Thursday, April 30, 2009

This day four years ago...

I walked up the aisle on my Daddy's arm in Holycross Abbey, Co Tipperary, and married my lovely husband John.

I remember waking up at seven in the morning to the sound of rain beating off my bedroom window. So the Child of Prague statue, placed under a bush the night before to bring us good weather, had not come up with the goods. Ah well, you take your chances with the weather if you decide to marry in Ireland, no matter what time of the year it is. By the time we set off for the church, which was an hour away from the house we were living in at the time, it had brightened up a little bit.

I was determined to be as near to on time as possible, to the extent that everyone was still hanging around outside the church when the wedding car carrying my parents and me came rolling down the road. My bridesmaid had to hunt John into the church so that he wouldn't get a glimpse of me before the ceremony.


The walk up the aisle was one of the loveliest experiences of my life so far. Seeing all your family and friends in the one place wishing you well is very special. I was nodding and grinning like a halfwit at everyone. John's jaw dropped when he saw me, which was pretty much the reaction I was going for. The ceremony itself was really lovely, and in no time at all we were walking back down the aisle as Mr & Mrs. As you can see from the photo, John looked very chuffed with himself!

The rest of the day went by in a blur. There just didn't seem to be enough time to get around to talking to everyone, between photos, dancing, eating and drinking. I didn't really relax until the band finished playing, the older generation of non drinkers went home, and then those who were left went downstairs to the residents bar, where the after hours party began in earnest.
At this stage the guitars came out, I had a large glass of white wine parked in front of me, and I finally got to enjoy my favourite part of the reception - the sing song in the ressies bar! One of my party pieces is a reggae version of an old traditional Irish song called Spancil Hill. True to form after a few vinos I stood up and started belting it out. By now my demure Audrey Hepburn look was well and truly blown out of the water! We ended up the last people standing, along with one of my brothers and two friends, at 5.30am. Needless to say the bridal suite saw little action that night, we had to return on our first anniversary to make up for that one (TMI I know!).

Happy Anniversary honey, may we have many more of them!

11 comments:

Mick said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you have many more to come :-)

The photo's great

DrSpouse said...

Happy anniversary - it's definitely that time of year - our 5th anniversary is on Friday.

Kim said...

What a beautiful bride! Congratulations and many more!

hairyfarmerfamily said...

Happy anniversary! Lovely bride and gorgeous dress!

chimera said...

happy anniversary! you both looked wonderful on your big day. Hope you have many more happy anniversaries to come:-)


Thanks for stopping by my page to say hi, it's great to connect with others on the same TTC rollercoaster. I hope you and your husband reach your destination soon on your journey. I'll be keeping my eye out for updates :-)

Bluebird said...

Happy anniversary! Ours was April 30 too :)

womb for improvement said...

Ahhh, you looked amazing. I hope you had a happy anniversary and focused on the good things. x

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Nice recap, happy anniversary and all the best to ye.

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C said...

Happy Anniversary!

Jane G said...

@ Everyone - Thanks for all your good wishes.

@C - Thanks for dropping by. Hope your flu goes soon!