Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Our wedding, the partayyyy.

The final instalment of our wedding series! Catch up with one, two, and three here. 

T H E S E   A R M S   O F   M I N E 
I'm not going to lie, we originally had the idea to use Otis Reading's 'These Arms of Mine' as we googled 'short first dance songs'. Neither of us are great at being the centre of attention and particularly dancing in such a manner that didn't involve much booty shaking on my part was unheard of ;) The more we listened to the song the more we loved it though, and I went back to one of the first mix CDs that Sam used to make for my drive home from Derby while he was at uni, and there it was! On the CD! Fate.

S T A R T   T H E   P A R T Y 
Straight after our first dance we had the DJ play 'one step beyond' by Madness which kicked off the dancing big style, it soon dissipated as the staff started bringing out the evening buffet, sliders and tacos and pizza, oh my! 
I now know that my friend's husband, Dave, is famous for his dances with brides and we kicked off the second round of dancing to 'Baby got back' that old classic wedding song. It was a very special first dance that we shared. 


I bought sparklers from amazon on a bit of a whim just a few weeks before the wedding, with that and £10 worth of lighters from the pound shop we were onto the winner. People enjoyed being kids again and we got some cracking pictures. We have lots of pictures from Henry of our guests enjoying them too :)

C I G A R S 
Lads, lads, lads! Sam took this time with the dudes from his stag do to enjoy some cigars he'd bought, I was inside eating chips, pizza and just the sausages and onions out of the miniature toad in the holes so I don't know what went down here. ;)

F I N A L    D A N C E S 
We played a song for each of our parents and I love this picture of my in laws after their song, sometimes its worth embarrassing your family a little by giving them a shout out and making them dance. We joined in so it wasn't like ours where every one was watching!!
This is the signature (and he states only) move of Colin so of course we had to partake, I didn't even notice Henry taking these pictures as we were in a circle of Barnes dancing with our elbows. 
I don't know exactly what songs these were we were dancing to but if the hen party was anything to go by it was either Taylor Swift, The Killers or some other song to do with butts. We are very sophisticated like that. 
T H E   E N D 
Before we knew it the day had come to an end and we were heading off to our cottage as husband and wife! It really was the most amazing day, if you're currently in the throws of wedding planning and not enjoying it, don't worry. I didn't enjoy planning at all and it really was the best day of my life. 
Thank you so much for reading these posts, particularly if you've made it through all 4! I really didn't want to leave anything out as these posts are mostly for our memories to look back on. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Our wedding, the reception.

The 3rd post in our wedding series! Catch up with parts one and two here! 
I hope no one is getting fed up of them yet but telling the story is just so lovely for me. we have wedding albums ordered but I think the words in this will really mean a lot to look back on. 
T H E   W E D D I N G   B R E A K F A S T 

I was in awe as soon as I saw the room for our wedding breakfast. One of the main things that attracted us to the Millhouse was how neutral their decor was, it felt like we could add anything to it and make it our own. So many venues around us were very corporate and looked like there should be a business conference there, or so mega expensive that getting married there was a dream! 
Our cake was a collaboration between our cake lady, florist and my mum! We wanted to shy away from typical fondant and fruit cake as we both hate it but thought the naked cake trend may be short lived and also maybe make for dry cake?!
We had chocolate, white chocolate and raspberry and lemon, all covered with white chocolate buttercream, it was unbelievable and because we stayed in the UK for our 'minimoon' we took some away with us. YAAAAS! My mum's part in the cake was the stand, she blagged the tree stump from some tree surgeons who were working on the golf course near her house! Sanded it up a bit, treated it and there you go.
I loved the place names from VM bespoke as they almost felt like another little favour, i scouted round at some point and I'm pretty sure most of them were taken home by their owners. Our favours were little seed packets aimed at attracting butterflies and bees! Save the bees y'all! 
 I think I lost that drink about halfway through it and it was delicious, my one regret ;)
Any other marrieds love looking through the candids of their guests? It's amazing to see the people who mean most to you in the world having such an amazing time and mingling together. 
Mum and I made this 'selfie station' with a load of props i'd found on ebay and in TK Maxx. Sam and I decided to use it as we were waiting for everyone to head into the wedding breakfast room! We didn't get chance to use it again and we didnt use the props either. Oops, it did get used through the night though!

