Our fathers were both in the army and our parents seemed to have mirrored each other with several postings, jobs etc during our childhood years. Both our fathers were posted to Osnabruk in Germany. When talking as adults we found all this out and realised we had lived minutes away from each other in Osnabruk!
At the same time we realised this, my best friend was living in the same army accommodation that I had grown up in and so we took the opportunity to go and visit the area to re-live some childhood memories. We visited a park we both remembered spending a lot of time in when we were children and it was on a road that linked to the houses we lived in too.
Whilst walking through the park, in the snow, Steve suggested we take a photograph next to some gorgeous big fir trees. Our son took the photo and as he was about to take it, Steve dropped down on one knee and proposed!
Our paths crossed several times during our childhood and young adult lives and one day, we finally grew brave enough to tell each other we’d very much like to take the same pathway together for the rest of our lives.
I wore a beautiful handmade dress. It was champagne coloured satin with embroidered crystals and a pin up train.
The Groom’s Outfit
Steve wore a smart black suit with a tail. His Groomsmen wore matching suits with waistcoats and cravats in a pale gold to compliment my dress.
My sister and my best friend wore handmade, knee length dresses in pale gold. Our 3 young nieces wore pale gold dresses which were fitted at the top with layers of beautiful chiffon floating at the bottom, complimented with ballet shoes and a basket of flowers.
Filled with love and happiness! We had 80 guests in the beautiful room at Careys. A very friendly registrar conducted the service. We didn’t stop smiling from start to finish. Our 8 year old son read a poem out loud as part of the ceremony which was perfect. Our bridesmaids sat on a little bench just to the side of us and it was very personal. We chose all our own music, flowers and decorations. We even arranged for engraved hankies to be placed on the seats where our mums sat. We cheered once we were married and walked out to happy music.
Again, beautiful! The tables looked stunning and were arranged exactly how we asked. We opted for a deluxe BBQ with formal seating arrangements and this was just perfect. Everyone loved it and we still get comments on how fabulous it was today. I was invited to choose my food first, the Careys staff carried my train and plate – I felt like a princess! The food was the best we’ve ever had, truly delicious. After the amazing food and speeches we had music, dancing and lots more fun. We retired into the bar and lasted until around 2am.
All in pale golds and ivory. We had flowers on the top table but we then had great balloon trees as centre pieces on all the other tables. The balloons were lit which looked amazing in the evening. We had children’s ‘bags of fun’ on the backs of their chairs filled with bubbles, puzzles, games, puppets and more to keep them entertained. All the men had a lottery ticket and all the ladies had one ivory rose with a scroll. Once they opened it they found a lovely poem about our wedding day.
How do you feel the day went?
It was the best day of our lives! Many, many people tell us that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to!
Which particular memories stand out for you?
Our son was also our ‘toast maker’ and he did a superb job with his engraved bell by standing on his chair and announcing the next speech. I also particularly like the part mentioned earlier about my dress and plate being carried to collect my meal!