Hello! Welcome to Share Your Wedding, a weekly feature that gives you the chance to re-live your wedding day and may just give soon-to-be–weds some inspiration.
This week we have an invitation to Laura’s wedding. Laura blogs over at All The Things I Used To Know and can also be found on Twitter.
Hi Laura! Introduce us to your family.
I am Laura, married to Rich and Mummy to 1 year old Ted.
I am a SAHM who with a life long love of writing is enjoying being able to share my thoughts and opinions on my own blog, chatting all things baby and parenting. I’m an ex-nanny and sleep/parenting consultant – now living life on the other side of the theories!
Let’s set the scene..
How did you meet?
In a dodgy bar in Tenerife on 8th October 2011, I was on a Hen Do and Rich was on a boys weekend with his fire crew. We talked all night and luckily found out enough about each other to be able to use the delights of social media to find each other as neither of us had our phones. We lived at opposite ends of the country but Rich came down from Sheffield to Southampton to visit me the next weekend, I was about to go travelling for 5 months and by the end of week two, he had flights booked to come too…the rest, as they say, is history!
How long have you known each other?
It will be 4 years this October, we moved pretty fast!
How did he propose?
On a very unromantic boat trip around the solent, we celebrated by drinking bad wine from plastic pint glasses – I don’t think anybody has ever looked as happy!
How long were you engaged before you were married?
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When did you get married?
27th May 2013
How many guests, bridesmaids etc did you have?
We had 35 guests, 4 bridesmaids and 2 Best Men
Tell us about the Venue: Day / Evening
We were married in Central Park, NYC at Ladies Pavilion. We knew we wanted to get married abroad and I’ve always loved New York, within 5 days of the proposal we had the ceremony booked. Finding a reception venue was a lot trickier and I spent ages searching until I found Tree Bistro – it was everything I had hoped for, Intimate, quirky, personal and relaxed. I was able to have complete control over what happened and the owner, Colm was amazing at communicating with me which was so important considering how far away we were. Tree has an outside courtyard garden and we had our reception there, it was perfect.
Did your wedding have a certain style?
I don’t really think so! Our bridesmaids wore black lace dresses so we had a black and cream colour scheme – this followed through on to the cake and flowers but it was really just about fun, comfort and personal touches, the boys wore Converse and I had Flip Flops on under my dress!
Tell us about the most important thing, the Dress?
I wore Marnie by Stephanie Allin.
I didn’t really know what I wanted but I did know what I didn’t want! Nothing fussy, strapless or poufy and I did have to be practical about getting it to America too. Marnie was the second dress I tried on and I was sold instantly, I tried a third dress on ‘just in case’ but then paid the deposit on MY dress and didn’t even enter another bridal store, I was convinced if I tried on lots of dresses I’d never make a decision so decided to quit while I was ahead!
Description of your Wedding, as brief or as descriptive as you’d like, flowers, clothes, food, speeches, gifts?
Nothing about our day was very traditional, we stayed together the night before the wedding and parted in the morning for girls/boys breakfasts and then got ready, us girls and my Dad flagged taxi’s down on the street and got to Central Park in plenty of time so had lots of fun taking silly photos first.
The ceremony was perfect, we used our own vows and laughed a lot (much to the upset of our serious registrar!)
After 3 days of constant, torrential rain we woke up to blue skies and blazing sunshine – it stayed a sunny 27 degrees all day, we were so so lucky!
Tables and chairs were wooden and mismatched, decorated with a selection of cream and pastel coloured flowers all in different style vases on pretty lace runners, Place settings were pictures of people and we had a sign that said;
“We’re not all that traditional as we’re sure you know
married won’t change that as this will show
Across the sea we all flew for miles,
Packed all our bits, there were piles and piles
There was no more space in any case
So instead of a table plan…
Just find your face”
Food was eclectic but amazing! Mussels, Sweet Potato Croquettes and Charcuterie Boards to start and then Pulled Pork Sliders, Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Aioli and Mushroom and Red Pepper Risotto served with Parmesan Truffle Fries and Green Beans – it shouldn’t have worked but it really did and the food kept coming until everybody was fit to explode.
We ordered cupcakes and a massive cake from Molly’s Cupcakes and served them for desert, welcome drinks were Sangria served in glass coke bottles and then an open bar commenced!
For his speech, my husband, inspired by Tom from McFly decided to rewrite a McFly song, learn to play the Ukelele 10 weeks before the big day and sing it instead –it was awesome and he received a standing ovation, although on watching the video, I think you had to be there!! The Best Men and my Dad’s speeches complimented his perfectly with affection, humour and the inevitable male bullying!
It was all a bit uncoordinated but it worked and one of the happiest days of my life!
What was your favourite part of your Wedding?
The actual ceremony was amazing – we weren’t nervous or worried what anyone thought and we laughed and joked our way through it, just like we do our life together. This doesn’t mean we didn’t take what we were doing seriously, we were both 100% committed to what we were promising but we didn’t see the need to do this with straight faces!
What extra touches made it special for you both?
Everybody travelling so far to share our day – we were so grateful for the effort people put in for us. My super talented friend Sarah Bunting of www.hampshirebridalbootsale.com despite getting married just months ahead of us (we totalled skipped the queue) dropped everything and not only helped me to plan my day but also came along and took all our beautiful photos too.
Did anything not go as planned? Any funny stories?
Not on the actual day but Rich wanted us to be able to enjoy NYC and sightsee the day before our wedding – instead we spent it trying to help my brother buy shoes after he’d been drinking all day and had got lost, all he could tell us of his location was “I’m in New York…!”
Would you do anything differently with hindsight?
Not really – we loved our day.
What song did you walk into and what was your first dance song?
I walked down the aisle/path to The Lumineers – Ho Hey and our first dance (although we didn’t dance!) was McFly – No Worries. My wedding present from Rich was the signed lyrics to No Worries, it now hangs in our bedroom as a constant reminder of how awesome he is.
Do you have any advice for the soon to be married?
Just enjoy it, rope in as many people to help lighten the load for you and make sure you’re clear with suppliers about what you want. Above all though, don’t lose sight of why you’re doing this – at the end of the day the only thing that really matters if celebrating your relationship and love with all the people you care about.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
From New York we flew to Chicago and then drove Route 66, stopping somewhere different every day or two along the way, detouring for a few days in Las Vegas and then heading up to San Francisco after – it was incredible although parts of it were slightly blighted by morning sickness!
Is there anything else you would like to share about your wedding?
Just that sharing the story has made me relive it and feel so lucky.
Your photos are absolutely mesmerising! It is making me want to get married again and copy everything about your big day!! Everything about it just sounds so much fun!
Thank you so much Laura for sharing your wedding with us all!