4th Wedding Anniversary

June 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM 6 comments

Well, we made it this far! (At least, I am assuming we will, as I am writing this post the day before…) So in memory of the occasion, here is the long awaited post of Our Wedding.

We got married in the parish church of the village I was living in at the time, rather than the church I actually attended at the time and which we both now go to, because it was bigger. We had a medievalesque theme – an inauthentic mix of various periods just for fun. Sadly, most people would not dress up 😦 including my Mum, but my Dad did me proud, walking me down the aisle dressed as King Henry VIII.

Father of the bride

I walked down the aisle to a lovely bit of Sibelius beautifully played by our organist and specially chosen by myself, but I was glad I had enjoyed it at the practice because I did not hear a note! I was surprised to be totally overcome with emotion – I even cried! I am not usually like that, but I was overwhelmed by the smiling faces of all my friends and family come for our special day, and seeing Tim waiting for me, looking so fine in the silk Viking outfit I had made him.

The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and ribbons in the wedding colours, lime green, turquoise, purple, garnet and gold, from my engagement ring. I know it is usual to have just one colour with maybe a highlight, but I am not usual!

The vows.

As well as the vows, my Mum gave a reading and my pastor spoke. We had some people from our church bless our marriage with laying on of hands. I don’t really remember very much of it, except that I was proud of Tim speaking up so clearly when I knew how nervous he was πŸ™‚ We had some great hymns too. If I ever find an order of the service I could maybe do another post about the music, coz I have a shocking memory…

I know we had some Grieg during the singing of the register, which was done in the front of the church.

Me signing the register. I think this is the best one of me, but Tim looks worried. Nothing new there πŸ™‚ (Also a shame about the headless witnesses...)

After the service we walked out under a sword arch from our Viking guard of honour!

Viking guard of honour.

The photographs were interminably tedious and exhausting, far too much standing around and in most of them I can see how tired and fed up I was feeling. Also it was drizzling. I might have done better to have the bare minimum here. I know you want a record of the day, but if you are recording memories of feeling tired that’s not great, and I had no chance to go for a lie down either. I will just include the one of all the people in costume πŸ™‚

All our most co-operative guests πŸ˜€

After the photos everyone got to go and eat the splendid feast we had laid on, a carvery including venison. Oh, except us, we had to go off for more tedious photos, none of which I really like because of how tired I was feeling. Should have had those done another day I reckon.

Our cake was the most spectacular wedding cake ever. It would totally rape and pillage any other wedding cake ever made! An accurate scale model of the Oseberg ship in fondant icing! My Mum made the cake and my Dad engineered it πŸ˜€

The best wedding cake in the known universe, ever!

There is only one way to cut a cake like that…


Although that is a posed photo, that is totally how we cut the cake πŸ˜€ Now I regret not taking up my mother’s offer of having the ship made of polystyrene and the sea as the cake we ate, but there you go. Hmmm, this post seems to be turning into a ‘how I could have done my wedding day ever so slightly better’ post… But we have kept the prow πŸ™‚

From right to left, my Mum, my bridesmaid Karen and her partner.

The banquet was delicious. We made the medieval tent table decorations ourselves out of ribbons and stuff. The church hall looked resplendent hung with banners, tapestries and a roll of fabric depicting scenes from the Bayeux tapestry which is now our lounge curtains, a present from Mum πŸ™‚

The best man’s speech made us laugh, my Dad’s speech almost made me cry again just before I gave mine. It is not traditional for the bride to give a speech but it sometimes happens and hey, I had a captive audience! Tim is not fond of speechifying, he did well to fulfil his duty, so there was room for me to add a few words… πŸ˜€

We had quite a mix of traditional and non-traditional really. The evening party was a barn dance and hog roast. It was a lovely day and it took a lot of organising, which is not my strong suit! Four years ago today. Thank God you only have to do it once!!!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. therealsharon  |  July 1, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Happy 4th anniversary! πŸ™‚ So exciting……July 19th will be my 2nd!
    You looked so beautiful in the photos and I LOVE your bouquet!
    Your dad was a real cool dude dressing up for you and I must say, he looked quite handsome as Henry VIII!
    I love your medieval theme and the dressing up idea, especially your bridesmaid Karen’s dress because purple is my fav. color!
    That is definitely the only wedding cake I have seen of a viking ship, very cool and unique, I must say!
    I really enjoyed getting to hear about your wedding and see the photos! Thanks for taking the time to do this post. πŸ™‚
    And Congratulations on the 4 years with your hubby and best wishes to many, many more!

  • 2. Caroline  |  July 1, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Happy anniversary sis, I hope the two of you have a great day xx

  • 3. Lilian  |  July 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Happy anniversary! What an amazing wedding! Particularly impressed by the dressing up and the cake! πŸ™‚

  • 4. Perfecting Motherhood  |  July 3, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    Oh my gosh, your wedding looks like so much fun! Great for the memories and I’m sure there’s not much you really would have changed about it.

  • 5. jannatwrites  |  July 4, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    Happy anniversary! Your wedding looks like it was so much fun! What a unique cake and theme idea. I’m glad you had some good sports who dressed in the theme.

    I agree with your final words: “Thank God you only have to do it once!” πŸ™‚

  • 6. hmunro  |  August 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    My (shamefully belated) CONGRATULATIONS! Your wedding photos are lovely and charming and fun and touching, all at the same time. I especially liked seeing your dad dressed as Henry VIII. Splendid!

    Anyway … here’s a (shamefully belated) toast to you and Tim: “May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.” Congratulations.


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