How did you feel walking down the aisle?
Overwhelmed. You spend ages organising it, to be actually ‘in it’ and walking down the aisle was a bit odd! Also relieved in a funny way – after all the build-up I just couldn’t wait to walk down that aisle and couldn’t wait for Rob to see my dress!
What was the funniest moment of the day?
There was a lot of laughter throughout the whole day! Our vows were pretty funny as were our choices of readings. The speeches were also all hilarious, and my brother did an amazing job of MC for the day. There was also a laugh when someone’s mobile phone went off just at the ‘If any person present knows of any lawful impediment…’!
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
I sourced plain white paper bags for each place setting, adding a card printed with each person’s name tied on in dark green silk thread for the place card. Everything inside the bag was homemade – I baked mini Welsh cakes for everyone (in the course of the wedding build up I made more than 300 – I don’t want to see another for a while!), and my parents kindly provided little pots of honey from their bees back home in Aberystwyth! Rob and I love food, but whilst I love cooking he is somewhat the opposite – so we created a book of our favourite recipes, and I printed and bound a copy for each person. Half the recipes were mine, half were Rob’s – with his mostly focussing on ready-made pesto and pasta! For the children, I made colouring books instead of recipe books, and their bags had colouring pencils, bubbles and other toys inside. Finally, a few months before the wedding my parents-in-law offered to fold 100 origami walruses for us – that’s not an offer you turn down, so in a Horniman Museum twist on the traditional Japanese cranes, we gave everyone a mini origami walrus as well (in dark green and white of course!).
We wrote our own vows, and wrote them in secret so we didn’t know what the other was going to say until we were saying them in the ceremony! We kept the humour, with Rob (like a true lawyer) promising to take out the recycling when it is reasonably practicable to do so, and me promising to always bake his favourite banana bread, but with some heartfelt, tear-jerking moments too!
We chose a reading each, and also did this in secret so again we didn’t know what the other had chosen until the ceremony! Rob had my brother read “A letter from Albert Einstein to his wife, Mileva Maric” which set out some rather unreasonable rules Einstein imposed on his first wife. I chose “The Day The Saucers Came” by Neil Gaiman. Without knowing it in advance, we’d each opted for a mixture of romance and science – perfect!
Who took your fabulous wedding pictures?
We found Liam Smith on Rock My Wedding – we loved his modern take on wedding photos and his fantastic use of light. Liam did a simply fantastic job photographing our wedding. He is charming, friendly, unobtrusive – you won’t notice he’s there, but will be thrilled with the photos at the end! We chose Liam because of his eye for more interesting, modern photos and we were over the moon with the results. Our friends and family all loved him too, and whilst he blended in quietly for most of the day, he was also brilliant at organising whole group shots – something other photographers I’ve met have really struggled with. Book him quick for your wedding – you won’t be disappointed.
What great piece of advice / tips would you pass on to other brides who are planning their wedding (#weddinghacks)?
Start any DIY projects as far in advance as possible. I made sure I had everything finished at least a week before the wedding as I didn’t want to be panicking and sleep deprived on the day, and wanted to spend as much time as possible with my bridesmaids and parents in the days before. Also, start looking for bridesmaid dresses early – I completely underestimated the run-in time for dresses which are made to order, it can be longer than for a wedding dress!
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
I’d probably turn up to the ceremony earlier – I had no idea how long it would take to do the pre-ceremony checks with the registrar, I wasn’t really planning on starting the ceremony late!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
New Zealand. It was the best holiday of our lives!
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
Overall I enjoyed organising the wedding – I like organising events and enjoyed being in control of this one! The tricky thing was deciding on a general ‘theme’ for the day and pinning down the details, but once that was done it was just a matter of making things happen. I did take on a lot of DIY which was a bit stressful making sure it was all at the venue in time. And I know everyone says this, but it’s true – the table plan is a nightmare!
What will you do with your dress now?
I’m not sure! I will keep it, and have had some thoughts of shortening it and dyeing it so I can wear it again, as I am completely in love with the shape – but I’m not sure I can bring myself to do it!
What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
Siobhan: my favourite part of the day was the ceremony – it was one of the most emotional, happy, life-changing moments of my life. The ceremony is usually the more boring bit of a wedding when you are the guest – totally the other way round when it’s your own wedding!
Rob: My favourite part of the day was seeing Siobhan in her dress for the first time, walking down the aisle – she looked even more beautiful than she usually does. Of course, I also enjoyed my own exceptionally witty speech. I should add that my sister Jess gave birth on the morning of the wedding, but still made it to the ceremony with a new niece in tow, so that was pretty exciting too.