I can't quite believe that it has already been five months since Matt and I said our vows. How quickly the time has flown!
In the lead up to our wedding I had no nerves whatsoever. I was cool and calm up until the night before the big day, when during a meal with our families, they hit me full on and I could barely eat a thing! My bridemaids and mum did a fantastic job on the day of soothing my nerves, ensuring I ate (and had a little champagne!) and keeping me stress free. I had waves of butterflies dancing in my stomach throughout the morning as I was getting ready, it all seemed quite surreal, but when I was ready and the bridal car was waiting outside to take my parents and I to the Church, all my nerves just melted away and I was left with pure excitement. Hearing the Church bells chime as I stepped out the bridal car added to joy of the moment and I was filled with such happiness.
I clutched my bouquet as my bridesmaids arranged my dress. Before us were the double doors leading to all our closest friends and family and of course, the altar where Matt awaited me. Pachelbel's Canon in D began to play, I slipped my arm into my father's and the doors opened. As I saw Matt standing at the altar, my face broke into a huge smile and as I took each step down the aisle towards my best friend, my face was a mix between pure elated joy and getting a little teary eyed with the emotion of it all.
Holding hands as we recited our vows was such a special moment, and before we knew it the Reverend was pronouncing us husband and wife. I've never felt such happiness (I think my face says it all in one of the photo's below!) After four years together and patiently waiting, we were finally married!
Our reception was everything we'd hoped it to be; informal and fun. The marquee looked beautiful and I'll always treasure the memories of the day before when my parents, Matt and I spent the most gloriously sunny day surrounded by trees, flowers and greenery, setting everything up and seeing our plans come to life. The marquee was a vision of pastel pinks, neutrals and lilacs. Perfect for an outdoor August wedding in a marquee! You can read more about the planning behind the wedding and our inspiration here.
The evening was filled with fun, laughter and dancing to our favourite Motown and Rock n Roll classics. The dance floor was packed all night long and it was fantastic to see everyone we cared about having such a good time. It's true what they say, the day passes by so quickly. One of my favourite memories is when Matt and I took a moment together to savour the magic of the day. We snuck off to sit by the pond as the sun was setting just before our first dance to reflect on the day and revel in each other's company as husband and wife.
So after two years of planning, here's how our English Country Garden wedding came to fruition....