S P E E C H E S 
After stuffing ourselves with brie (Sam and my mum had 2 portions!), 12 hour slow roasted beef and cheesecake (we were actually told by 10+ people that our food was the best they have had at the wedding which made me and Sam do a little fist pump, just what we wanted, the portions were EPIC) it was time for the speeches. Here continues the theme of Finley's emotion. He didn't do a long speech as he's 6 years younger than me so he couldn't have done anything Father of the Bride - esque. However, what he did blew me away! The day before the wedding he went and got an 'Ohana' tattoo in secret. My mum and I have this tattoo matching on our feet so now us 3 musketeers are all inked up to match. I lost it at this point my head in my hands in that first picture is a true overflow of tears. What a cutie he is. 

Sam's speech was a little more traditional and structured! I'm crying in nearly all these pictures and I think it was the first point in the day I really let emotion overwhelm me. He did all the thank you's, touched on how we met and mentioned so much of what we've been through together. I asked Laura to record the speeches and I can't wait to watch Sam's back. I know he was incredibly nervous and I think he did an amazing job.
Thankfully because Sam is quite a well behaved lad Colin didnt have much embarrassing fodder from the stag do for his speech but as you can see from that last picture of me giggling and Sam looking slightly exasperated he definitely had some embarrassing material from growing up. None of it will make sense out of context but I was asked by several people whether Colin did speeches for a living so you can tell it was a heck of a good one. 
Saying goodbye to some special guests after the wedding breakfast who had a train back to London to catch! It meant so much that people travelled so far to come to the wedding. The furthest was the South of France! 
This is the last in the theme of 'Finley gets emosh' Sorry Fin!! We had given out our gifts to people during Sam's speech so once they were all done Finley opened the card I had written for him thanking him for giving me away. Yet again I could not believe this emotional response from my 19 year old baby bro, I had expected the response from my Mum so I had given her the card I'd got her in the morning before there were any cameras around! I think this was the catalyst to him getting quite drunk, helped along by the hip flask and single malt included in his groomsman gift ;) 

G O L D E N    H O U R 

We snuck off to get some pictures in this beautiful light that drenched the grounds and I'm so happy with them. At this point full of our delicious wedding breakfast and high on the love we'd felt in the room as everyone mingled and ate we barely even noticed Henry there with us. Other than tiny adjustments he made to where he wanted us positioned it was just like we were taking a walk and chatting together.

C O N F E T T I   T A K E   T W O

When I noticed during the wedding breakfast that some of the cones and half a bag of confetti were left I had made a mental note to ask Henry how the other confetti shots had gone as I had worked out why I felt it was a bit lacklustre!! Haha! Then we rounded up a few people and did them again, we decided against the running through people thing as we'd already struggled with Sam tripping on my dress a couple of times. This didn't bother me by this point but I think Sam was so in love with my dress that it made him feel guilty! 

After this is was a blur of people arriving and a few people leaving. We didn't have much of a gap between the day and the evening which is really what we wanted. I wasn't going to do another post however I really think this one is now long enough, so see you in the next one! 
Onto the party!! 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Our wedding, the ceremony.

T H E   M I L L H O U S E    S K I D B Y    T W O   P M
Get ready for the second instalment of our wedding day! If you need to catch up on part 1, click here. This post is going to be even more mammoth than the last and I still feel like I've left things out!! I've written a post before about the process of finding our wedding venue, I'll link that here so I'm not repeating myself! Now the day has been and gone I really feel like I can stand by my views that it was our perfect venue. 
I loved seeing these pictures of our guests mingling (and Sam sipping pints bought by his uncles!) as we were driving around in our camper van. We had set off a little early in the end so we drove around the surrounding villages, chatting, laughing and dancing (again!). 

