You know how brides say “your wedding day will go by in a flash”? They are so right!
The lead up was 12 months of worry, excitement and non-stop planning with my N+W partner in crime Francesca, yet the wedding day itself was a blur.. A beautiful blur.
Was it worth all the stress, the many tears and the frustration? Absolutely!
I awoke to the sound of my alarm at 7am and I was feeling surprisingly chirpy considering the forecast was predicting winds of 54km/h! Oh dear.
When you combine winds like that, a dress with more material than you can handle, shoes that you’ve never worn before and a cliff-side chapel, the nerves fly out the window, simply because you become too focused on not getting blown out to sea.
Thankfully the weather was my only cause for concern as every other element was planned out to a tee! The invitations, the favours (delicious strawberry + rhubarb jam), the memory board, the seating chart and all of the decorations were hand made and sourced by us.
Oh, and did I mention the flowers?
Before the sun had even poked it’s head out on the eve of the wedding, we were at Sydney Markets – running around with abnormal amounts of energy, laughing and carrying on, elated at the fact that favorites like peonies and ranunculus were there (as we’d been told by the suppliers that they might not be!)
Our choice in having a winter wedding meant that we had limited options in florals, but we didn’t let that get us down. We even pinched a few poppies from an office garden on the way home – did I just say that?
We spent the next 5 or 6 hours preparing and arranging the flowers in just over 100 jars that we had purchased and collected over time. By the end, the table settings looked beautiful and lack of sleep had caught up with us. We made all of our deliveries, crossed all items off our many checklists, and had a moment to reflect and realise that after all of the planning and preparation, there was nothing left to plan and nothing left to prepare. Needless to say, we spent the rest of the evening relaxing.
The wedding day was magical.
I married my best friend, I laughed and cried with 75 of the most amazing family and friends and I watched 12 months of hard work come together in real life.