I hope no one is getting fed up of them yet but telling the story is just so lovely for me. we have wedding albums ordered but I think the words in this will really mean a lot to look back on.
T H E W E D D I N G B R E A K F A S T
I was in awe as soon as I saw the room for our wedding breakfast. One of the main things that attracted us to the Millhouse was how neutral their decor was, it felt like we could add anything to it and make it our own. So many venues around us were very corporate and looked like there should be a business conference there, or so mega expensive that getting married there was a dream!cake lady, florist and my mum! We wanted to shy away from typical fondant and fruit cake as we both hate it but thought the naked cake trend may be short lived and also maybe make for dry cake?!
We had chocolate, white chocolate and raspberry and lemon, all covered with white chocolate buttercream, it was unbelievable and because we stayed in the UK for our 'minimoon' we took some away with us. YAAAAS! My mum's part in the cake was the stand, she blagged the tree stump from some tree surgeons who were working on the golf course near her house! Sanded it up a bit, treated it and there you go.
I loved the place names from VM bespoke as they almost felt like another little favour, i scouted round at some point and I'm pretty sure most of them were taken home by their owners. Our favours were little seed packets aimed at attracting butterflies and bees! Save the bees y'all!
Any other marrieds love looking through the candids of their guests? It's amazing to see the people who mean most to you in the world having such an amazing time and mingling together.
S P E E C H E S
After stuffing ourselves with brie (Sam and my mum had 2 portions!), 12 hour slow roasted beef and cheesecake (we were actually told by 10+ people that our food was the best they have had at the wedding which made me and Sam do a little fist pump, just what we wanted, the portions were EPIC) it was time for the speeches. Here continues the theme of Finley's emotion. He didn't do a long speech as he's 6 years younger than me so he couldn't have done anything Father of the Bride - esque. However, what he did blew me away! The day before the wedding he went and got an 'Ohana' tattoo in secret. My mum and I have this tattoo matching on our feet so now us 3 musketeers are all inked up to match. I lost it at this point my head in my hands in that first picture is a true overflow of tears. What a cutie he is.
Thankfully because Sam is quite a well behaved lad Colin didnt have much embarrassing fodder from the stag do for his speech but as you can see from that last picture of me giggling and Sam looking slightly exasperated he definitely had some embarrassing material from growing up. None of it will make sense out of context but I was asked by several people whether Colin did speeches for a living so you can tell it was a heck of a good one.
Saying goodbye to some special guests after the wedding breakfast who had a train back to London to catch! It meant so much that people travelled so far to come to the wedding. The furthest was the South of France!
This is the last in the theme of 'Finley gets emosh' Sorry Fin!! We had given out our gifts to people during Sam's speech so once they were all done Finley opened the card I had written for him thanking him for giving me away. Yet again I could not believe this emotional response from my 19 year old baby bro, I had expected the response from my Mum so I had given her the card I'd got her in the morning before there were any cameras around! I think this was the catalyst to him getting quite drunk, helped along by the hip flask and single malt included in his groomsman gift ;)
G O L D E N H O U R
When I noticed during the wedding breakfast that some of the cones and half a bag of confetti were left I had made a mental note to ask Henry how the other confetti shots had gone as I had worked out why I felt it was a bit lacklustre!! Haha! Then we rounded up a few people and did them again, we decided against the running through people thing as we'd already struggled with Sam tripping on my dress a couple of times. This didn't bother me by this point but I think Sam was so in love with my dress that it made him feel guilty!
After this is was a blur of people arriving and a few people leaving. We didn't have much of a gap between the day and the evening which is really what we wanted. I wasn't going to do another post however I really think this one is now long enough, so see you in the next one!
Onto the party!!