“I am a princess and I want to go to bed!”

You are a princess.

We are all princesses. But, as a bride, you feel you need to be the most princessy princess of all, right?

I defy any bride to NOT want to feel, in herself, incredibly special, and there is no better way of doing this than with a perfectly princessy dress. And shoes. And hair. And teeth. And veil. And underwear. And shoes. And jewellery. And make-up. And skin. And nails. And figure.

I worried about all of these things. I worried that if, in any way, these ‘oh so important’ things were not perfect, MY day would not be perfect. I worried that if, in any way, I did not achieve and maintain ultimate, lasting beauty in each of these areas, I would (p)regret it.

I want to tell you so much about this. I want you to know how my perception was challenged and changed. I want you to share in what i learned. And I will.

But, for now, let’s just look at this.

Letting it go...

Letting it go…

This photo was taken at the end of the night. And, do you know what? I don’t care. I am having fun.

My sister recalls me sitting (in this state) pulling out my hair grips whilst stating, “I am a princess and I want to go to bed!”

I don’t think I was truly a princess until that point.

As Elsa once said, “let it go!”

I call upon these friends here present…

 

I have always known that I am so lucky to have such a remarkable group of friends. But, I was truly overwhelmed by the support, generosity, kindness and indeed the talents of my friends in the build up to our wedding.

With a view to keeping it personal, my husband and I asked friends and family to get involved fully in the preparation and wedding day itself. The cake, the photographs, the music, the centrepieces, the invites, the favours (to name a few!) were all made with love by those we love most in the world. And this, quite simply, made the day even more beautiful.

Invite the people who know you best to help make your day best for you. They want to and they will.

As Dionne Warwick once said, “that’s what friends are for.”

Wooden Centrepieces by Matthew 'Whitwood' Whitaker

Woodcraft by Groomsman Matthew ‘Whitwood’ Whitaker

Cake by My Rachel

Cake by My Bridesmaid Rachel

Cupcakes by Jess

Cupcakes by Jess

Favour boxes by Lovely Kate

Favour boxes by Kate