Despite the fact that I was still running around an hour before the service, with not a scrap of make up on and my hair carelessly thrown up in a clip from when I woke up.
I only had three hours sleep due to the fact I STUPIDLY had a cup of tea at 4pm!! I can’t take caffeine after midday, particularly if there’s a lot in my head. For some odd reason I thought on this occasion that I’d be fine, whoops, not a clever risk to take – the to-do list whizzed around for hours!!
Anyway, following my last blog we got home the rain stopped and we had our rehearsal in the church for the following day.
The plan was to have the vows and majority of the service privately with six of us and the vicar (one bride, one groom, two children and two best people!). Then after doing the vows, we were to walk outside where our friends would be waiting with champagne for the final blessing and pronunciation to take place; all good!
Music check took place, we decided to go with bell ringers but no organist as there would be no hymns (seemed a bit overkill for just six of us to sing Praise My Soul!).
We did however choose Willy Nelson’s “Blue Skies” for me to walk down the aisle to and for us all to leave the church to as well. It’s the most perfect song for us in every way!
After the rehearsal, we all headed home for supper together including our bests and their families and the plan was to get the garden ready for the big day. But with the bouncy castle arriving in the morning, we weren’t sure where to put things and were all a bit pooped so enjoyed food and left it for the morning… ha, ha silly us!
So the morning arrived and I was EXHAUSTED!!! (three hours sleep, seriously? what was I thinking drinking caffeine!)
My absolutely heavenly maid of honour came to my rescue and took her children and mine straight after breakfast and ran some last minute errands for me whilst I drank copious amounts of Coca Cola to kick start my rather tired and now emotional body into action!
We stayed at home and got the garden ready with straw bales and gazebos dotted around, planted up all the potted sunflowers I’d bought a few days before hand and finished off where all the food would be.
The plan for food was that the guests brought it!
We asked everyone to bring a dish instead of a gift so lots was coming in during the morning as it was way too hot for food to sit in cars. Before I knew it, Claire Sutton arrived with her family to drop off their delicious salmon and we had less than an hour to go before the service kicked off!
I had at this stage managed to wash and do my daughter’s hair however not much about me was resembling a bride.
We raced upstairs and my wonderfully wise daughter said to me “Mummy, don’t try too hard with your make up because things always go wrong when you try too hard, just do what you always do and you’ll look beautiful”… how gorgeous was that??
I knew she was right and luckily I took the clip out of my hair and with a quick shake upside down it all seemed to land in the right place. HOW LUCKY WAS THAT??? There was seriously no time to do anything to hair at this stage.
Suffice to say we made it, fashionably late of course – not that it was planned that way! I had hoped that I could make a quiet entrance to the church but no, everyone was already there with their glasses of fizz ready to cheer us on and usher us in.
I know it seems backwards but it was perfect!
After the service, we came outside to be greeted by our cheering friends and family then headed home to our garden where we had a 44ft bouncy assault course for the 22 children and enough food to feed a county!
The sun shone for the entire day, I couldn’t have asked for more, it was everything I had hoped it would be. My favourite people, my beautiful children and the man I’ll be with forever. Pretty good for a Saturday in July don’t you think?
So thank you for all your lovely messages via Facebook and Twitter, cards sent to QVC and of course here on the blog. Keep your eye on QGossip in the next few days as I think they are going to share more pics too.
We are off glamping next week for our familymoon, so take care and see you soon