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…
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!
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.
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!
The 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.
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.
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…
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.