This was our ceremony room at the Millhouse, we both wanted something super simple, I'm not a fan of chair covers and since our venue had lovely chairs anyway I feel like they weren't missed. The S & J were a not on the high street find that moved into the wedding breakfast room and have now come to rest on our living room bookshelf!

Arriving at the venue was another of my favourite memories (who am I kidding, they're all my favourite) as I imagined all the guests and Sam stood inside knowing we were arriving, and the sense of anticipation I've had when I've been a wedding guest. It's a feeling like no other knowing that in such a short time youre going to be married to your best friend. 
The pictures above of me and my brother will always hold a funny memory for me as we were taking pictures holding hands then realised it may look like we were the ones getting married! I don't know who would think that since anyone seeing these pictures would know otherwise but maybe the nerves had caused us to be a bit hysterical and we snatched our hands away and couldn't stop laughing. 
I had to be comfy on my wedding day, I love my silver sparkly converse! 
 Sam and his brother Colin who was also his best man.
I love the candid shots Henry got of the crowd as even a few days after the wedding on our honeymoon Sam and I couldn't for the life of us remember where people were sat, and Sam had even been chatting to most people as they were awaiting my arrival! 

H E R E   C O M E S   T H E   B R I D E 
 This is the moment the song I walked down the aisle to began to play, the first time all morning I felt I was going to cry, I don't think I did but i certainly welled up. My bridesmaids preceded me to give me a bit of a chance to breathe and then it was our turn.
I could cry all over again looking at these pictures now. Everyone was shocked that my brother cried all the way down the aisle, although as I mentioned in my previous post, it became a theme for the day! My brother gave me away and despite not having a dad and knowing i wouldn't have a father of the bride to give me away its a tradition I wanted to uphold. Not because I think I'm property, I knew it was a memory I wanted to share with my brother and I also knew i'd need someone to hold me up! 
I can't remember exactly but I think the first thing Sam said to me as we got to the top of the aisle was something to do with how perfect my dress was, and I gave myself a slight pat on the back. 
 Sam's sister, Laura did a reading for us and it was so special to have her doing it. She read 'Blessing for a marriage' by James Dillet Freeman. It was a reading that really spoke to us as it talks of equality and being there for each other, although not from need.
The first picture of my very attractive 'you what?' face was when Sam pretended not to know which hand the ring went on. We had a few laughs throughout the ceremony which set the tone for the day how we wanted it. Relaxed and fun. I am still getting made fun of for my 'today, tomorrow and... always?!' blunder as I couldn't remember what the registrar had just said. Lot's of 'weren't you sure about the always part Jacq??' 
O F F I C I A L L Y    M A R R I E D ! 
The first footprint Sam managed to get on my dress and realised, wow, I really don't care because OMG WE'RE MARRIED!!!
O U T   W E   G O
We did actually do some confetti at this point although it was a slight fail as the staff only handed about half out, it was rectified later when we had another go after the wedding breakfast so I don't dwell on it! It was the one thing that went a teeny bit wrong on the day so I think we did well for that!  We had a few moments of mingling and hugging and me feeling like I was going to cry with every new person I spoke to before heading off for the family pictures while everyone got their drinks and mingled. 
We didn't want a whole heap of posed pictures so tried to stick to just family and bridal party, I kind of hate the whole idea of shepherding the whole wedding into place for pictures of everyone together where you can barely see peoples faces. I'm really pleased with these photos that we got as they're perfect for us and our families to keep and treasure. 
After this we went off for a few pictures alone and then it's on to the reception, and another post! Phew, I'm sure you're saying. This was quite a read!
 Just like our engagement shoot, Sam kept me laughing all the way through out pictures, I love this about him as obviously, not being a Kardashian, I'm not used to being photographed throughout my day!
Onto the reception, and some golden hour photographs of Sam and I that I think I'll cry over until I'm old and grey! See you in the next one! 
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