Wedding Wednesday – Behind the Bride – Maria

Today I am chatting with Maria from Happy Mummy about her beautiful wedding day! 

Hi Maria, First of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?

The big day was in June 2014

Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?

Mike and I met at work, we had briefly competed in a work volleyball & rounders funday/tournament but didn’t notice each other – although apparently Mike noticed how competitive I was!

It was Christmas Eve 2008 at lunchtime after work Christmas drinks when we met properly and Mike asked me out New Year Eve – we had been chatting most of the week in between!

How did they propose? Or was it you who popped the question?

Mike proposed on Christmas Day in 2011 at home by PowerPoint – he has prepared a presentation of our best times together it was the sweetest most romantic, personal proposal ever and he got the ring right too as I love it!

He then went on to propose in London on the break he had planned for our engagement as he knew I wouldn’t have wanted it there he first time, but would have enjoyed milking it a second time!

Mike then realised you got free champagne when you propose and became a serial proposer for the whole of 2012!  We set a date for 2014 so that we could plan and save and have everything we wanted on our big day.

Tell me a bit about your big day. Where did you tie the knot? Did you have a theme or a colour scheme?

Mike and I are both really into acting and the theatre.  We hired a local theatre for our wedding and had a theatrical theme; my friend is the most amazing graphic designer and she hand made all of our wedding stationery!

The colour was red for two reasons; the first it matched the theatre theme, the second we are both Arsenal fans and that had to come into the day – our godson was Page Boy and we bought him an Arsenal kit to wear for the ocassion! Lily was a flower girl but she was a tiny baby so we got her a dress to match mine.

What was your favourite memory from your day?

The church without a shadow of a doubt – when it came to the hymns I wasn’t fussed at all so Mike chose and he wanted Sing Hosana – it turned out to be one of the absolute highlights of the day. Everyone sung so loudly as did we – we really really went for it (as you can probably see from the photos!)

Was there anything that didn’t go to plan? Or that you would perhaps have done differently?

YES! There was – as we walked into the theatre one of the waitresses literally dropped the tray of welcome drinks (Buck’s Fizz – so it had orange juice in) all over my dress in front of all our guests! Not the start to the evening I had planned but these things happen and we have a tale to tell for years to come!

Do you have any advice for future brides to be?

Lots of people have opinions when it comes to your wedding; who you should invite etc.  My advice is do it how you want to do it; we made sure our day was 100% what we wanted we wouldn’t allow ourselves to be swayed!

Thank you for taking part Maria. To read more from Maria, head over to her blog or find her over on Facebook or Twitter

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