I’ve got a real treat for you today from a lovely lady called Audrey who wanted to share her story, a beautiful story of a dress, a bride to be and a monkey…. tissues at the ready girls! (and any of you who would like to share the story of your wedding please get in touch, we’d love to hear it!)


“Her fault”


When I first got engaged aged 21, I should have known that not being able to find THE dress wasn’t a good start so you might not be surprised to hear that the engagement never turned into a marriage…


A few years later, having known the one I now call Hubby for less than a year, “she” appeared. “She” was the one, the one in the window, opposite our flat who kept looking at me every time I walked passed. “We are getting married” I said. The one I now call Hubby said ok! I’m not sure how “she” did it but the dress in the window was telling me I was finally ready to take the big step and it felt right.


Even though I still didn’t have an engagement ring on my finger, mum came over from France and there we were, trying her on in the shop opposite my flat. She was perfect, a bit long, but still perfect! Looking back at when I got engaged aged 21 and tried over 20 dresses, I knew she was the one. Mum insisted I tried another one on… I already felt like I was cheating on her.


The date was set April 15th 2006. Finding the right venue and the right menu when you are marrying a chef was always going to be hard but I knew that if I took the one I now call Hubby to the hotel I worked at for over three years, he would love it as much as he loved me. He did, but smoked salmon and chicken had go if we were to impress my French family. We dared to rewrite their menu; seafood salad, beef Wellington and pear tatin was what we wanted. The first tasting brought tears to my eyes; I never wanted to be a pushy bride but two mussels and three prawns was never my idea of a seafood salad… We thought a two rosettes restaurant should do better, they thought (two months before the big day) we should get married somewhere else…( small point that the one I now call Hubby decided to hide from me…) but all got sorted in the end…

 

Our budget couldn’t afford the talented you who make cards, order of service, place settings and tiaras so it was all down to us. Easter wedding meant eggs and feathers… The one who I now call Hubby ordered 50 wooden eggs and huge bag of feathers online and they were going to be our homemade place settings…


It took us days to (in shift) stick, spray paint, peel letters off egg and arrange them in bowl full of feather ( if you have worked with feathers before they have a habit of flying everywhere…) but place settings where sorted and what a great pleasure it is to still see them in our family and friends houses five years on. Our mums were brave enough to read a small text on the day, my mum spent 15 minutes shaking like a leaf and the one I call Hubby’s mum found it really hard to manage to read the text she had chosen to read. The music I choose to walk down the stairs ( yes, stairs, not aisle) made everybody cry. It wasn’t our first choice but a power cut and being woken up at 3 am with our first choice made us change our minds… We just found my walking down the stairs (stairs again, not aisle) song by chance, made the one I know call Hubby, my best friend and I cry so had to be a winner!!!

 

I had to lie to the one I now call Hubby about the dress as he had seen me kiss her in the window a few times so had to tell him “she” wasn’t right so the first thing he said to me when I came down the stairs (yes, stairs again, not aisle) was “Hello monkey”… but that’s not it… The one I now call ex fiancé was to be the one I know call Hubby’s best man…

 

Five years on and “she”, the song, the best man and the one I now call hubby still keep me going. It’s nice to be able to prove myself right once in a while 🙂


 

Follow your heart ladies, your day should be about you and the one you love. Your parents and in laws might put pressure on you but your wedding day is the day you should be yourself. Be happy ladies and please be yourselves…

Audrey x

‘The song’ from Legends of the Fall

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