Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Wedding: Before the Ceremony

Yay!  Our wedding photos have all arrived and I'm so excited to share them.  Our photographer was the amazing Andy Sweeney, who Matthew and I have known for quite some time, and who we were thrilled to have at our wedding!

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing some of my favourite shots from Andy.  Today, the pre-ceremony elements are the focus.  Enjoy, if weddings are your bag!

Our reception was in a marquee on my school's sports ground.  I was so pleased with how it turned out.  On every table was a collection of games, things to read, and knick-knacks.

Our welcome table, complete with a gorgeous hand-drawn table plan from the hugely talented Emily of Under a Glass Sky, who was part of our 'bridal squad'.

Sweetie buffet!

As well as sweeties to take away, we made up little favours of teacups, tea, shortbread and a bookmark.  It felt like it summed up a lot of our favourite things!

The pavilion & marquee.

Our ceremony took place at St Clement Danes, the central church of the RAF.  We both wanted that part of my family's history to be part of the day, and the church was just the perfect venue.

Such a beautiful church!  The little blue shapes are the many, many squadron badges of the RAF.

A priest's-eye-view - brilliant organ!

Matthew and his best men greeting the guests.

Bridal squad.


I had fourteen bridesmaids.

How lucky am I?

Visions in yellow!

We were so lucky with the weather!  The days either side were rain, rain, rain.  On the wedding day itself?  Nary a drop!  Here, bridal squad members await go time.

So many people were kind enough to make time to join us for the celebrations; we were incredibly touched!  So many others who were unable to make it spoiled us with cards and good wishes.  It was so lovely to be at the epicentre of so much goodwill!

Such a fabulous guard of honour :)

The ushers look like they may be plotting something...

I'm here!  I love Siobhan's reaction!

One last primp from Emily and Siobhán...and then it's time to go!


  1. Thanks for sharing! 14 That's enough people to have a strike in this country ;)

  2. Oh, and be proud of me - I really, really wanted to make a bad joke about the brilliant organ...

  3. It was such a lovely day and you looked so beautiful x


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