During the week before the wedding of my son, Adam, and his beautiful bride-to-be, Mary, the house was a virtual hive of activity. And so was the garden. Each weekend, for a few months prior to the wedding, husband had spent every weekend, often with a team of helpers, dismantling and reconstructing a large retaining wall, and relaying the paved area at the back of our house.
The party hire crew were due to arrive on the Tuesday, so the pavers all had to be fully laid by that day. When the three adjoining marquees were constructed, suddenly the garden was transformed into a beautiful wedding venue.
This was all becoming very real!
I loved the folds of white fabric, with the fairy lights shining from behind, and the chandeliers lighting the “rooms” of the marquee. The venue would offer a very romantic atmosphere for the wedding, just the way we wanted it to be.
On Thursday afternoon, our dear friend Therese arrived. She is a marriage celebrant and has known Adam for his entire life, so there would be no other person more appropriate to marry these two young people. Most of the wedding party were available for a rehearsal, and Therese had everyone organised and in their places before too long.
Well, almost everyone was amicable to Therese’s organisation. Miss Forrest was just there for the hugs and pats!
And the bride, bridesmaids and maid-of-honour had spent a girls day together, which included lunch, shopping, manicure and fake tanning treatment. They all loved their nails. Champagne, anyone? 🙂
So, back to Therese having everyone organised ~ men to her left, women to her right, Mary and her step-dad in front, Adam awaiting instructions….
Young Bailey, the pageboy, had a very important role to play, and he took his responsibilities very seriously, listening intently to everything Therese told him that he had to do. He was as pleased as punch with himself!
Now girls, have we got everything right here? Who’s doing what? No, I do that! Oh, I thought she did….so what order do we stand in….?
Adam, hold Mary’s hands….here you will repeat after me…..how many words can you remember at a time….?
Got it? Got it…I’m sure you do, Adam! You do, don’t you? Of course you do!
Once the whole party had “got it”, it was time for more organising, with the big day only a few hours away.
But first, a photo of my three kids….don’t they all look happy? 😉 Get used to it kids, by the end of the wedding, your cheeks will hurt from smiling!
The wedding day arrives, and an old school friend of husbands, who is a very talented caterer, supplied us with the most beautiful cup cakes for the occasion.
Aren’t they pretty? She had quite a large range of decorating options available, but Mary liked the butterflies the best. Husband collected the boxes of cakes on the morning of the day, and each cake was then transferred into tiny individual cake boxes.
As a special “thank-you”, each guest would be receiving a cupcake and a jar of personalised candy.
Our lovely florist, Lindy, arranged flowers which matched the bouquets, in fish bowls along all of the tables.
Mary chose hessian runners for each table, which was also decoratively tied around each peach coloured candle.
The tables were all set by the busy bridesmaids, chairs covered and big bows attached.
Mary even found time to help Lindy decorate the arbour, with the most beautiful array of flowers. If you missed it before, go back and have a look at the stunning flowers Mary chose, and Lindy supplied for the wedding. They were absolutely superb. I called it A Floral Extravaganza, and it really was!
And where was I whilst all of this activity took place? Taking photos of it all, of course, although the last four photos here were taken by our lovely photographer on the day, Sally, as later in the day I could be found rushing from one of the house to the other and back again, tidying, dusting vacuuming, getting myself dolled up, after which I made sure that all of the boys were in perfect order for the ceremony.
I now have so many photos of the wedding, between those I took, Sally’s photos, and those taken by other people, so I can see there will be another three posts added here, at least, before I get through them all. 🙂
10 thoughts on “Before The Wedding.”
A toast to the happy couple … cheers to the proud mother … and thanks for sharing.
You’ve created a lovely venue, and how nice to see all the smiles at the rehearsal.
It is all so beautiful, Joanne. You are bringing back my memories of my sons’ weddings. Good memories, of course. 🙂 Those cupcakes look yummy.
Wow, this was a fairytale wedding for sure. All the details were stunning!
Oh, yes, I also wanted to say that your kids are so beautiful! 🙂
Wonderful photos Joanne .. what a beautiful setting. And you have lots of great photos to cherish. A hype of activity .. Love those cupcakes 🙂
It’s amazing how much work goes on behind the scenes to create such a lovely, magical setting! So many memories and special moments to cherish forever… 🙂
I hope my daughter elopes. lol. I just don’t have the instincts to do all that pretty stuff. Though it does look wonderful but I get the faints just thinking about all that work. Glad it all turned out so beautifully.
Beautiful. Looking forward to more photos.