On Friday the 1st of May 2015 Sean and I got married. After all that had happened, we decided to push on, not in the least because my mother had urged us to keep the date before she passed away. After a bit of an organising flurry – My Ebay sourced dress hadn’t been altered yet, the rings not bought, the cake not ordered, guests not invited, the Fort St George not reserved, flowers not sourced, a hair/ make-up artist not found – and the day was there!
I got ready at Hotel Felix in Cambridge. Our own house would be filled with guests from abroad and frankly, it’s not a very photogenic place. My hair-and- make-up artist for the day, the very talented Izzy Wild, knocked on my door at 7:45 sharp. Around 7:50 our photographer Hannah Duffy arrived to start recording the events as they unfolded on both digital and film camera.
My friend Debbie collected my mother-in-law Irene and my best friend (and witness) Elke from my house and brought them over to the hotel. I asked Elke to finish my hairpiece and bouquet arrangements and Debbie to tie the handle on the bouquet. Irene had already helped me gather the flowers and leaves for both pieces so she could sit back and relax.
Izzy finished up around 10:00, well on time for Hannah and myself to make best use of the hotel’s massive garden and take some photos. I was collected by Steve just after 10:30 and arrived at the wedding venue on time.
Our ceremony started at 11:00 at the UK Cambridge registry office at Castle hill and it went fairly smooth – apart from the bit where I forgot my own name and we were a little confused when Sean’s witness Martijn turned out NOT to have the rings. Afterwards, we took some photos at Castle Hill itself before walking over to the Fort St George on the River Cam. There, we spent the afternoon in chilled leisure, had a lovely lunch and plenty of Pimms. As we anticipated a half-day wedding program, it was quite surprising (if not utterly lovely) to see everyone stick around for the entire day and join us for a casual Japanese dinner at Teri-Aki.
Sean and I went back to Hotel Felix for the night where we had some bubbly at the bar, a good night’s rest (haha!) and an utterly delicious breakfast in the morning.
We were especially thankful to everyone that just dropped everything to be in Cambridge on our special day – We know that you all lead busy lives and on top of that, most people had to travel quite far. Thank you guys! It wouldn’t nearly have been as much fun without you! X