Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Old friends, new music, borrowed time and blue skies. Four elements for your perfect day.
The sun was shining as I glided up the red carpet in my vintage Bentley. My girls and I modelling our best walks, as we make our way up the red carpet looking 10/10. But no one is at the other end of the carpet!! Oh yes, that’s because they’re all sat, patiently waiting to see me walk in!
Everyone I love, friends, colleagues, family – all of them. All of them, in the same room, here to celebrate with us!
Today feels like a day off for me as I’ve got the Oake Manor crew sorting out my children. I can see them now, sat at a table with their fun pack (thanks Oake Manor for distracting them)! Now they are attempting to get my beautiful flower girl and slightly mischievous page boy to hold hands and not cry, as they walk in front of me and my bridesmaids down the aisle.
OK so my favourite song is now playing through the whole entire building (it isn’t uptown funk despite the rumours). My body is moving towards the ceremony room however I’m so nervous my mind is yet to come.
Everyone has turned to look at me – I love it.
This room is stunning. It’s as white as snow. The chairs, the ceremony table and the carpet. White with a touch of light blue, tied in a bow on the back of every chair. (Even my little nephew’s highchair has a blue bow.)
The curtains close, the music stops, and it is real – I’m about to be wed.
Well I have a ring on one hand and a glass of prosecco in the other… perfection.
(What more could you want.)
A few professional photographs later and I am hungry. Food, my favourite part of the day (except the marriage part of course).
Everyone is experiencing our very nice seating plan (courtesy of Oake Manor), but as newly Mr and Mrs, we make a separate grand entrance into the room and take our seats. The tables look incredible. Beautiful fresh flower centre pieces, a gift from my mother. Table confetti sparkles and sky blue table runners. Oake Manor really pulled it out of the bag.
Prawn cocktail on a bed a mixed leaves, marie-rose sauce and tomatoes. That’s what I chose for my starter, my husbands vegetable soup with his fresh roll and butter looked pretty tasty as well.
We are having carvery for main course and I don’t even have to get it myself, a young lady got it for me, she listed every vegetable they were offering it was brilliant!
I am so conflicted with which dessert option to choose. This is probably up there with the hardest decision I’ve made throughout the whole wedding process. Ok I’m going with the pear dacquoise. Now, a pot a green tea to finish off the meal perfectly.
My children said they had a hard decision to make as well – chocolate, vanilla or strawberry! “But mummy I want the vanilla puffin and the yellow monster!”
The best mans speech is revealing a lot of hilarious past truths about my wonderful husband. Rumour has it, even a slide show is going to come into action! I also discovered, that my husbands cake cutting skills were 0/10 but I’ll soon sharpen that up.
Before I knew it, the day had sped by! A cheeky glass a prosecco at the bar with my family as #TeamOakeManor turn the room around for the evening.
I greet my evening guests as they pile in, it’s so good to see some old faces! We have a dance floor, a DJ and smoke machine and even karaoke which Oake Manor sorted out! The tables from earlier and now cleared off and spread around the dance floor, with simply my mothers flowers and a candle. Perfectly simplistic.
The lights dim and I get to hold my husband as we sway to the first song we ever listened to together. It feels like the first time today, time paused around us and I could take a second to be in my husbands arms.
Couples begin dancing around us as others enjoy our wedding cake. (Sponge, fruit or lemon!)
A few boogies later and the buffet arrives…
Pizza’s sandwiches, filo prawns, chicken, salad, roasted potatoes and that’s not all! My guests and I dig in, dance the night away and before I know it, my wedding today at Oake Manor has come to an end and it has been everything I have dreamed of.
After a few prosecco’s throughout the day and evening, I decide I’m going to abandon my decorations until tomorrow. Having my own personal wedding coordinator was such a good touch, she even boxed all of my decorations up for me and I will collect them tomorrow.
Thank you to all of the staff and wedding coordinator for making our wedding, truly the best day of my life.