5 months ago, on the 30th of April 2017 I married the love of my life and my best friend. It feels like only yesterday that I was waking up on my wedding day, a bride to be full of excitement and anticipation for the day ahead. After months of meticulously planning every little detail I couldn’t wait to see everything come together.
Leading up to our big day, the wedding was only mentioned on the blog a handful of times, mostly because I was so invested in the entire process that I didn’t feel like writing about it as I was experiencing it, but also because I didn’t want to give too much away.
We shared snippets of the details of our wedding day with friends and family but leading up to the day only Nick and I knew everything. It was very important to me that everyone experienced an element of surprise, no matter what role they played in our wedding day and I think we succeeded!
5 months post wedding and I’m now ready to share everything. I want to document as much as I can from how I felt on the morning of our wedding day, how we chose our suppliers to how I chose our colour scheme and designed all of our wedding stationery. I’ve planned a whole series of posts in the hope that it helps or inspires a future bride to be in some way.
I’m going to start at the very beginning with this post and will try to schedule the rest of the series in as much of a logical order as possible.
As a little girl I didn’t grow up dreaming of my perfect wedding day so until it came to actually planning a wedding, there were few aspects of the day that I had really considered and even fewer that I was sure of.
I was sure that I didn’t want to get married in a church.
At a young age I was christened Greek Orthodox, and was brought up attending Sunday school at a Methodist church and visiting a Greek Orthodox church for religious occasions. These two very different denominations of Christianity have left me questioning what I truly believe and for this reason I class myself as an agnostic.
I would say that although my religious compass is somewhat confused, I have a lot of respect for those with religious beliefs. I felt very strongly that as I’m not sure what I do believe, I shouldn’t get married in a church. Now this is just my opinion, but it just seemed dishonest and wrong.
I’d like to add that Nick also isn’t religious so this was another reason why it didn’t feel right to get married in a church. I know that I initially upset some of my family with this decision but at the end of the day we had to do what was right for us.
Nick and I held our wedding ceremony at Theobald’s Georgian Mansion House, in a charming room with beautifully ornate ceilings.
As the ceremony is the most important part of the day we added lots of personal touches to make it an extra special occasion.
A lot of thought went into how we would decorate the room to aid the transformation from a lovely room to a room fit for a wedding ceremony. We added lots of our own touches from a custom aisle runner, Chiavari chairs and aisle signs, to lots of flowers including a floral arch.
Even more thought went into the ceremony itself. My father walked me down the aisle to a very talented harpist playing A Thousand Years, my sister and Nick’s Grandma read two very thoughtful, heartfelt wedding readings and we exchanged rings to vows we wrote together surrounded by our closest family and friends.
Our ceremony was perfect for us and it is these moments that I’ll cherish forever. It’s making me emotional just thinking about it.
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