On becoming a wife {The Slideshow}

I’ve still got plenty more to tell you about the wedding. No. Really. You will be sick to the back teeth of it by the end of my leisurely stroll through the day of my wedding. We still have details (they were there, they weren’t fabulous, I liked them), speeches (I did one. It was unplanned. I may have cried), vendors (because, girls, some of these people you NEED at your wedding), and so many more moments and realisations that are yet to be covered.
In the meantime though, because a) there were 500 pictures originally, and no-one wants to look at THAT many pictures of someone else’s wedding. (Unless your me or Aisling, in which case WE DOOOO – send us pictures please. Ahem.), and b) because I wanted to send the best ones out to our friends and family for their viewing pleasure, the wedding slideshow was born. And due to popular Aisling demand, I’ve decided to post it here. 
We chose our photographer Matt (you really should all go and check out his website and get him booked up by the way), because of his ability to really tell the story of the day, and when I watch this slideshow, I know we made the right choice. The pictures captured every moment of the day, and this is the best way I can find of showing them off. When I watch it, I can’t help but be transported back to the day, with the emotions and feelings of not only us, but everyone who was there. Hopefully, it might inspire some of those emotions within you too.
Don’t try and watch it sneakily whilst at work (unless you’re the boss, in which case, watch away boss lady), because a) It is quite really long. I apologise for this. 13 minutes to be exact, and b) it has a sound track. 
I did dither for a long time over whether to make a shorter one for you guys, but by taking pictures out, I’d be taking away from the story of the day, which sort of defeated the point. Many of you will have seen the pictures up to and including the ceremony already, but I promise, after that, the pictures are all new.
So get a cup of tea (or gin. In a teacup. Whatever takes your fancy really), sit down and enjoy. Oh, and also, I would press play, then pause, and let the thing buffer whilst making your cups of tea/cups of gin, that way it should play all the way through. I am full of helpful advice. Especially when it comes to the pouring of alcohol.

Oooh, and for those of you who have a fast internet connection (Jealous? Me?), you can up the quality of the slideshow by changing the little numbers in the bottom right corner.

*All photos, as always, by Matt Davis Photography*
Categories: Wedding Planning, Wedding Pretty, Wedding Reports
17 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted February 16, 2011 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Your Dad's face gets me every time *sobs in to mug of gin*

  2. Posted February 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Aaaaawwwwwww…..I'm so pleased you decided to go for it…obviously my incessant needling at you was successful! I shall remember to employ this tactic more often!

    I'm awed by the sheer beauty of a perfect autumn day every time I watch this, it makes my heart sing! And the details were perfect, as were you.

    I did a speech too. Unplanned. I was *tipsy*. There were lots of laughs…mostly AT me, rather than WITH me. But hey.

    Proud of you x

  3. Posted February 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Loved the slideshow, it's great seeing the day, seeing you smiling so much throughout and all your guests looking so happy too. Plus the little details you guys did, they were amazing!

  4. Posted February 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Yup. Second time watching this and still got the goosebumps. And tears. Beautiful, breathtaking, wedding magnificence. I recommend watching this with a glass of red and a packet of chocolate eclairs. Yes x

  5. Roz
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Loving your slideshow, and the music you picked to go with it :D

    Thanks for sharing it with us xx

  6. Anna K
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I was a bit sniffly when we saw your dad see you…and a bit weepy when it got to the picture of Andy picking up your veil so you don't trample all over it…then grinning like the village idiot when you got up to do a speech…then laughing like a goon at the dancing and the fun times. And wishing it was going on RIGHT NOW so I could be there.

    I think you have worn me out. I loved it.

  7. Posted February 17, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Your day was so beautiful!!! I'm not very well today, and this has perked me right up!

    Also, loving the song choice…your first song especially as The Killers are my favourite band in the world…and my blog is name after that song!!

    Whenever I see your photos I always wish I had wore a veil…stunning!

  8. Posted February 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank you all so much – I was quite nervous about putting that much of 'us' out there, but with the lovely tweets, comments and emails I've had I am so pleased that I did.

