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#1 Daybreak

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:40 AM

The day before: I finally finished the last bridesmaids dress at around 2pm, then Andrew and I, along with BM3/my cousin, went out to get some last minute things, like the candle for the unity ceremony, and a much needed chocolate fix.
We returned home to the BBQ that Mum had organised with our neighbours and some family friends. During this time, my other bridesmaids arrived, and Andrew headed off to his groomsman's place where he was spending the night. MOH and my honourary SIL plaited the handfasting cord for us so that I could be more sociable, and later in the night, BM2 painted my nails, while MOH sewed the buttons on her (BM2's) top. We went to bed fairly early, though I confess I didn't sleep very well.

We got up at 6:30 on the wedding day, so that we could shower, dress, eat breakfast and be at the hairdresser's by 8. I am a big fan of breakfast, so I'd organised for Mum to make us pancakes - a great way to start the day. It was BM2's (Sally) birthday, so we put a candle in her pancake, sang 'Happy Birthday' and I gave her her present.
The hairdresser was my usual one and local, so that was fairly unstressful. MOH (Jill) got us coffees/hot chocolates from her aunt's cafe a few doors up and we were able to quietly wake up properly.
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For someone who didn't want curls, that sure looks like a lot of curls


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but they were used to create the fullness in the back
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I was a little concerned when 5 minutes before we were supposed to be done, the hairdresser showed me the back of my hair, I said "It was swirlier when we did the trial" so she pulled out the bun and started again! Jill and Sally's hair still wasn't done at this stage, so we roped in Jill's husband to collect the flowers and deliver them to the relevant places, as well as dropping BM3 (Sarah) at home to have her make up done by my MIL. Meanwhile, we got a text from Andrew telling us that the boys were out to breakfast!
Eventually, we all made it home, ate lunch (bread rolls, boring but filling) had our make up done, got dressed, had some photos taken... My older brother decided not to wear a tie ("Ties are for work") but since he flew in from London, while my little brother didn't make it from Canberra (his girlfriend wasn't allowed to travel due to being heavily pregnant, and he wouldn't leave her. They seemed to think the baby was going to be born soon. It still hasn't.) and because it was almost time to go, I sighed and didn't argue with him.
Finally, my bridesmaids and I got in our London cab, and headed to the wedding.

The weather had been drizzly all morning, and while we'd been hoping for it to clear up like the previous day, it just didn't. So when we headed up the driveway of the venue and couldn't see anyone, we assumed that the ceremony had been moved inside. Thankfully, as we got a bit higher, and around a corner, we found that they'd just been hidden by the hill, and my outdoor ceremony was still going to happen.
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We pulled up and I worked up why Americans have full wedding rehearsals, with everyone there - so the bride doesn't end up stage managing the walk up the aisle "Go...go...now you..." My big brother (another Andrew) walked me up the aisle
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"You're going to have to lift my veil when we get to the end"
"Shouldn't Dad do that?"
"Well, yes, but I didn't think to tell him, so you're going to have to do it"
Thankfully, Mum and Dad were standing at the end of the aisle, and Dad was able to do it, then I walked the last few steps to Andrew myself - it worked perfectly.

Whoops, I forgot the photos of our nieces and nephews walking up the aisle!
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<center>Katie and Andrew
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#2 BubbleBee1

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:41 AM

Congrats Katie.. u looked beautiful..

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:43 AM

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Hey look at my train!
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:09 PM

The ceremony was not perfect. I'd missed giving the last part of the ring blessing to the friend who read it, so he was reading it off the order of service without his glasses. The celebrant had not lit the candle for it either, thinking it would blow out, but Sally, who was performing the blessing, is a fire sign (Aries) and lit the candle. I awkwardly took the microphone off the celebrant for my vows. And the celebrant forgot that Andrew's youngest sister was supposed to do the reading, and started reading it herself. Thankfully, Ashley had already come up to the front, so when I whispered "Ashy's supposed to do it", Ash was able to take over straight away.
It was, however, beautiful, and very us. Judging by the photos everyone was impressed by the handfasting, where our hands were bound together with a cord made with offcuts from my dress and his kilt.
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And the unity candle
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Than we were married!
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And we were so grateful to the friend's partner who hung nearby to fetch drinks, and for the waitresses who brought food to us. Then it started to rain, and we went inside out of the cold. (It was about this point that I realised I'd forgotten to have a photo taken with long socks on, and that I could have left them on all day - no one would have known, and they would have helped keep me warm!
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:16 PM

Congratulations Daybreak - what a beautiful wedding and so much happiness and colour! Just lovely biggrin.gif
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:28 PM

The evening was lovely, and for the most part ran smoothly. We managed to catch up with pretty much everyone, though being a weekday, many people left early. The speeches were beautiful. The first hiccup came just before dessert. Andrew's older sisters had jumped in early to get the kids ice cream, and apparently people thought that meant that they could tuck in (buffet style) Meanwhile, we were trying to cut the cake, and have a birthday cake for Sally. My honourary brother/MC was able to get everyone's attention, though the serving as dessert was never as orderly as dinner had been.
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The next hiccup was when we wanted to do our waltz (an actual proper waltz!) and aforementioned MC, who had organised the music for the night, had lost our song (Come Away With Me by Norah Jones) Fortunately, thanks to the joys of modern technology, GM3 (yet another Andrew, generally known as Zav) was able to download it on his iphone. Which was great until he got an SMS (a booty call!) part way through! We just laughed - what else can you do?!
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I danced with Dad to the Galaxy Song, by Monty Python - so appropriate for us (actually, people were lucky that it wasn't 'Every Sperm is Sacred'!) and despite all the time I spent making sure that there wasn't any anti-love/wedding songs in the mix, I really don't remember most of the music.

With all my new sisters
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We didn't have a formal ending, as too many people had left by then, so we just said goodbye to everyone quietly, with Andrew's family being the last to leave.
Our nieces and nephews were absolutely perfect the whole night - we're so lucky!
Cute moments:
Julian (6): Next time Katie and Andrew get married, can I come here with them again?

Alice(5): Can I keep this dress?
Adult: Of course
Alice: I'm going to wear it every day!
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:04 PM

Such a beautiful day , i am SOO happy to finally see all your pics smile.gif

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:21 PM

Aww Katie - gorgeous - all the dresses and colours worked so well and you looked amazing, the few hiccups in the day just make it all the more special. Thankyou for sharing, have been looking forward to seeing these photos for a long time xxx

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:52 PM

Wow Daybreak, your married biggrin.gif biggrin.gif Massive congratulations. Even with the hiccups it sounded like a great day and you looked gorgeous and so very happy wub.gif
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 03:26 PM

What a beautiful wedding! It feels like it's been ages since anyone shared photos and I love seeing other people's weddings, so thank you. You looked stunning and in time you won't remember the very small hiccups.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:53 PM

Yay Katie! Congratulations on such a happy day!

I loved your hair and your dress (the train is stunning). The BMs dressed turned out perfectly.

Spied your shiny natural coloured nails too, I hope you liked it.

Hope you had a wonderful honeymoon too smile.gif


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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:09 PM

Aww, what a gorgeous wedding! Congratulations on finally crossing over! It's so lovely to finally see what you look like. smile.gif
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:36 PM

Gorgeous photos and it sounds like you had an amazing day. Congratulations on your marriage.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:08 PM

Congratulations Katie! You looked beautiful smile.gif

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:27 PM

Congrats Katie! biggrin.gif

You looked stunning and your day sounds (and looks) very memorable!

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