Today was the big day! We were up EARLY and greeted with Starbucks (god bless you A!), and once the hairdresser and photographer had arrived the madness began. And oh BOY did it last! There were six of us to get hair and makeup done, I was fifth and didn’t get started till after the 1pm. Jill, the photographer, went mental taking pictures of everything – I’m excited to see them! We were good to go on time, T only looked marginally ill at the thought of being stared at/from not being able to breathe, and M was taking our stuff to the hotel. We bundled into the limo to get to the hotel and then had to make a quick dash to an unused room in the hotel as we were early. Everyone looked STUNNING all done up, especially T. J was taking bets on when their dad would cry and F was planning her model walk down the aisle, while yours truly was trying to sip on water without smudging her makeup or think about how her shoes didn’t QUITE fit (The strap at the back was loose). All too soon it was time, and I tried my best to walk like a normal human being. The DJ played ‘ A Thousand Years,’ when T came out, and her and her dad were already crying which set everyone off (God bless waterproof mascara). The ceremony was short but absolutely beautiful – Heather and Mo gave really lovely readings, and the vicar was wonderful. Once done, it was time for prosecco and nibbles, NOM! Naturally I took full advantage until it was time for photos – the groom’s party got to show their wedding socks, and Jill must have used every inch of the garden. I bet they’re going to be beautiful!! It was then dinner time, and more importantly, time to take my shoes off and get into my flats! Dinner was delicious and speeches followed: A and J, Dave and Mo, T’s Dad (which included particularly brilliant dad jokes, including him explaining ‘wedding terms’: aisle, alter and hymn, and then saying that all week T had been muttering “I’ll alter him.”), and then J. All the speeches were funny, sweet and thoughtful, and at times, a little tear-inducing. After the cutting of the cake, the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance, the DJ said, “Okay, let’s get this party started,” put on some music and the dance floor nearly immediately filled up. It was a BRILLIANT night – everyone was dancing and having great craic – easily one of the best weddings I’ve been to (there were no sing-a-longs at the end of the night though, definitely something every wedding needs!). Highlights include:
– Watching the dance off between Cady and Aaron.
– Discovering the local gin and having a chin wag with the bar man about Edinburgh.
– Watching the girls fight over the bouquet catching.
– Going mental on the dancefloor with everyone.
It wrapped up around 2am, and while the plan was to head up to a room party on the sixth floor afterwards (there were rumours of a bathtub full of alcohol), as soon as AJ and I went into our room to drop our stuff off, we wanted nothing more than to be in bed sleeping. Which is exactly what we did, after I removed the 70 hair pins that were nestled in my hair.
All in all, it was a fantastic night and day!