For this week’s Behind the Bride, I chatted with Terri from The Strawberry Fountain.
Hi Terri, thanks for taking part in Behind the Bride! First of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?
Thank you. It was 17th April 2011, 7 years ago now although it doesn’t seem that long at all.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?
My husband and I are what you might call childhood sweethearts in that we have been together since we were 16, which now means at 32 we have spent the exact same number of years together as we have without each other.
We went to different schools, me a private all girls school and him a catholic mixed school but we lived in the same area and had some friends in common.
A mutual friend introduced us one summer and he asked me if I wanted to go to the cinema with him, I was too polite to say no even though I didn’t want to go as I was too nervous so I went and I am forever grateful that I did.
How did they propose? Or was it you who popped the question?
Ha, well there is a little story to or proposal that I love sharing and he hates so let’s hope he never reads this!
We went on holiday together to Spain and unbeknownst to me he already had a ring and a plan but you know what they say about best laid plans and all that…..
Half way through the holiday we decided to do a boat trip with a couple we had met. We boarded the boat and headed out to a beautiful secluded little island, we sunbathed laughed, drank and joined in with some water sports including a banana boat.
I sat in front of him and we held on tight laughing together as the banana boat flew us this way and that way until we fell off. Except when we fell, I went first and he went second landing on top off me. My face was sore but I was okay. We went back to the beach and carried on as we had to wait for the boat to return to take us back to the hotel. As the afternoon went on I felt everyone looking at me but no one, not even him, said anything and it wasn’t until we boarded the boat that I looked in a mirror and realised I had the mother of all black eyes and a swollen face.
That night I wanted to stay at the hotel but he was adamant i looked fine and we should go out, he said he had seen a lovely little beach bar that we should try and so off we went. When we arrived the venue was gorgeous, except it was closed for a private function and I was surprised at how annoyed this made him, it was after all jut a restaurant.
We decided to go for a walk down the beach but I couldn’t help notice (out of my one good eye) how twitchy he was and thought he was making a big deal out of a closed restaurant until he looked around him and suddenly dropped to his knee and proposed.
I was so shocked I think i just stood their staring unable to speak.
The poor guy had planned a beautiful evening in a posh beach front restaurant and ended up proposing on the beach to a girlfriend who looked like she had walked straight out of a boxing ring.
Despite his disappointment it really was still romantic with the sun setting over the sea in the distance and lets face it, if he still wanted to marry me when I looked like that he was definitely a keeper.
Tell me a bit about your big day. Where did you tie the knot? Did you have a theme or a colour scheme?
We married at a place called Ribby Hall near where we both grew up. It was a beautiful day and we were able to marry outside surrounded by friends and family.
Our son was 18 months at this point and he definitely stole the show wearing the tiniest suit we could find that simply drowned him and made him look even more beautiful.
We had a baby pink theme which was so pretty and I only had my son and one flower girl who was 3. My brother walked me down the aisle as the two little ones walked ahead of us.
What was your favourite memory from your day?
Oh I have so many amazing memories from that day but one of my favourites is seeing Billys face at the alter as he saw me and seeing pure love in his eyes and knowing I had made the best decision of my life.
Was there anything that didn’t go to plan? Or that you would perhaps have done differently?
Apparently I walked down the aisle to the wrong music and my husband was really concerned that I would be upset and that it would ruin the day for me but to be honest I never even noticed and only knew afterwards when he told me.
I loved our wedding day and wouldn’t change anything about how it went, however I sometimes think a wedding abroad would be nice and a good way to incorporate a holiday/honeymoon in the cost of the most expensive day of your life.
Do you have any advice for future brides to be?
Follow your heart and do what you and your partner want not what other people want. Incorporate the things you want/need not the things you think you should have to please others, simply be true to yourself and enjoy the moment as best you can.
Also – spend money on a good photographer as these pictures will last a life time and you want someone who can capture the whole day not just the staged moments. Some of my favourite pictures are of us and our guests when they didn’t know they were being photographed.
Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us Terri. If you’d like to read more from Terri, you can visit her blog or find her on social media – Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
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