The wedding of the year and the most beautiful bride…

I am obviously quite biased in my opinion here seeing as the wedding was that of my sister Nicky and her fiance Rob. But on 27th July they got married in the local village church and the reception was held at my parents’ house down the road.

Nicky and Rob live up in Lincoln and my parents live down here in West Sussex, so they travelled down a few days before the wedding to help with the final preparations. We had a marquee on the tennis court, and some other gazebo type things on the top lawn. Here are a few pics of the build up to the wedding…

Wedding

The team of helpers getting everything ready

The team of helpers getting everything ready

Almost all set for the big day

Almost all set for the big day

Mum tried to make the portable loos look nicer with various pot plants!

Mum tried to make the portable loos look nicer with various pot plants!

It was so exciting getting everything all ready. I really wasn’t much help with all of the manual things, but I did keep the dogs entertained while everyone else was busy!

Wedding

We were all very aware that rain was going to be a problem on the day. After an amazing fortnight of unbroken sunshine the forecast did not look good, but Nicky had decided that she wouldn’t let it ruin the day, so we made a Wet Weather Plan and prepared for the worst.

The night before the wedding was great fun. The groom was staying at a local hotel with his family and groomsmen, while all of the bridal party and some other family members stayed at my parents’ house. We sat out all evening drinking champagne and getting excited. Pip had bought us all matching t-shirts and Nicky gave us bridesmaids a ‘survival kit’ consisting of champagne, a nail file, tissues, hair grips and a few other essentials that we might need. It was such a cute and thoughtful present.

Me and my sisters

Me and my sisters

A very proud father of the bride

A very proud father of the bride

And then it was the big day… Glorious sunshine in the morning, which meant we could all be outside to get our hair and makeup done, drink more champagne and eat bacon sandwiches!

WeddingThe morning was quite leisurely until suddenly we realised it was almost 1pm and the service was starting at 1.30pm. So a mad rush for final touches and we were off to the church. The service was perfect. I didn’t fancy the idea of going down the aisle in front of all the guests so I was seated at the front where I could still be a part of everything.

Mr and Mrs Spokes

Mr and Mrs Spokes

Just as we were leaving the church and heading to the reception the heavens opened and the rain set in. But it didn’t ruin anything and just meant that the gazebos were extremely necessary as rain shelters.

A bit of rain never hurt anyone!

A bit of rain never hurt anyone!

Group photos during the dry spells

Group photos during the dry spells

And then we all went into the marquee for a hog roast, speeches, dancing and LOTS of alcohol. The people that know my family know that alcohol is a top priority, so there was no shortage of champagne, wine, beer, spirits…

My table with my cousins, sisters and their fiancés and Leni

My table with my cousins, sisters and their fiancés and Leni

The drinking and dancing continued all evening. I didn’t partake in the dancing but i think I made up for that with the amount that I drank!! I’m not a big drinker usually, but there always seemed to be a bottle in front of me, so I kept topping up my glass!!

The day was absolutely incredible. I have never seen my sister look so happy and I am so excited to now have my first brother-in-law. And I also just want to say that my sister looked so incredibly stunning. Every time I looked at her I just felt so proud and happy, and I found the day so overwhelming. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Spokes.

The BEAUTIFUL bride

The BEAUTIFUL bride

6 thoughts on “The wedding of the year and the most beautiful bride…

  1. Hi Suzanne,

    I read your story in the dailymail and think it is incredible. I truly admire your spirit and resolve and have had a look at all that hard work you do in rehab.
    I’ve read a few of your blogs and your are funny as well as so honest.
    If you don’t mind I would like to donate something to your fundraising for your rehab, if you could tell me how would be great.
    Enjoy your Sunday – I’m in Grantham its a grey day, and my boys (2 dogs) are playing in the garden.

    Mads x

  2. Congratulations Nicky, you all looked so beautiful. Just read your article Suz,I had to share it on my Facebook, as your so inspiring to everyone and my family and friends oftern ask about you. Your amazing Suz and I’m always here if you ever need a chat x

      • That would be so good to catch up, im still on the same number. I’ve just read your recent blog, that’s soo bloody amazing girl, you crawling. If your previous blogs, pics and videos didn’t do this, this video certainly shows everyone how bloody hard your constantly working and your determination girl. You are A-mazing xx

  3. Hi Suzanne,

    Just finished reading your blog. Laughed, cried, got angry & understood “some” parts throughout (I’m registered disabled because of back problems but not in a wheel chair)
    No matter where you go some people will always judge without knowing all the facts. Well, as I was once advised by my Auntie Marj “Tell’em to shuv their’eds up their’ars & shout lost!!”
    You have amazing strength of character & it was a pleasure to read about you in “You Mag” & then your blog from start to date & I just wanted to wish you all the luck in the world, & then some, for your future hopes & dreams to come true.
    Love & Best Wishes, Rachael (& no doubt my 8 yr old daughter Hannah when she finds out I’ve sent you a message!!)

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