30 Aug 2019

Wedding | A Joyous Walk To The Pub

Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub

Welcome to the wedding posts! Aka a great excuse to share a load of photos and reflect back on our wedding day which was on Saturday 1 June 2019. All professional photos in these posts are taken by our bloomin’ lovely wedding photographer Hannah Mia. The rest are by friends and family.

Read about the morning of here and the ceremony here

To get from the ceremony to the pub, we had to walk the half a mile or so through town and the park. We really hadn’t given much thought to this part of the day. In fact, we were almost ignoring it because we didn’t have a back-up plan should the weather not play ball. There was no parking around either the pub or gallery and even trying to pull up next to either of them is a pain. So it would have been ‘entertaining’ should it have pissed it down. Luckily, it was the hottest day of the year!

Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub

Perhaps because we had no expectations or perhaps because it really was just fab, this turned out to be one of my absolute favourite parts of the day and I have such vivid memories of it.

The sun was blazing and St Albans beautiful, and we led a parade of our family and friends right through the centre of town.

When we first came down the stairs and out the front of the gallery, some of my friends – led by Dan I suspect – had lined up outside and immediately started clapping. There is an outside cafĂ© right in front of the gallery and everyone sat in it turned and then they immediately started clapping. I can just remember thinking are people really clapping like we’re in a film or summin’.

Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub

We walked right through the centre of the Saturday market with lots of market vendors/people shouting out congratulations or cheering/clapping. One guy even offered us a free doughnut!

The bit that made me chuckle the most was stopping at the crossing waiting for the lights to go green. We were just swamping people out and about doing their Saturday shopping!

We led our procession past our flat and into the cathedral grounds. I remember laughing a lot at all the chatter from the girls behind me and them telling me off for walking too fast whilst they were trying to hold my dress and walk over the cobbles in their heels.

There was laughter and chatter in the air and even more people calling out congratulations and I can’t even tell you how happy it made me.

Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub

We paused in front of the cathedral to allow everyone to catch up and then headed into the park. I know for a fact that several of our friends stopped for a cheeky ice cream from the Mr Whippy van and yes I was kinda jealous that I didn’t have any spare hands for one of my own.

We soon became aware that there were plenty of people who had brought confetti with them (something I honestly hadn’t considered) and so we stopped on the path and people lined up, ready for us to walk through a big confetti shower! The bridesmaids got really into this and my mum seemed to empty an entire box onto my head!
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub

The pub was in sight, a ‘closed for a private event’ sign outside along with some of staff pouring champagne. I was walking too fast for my bridesmaids again but hey, alcohol in a pub garden was in sight. We were ready to kick start the celebrations!

This was such a joyous part of the day, and includes some of my favourite photos, so I felt it deserved a post of its own!

Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub
Wedding: A Joyous Walk To The Pub




23 Aug 2019

Wedding | The Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

Welcome to the wedding posts! Aka a great excuse to share a load of photos and reflect back on our wedding day which was on Saturday 1 June 2019. All professional photos in these posts are taken by our bloomin’ lovely wedding photographer Hannah Mia. The rest are by friends and family.

Read about the morning of the wedding day here. 

Our ceremony was at St Albans Museum + Gallery in the Assembly room upstairs; it’s a grand white room with high ceilings and windows, incredible chandeliers and a balcony overlooking St Albans. 

I snuck in through the side entrance which wasn’t very ‘sneaky’ as it was on a busy street so the girl in the big wedding dress was getting a lot of attention – particularly trying to get out the car in that dress – but luckily, I don’t think any of the guests saw me. 

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

We had a few minutes in a private room confirming final details with the registrar and my mum started getting emotional just before walking me down the aisle. I had spent a lot of time feeling very reluctant about walking down the aisle but in that moment, all I felt was super eager to get into the main room and see people. 

I walked down the aisle to I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles. This was originally Gary’s suggestion after we’d been umming and ahhing a bit because we knew we wanted something that was upbeat and joyful rather than something perhaps more traditional. It was the perfect choice and also a nice nod to his mum, who was a Beatles fan.

I found out later that Gary and the registrar agreed that she would give him a nod when he should turn around and so he was actually the last person to see me walk in and see the dress (I wasn’t that fussed about tradition but he specifically asked to not see it before the day). I felt like I had tunnel vision when he turned around and – as lame and cheesy as it sounds – it did feel like a bit of a ‘movie moment’. 

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

I did wonder whether I would feel awkward stood in front of so many people saying the vows but it was actually just really lovely. We spent quite a lot of time agreeing on the wording for the ceremony as we didn’t like anything too ‘lovey dovey’ or too traditional or too prolonged. Fussy much! The registrar was very amused during our planning meeting when I showed up with the ‘ceremony planning’ booklet we’d been given, with notes and crossings out all over it!

So the ceremony was short and sweet, just as we wanted. I didn’t think it was going to be too emotional but it felt quite momentous and I still caught a bridesmaid or two welling up! We had just the one reading – I Like You – which was read by one of my oldest friends, Jordan, who did a fabulous job. Our rings were from Kings Hill Jewellers, approximately 95 yards from the venue (and even less from our flat). We got my antique engagement ring from there back in Jan 2018 and then we went back for the wedding rings; they had to design mine to fit around the engagement ring and I honestly adore them both. Which is a good job, given how long I’ve got to wear them for!

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

The cheers from our family and friends after we were announced as ‘Wife and Husband’ seemed to go on for ages and made me so happy. 

The song Nobody’s Empire by Belle and Sebastian kicked in straight after. I was very determined that this would be the song that would play just after we were officially married. During the first year of our relationship, Gary somehow managed to get me to go see Belle and Sebastian - his favourite band - live three times, including at Somerset House, and at the Royal Albert Hall. Nobody’s Empire was always their opening song and it always reminds me of Gary and the happy excitement of the first year of our relationship against the backdrop of London. 

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

Our witnesses were Dom, Gary’s best man, and Dan, another of my oldest friends. Considering it’s the legal, important bit, signing the register was a lot quicker than we imagined. The song was barely over before we were ready to walk back down the aisle! The registrar gave a final speech and said that, traditionally, I should walk on Gary’s left so he could keep his ‘sword hand’ free which made us laugh. She presented us with our marriage certificate which I then almost immediately handed to my dad and promptly forgot about it. He spent the rest of the day hoping he wouldn’t lose it! 

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

We walked back down the aisle to Ride A White Swan by T-Rex which I love because it’s such a happy, upbeat song and always makes me think of weddings. It’s the song that my mum and Andrew had at their wedding ceremony and we deliberately chose not to tell them we would be having it in ours so when the song kicked in, their faces were an absolute picture. 

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

We were brought champagne at the end of the aisle and that then kicked off the drinks reception which we had in the same room. Apart from taking a few mins for some formal photos, we spent the time chatting with all our friends and family. A bit of a queue formed of people wanting to come and congratulate us. It was so lovely to finally see everyone and I’m not sure I have ever hugged that many people in such a short space of time! Everyone had a glass of bubbly and there was a great buzz in the room. It just felt so darn happy. It was also freakin’ warm and I’m pretty sure I kept telling everyone how much I was sweating. Guess I was always too much of an over sharer to be a glamorous bride eh? 

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

I remember it being a little chaotic – in good way – winding between groups of people and chairs, lots of people asking for photos, the littlest members of the family coming over to bring me horseshoes, ducking out onto the balcony to get some fresh air, and everyone just generally looking really happy. This period was probably only about an hour but it was a great way to revel in the post-ceremony buzz. 

And then it was to the pub! Gary called out to everyone, the bridesmaids hoisted up my dress train and we were off!

Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony