Miss G finally becomes Mrs P!
Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:25 PM
This is going to be a long one, so I suggest a toilet break and a drink before you even start…..
The week leading up to the wedding was filled with laughter, stress and tears – both good and bad! I loved it but couldn’t wait for it to be over all at the same time. I got to spend some time with my mum, which I don’t get to do all that often. Mum was a great help during that week, I think she felt she kind of missed out a little in the lead up as we live in different states. We got everything we needed to get done plus a few curve balls which were thrown our way.
The lead up before this had not gone to plan – bridesmaids dresses not turning up, maid of honour breaking her ankle 6 weeks before the wedding, another bridesmaid suffering kidney stones on my hen’s weekend, makeup & hair people not responding to my calls and emails, suits not being delivered when they were supposed to be, having to purchase 4 new bridesmaids dresses 2 weeks before the wedding, my shoes not turning up (they still haven’t!), dress dilemmas, me tearing a muscle in my shoulder and having a pinched nerve in my neck and issues with the reception organisers. There were a few other minor issues but hey, not much I could do about them!
But it all came together perfectly. Even the weather did as it was told!!!
I’ll start with the rehearsal on Friday afternoon. We all got to the reception venue because we wanted our flower girls to be a little familiar with the place. They loved it! It was all set up for a wedding that night and it looked gorgeous! Couldn’t believe that in 48 hours time it would be our turn! Then moved onto the park and met up with the celebrant. We were all there waiting for L to turn up when I see this person in pink pants turn up. L was wearing women’s clothes!!! Bit of background, on his buck’s weekend he was issued a challenge to outfit himself at the op shop for $15! He got a pair of pink long pants and a ladies top, he also had beads, headband, handbag and lipstick!!! Our poor celebrant was in a little shock but it certainly got plenty of laughs! After all that we settled down and got on with the rehearsal. It went perfectly!
Saturday was the day I was spending with the girls. We all had lunch together then I was going back and doing the flower girls nails and had a bit of pamper time. The girls loved it! I gave them each a gift – a cute little bracelet and ring set and some lip gloss – told them how much I love them then promptly burst into tears. They all gave me plenty of hugs and were generally just very cute.
I then went home to spend some time with my parents and brother – just us as a family. It was really nice. Mum cooked dinner – entrée of prawns followed by roast lamb – I barely ate any. Then I sat down & opened my special box of goodies my bridesmaids had collected for me. It was very emotional and I spent much of the time in tears. My parents then presented me with my gift – a beautiful silver bangle. Unfortunately I have a ridiculously wide wrist and it was a little too tight so we have to take it back and I’ll have to choose something else – which I’ll do at Easter when I’m up there. I ended up going to bed about 10.45pm, I hadn’t slept well all week and it had finally caught up with me. I crashed!
I woke up at 6am. I had about 7 hours sleep and felt fantastic! Mum was already up. The makeup artist and hairdresser were arriving at 6.30am. I had woken up with a bloody rash on the inside of my elbows and on both my shoulders – I freaked! Mum told me to go have a not too hot shower but first she took a photo of me – hideous! By the time I got out of the shower my bridesmaids, MIL and both the hairdresser & makeup artist had arrived. Mum had breakfast on offer – toast, crumpets, croissants – all there. Poor dad & Matt (my brother) made themselves scarce and escaped to the beach! Things were really really relaxed; there was no stress or running madly about. Lunch arrived at 11.30am so mum made me eat a few finger sandwiches and some fruit. I had been drinking plenty of water for the last 6 months and I swear it paid off. My skin was clear and the makeup artist was so pleased with it and the fact I got 7 hours sleep! Time from about 1pm went by so quickly! Dress on, the girls strapped me in, the flowers arrived – and they were sensational! – the photographer arrived and started clicking as soon as she walked in the door, the flower girls arrived and their nanna’s started dressing them.
I was having my makeup touched up and then I turned around to see my mum & dad in tears. They started to talk but I had to stop them. I knew if they said what they were feeling I would burst into tears. I could tell what they were both feeling just by the look on their faces and the tears in their eyes. Mum handed me my flowers and just held my hand.
We all went out the back for a few pics with the bridesmaids and flower girls, I can’t wait to see the pics of the little ones. There were a heap of shots taken with them twirling and twirling in their “princess” dresses! Then a few with my parents & brother then the cars arrived.
I walked out the front door and all the neighbours were out there! It was incredible, I swear there was bout 30 people watching me get in the car! The driver was excellent, making sure I didn’t get my dress dirty and holding my flowers. Off we go! Neighbours waving and cheering! I waved back to them all. I felt like the bloody Queen! We drove in convoy to the park – my brother, then two cars full of flower girls, then the bridesmaids, then me and my parents. The drive seemed to take forever but in reality it was less than five minutes! Dad was holding my hand the whole way, I think it had finally hit him that his little girl was getting married.
We get to the park and I was early!!! So we sat in the car park for a couple of minutes to let a few stragglers get to the ceremony site. We drove onto the grass, something I wasn’t expecting but made it so much easier for me! We got out of the cars and waited. The girls got into position behind the tree but me being me totally forgot and just stood there. I was totally overwhelmed by seeing L standing there waiting for me. I was just too excited and just didn’t want to move from that spot. So a last minute change and I walked from there – which was even better cause it made the aisle shorter! The flower girls made their entrance just beautifully, was so very proud of them! Then my bridesmaids walked down, but I don’t remember them walking down there at all – I was focussed of L, I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
Finally it was my time to walk down the aisle. I had to wait for a certain point in the song. Dad started to take off and I had to pull him back not once but twice. Then it was time. We started walking and it was harder than I thought – damn shoes! They kept sinking into the grass, even though I had the starletto things on them. I think Dad was pretty well keeping me from falling over at one stage! Poor mum (who also walked me down the aisle) was having shoe issues too! We both kept sinking in the grass! Dad also had to hold me back a little, I was in a little bit of a rush to get to the top of the aisle. I took a look at a couple of friends and had a couple of tears run down my cheeks just as I got to the top of the aisle to L. I got to the top of the aisle and I felt my garter slip right down my leg! After our parents gave their blessing they took their seats and we got on with the vows. I looked at L and he was shaking his head and holding back the tears. He had the chin wobble thing happening and I just beamed at him. I had waited for this moment for so long and it was finally here. L smiled back and whispered “you look gorgeous”. L was squeezing my hands so tightly!
We exchanged our vows in a very short ceremony. We didn’t want to talk for too long! L made it through his vows no problems. Got to my vows and I got almost to the end and then stumbled over one word – L giggled, I giggled then everyone else giggled. We were finally announced husband and wife then had to sign the registry. The first task for my new husband was to take off the bloody garter so I didn’t trip over it! We then signed the registry and stole a few moments to ourselves. We were then officially announced as husband & wife to our family & friends and walked back down the aisle to Viva la vida by Coldplay.
Both of us were so happy, we couldn’t believe we had finally done it and it had been perfect! Family & friends congratulated us and showered us with hugs & kisses. Then we were showed by confetti (I hate that damn stuff!) and it went everywhere! And then we were showered with rice, and not just a little bit – a 10 kilo bag! L had done it to a friend years ago at his wedding and his mate was paying us back! Worst thing was, the photographer didn’t catch it the first time so we had to do it again! Rice went everywhere – all through my hair, down my dress, down my bra! But it was funny.
We then had some photos at the ceremony site and on the beach there. Then went to the big fig tree in Milton (which is pretty well known!) for photos – I love that spot. Although we had a minor mishap – L’s cuff link was broken when the photographer asked to get up on a branch, L not happy! We did manage to find it, well the front bit of it. Then headed back to Mollymook beach for more pics. My poor MOH was exhausted by this stage due to her crutches to we did the photos with her near the reception venue then let her go take a rest. People saw us going down the beach and many took photos of me with my dress hiked up and wearing my thongs! Many more photos were taken on the beach – was a bit over it by this time. Then L started singing the Baywatch theme, so our photographer played on that and I’m sure the pics will be hilarious!
Got to the reception venue and couldn’t find our bag with makeup and stuff in it – someone had taken it downstairs to the function room! Took them 15 minutes to get it to us! Us girls when and touched up, then came out and they loosened my dress a little – would have been nice to have a room for the bridal party but no, we had a semi-sectioned off area at the back of the pokies. I downed a glass of champers then headed downstairs to be announced. We were running really late by this stage but hey, it happens.
I remember waiting to be announced to our guests but I don’t remember walking in. I’m really annoyed at that. We did a mock cutting of the cake and the DJ announced that we were cutting the cake, so people swarmed from all corners of the room! He then realised it was a mock cutting and told everyone not to panic a real cutting would be happening later! We sat down and dinner was served – I even managed to eat a little. We mingled and chatted between courses. Food was delicious! It was so lovely to see all our family & friends having a good time. At once stage I looked at my husband and just said “all these people are here for us, I feel so lucky”. He agreed.
Speeches were something that I had been concerned about. My dad is not a public speaker but his speech had me (and most of the crowd in tears!) It was funny, it was a little sad and a little cheeky. The best man and one of my bridesmaids made a speech. My MIL made a very quick speech, which was lovely. Then L had his speech, he had me in tears right from the start. He had prepared nothing and just did it off the cuff. He was teary at one stage and I just held his hand. All the speeches were heartfelt and most importantly, short! Our first dance is something that is worthy of Funniest Home Videos. We danced to Forever by KISS. We had had a few practice runs at home but hadn’t practiced a dip. L looks at me and says “ready for the dip?” “Ah no, we didn’t practice this bit!” “Oh go on, just do it” “Oh okay” was the very hesitant reply and with good reason. We dipped okay, I even managed to get back up again then BAM! Flat on my bum! I tripped on my dress! I was laughing my guts out while flat on my back on the floor! The bridal party had to help me up but it was all good.
The night seemed to go in a blur. There was plenty of dancing and talking and laughing and singing. And then it was time to go. We said our goodbyes with plenty of tears, especially from our parents! We started to go up the stairs then the all familiar strains of “you never close your eyes……” Oh dear god no!! The groomsmen decided that they had to sing that bloody song.
As we get upstairs we are unable to leave the club as some moron was on the roof throwing water bombs at people as they came out of the club! So we had to wait for the cops to come. Okay that sorted. Go to wait for our cab and the groomsmen had forgotten to order one and the cabs don’t operate after midnight on a Sunday…. So my parents dropped us off! LOL L just said “well if this isn’t a blessing then I don’t know what is!”
L & I walked into our hotel room that had been ‘decorated’ by a couple of the groomsmen. Bloody confetti everywhere! L & I talked about the day then decided that we were both a bit icky and needed a shower! My hair was full of rice! I swear there was enough for dinner for four! We then talked some more feeling very content. We got into bed only to find that the bloody groomsmen had short sheeted the bed! I ripped the sheets off & sort of remade it. We finally got to sleep about 4am.
The next day we had some decisions to make about our honeymoon. We had booked to go to Hawaii but with everything that was happening in Japan we weren’t sure if we should go. After researching on multiple websites in the US & UK (thank heavens for our phones!) and a couple of sleepless nights we made the decision to cancel. Things in Japan were just so uncertain regarding the radioactivity reaching the US. It wasn’t an easy decision but one that we both felt comfortable with. We knew our parents and friends would be worried. We didn’t want to spend the majority of our time in a hotel room watching the news – that’s not a honeymoon! So we decided to cancel, and luckily we didn’t lose too much money. We decided on a road trip up the east coast. It was fantastic!
If you have made it this far, well done! Thanks for reading, you have now earned yourself another drink!
Posted 02 April 2011 - 06:45 AM
I love the colour of your BM dresses!
Playing together on Rainbow Bridge
Posted 02 April 2011 - 08:38 AM
Love love love the colour of your BM dresses and the flower girls look so cute!!!!!
Oh and the cake loked divine too!!!!
Cant wait to read your wedding story!!!!!
Where abouts did you get married/reception??? Looks lovely by the beach!!!!!
x x x x x
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 06:14 PM
You're photos are stunning! Everything looked perfect. You looked classically stunning, your dress was devine.
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