    @marie – thanks we did smile A LOT! I would like one picture where we're not grinning like goons, but it seems that wasn't going to happen!

    @annak I wish I could do it all again and invite ALL of you.

    @timestwohearts – I'd always wondered if that was where your name came from!

  9. Posted February 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Clare – oh how wonderful. Thank you for the tip to wait until there's time to view them.
    I'm not a veil woman but yours gives me a tinge of envy.
    You church photographs – wow how gorgeous you and your father, I love shots of guests with their arms around each other, Andy and yourself at the altar and then standing to walk down the aisle as man and wife.
    Lovely to see the decorations and loving the postcards – do tell more.
    Right shall finish now.
    ps Thank you Aisling for pursuading Clare to post the photos like this.
    pps Still wanting to know more of the details.

  10. Katie
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Clare – I have just watched your slideshow, and love your wedding. It is so beautiful, and everybody looks so happy. It looks like such a fun day. You are much more than stylish than I am.

    I wondered if I could be cheeky, I'm a country bumpkin, and would appreciate your advice on a few matters:

    1. I am having a marquee wedding at my parents farm this summer, whilst we are not having fireworks, I like the idea of sparklers. My mum isnt so keen on lanterns, due to the farm dogs and cats.

    We're having quite an informal wedding, and I wondered how the sparklers could work? I thought I could ask ushers to hand them out at end of evening, or if it's a nice night, put them on tables in jam jars with lighters, so that people can help themselves!?

    We are having a disco, as both my husband to be and I used to be in young farmers, and have lots of 'old' young farmer friends we need to invite to the evening. Also we are from big families, so we cannot avoid a big wedding. I wondered how you got everybody outside for this? Getting over 200 people outside to wave sparklers, may be impossible for us. We're staying in a local hotel, so I thought people could possibly wave sparklers as we leave.

    I do love sparklers.

    2. I love your dress, it is very elegant. I have quite a plain dress, and it was rather a bargain. It does not have any netting at all, and is (in my opinion), rather lovely without. My mum is determined that it needs a petticoat, and as the petticoats in the bridal shop are all too big (hoops/neeting), my mum has offered to pay to get one made. She thinks I will 'move better' with a petticoat. Did your dress have any petticoat, and if so what material? I love the way your dress falls.

    Sorry for hijacking your thread.


    Kate x

  11. Posted February 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kate – thank you for your comment!

    The sparklers actually worked way better than I expected them to. We decided to do it in the lull between the end of the meal and the beginning of the band/first dance. I thought maybe Andy and I would go out and play, and perhaps we'd drag a few people out with us (it was November after all), but we gave a few of our ushers the packets, and as soon as people heard what was going on there was a rush for them! I think it's better to keep them hidden and give them out – they last for such a small amount of time that you want everyone to be able to see them at the same time. ALSO, make sure you have some buckets filled with water around for people to put their used sparklers in.

    Re the dress – thank you! I had absolutely no petticoat whatsoever, although I did think about getting one, it tunred out I really didn't need one. I think it all depends on your material though. My dress was made out of quite a thick underlay, which helped it keep its shape – if yours is more slinky it might help to have one to 'swish' it out a bit.

    Your wedding sounds amazing. Email me on anyotherwedding {at} live.co.uk so we can discuss more!


  12. Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    holy eff! you have fabulous eyebrows!!!

    and this is fantastically beautiful. the wide shots of the aisle looking down at the guests, you two standing at the alter, and you all in the garden were tear jerkers. the stillness and calmness of those moments really speak to me. beautiful.

  13. Luci
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Wow- so glad I perved your blog!!! What a fab slideshow, I must confess I got a bit teary, but what did it for me was the father/daughter hug and you looking out of the window, presumably at Andy. Soooo gorgeous, I love it all!

  14. Posted March 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Ok so I have only just stumbled across this slideshow and I am so glad I have. It made me cry, smile, laugh and aww like never before.

    I love the choice of songs and I am going to copy and do one for my wedding photos, I hope you don't mind.

    Now all I have to do is figure out how to do it.


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