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Our Wedding Morning

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.

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

♥ Images, Lucy Shergold; Hair, Creative Wedding Hair; Flowers, Allene Daly allenedaly@hotmail.co.uk {website coming soon}; VW Camper, Devon Cool Campers

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  • ButtercupBusVWCampers October 11, 2011, 8:54 am

    Wow – the flowers in the hair are a really nice touch, and I love the detail on the dress – just beautiful!

  • Sarah Spence October 11, 2011, 8:54 am

    awwwww…you look stunning Sarah. Although Kate had already told me about your friend Nat it still brought a little tear to my eye xxxx

  • Sarah Toomey October 11, 2011, 9:16 am

    Beautiful! x

  • Rachael October 11, 2011, 9:34 am

    So lovely! x

  • Kate Fletcher October 11, 2011, 10:07 am

    I could look at your photographs all day. Soooo gorgeous. x

  • Kimmy October 11, 2011, 10:12 am

    You could write 2 weeks of posts about your wedding and I still wouldn’t get bored. It was simply perfect. x

  • Lucy October 11, 2011, 10:21 am

    Yey pretty lady… it’s your beautiful Wedding! xxxx

  • Charlie (Fifties Wedding) October 11, 2011, 10:57 am

    Those flowers are the prettiest I’ve ever seen in a bouquet I think! You look gorgeous xx

  • Reena October 11, 2011, 11:10 am

    The way you write about it is amazing! Brings the event alive (I know that’s your skill but still!). Its lovely Hun. It’s nice to see the pics of you guys getting ready! Look forward to part 2 & 3! Big hugs. Hope to see u soon. Miss u xxx

  • Laura October 11, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Oooh! Such beautiful photographs!
    Many congratulations beautiful bride!
    You made me go a bit teary – what great friends!

  • Peter Cox October 11, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Great pics and looks like a great day!

  • Sarah October 11, 2011, 8:15 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful, i cant wait for next chapter!!
    Congratulations.

  • Valerie at Benessamy Events October 11, 2011, 8:17 pm

    Sarah thanks so much for sharing. Some beautiful photographs of every detail. Can’t wait for the next instalment!

  • admin October 11, 2011, 8:20 pm

    Thank you all SO much – really heartening to read such wonderful comments…I can’t wait to share the rest now! xxx

  • Rebecca Matthews October 11, 2011, 8:24 pm

    Just beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest x

  • sarah - Super Glossy October 11, 2011, 8:50 pm

    Wow! – you look absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I really cant wait to see what happened next – eeeek!! So lovely that your friend could make it too – what a lovely surprise! xxx

  • Louise O'Mahony October 11, 2011, 9:02 pm

    Oh my gosh I am getting emotional reading this and it is only the first part! Everything looks so beautiful so far! Can’t wait to read/see the rest!!!!!!

  • Claire Mathers October 12, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Your beautiful wedding…. the most amazing day xxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Jo October 12, 2011, 10:25 pm

    AMAZING Sarah – just gorgeous!
    And you got the shoes!??!
    Congratulations lovely lady, on the wedding AND the bebe!
    Jo xx

  • Georgie February 29, 2012, 9:09 pm

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog whilst looking for wedding inspiration….and haven’t stopped reading, it’s fab! And your wedding is just perfect! I absolutely adore the flowers in your hair and would love something similar in mine when i get married next year…..so i’m wondering, Did you make it yourself or buy it??? xxxx

  • Sarah March 1, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Thanks Georgie – that’s really lovely of you to say! Our florist made my head-dress usingg fresh flowers. She met me at Accessorize & we chose a wide alice band which she covered with lace and weaved flowers onto it fixed with floristry tape. I adored it – not only did it add colour to my outfit but I could smell the lovely flowers all day! xxx