Today I marry
my best friend
These were the words I put on the outside of our order of service that we handed out to everyone as they came into the church. We had a lovely church service on a day that was not dissimilar to today heat wise. I had decided years earlier right or wrong I would wear an opera coat and the veil my mum wore on her wedding day. An opera coat from shot silk on a day where the mercury was above 30 was never really a great idea, I did have a combat plan though and that was once the photos were done I would take my veil off and give it back to my cousin/photographer she had worn it at her wedding as well as her mum (mum's sister) so it is a really lovely family veil and I would also strip off the opera coat revealing a party dress underneath.
We wrote our own vows and surprisingly (or not) I did not vow to obey my husband. Here they are
With the love that resides in my heart,
I take you to be my chosen one
to desire and be desired by you without sin or shame.
I promise to love you completely
in sickness and in health,
in plenty or in poverty.
I will not seek to change you in anyway and
I will respect you as I respect myself
This is my promise to you, as long as we both shall live.
We have had many highs and lows in the last 15 years but we have come through it together. Along the way we have done lots of exciting things as a family, volunteered in the various groups we are part of. We have also been blessed with three beautiful children who light up our world and keep my heart beating. We are also lucky to be surrounded by the love and support of our amazing families and friends whose support we have needed more than ever in the last year.
I love you, and thank you for saying 'I do'.
Here is a little video of photo memories from the last 15yrs (in no particular order!) Apologies it is a little long so grab a cuppa before you sit down to watch lol ...