We tried to keep things as intimate and small as possible, and tried not to get carried away with everything. I didn't want the organising of our wedding to take over our lives to the point which it became the be-all and end-all. It was to be just the start of our exciting journey and I tried not to loose sight of that. I really didn't want to start off our marriage depressed that our big day was all over. I wasn't depressed... I was, and still am, elated and so excited to be married!
Getting ready was a bit strange. I only had one bridesmaid, my little cousin H, and though my mother and sister in law (to be!), J, were around, I was alone with my photographer and hairdresser for quite a lot of the morning. I wouldn't have changed a thing though as whatever the reason I was so chilled out, calm and happy. My makeup artist was over an hour late, but I really wasn't very bothered at all (what was wrong with me?!). My hairdresser was stressed on my behalf!
Finally the moment came to put on my dress. I love my dress and am so pleased I decided on something a bit different. I have no idea when or if I'll use or wear it again but I can't bring myself to part with it. It's kept in a beautiful box at my parents house.
Mr B and I, keeping with tradition, decided not to see each other until the ceremony. It was really difficult to say goodbye to him the night before our wedding knowing that the next time we'd see each other I'd be walking down the aisle! In our local church, just 5 minutes away from the university where we met and our little house, our best man and Mr B were waiting for me to arrive...
Waiting outside the church and walking down the aisle all my earlier laid-back feelings vanished. I felt incredibly nervous. This was it! I clung onto my dad and concentrated on trying not to trip up (I succeeded, woohoo!) and on Mr B who had turned to watch me. My legs were like jelly and one of the first things I said to Mr B was "do you think everyone can tell I'm shaking?" Not so romantic!
After the ceremony our guests headed to the reception venue, a beautiful hotel nearby...
While Mr B and I took 10 minutes to pose for photos at the 'Long Walk' looking towards Windsor Castle.
The rest of our day was a blur of fun, laughter and togetherness. One of the best parts of our day was the fact that everyone we love was there celebrating with us - from all over the UK and Holland. Every one of our guests knew us well, every one of our guests was so happy for us, every one of our guests contributed to an atmosphere filled with love and support for Mr B and I. Truly something special.
This is me with my family, the Dutch ladies
It might sound silly but Mr B and I made a real effort not to leave each other's side. Time flew by and we wanted to savour every moment of the day together.
I hope you don't mind me reminiscing. It's so nice to have an excuse to look through our photos again and write down a few little bits about our special day.