Wow, it’s actually really hard to know where to start, but I think it best to split our wedding posts up into three parts…the morning of, ceremony and reception – as I might otherwise overkill on info and images! The morning of our wedding is a part of the day that I will always hold dear, as I was surrounded by so many of my favourite people who were as excited as I was to celebrate the occasion. So here goes…
The day before had been blisteringly warm and as I had heard from my heavily pregnant, dear friend Nat, also one of my ‘Maids-of-Honour’ that she wouldn’t be able to make it down from Crawley, due to her baby girls arrival being imminent…I felt confident that despite my heavy heart, the sun would shine. I’d prayed all week that to have Natalie at the wedding, I’d trade good weather; so as she now wasn’t going to be there, good weather surely would; imagine my reaction then when I woke to discover that not only was it raining, but blowing a gale too – I was doubly gutted.
Our whole wedding had been planned outside (we expected an Indian Summer!) so no sooner had we wiped the sleep from our eyes, we set about texting everyone to ensure they brought thier wellies and umbrellas!
My dear Dad was outnumbered by nine women and kindly arranged breakfast for us all, as we set about preening, gossiping and giggling our way though the morning…
One of the best things about writing Boho Bride has been the people I’ve met, who I now count as good friends, Claire Mathers of Creative Wedding Hair is one such person and I was so pleased to have her there on the day not only as a friend and guest, but as a hair stylist too. She just gets me – so I was clearly going to be in safe hands!
My other close friend and fellow wedding industry peep, Lucy Shergold soon followed and it was at this point that it dawned on me – this is really happening! Lu and I have crammed in so much work together in recent months – my own wedding always felt an age away…but the day had finally come!
Florist Allen Daly then arrived and set off a cacophony of ooh’s and ah’s as she brought through the stunning arrangements. I’d asked Allene to create bouquets that looked very natural, almost wild. She knew I wanted lots of pinks, oranges, blues and yellow and that I loved Daisies, but the rest was up to her. I hadn’t a clue what type of flowers I’d be getting. We were all blown away by how beautiful it all looked.
I’m not very good at make-up, but my friend Jo is awesome. A solicitor by day – this girl really has some talent in the beauty department, so was the obvious choice to help transform me. We’d visited Mac in Bristol the week before, where I had a ‘makeover’ and Jo had taken notes…but no sooner has she’s started priming my face, Nat called to wish me well…little did we know within seconds of taking the call I’d end up in floods of tears with a red, blotchy face!
As I was chatting to Nat via iPhone face-to-face when she suddenly turned the phone and asked if I recognised where she was; it was her old bedroom in her parents house less than 20 minutes away!!! Nat and her husband had set off from Greater London at 5am to make sure they didn’t miss our big day – they’d even made note of all the hospitals along their route just in case their little girl decided to make an appearance! I truly have the best friends in the world.
A half hour later and Natalie had arrived, all my Bridesmaids were present, my niece and nephew were there and our Mums had arrived back from the hairdressers and were in the midst of getting their glad rags on. It was 2.10 pm and I was due to get married to my beloved in 50 minutes!
The following half hour or so is a blur – there was a flurry of activity and before I knew it our transport, an beautiful VW van from Devon Cool Campers had arrived and everyone had left bar me and my wonderful Dad. After what seemed like forever, the gorgeous camper called ‘George’ had returned and all I remember at that point is my Dad squeezing my hand as we sat in silence as the van wound it way round the drive of Tapeley Park…
The ceremony will follow tomorrow.
Sarah, Boho Bride xx