The Things I Want To Remember


(Photo credit: Jenna Woodward Photography

Arriving at our venue on Thursday and seeing the garden in full bloom for the first time.

All of our guests arriving one by one and me feeling more and more excited with every new face.

Eating fish and chips with all of my family on Thursday evening and singing happy birthday to my sister.

Watching the marquee come to life and putting out all of the little bits and pieces I've been working on for months.

Seeing my best friend Steph for the first time in nearly a year and crying my eyes out - I'm so glad she was there.

Laughing our heads off through the rehearsal at the church - it was one of my favourite moments of the whole weekend.

Sam testing the DJ equipment on Friday afternoon and everyone who was helping stopping to have a dance to Prince.

Kissing Sam goodbye and knowing that the next time I saw him would be at the altar.

Sleeping in the same bed as my sister and waking up on the hour, every hour, to see if it was time to get up yet.

Enjoying a long hot bath on Saturday morning and using all the goodies I'd been saving for weeks.

Setting up the last little bits in the marquee with my family and feeling so proud about how gorgeous it looked.

My Mum reading the poem she had written to me in her room and us both getting very emotional.

Having the best time ever getting ready with my bridesmaids and glam squad - turns out singing along to Beyonce and Mariah while sipping prosecco and getting pampered is just the best.

Everybody crying when they came in to see me in my dress, especially my Dad who isn't usually the emotional type.

My talented cousin bringing our bouquets up to my room and us all being totally blown away by how gorgeous they were.

Speaking to my Nan on the phone while my Dad and I waited to head to the church.

The vicar telling me I was very punctual when I arrived - I was so excited to see Sam that I just couldn't wait!

My little cousin, Hudson, high fiving me and all my bridesmaids on the way into the church.

Seeing so many beaming faces looking at me as I walked down the aisle and feeling totally overwhelmed with love.

Sam leaning in to tell me I looked gorgeous just as the service was beginning.

Watching my friend, Laura, crouched down with the hymn sheet so that my little cousins could read it.

The vicar giving the most lovely speech about spreading good news and love and joy in a world filled with bad news.

Darcey and Honey reading a poem out in the church and Darcey whispering the words to Honey whenever she faltered.

Sam gripping my hand tightly while both of our Mum's made beautiful readings.

Smiling so hard when we both said our vows that my cheeks actually hurt.

Looking around at the church while we sang our second hymn and thinking - "wow, we're married!"

Walking out of the church to "Here Comes The Sun" and being greeted with gorgeous sunshine after a grey morning.

Getting more hugs than I've ever had in my whole life as everyone mingled on the lawn.

Heading off to Penmon Point for photos and receiving well wishes from lots of pleasant strangers.

Trying to keep my veil under control in the sea breeze.

Taking selfies on the beach with blue skies and the lighthouse in the background.

Arriving back at the reception venue and our dog, Ted, running out to meet us.

Being showered in confetti and the kids handing me lucky horseshoes and love spoons.

Seeing the palm trees and blue skies in the courtyard and feeling very happy that the weather decided to play ball.

Having a moment with Sam while we waited for my friend, Fiona, to announce us into the marquee.

Everyone whooping and cheering (and Sam fist pumping!) as we took our seats.

The food being totally delicious - we were feeling very happy with our choices!

Laughing and crying through all of the speeches - everyone did such an amazing job.

Looking around and feeling so much love as I made my own speech.

The impromptu toast from my friend, Fiona, which everybody loved.

Cutting our totally fabulous wedding cake that was so lovingly made by my Dad.

Drinking daiquiris and margaritas all night long - our bar team were SO good!

My cousins, Darcey and Honey, being totally blown away by my friends Instax camera and thinking it was the most magical thing ever.

Asking Sam to call everyone else up during out first dance and him saying "just 20 more seconds me and you".

Stevie Wonder playing straight after our first dance and the dance floor being totally full.

Sam's cousin wearing every single prop out of the photo booth at once and looking far too cute.

Sitting on the picnic benches in the garden while everyone ate pizza and mingled.

Everyone absolutely loving the silent disco - definitely one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

My little cousin fast asleep on his Dad's shoulders while we all danced the night away.

Waking up with my new husband and feeling like the luckiest girl alive.