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This week we have an invitation to Katy’s wedding. Katy blogs over at What Katy Said and can be found on Twitter
Hi Katy, Introduce us to your family,
My husband and I live in Hertfordshire with our two daughters Little G and Baby L. While Mr F goes off to work every day, us girls stay at home. Little G is almost 3 and spends her days making a mess everywhere. While Baby L is 7 months old and follows her sister around by crawling backwards. Both sides of the family live within 10 minutes of each other so the girls are very lucky to be able to spend time with aunts, uncles and grandparents regularly. I am a teacher and will return to it one day, but for now I am happy to spend my days playing with my girls- documenting our lives on my blog!
Let’s set the scene..
How did you meet?
We met at university in Bangor, North Wales. He lived down the corridor to me in halls and was doing the same course- Zoology/Marine Zoology. We became friends in the first few weeks and it built from there.
How long have you known each other?
We were 18 when we met, it will be 12 years this September!
How did he propose?
We had been together 8 years. It was Christmas day and we were staying with my parents that year. I woke up at about 5am (I am a big kid when it comes to Christmas) and rolled over to wish him a merry Christmas. He produced a ring and all I could say was “are you serious? Is this a joke?”. When he had assured me he was being serious I screamed and ran off to tell my mum! I realised I hadn’t actually said yes and rushed back to him. Probably not how he imagined it would go! I imagine he thought it would be without your mum!
How long were you engaged before you were married?
I got planning immediately and so it was an 18 month engagement, which was just enough time for me to sort it all.
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When did you get married?
We got married 14th August 2010, it only seems a short while ago, but it is almost 4 years!! Crazy!!
You look so beautiful!
Did you have a large wedding or a more intimate affair?
We had 100 guests to the ceremony and another 50 to the evening. I had 5 bridesmaids (4 adult and 1 child). He had his brothers as joint best men.
Tell us about the venues?
We got married at Sopwell House in St Albans. It is a country house hotel with beautiful grounds. We got married in their ceremony room and then had the whole event in one of their suites. It rained in the morning, but by the time we were married there was sunshine for the photos. My favourite photo is of us on the bridge.
Did your wedding have a certain style?
I wanted quite neutral colours initially but my wedding dress was called ‘aquamarine’ – that is my birthstone so I took that as a sign and all of my invitations, menus and the adult bridesmaid dresses were in an aquamarine blue colour. Everything else was ivory and cream though.
Tell us about the most important thing, the Dress?
I had a ‘classic’ style dress, it had beautiful beads, crystals and pearls on the bodice and a fairly poofy skirt. It was made from taffeta which I loved as it was crisp and rustled as I walked. It was called ‘aquamarine’, although I am not entirely sure why.
Describe your wedding
Being a neutral theme my flowers were creams, I had roses. The other arrangements had other flowers in too, couldn’t tell you anything other than they were cream! I made everything myself, the invitations, the menus, the seating chart. All in aquamarine. We decided to use balloons as decorations for tables rather than flowers which can be so expensive. I also made a balloon archway to separate the main room to the dance floor. The cake was a vanilla sponge with white chocolate icing, I found it on the M+S website and it was perfect as it had white roses scattered over it. Wow you did so well to make it all!
I decided against a wedding car and instead spent the money on a suite for the night before. That way we could all get ready together in the morning. My hairdresser arrived at 5am and began working on the bridesmaids. The photographer turned up at 9am and suddenly it seemed real. Before I could blink it was 1.45pm and it was time to walk down to the ceremony room. I don’t think I have ever been so nervous. I knew Mr F would be there waiting for me, but I was nervous about everything going right. I had planned it all for months and there was nothing more I could do but wait for it all to unfold.
Everything went smoothly and the staff were great! Everyone enjoyed the food; a sit down dinner of chicken for the wedding breakfast (a bit non nondescript maybe but we wanted people to enjoy it rather than have something fancy that people didn’t like). We had a buffet in the evening with a selection of nibbles.
I loved everything about the day, but the guests would probably say the speeches were the best part. My brothers in law are hilarious and wrote the funniest speeches! We have everything on video and the guests were in stitches from beginning to end. Another highlight for everyone was the disco in the evening, a friend organised the DJ for us and he was great! He knew exactly how to read the mood and there was always a full dance floor! It probably helped that we had a free bar though!!
What was your favourite part of your Wedding?
I honestly don’t remember much of it, it went so quickly! My favourite part would have to be the dance though – I had dreamed of that moment for so long. When we first met Daniel Beddingfield was number 1 with ‘If you’re not the one’ and so that is what I chose. We practiced a few turns the day before, nothing too complicated, but enough that we weren’t just swaying for the 3 minutes! Oh I love that song!
What extra touches made it special for you both?
My sister was my maid of honour and she did a reading part way through the ceremony. She cried (and she never cries!!) and that set me off. There are 8 years between us, but suddenly we were both very grown up. Awww.
Did anything not go as planned? Any funny stories?
Everything went to plan, as I am a complete control freak! There are a few funny stories though (most of which are from the speech and Mr F would kill me if I told anyone!). One funny part was when his brother said where we were going on our honeymoon “he is taking her to Bangor for 7 nights” now if you think of this with a rude mind you can see why people laughed. Most people knew he was joking, but our poor photographer didn’t get it as at the end of the night he wished us well and said “have a great time in Bangor!”
Would you do anything differently with hindsight?
I wouldn’t change a thing, however I wish I could go back and do it all again, but this time take time to absorb it all. I didn’t relax the whole day, as I am like a sergeant major and needed to keep everything running like clockwork. I wish I had just let everyone else worry about the details and take the time to enjoy it.
What song did you walk into and what was your first dance song?
I walked down the aisle to Canon in D, I know everyone uses it but it is just too lovely not to have it. We walked back up the aisle together to Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’. I almost chose that as our first dance song, but it fitted better for walking up as a newly married couple.
Do you have any advice for the soon to be married?
Film everything!! Even though people tell you to enjoy every minute you never fully remember it all as you are in a whirlwind. If you have it all recorded you can revisit it anytime you like! Great advice!
Where did you go on honeymoon?
It certainly wasn’t Bangor! We decided to go to the Dominican Republic. It was perfect for us as it has white sandy beaches, but it also had enough going on that we could go for day trips. One of the highlights was zip-wiring through the rain forest, not something you do every day.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your wedding?
I am a loud person in general, but everyone commented that I was practically inaudible throughout the ceremony. I was aware that I wasn’t speaking very loudly, but I knew that if I relaxed I would just cry! As it was I had a cry after my sister’s reading. My something old was my late grandmother’s hanky and I was glad I had to mop away my tears (of happiness).
Something new was my dress, something borrowed was my friend’s wedding garter and something blue was my aquamarine jewellery. I also had a sixpence for my shoe given to me by one of my bridesmaid’s granddad.
Thanks again to Katy for sharing her lovely wedding.
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