Monday, September 8, 2008
Well - WE DID IT!!
Firstly, my very sincere apologies for not keeping up with the blog at the end of last week, but I am sure that I will be forgiven giving the circumstances! I am pretty sure that no one really wants to read about what happened the couple of days before now, and you are all just looking on here for photos!
I don't have many at the moment, but as I get more I will add them! Infact, the ones that I do have , I pinched from Linda via facebook ( thanks linda! hope you don't mind!).
I started the day by getting my nails done down in Johnsonville. I had to wait till the very last minute because otherwise I probably would have chipped them knowing my luck. Julie and I then went to my Dad's place to get ready at 10:30am. Lee, one of Hil Cook's assistants arrive a couple of minutes before us and was setting up. Julie was first in the chair to get hair and make up done. I then pottered around finishing lists and things before it was my turn. Lucy also got dropped off about 11am. Hil herself arrived to give me her full attention about 11am as well. Boy she did a fantastic job. I looked and felt wonderful. Lucy and Julie were pretty stunning too I might add. You can definitely see how they are the best in the field!
As you probably know, it poured with rain on friday and we ended up having to have the ceremony inside so that no one (especially us) didn't freeze. It is supposed to be very good luck to have rain on your wedding day, so we will go with that. We would have loved to have gotten married next to the pond\waterfall, but it just wasn't supposed to be. From what I remember, I think that there was only two other things that went wrong on the day and the first was that the bride and bridesmaids all forgot their flowers! Oh well, until we told people, they hadn't actually noticed anyway. The boys had their button holes, and the tables were dressed so that was enough. It also meant that I didn't have to throw ( and therefore giveaway ) my beautiful bouquet!
The other was that the rings fell out of the ties on the ring cushion. Luckily they were found again ( thanks Mike) before the ceremony, so I didn't get a fright when another ring was placed on my finger. The rings also weren't ready until midday on friday either, which was a bit nerve wracking, but we would have worn temporary ones if it came down to it.
I wasn't too late, but apparently Glenn looked pretty nervous while waiting for me. I didn't bawl my eyes out while walking down the aisle - I did have to fight back the tears, but I was fine after a couple of deep breaths. That is because we did end up going with the aisle song of "Beautiful" by Portishead. It is a song that we especially associate with Mitchell, hence the almost tears.
Our flower girls looked really beautiful and did a wonderful job. Our page boy did eventually give the rings to the best man, which was great and he looked so cute in his little suit. Amelia, the youngest flower girl certainly stole the show more than once during the evening but looked so cute that she can be forgiven.
All of our photos are under umbrellas, but the contrast of the gold lace on my dress and the red of the bridesmaids apparently looks fantastic against the the lush backdrop of all the greens of the bush. Glenn and his groomsmen all scrub up wonderfully too.
Oh yeah, by the way, Womens Weekly came along and took some photos too. We will be featured in a couple of weeks in a story about the competition and Mitchell so look out for that. And no, before you ask, we weren't paid for the story. Although they have been generous enough to make a donation to the neonatal trust for the privilege. So thank you Womens Weekly! I think that we will be in it in a couple of weeks time. So look out for it.
Dinner was a buffet with Champagne ham, chicken and Lamb. Dessert was made up of mini eclairs with a fancy name I can't remember, mini lemon tarts (yum-o) and mini strawberry cheesecakes ( delish! ). We of course had our wedding cake (chocolate mud) and a truffle tree too ( grooms cake). Mmm truffles.
Speeches. Yes speeches. I think that I lost a few fake eyelashes with some little tears. It was a good thing that I only had a few on in the first place! My Dad, Glenn and Andrew (bestman) all gave fantastic speeches. But Andrew ( one of our longest and dearest friends ), stole the show by not being afraid to show a bit of emotion. I just wanted to jump up and give him a hug, but I think that would have made him worse! Glenn relaxed a whole heap more once is speech was done as he is not a big fan of the public speaking. He did great though!
Each of the guests went away with a little gift box. Each box had 3 things in it. Some hersheys kisses to remember to love and enjoy the sweet things in life. A magnetic picture frame to help cherish those that are special to you. And a little rubber duck to remind you to play. Mitchell had a rubber duck, it was his first little friend, the first thing he recognised and smiled at. It was safe to say that the rubber ducks were the sought after item of every table. At the end of the night, there were other things left behind, but no rubber ducks.
So as you can imagine, the whole day was fantastic. We are so happy and so blessed that we have been given this fantastic gift. That was the whole reason we chose to have our wedding cake in the shape of a stack of presents, to represent what this wedding was to us. We would like to extend our warmest and sincerest thanks to everyone who made this day possible. As many of you will know, we would not have been able to do this without the help of all these wonderful people. We would have eventually gotten married ( Glenn was betting on 2025) but with a new mortgage etc, it probably would have been a bbq in the back yard! Again thank you to all the sponsors, as well as every single person who voted for us during the competition. And also a huge thank you to Mitchell. Even though he has passed away he is still touching so many lives and making wonderful things happen.
I will keep posting photos, but as of friday we have a new adventure that involves a house and lots of paint. Just doesn't quite sound as exciting does it?
Talk to you soon,
(yes, I just had to sneak that in there, hehehe)