I had intended on writing and posting an item on my blog last Sunday (the 8th June), but time ran away with me. That date is significant as it was the first wedding anniversary for George and myself, where the first year has gone I don’t know! So, one year, one week and one day on from then, a glimpse into the day that turned me from a Brown into a Webb!
There were over 500 photos from the day, and although we have now been through them and decided which we like the best, I am ashamed to say that we are yet to actually have them printed – one small step at a time! The next task will be making an album for them to go in, my own personal projects always take a back seat behind paid commission work so maybe by our second anniversary this might be done…
I wanted to mark the occasion by putting up a few of our photos from the day (don’t worry, not all 500 of them!).
I LOVE origami, and spent the best part of the six months before the wedding making origami biplanes that became our wedding invitations. The banner attached to the back of the planes had different coloured leaves with all the information about the wedding on it.
I didn’t stop there with the folding either, over 350 butterflies later and I felt I had all I needed: one for each guest on the tables:
Some for the table displays:
Some for the bouquets:
Plus extras for my bridal hat!
I love to make hats for weddings I go to, and so thought it would be fun to add a bit of a competition feel to the day and set an optional task to the guests of making their own head adornment with mini-hat trophies for the ‘Best Hat at Wedding’, ‘Most Colourful Hat’, and the ‘Funniest Hat’:
Needless to say as a result of this there were hats galore! From ships, to ice cream cones, to aeroplanes, to flowery adornments there were many head-turners…
The ushers also got in on the action and were provided with top hats:
We were incredibly lucky with the weather on the day, marquees are not fun places to be if it is pouring down with rain, plus high heels and muddy grass just don’t mix well! A family member has an old convertible Bentley, and as a wedding present to us was the chauffeur between the church in Kilmersdon and George’s family home in Holcombe (a Somerset wedding) where the reception took place. We were able to ride in style with the top down which was wonderful!
Speaking of open top cars, ours became very useful when transporting items from London to Somerset for the wedding. I became the owner of three plywood chandeliers that had been up in Ballgowns exhibition at the V&A where I used to work. When they came down, George and I dismantled and flat-packed them as much as possible to take them away. One of the the three however was not able to be taken apart so we had to saw it in two and tie it to the back of the car – we got some very funny looks when driving on the M4 and kept our fingers crossed that it wouldn’t rain!
We made it there safely and they were pride of place hanging in the marquee.
We were also very lucky to be able to make the most of the beautiful garden of George’s family home. The setting is just perfect for an English country wedding and ours was the fourth reception to have been held there over the last ten years (George is one of five children so a large family). This extended into the evening with fire pits dotted around the garden to keep our guests warm.
We survived our first dance, despite a false start and forgetting where our feet were meant to go next we made it, thanks to our wonderful band!
George also arranged for some fireworks for when it got dark. We had a trial run the day before as he had bought a remote control with which to set them off whilst we were cutting our cake, which incidentally was made of cheese. (The white controller can be seen to the left of the picture on the table!)
I was instructed to go out into the garden with the remote and to press the ignition button, which I dutifully did, and when I returned into the kitchen George was barely visible through all of the smoke from the fuse! We had 50-50 success with one of the two boxes on the roof of the house going off…
On a closing note, one of the best things we chose to have at the wedding was a photo booth, the images of our friends and family (and of course us!) were hilarious!