You might have noticed I've been somewhat dragging out these posts. This is the final one, and I can't help feeling a kind of sadness as I post it that all the planning, the excitement and the magic of the day has come to an end. I've thoroughly enjoyed reliving my day through writing these posts and I really hope you've enjoyed reading them! Thank you so much to everyone who has left lovely comments, it means more to me than you could imagine.
Without further ado, here's my post on the final part of my wedding day - I'd got ready, got married and had dinner. Formalities out of the way - now it was time to celebrate!
T h e C a k e
We left dinner and headed into the bar room, which I had decorated the day before with a LOT of help from my friends – in particular my cousin Edward, who had put up all our gorgeous bunting!
One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is our wedding cake. When we got engaged, I asked my sister and my best friend, Nikki, who are both amazing at baking, if they would make my wedding cake. They agreed, but they were both really nervous about how it would turn out, making me promise I wouldn’t mind if it looked a bit amateurish or plain.
I don’t think they had anything to worry about.
I honestly couldn’t believe how beautifully it turned out, even when I saw a photo of it without any decorations on. On the day, with the flowers, the cake toppers, and the little L O V E mugs (Nikki’s addition!) it was honestly the wedding cake of my dreams. Go at once to check out Nikki's instagram @cakesivebaked - she is incredible! And my little sister - I can't believe you're so talented!
I mean, just look at it! How did they make that?! I am so, so grateful to all the time and effort they put into it. It was the best wedding cake either of us have ever seen, it went perfectly with our venue and we just loved it. I couldn’t have been happier with it. I honestly didn’t even want to cut it – but cut it we did!
T h e F i r s t D a n c e
Once the cake was cut, it was time for the dancing to commence! We hired an indie rock band to play all our favourites, and our first song was one they learned specially for our wedding – the theme of our day.
The Beatles, All You Need Is Love.
‘Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be,
At some point during the song we beckoned for everyone to come and join in. My sister and fiancé were first on the floor, and even our parents got involved! Soon everyone was on the dance floor, under the flickering fairy light canopy.
P a r t y T i m e
We’d hired a photo booth, which was so much fun – people dressed in props and then we got all the spares stuck in our guest book, with lovely messages written along side!
Anyone who didn’t want to dance wandered between the bar and the gorgeous grounds in the summer night.
Tewinbury Farm brought out a huge buffet which was quickly devoured as our evening guests arrived. Everyone danced and chatted into the night. I even managed to Skype my cousin in Australia, which was a special moment.
It was such an incredible night, I didn’t want it to end. The band were incredible, flying out hits, and when they played The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ as their penultimate song, absolutely everybody – even my Dad, who never dances – was on the floor.
Suddenly, I felt our friends hoist me up, and Ian and I were lifted into the air. I leaned over and kissed him, and I felt so incredibly alive, surrounded by all our friends and family, everybody singing along – it was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments. We just kept looking at each other and other smiling, as if to say I know, it’s brilliant, right?!
Not the most attractive photo of me maybe, but I think it captures how emotional I was. Oh, Ian, I love you. I feel as though I haven't said much about Ian in these posts really, and it's because there is nothing else to say except I love him, and I will love him every day for the rest of my life.
Ian and I were called again to the front, and, just as I thought the day couldn’t get any better, my parents presented me with a framed copy of the All You Need Is Love record, which was another incredibly thoughtful touch – they really are the absolute best parents I could have ever asked for. I hope I made them proud on the day, because I was and always will be so proud of them.
T h e E n d
Like everyone says, time goes too fast, and before I could help it, the evening was coming to an end. Like sand running through your fingers, holding onto your wedding day is impossible – and there is a moment where I felt so, so emotional – sad that it was over, happy that it had been so perfect, overwhelmed by the amount of love I felt from everyone who was there for us on the day. After hugging everyone goodbye, and after a slight mishap where we couldn’t get into our own hotel room (!) that was it – we were Mr and Mrs Perrins!
I honestly could not have asked for a more perfect wedding day. I did all I could to enjoy every moment and take it all in and I still feel like, every time I look through our beautiful wedding photos, or watch our amazing video, I am transported back there. To the cool church in the dappled sunlight; to the muddy grass where I stood with Ian, laughing and ruining my shoes and drinking champagne; to the wooden dance floor under the twinkling lights and the noise of a hundred people dancing and laughing into the night. Looking at this man, this funny, silly, impossibly clever, always late, incredibly thoughtful, perfect man – with a ring on his finger, and feeling so overwhelmingly grateful to fate for letting us find each other, and for giving us the time and the space to fall in love. Sometimes - not very often - I feel as though the stars align.
There is a lyric in the Goo Goo Dolls song ‘Come To Me’, which we used as the soundtrack for our wedding video:
Come to me my sweetest friend
This is where we start again
And that is where you leave us, starting our lives together as husband and wife.
And they all lived happily ever after
T h e E n d.