look pretty too, and she’d also very kindly – with the help of her daughter Georgia – made up and filled 120 table favour boxes which were incredibly tricky to put together!
My boys Sam and Jack called in and stayed for supper, and Ros and Chris delivered their magnificent cake to the venue (pictured below), and it was absolutely beautiful don’t you think? Ros had taken me to a Wedding Cake exhibition in September 2013 and got the idea for the lace effect there, but she modelled it entirely on my wedding dress and I was literally moved to tears when I saw it. We had a fab fruit cake on the bottom layer, lemon in the middle, and chocolate on the top! All completely delicious, and we still have some left (although I do owe the Reverend a rather large slab as he couldn’t make the reception)!
In fact we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ros and Chris as their unstinting kindness and caring throughout the preparations was monumental. From driving all the way to London to help me find a wedding dress, attending the fittings and collection, saving and drying rose petals and then making them into confetti (inside cones made from sheets of music!) sorting out the suits with Colin, suggesting readings, driving to Swindon and helping Lucy to arrange the Hen Tea Party, and all manner of things for the day itself! I don’t actually have a photo of myself with Ros and Chris here but the photographer did take one, and I will make sure you see it on the next blog! We couldn’t have done it without them : )
Friday dawned a tad cloudy, but the sun broke through around 10.30am and shone ALL day! Make-up artist June who works behind the scenes with many of our make-up brands like Mally and Laura Geller, had offered to do my hair and make up as a wedding gift, which was so kind of her! She arrived at the crack of dawn, was great fun, and worked tirelessly to make everything perfect for me. She also coiffured Colin’s girls Vicky, Lily and Rae (pictured below), who looked just stunning on the day. My sister Jenny popped in on her way to the church and had an updo too, so everyone looked and felt fabulous. The flowers arrived and my bouquet as you know was exactly as I had wanted – smelt gorgeous too!
Colin’s friends’ Martin and Jean own a London black cab, and very kindly spruced her up for the day, and then drove me to the church. I needed the extra space in the back for my skirts!! My friend Jo arrived just 15 minutes before I was due to leave for the church so that she could help me into my dress, and having slipped my feet into my Jimmy Choos I was ready… The woman who smiled back at me in the mirror, was someone I hadn’t seen for years, and didn’t think I’d see again… but this day was all about moving forwards, and as Chris walked me up the aisle and I saw everyone I love in the Church, Colin turned to look at me, and his smile said it all.
My sister Jenny read Shakespeare’s “How Do I Love Thee’ and Ros read from the Book of Solomon. The Reverend spoke beautifully, including the entire congregation in the service, and everyone sang your hymn choices with gusto. Having signed the register we turned to face everyone in the church, and a sea of smiling faces looked back… Colin held my hand, and as we walked down the aisle I felt this huge wave of happiness and gratitude… Also a sense of peace, as if the tide had finally turned, and we were now on course for a far easier future together.
Having posed for a number of photographs, and hugged and kissed what felt like hundreds of folk, everyone headed off to the venue. Colin and I were the last to leave, and once we were in the cab he asked me if I fancied a short drive? I thought it would be rather nice just to have a few moments alone, but hadn’t bargained on him then telling Martin the driver to head into Maidenhead as Colin had forgotten to draw out the money for the band!!! I had to laugh though, sitting in the back of a black cab in my beautiful dress, while he sprinted to the Nationwide, with people peering in and giving me pitying stares as though I had been jilted and was making my getaway! : )
We did eventually get to the venue, where the photographer was understandably a tad agitated, but everyone else was relaxing in the gardens with a glass of champers! The day just got better and better with the dining room looking amazing decorated with Peony arrangements in the centre of every table; the food perfect, the speeches funny and moving, and the chance to catch up with friends and family priceless.
Our evening guests who were mainly from QVC arrived from 6.30pm, and with the band set up and ready to play, Colin and I cut the cake and then had our first dance which we hadn’t rehearsed at all, and nearly ended in tragedy as my petticoats slipped down almost to the floor! It was hilarious though, and a great upbeat and happy song which set the tone for the band. They played for well over two and half hours and were legend! The dance floor was continuously packed, and EVERYONE loved them. The day drew to a close and with the last guests making their way home, the full moon shone over the gardens, and lit up the gardens and river. It had been a perfect day, and one that Colin and I will remember always – love never felt so good : )
I hope the photographs will fill in the gaps for you, and I promise that in my next blog I will tell you about our monumental adventures on the honeymoon, and WHERE we went, but in the meantime, I will look forward very much to seeing you tonight at 8pm with OPI’s 19th Anniversary shows, then again at 10pm and 11pm. Also, this Thursday night’s Diamonique show at 9pm will feature my wedding necklace and earrings so don’t miss that! I shall also look forward to hearing about how everything is with you, and please do forgive me for once not answering you all individually in the last blog – I was a tad preoccupied!!! : ) I promise to do so this time round!!!
Take care and have a great week,
With my love,