Amy and James ~ The Wedstival Part One

A midweek treat for you, dear readers. We know you love the nitty gritty, the details, the all-about-the-love-ness that our wedding reports exude. We know you love each other. And we know that you all love Amy, James, Bertie and their delectable Wedstival extravaganza…

Today is a Good Day. 


I woke up at 3am and checked twitter. Noone was up. I read the news and lay there for a couple of hours trying, and failing, to get back to sleep, the sound of rain pounding on the windows.


By 5 other people were awake and tweeting. Thank goodness there was wifi in the cottage because with no phone signal I would have gone crazy if I couldn’t have checked my tweets and imessaged James.Penny sent me her wonderful video and the AOW tweeters started their journeys. At 8am I saw my dad sprinting for the car with an armful of streamers and driving around to the campsite. I think the weather sent me into some kind of daze. I couldn’t think straight at all and was just walking around aimlessly, not finishing sentences or forming coherent thoughts. Thankfully Bex was also awake early so we had a cup of tea and I tried, and failed, to eat some breakfast. Eventually I decided I probably needed to wash my hair and shave my legs so I ran a bath. Then wandered around a little more.

Once I was clean and de-fuzzed, Bex and I walked around to the B&B to drop off my overnight bag. I thought this had been well packed but it turned out later I’d forgotten nearly everything! After having a minor breakdown and being comforted by the lovely B&B owner we walked around to the campsite to see the carnage. It was fine. Everything was still standing (although the flags and bunting needed detangling) and the field hadn’t turned into the muddy quagmire I’d foreseen. Inside the marquee looked wonderful and I couldn’t believe how hard mum, dad, Jim & Robyn had all been working all morning.


The rain finally stopped. Mum went off to get ready and we all ran around sorting out the final bits and pieces. Whilst running backwards and forwards between the field and the cottage I saw Lynne the landlady, my godparents having a nosy around, Grandma and Grandad (who I told off for balancing on a steep verge on his walking stick getting things out of the car!), andJames’s parents and his sister and brother in lawwaiting in their cars near the pond.


Robyn offered to be the guardian of the cake and whizz back after the ceremony before everyone else arrived to ensure that the cake could be set up. Whilst we were debating the merits of this plan Emma popped her head through the marquee door. I screamed and ran to hug her, yelling “I was supposed to be getting ready when you arrived!” We finished up the marquee and went around to start getting ready, panicking when we realised the bus to take the guests was already there. I then realised I hadn’t got Bertie ready so took his cover off and bedecked him in his ribbons. At this point Laura finally turned up, thankfully ready to go except for needing to change into her dress.


I did my make up whilst Emma and I chatted and swapped twitter gossip. My mum popped in on her way to the bus but was gone again in a flurry. Dad then came looking for her and went chasing after her to make sure she was OK. At that point Emma was the first of many people that day to tell me how lovely my parents are.


I gave the girls their Bridesmaid Survival Kits, and then there was nothing for it but to put on the dress.


We debated the merits of hoops and decided against,then I gathered up veil, shoes, cardigan, inhalers, remembered to put some lippie on at the last minute, and we were off.

Categories: Any Other Wedding, Wedding Reports
11 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted September 4, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    So, so excited! This is the first of many right? And pictures? I can always see more pictures! So exciting!

    So glad you had such a great group of people around you Any, it’s a testament to how lovely you are xx

  2. Posted September 4, 2013 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Hurrah! I kind of want to save all the rest and read them all at once with a big hot chocolate.


  3. Yanthé
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! Can’t wait to read the rest Amy! Do you mind saying what was in your bridesmaid survival kits. I’m in the midst of putting presents together and would be v grateful for any tips xxx

    • Posted September 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      It was SO basic – pashminay thing, umbrella for rain, sunglasses for sun, tissues, lipgloss and a bracelet.

      • Yanthé
        Posted September 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink


  4. Bex (GingerBee)
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to read the rest! So exciting xx

  5. Katielase
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I love you, Amy.

    KL x

  6. Posted September 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to read more x

  7. Posted September 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    What a great build up – I can’t wait to read more! X

  8. Sophie
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to hear the rest!

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