This week’s Behind the Bride is with Jemma from Mayflower Blogs.
Hi Jemma. First of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?
My wedding was on the 1st of August 2009.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?
We met at school aged 7. We attended the next four years of school together, then parted to go to same sex schools. We ended up at the same college together (doing different courses), then once again parted to go off and get jobs.
I only really heard his name mentioned among my friends, because he managed to date most of them!
It was one drunken night, after I’d seen him while we were with other people, I realised I really liked him still-he was with one of my friends, but kept looking at me.
Once we were both once again single, he arranged a date with me, and I almost blew it, when I arrived at our daytime date with a friend (cringe!)
After that though, and a couple of wobbles along the way, we were pretty much inseparable.
How did they propose? Or was it you who popped the question?
He proposed to me, while we were on holiday in Ibiza (not the clubbing bit, the nice bit). Apparently, a month before, on the way home from a family event, I’d fallen asleep in the back of the car, and he’d told his Mum he was going to ask me to marry him.
She thought he was drunk, and, as we’d only been together for 5 months, she didn’t take much notice.
It turns out he meant it, and he got down on one knee while we were alone in our apartment room, to ask me. I was a little miffed because I’d bought him a watch in the local town for our 6 month anniversary, and felt smug that I was going to get the best present-he trumped me obviously.
Tell me a bit about your big day. Where did you tie the knot? Did you have a theme or a colour scheme?
Our plans leading up to the big day were thrown into a little bit of chaos when my Nan died 5 weeks before the wedding. I also had just found out I was expecting our first baby, so was actually 13 weeks pregnant on my wedding day-but did manage not to throw up for the first time in weeks.
We got married in a registry office-which was a little gutting as I wanted to do it in the rose garden in the registry office grounds, but it rained on the day, so it was moved inside.
We had a pink and white colour scheme, and added a butterfly theme too because my Nan loved butterflies, and we wanted her to be as much as part of the wedding as we could.
What was your favourite memory from your day?
Not being sick? Haha! Laughing a lot. Dancing a lot. Our first dance. Dancing with my Dad.
Was there anything that didn’t go to plan? Or that you would perhaps have done differently?
Of course there’s always something that doesn’t go to plan isn’t there? The weather obviously was a slight issue (although it did brighten up for the photos).
My errant Mother left early to visit her local boozer (don’t ask), and some of my Husband’s family, spoke and laughed while my Dad was trying to do his speech.
As for doing anything differently, I would have had tighter reigns on the invite list-maybe kept it slightly smaller and more intimate, rather than inviting people because relative rules state you should!
Do you have any advice for future brides to be?
Try not to get pregnant right before your wedding! Also, don’t fuss about so much-it’ll all work itself out in the end-and if it doesn’t you can always redo it in 10 years like we’re about to!
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