How to have a Garden Wedding and associate ramblings.

With the launch of Any Other Photo on Friday (wait ’til you see what we have for you this Friday!) came the realisation, after prompting from Nicola at Pointy Pix, that my wedding should really be available on Any Other Wedding for all to peruse at their leisure-including me! Over the weekend I have weighed up pro’s and con’s, made lists, bugged Phil and ummed and ahhed about the best way to tell you about our journey from boyfriend and girlfriend to husband and wife. It’s a story and it’s advice borne of experience all at once and so I’ll keep it roughly chronological but it’ll come to you naturally, once a week and with lots of pictures.

And so it begins, as do all the best tales, with a boy and a girl. A 17 year old girl and a 22 year old man to be exact. The man, gentlemanly from the very beginning, waited until the girl was 18 until he asked her to go on a date. It was August 16th, 2005. She had never been on a date before, he had been on many. She drove, in her green Mini Metro, and wore a blue cardigan from Oasis that she still wears now. He smelled like Lynx Africa and peppermint chewing gum. It’s her favourite smell, to this day. They went to the cinema, shared Maltesers and watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The girl thought to herself that dates were a lot of fun and the boy thought to himself that this date was a lot of fun. They held hands in the cinema and in the car. The film wasn’t as good as the original but it didn’t matter. It was one of the best evenings of their lives.

The girl and the man, on their first holiday together. Cyprus, 2006. What’s ridiculous is that I haven’t changed AT ALL. I can never decide if I looked 23 at 19, or if I still look 19 now… I have regrown my eyebrows though, you’ll be relieved to know.

Categories: Wedding Planning, Wedding Pretty, Wedding Reports
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  1. Anna K
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I love the first date recounting, the holiday snap, the gentleman, the way this is going to pan out. I love that I know this has a happy ending so I can just sit back and enjoy. I love that the day you went on your first date was the same day I realised I was going to marry Mr K! I'm not even kidding, that was the day he moved to start his job in London. Ps- we all had eyebrow trauma.

  2. Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I'm so glad that I played a small part in encouraging you to tell the story of your happy ever after! I love 'how we met' and 'how he proposed' as much as 'how and where we got married' stories and even better when accompanied by the photos! I'll look forward to reading more and seeing how those eyebrows grew back in (yes, we've all been there!)

  3. Rach
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I cannot wait for the next installment!

  4. Katie
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    So sweet.

    I cant wait for the follow-ups to this.

    I love that you married so young. My fiance and I met when I was 19 and he was 24. When we finally marry, he'll be 33 and I’ll be 28.

    I know it's not old by any stretch, and we have been very happy living in sin, but I felt that there was no element of surprise in us getting engaged (everyone had been expecting it for years). I knew he was the one within 3 months of meeting him, and wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, but it took 7 years for a proposal! Can’t wait to finally be his wife.

  5. Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to this…. but how did you meet in the first place please….?

  6. Posted March 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Even though I know most of this story, I am also grinning just reading this – more more more! xxx

  7. Posted March 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Haha @JHD I was hoping I'd get away with skipping the 'how we met' part… *whispers* He was my boss!

    And Katie, I admire your patience! It will make it SO worth it on the day! It was just shy of 5 years when we married and Phil possibly would have waited longer, excpet I kept playing on the fact he was 'nearly 30'…yep, I basically blackmailed my husband!

    And Anna K, I'd like a written submission about the day you knew you were going to marry Mr K. Please?


  8. Posted March 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    @anna K – consider Aisling's request formally seconded.

  9. Katie
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Thanks Aisling. All good things come to those who wait.

    Both you and your husband are very good looking.

  10. Posted March 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I can't wait for this love story to unveil on here! xxx

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